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The Dead Room

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,838 ratings  ·  288 reviews
A young woman has been found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning.

As the city's panic rises, civil attorney Teddy Mack is thrown headlong into the grisly
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Pinnacle
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Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this book.

This was my first book written by this author, he doesn't fill the pages with unnecessary words and descriptions. But let us understand Teddy Mack character completely. Story starts with gruesome murder of a young girl. Neighbors saw mailman walking out of the house, his clothes covered in blood. Story has many twists, it keeps you at the edge of your seat. Politics and big money donations, mental health problems all in this story. Get ready for the shocking ending, if you
Krisi Keley
It’s hard for me to say I “liked” this book and my rating doesn’t reflect my feelings about it, so much as it gives credit to the author for his ability to provoke strong emotion and thought. I say this because, in the end, the darkness that pervades the story is so horrendous that it’s difficult to have any sense of having enjoyed it. When you read a crime novel in which, by the last word, the mentally-deranged killer seems no more sick than the “normal” people who supposedly carry out justice, ...more
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tops, 2002-reads
RATING: 4.75

I'm sitting here shaking my head in amazement at a very rare event in my reading life. I just read an ending that blew me away. After reading far too many weak resolutions, it was totally awesome to read one that really worked! All my conclusions about The Dead Room that had been formed up until the last chapter were turned around. The character that I thought was disposed of too conveniently? I was wrong. The person that I found to be inconsistent? I was wrong. The motivations of so
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
At one point, as I commented, my heart was pounding and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. But, then, the story lost steam. It didn't bog down exactly, just slowed. The ending was much less satisfactory than the middle. Okay, that said, the idea was great and twisted and convoluted. Just the way I like my mysteries/thrillers. The characters were were well developed and interesting and flawed - sometimes too flawed with the flaws too obvious. The last few chapters took away from the excite ...more
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it
(I guess it deserves 3 stars...)

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This is one of those books that I find difficult to judge.  On one hand, it certainly wasn't one of the worst books I'd ever read.  Competently written.  Not a ton of typos.  Everything more or less makes sense-- or, well, is explained-- by the end of the book.  It even goes beyond the "usual fare" of the genre and tries to make you think.  But... I simply didn't really enjoy the reading-- not to the point that I'd recommend it to a random reader.  (For someo
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
great book. jumped on it after finishing the author's lena gamble series.

won't bother with a synopsis - never do, plus there's always someone who will. but know that there are enough twists and turns in this book to keep you interested. loved the protagonist teddy mack (what a great name!) and am very disappointed that this isn't a series.

this book features a literary device that i keep seeing over and over - the internal thoughts, and the continued actions, of the bad guy. don't know how i feel
Judy Collins
Robert Ellis', The Dead Room is a riveting and intense crime mystery psycho thriller of a deranged serial killer, a politically driven prosecutor, an unethical justice system, and a conspiracy with twists and turns, which will leave you speechless. Be prepared for a scary, twisted, and gruesome roller coaster ride of your life.

In Philadelphia, a young teen girl, Darlene Lewis is getting ready for her boyfriend, while her parents are out of town and is murdered, in a horrific gruesome manner. Sh
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
First up, I'd give this one 3-1/2 stars if it were possible; it's better than 3 but not quite up to the quality level of a 4. That said, I got it free from eBook Impresario several months ago - based on the description (which sounded right up my alley), the relatively large number of 5-star ratings at and the reported fact that it was a No. 1 bestseller in the United States and United Kingdom.

And make no mistake, it's a pretty good read; the story moves along quickly, stays
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't find a lot of thrillers that have something to SAY but this book certainly does. The premise is your basic serial killer thriller, but there is a lot more going on here than just a gory thriller. And yes, there is a significant amount of GORE (but how do you kill people in a non-gory way???).

This book is more about the justice system than about anything else. Corrupt officials sending innocent people to prison and ultimately to their deaths, and the people trying to stop this kind of t
Trish R.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Good and bad book..

I loved the Matt Jones books by this author but this one, not so much. Teddy was just a nothing kind of hero. He was afraid of too many things. And WTH is it with smoking? I’m going to assume the author smokes Marlboros, that’s why Matt Jones and Teddy Mack do, too. Smoking is not necessary. Just sayin.’

That said, it was a decent story. I did feel sorry for Oscar Holmes, and Darlene didn’t deserve what happened to her but she did deserve to have her ass kicked for being such a
Kimberly Hicks
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Legal Thriller Readers
Recommended to Kimberly by: Bookbub
Shelves: read-on-kindle
There were several sections of this book that just didn't make any sense to me. I can't delve into them all, for if I did, it would spoil the story for others. However, I will say this, I've never known a corporate attorney turned defense attorney turned working with the prosecution and everything else in between. Teddy Mack studied to be a corporate lawyer, which is what he wished to practice, until his boss, Barnett asks him for a favor. Although I know most attorneys learn every aspect of law ...more
I really liked this book. The story was exciting and captivating, and the murders twisted and gory.
The characters are really well developed and there are some twists and turns in the plot along the way.

I listenend to the audio version of this book, narrated by Jim McCance. I have had mixed experiences with audiobooks before, a bad narrator can easily ruin a good book for me. In this case it was the cherry on the top, McCance brings the story to life and does a great job in creating the right at
Lisa Biegel
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book had me hooked by the second chapter, and kept me on the edge of my seat until the final page. The pace of the story, and the twists and turns the plot takes are nothing short of extraordinary. Some of the scenes can be gruesome and disturbing, but its not written in poor taste and only adds to the intensity of the plot. This is not a book that can be read a chapter at a time at a leisurely pace! Once you pick it up you will have a hard time putting it down. This is the first Robert Ell ...more
Terri Lynn
This story is rather graphic in a few details but that doesn't bother me. Teddy Mac's father was falsely accused of killing his real estate business partner and was murdered in prison bringing an end to Teddy's idyllic childhood. He went to law school specifically to become a real estate lawyer but his boss sends him in to see a young postman/artist who has been accused of murdering a rich family's daughter. Teddy will find that this young man is not a "friend of the family" but actually his bos ...more
Dawn Clifford
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When the police receive reports of a man covered in blood running away from a house, they find the brutally murdered body of Darlene Lewis. Although not a criminal lawyer, one of the senior partners of the law firm asks Teddy Mack to represent the man, Holmes, after he was arrested for the murder. As Teddy looks into the sickening case, he comes to the conclusion that although Holmes is very disturbed, he's innocent of this killing.
Meanwhile, DA Alan Andrews will stop at nothing to get a convic
Jennifer Van Beveren
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read! Suspenseful to the end!
Narrator: Jim McCance

I have questions at the end of the book but am giving this audiobook 5 stars for sheer entertainment value, keeping me interested from start and, going by the open-ended ending, this was just the introduction to a new series.

Set in Philadelphia, Teddy Mack in a rookie lawyer with some serious baggage. Good thing is that he's single and not in a relationship so I didn't have that to aggravate me since every romantic interest in these crime/
Burgundy Bug
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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Madel L. Bautista
Mind bending! Heart pounding!

This is one of the excellent mystery , thriller i have read. Very interesting characters. Its been a long time since i have read a mind-boggling novel.
Kristy Roland
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The Dead Room by Robert Ellis grabbed me from the first scene and didn't let go. The story begins with the murder of a teen girl. A lawyer named Teddy Mack, a real estate lawyer none-the-less, is assigned to defend the killer. As Teddy begins his quest for answers, the story unfolds through twists and turns that left me guessing in every chapter.

The book is filled with lies and corruption, and what's at stake when politicians are involved and cover the truth. This book is more than just a fictio
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
The Dead Room is pretty intense, well structured and features a likeable reluctant hero. A young lawyer gets sucked into a gruesome murder tale and is forced to face his own demons along the way. I enjoyed the plot, nice twists. It was one of those novels where layer upon layer is revealed and where you as the reader begin to worry. With all those twists, turns, discoveries, red herrings ... will the author be able to keep it up until the end - or will it fall apart? I won't give it away, of cou ...more
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This crime mystery is truly worthy of the title "thriller." The protagonist is a neophyte real estate lawyer, the son of an innocent man who was imprisoned and ultimately murdered by another inmate in prison. His firm accepts a client who is charged with capital murder, and despite his inexperience he is talked into representing him. Eventually he partners up with a man who runs an innocence project at a Philadelphia university, and together they battle coverups, conspiracies, corruption, and a ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thought the book was exciting, a young lawyer is convinced his client is innocent even when the client is not sure. Lots of action and corruption. Have not read this author before but will read more, hope he brings this character back in a book!
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Listened to the audiobook. Liked the story, good plot, good characters, narrator not so much.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given this 5 stars if not for the last 3% of the book. Unnecessary! Unfinished!WHY?!?!?!
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
GREAT crime/mystery thriller. Much better than Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in my opinion. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Dawn Tessman
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. The story of Teddy Mack, a civil lawyer enlisted as defense attorney for a man Teddy feels has been wrongfully accused of a brutal murder - or, has he? In a case where all forensic evidence and motives point to the man already in custody, could the true criminal really still be on the loose and one step ahead of law enforcement? Are the justice and political systems corrupt or is Teddy’s vision clouded by his own past? As another body is found and missing persons reports begin piling ...more
Patti Bansbach
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the “safety” of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning.

As the city’s panic rises, civil attorney Teddy Mack is thrown headlong into the grisly homicide case—and into a world of dirty politics and corrupt justice, where deceptions are as deadly as a killer’s twisted secrets
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Dead Room has been around since 2012, published by Robert Ellis himself, audiobook released in 2015 and narrated by Jim McCance.

About narration. Jim McCance has little creative inflection – if any. His voice is monotone, and to me, a difficult go through the entire story. You may like, but listen to the sample before you purchase.

Briefly, a talented artist, albeit a bit slow in everything else, is accused of brutal, grisly murders. If you’re into a feel good story, skip this. If you’re into
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliantly story about a demented serial killer!

I personally avoid reading anything about sex trafficking, rape, physical or psychological abuse and other horrific crimes against women or children! This book by Robert Ellis is a gripping story about the hunt for a serial killer who tortures and mutilates young women he stalks.
I believe that most women experience fear many times during their life! Dark, creepy places or persons are a red flag. Reading this book, I felt the terror and fear, th
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Robert Ellis is the international bestselling author of Access to Power, The Dead Room, the critically acclaimed Lena Gamble novels, City of Fire, The Lost Witness, and Murder Season, and the Detective Matt Jones Thriller series, City of Echoes, The Love Killings, and The Girl Buried in the Woods (Oct 2019).

His novels have been translated into ten languages and selected as top reads by Booklist,

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