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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Book Review: The Dead Room

I recently read The Dead Room by Heather Graham. This is not your typical paranormal romance novel. Don’t believe me? Wait until you read the refreshing, yet surprising ending. Does it have plenty of romantic elements? Of course it does. This is a Heather Graham novel after all, but I think this story would also appeal to those readers who would normally snub their noses at anything that has romance in the description.

This story has everything I look for in a great novel: Intrigue, suspense, quick pace, vivid descriptions (that don’t drag the story to a crawl) and a strong character driven plot.

I found the book so captivating I lost track of time, and subsequently a fair amount of sleep. It’s easy to immerse yourself in a world filled with such unforgettable characters.


A year ago, archaeologist Leslie MacIntyre barely survived the explosion that took the life of her fiancé, Matt Connolly. In the long months since, she's slowly come to terms not only with her loss but with her unsettling new ability to communicate with ghosts, a dubious 'gift' received in the wake of her own brush with death.
Now she's returned to lower Manhattan's historic Hastings House, site of the explosion, to conquer her fears and investigate a newly discovered burial ground. In this place, restless spirits hold the secrets not only of past injustice but of a very real and very contemporary conspiracy with deadly designs on the city's women—including Leslie herself.
By night Matt visits her in dreams, warning her and offering clues to the truth, while by day she finds herself helped by—and attracted to—his flesh-and-blood cousin Joe. Torn by her feelings for both men, caught between the worlds of the living and the dead, Leslie struggles against the encroaching danger that threatens to overcome her. As she is drawn closer to the darkness at the heart of Hastings House, she must ultimately face the power of an evil mind, alone in a place where not even the men she loves can save her.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars



At 6:14 AM, Blogger lime said...

did you mention this book during the internet interview or some other time? it's ringing a bell....

At 7:07 AM, Blogger jillie said...

Yet another book I am going to have to get. They all sound GREAT. But I really want to pick up The Dance!


At 7:37 AM, Blogger Bernita said...

What a great title!
I, of course, am fond of ghosts.

Thank you, James for your kind message of concern.

At 7:43 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

I don't think I mentioned this one, now that I think about it, Lime.

Thanks, Jillie. If you do pick up The Dance, let me know. I'll try to work out someway to get it signed for you. :D

It is a great title, isn't it, Bernita? Very Catchy. It was a great read.

At 7:49 AM, Blogger M.E Ellis said...

Sounds like my cup of tea.


At 7:54 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

:D Especially the ending. As you draw close you start to suspect, but... well, it was a great way to end the story. :D

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Mona said...

another book another story....

I wonder how many authors are there scribbling away furiously... :)

Human mind is such a vast powerhouse of possibilities & potential!!!

At 12:03 PM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

Indeed, with the advent of the internet, it seems more and more authors are able to come through. These truly are exciting times. :D


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