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The Room Beyond by Stephanie Elmas
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Oct 07, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: netgalley, 4-stars

This review can be found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/

I requested this book via Netgalley as the synopsis captured my attention. A mix of historical fiction with some paranormal mixed in. My perfect scenario! Normally before reading a book by an author that I am not familiar with I will look up the details on Goodreads to see the ratings and do some research. I did not in this case so I went in to the story with no preconceived notions or expectations.

I was caught up in this book from the very beginning. From the moment Serena first saw the house and met the Hartreve family I knew there was something more to their story and the story of the "missing" house. I fell in love with Beth from the beginning while remaining suspicious of everyone else (Seb most of all).

This story went back and forth between the present day storyline and the story of Lucinda and Miranda in 1892. As with all stories designed this way I preferred the story set in the past. I must caution however that this does not follow the usual formula. Typical novels will normally have some epic love story with a tragic twist that leaves something unfinished for the present day storyline. In The Room Beyond, the story in 1892 is dark and tragic from the get go. There was no epic love story where the reader is left praying that it will wrap up neatly by the end of the book. All of the characters were flawed and disturbed in their own way. The reader could tell that there would be no way for their story to conclude with a happy ending.

By the halfway point of the story I was able to figure out how the present day characters tied in with those of the past. This did not ruin the story for me however left me wondering how it would all get tied in and wrapped up by the ending. In my opinion the story wrapped up nicely and in the only way that would make sense and stay true to the plot. I have to admit that I did not quite believe the chemistry between Serena and Seb however this was only a portion of the story.

Overall this was a ghost story. Literally. An easy nice read. A genuine light "dark" read. I look forward to reading the future works of Stephanie Elmas
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Reading Progress

October 7, 2013 – Started Reading
October 7, 2013 – Shelved
October 7, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
October 8, 2013 –
7.0%
October 8, 2013 –
25.0%
October 9, 2013 –
60.0%
October 9, 2013 –
75.0%
October 10, 2013 – Shelved as: netgalley
October 10, 2013 – Shelved as: 4-stars
October 10, 2013 – Finished Reading

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