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- Print Length: 290 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FJ433QK
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 85 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
If this had been written with a heavier hand then it could so easily have lapsed into pastiche or parody, but author Stephanie Elmas plays it damn-near perfectly. The creaking, dusty, dank old houses are full of peculiar paintings, hidden chambers and confusing corridors. The extended family members are by turns beguiling and ominous. And the two stories reflect and tangle their paired narratives together until they unmistakably become one tale; of misery, mystery, corruption, insanity and the supernatural.
TRB get a lot of coverage as ‘historical Victorian romance’. That label probably would have stopped me reading it, but happily I downloaded it without noticing that I’d somehow been suckered into reading a ‘romance’!
It's a very satisfying tale, one which concluded neatly and tied up an intense knot of relationships and dangling threads.
I notice that she is now starting on a story revolving around one of the main characters in this book, Walter Balanchine, who appeared as very colourful person and I will look out for this in the future.
The blurb introduces Serena who is on her way to a job interview at Marguerite Avenue for a nannying position, and also introduces the time shift to another family from the late 1800s. It's clear the book's going to be full of mystery with supernatural going-ons. The blurb is enticing and I'm looking forward to reading.
In the 'look inside' the story begins straight away. There aren't any dedications or TOC to wade through. I like that.
The Room Beyond moves between two time periods (present day and 1892-early 1900s) but both are centred on Marguerite Avenue. It's atmospheric, but the characters were all alike, even characters from the different times, and I had problem knowing who was talking or whose POV I was reading from. Neither era stood out, although the flowery prose and the haunting way the story is told kept you suspecting something big was about to happen urged you to keep reading.
I found Serena's story easier to follow because there was just the one point of view, but I found it hard to identify with her...I still didn't know her even by the end of the book. Why did she want a nannying job? Had she been looking before she went to this interview? She wasn't qualified, so why was the job offered to her? And why did she accept the job when it's obvious the family didn't want her there? Neither could I understand why Serena fell in love, and into bed, with Seb so fast. There was no passion between them. There were many unanswered questions, I felt.Read more ›
Then the story leaps back in time, to the 1800's - to Miranda, the young, meek and unassuming new bride of Tristan and Lucinda, two women who revolve around one man, Tristan Whitehouse. We also meet Lucinda - the beautiful, captivating neighbour who Miranda is sure she has to keep away from her husband.
If it sounds like the start of a typical romance, don't be fooled - there is much, much more to this book, and it's truly fascinating and dark, touching on a hint of horror and supernatural throughout the course of the book. The tone builds up steadily throughout the reading, as the reader starts to learn about the stain that taints both worlds - a touch of madness, all circling around a house that seemingly doesn't exist.
The writing throughout is incredibly descriptive, truly a delight to read - how can you not be delighted, with phrases like this?
"Outside thunder clouds had moved in, tinged blue and black like bruises punched into the sky."
This sort of description is sprinkled liberally throughout, but not so much that I found it purple-prosey, or too much - it just adds to the feeling of the book, lush and dark.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For reasons too boring to recount, I have concentration issues these days, and finishing a book is getting harder and harder. Thus, I am thrilled when one like this comes along. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Banks Of The Yard
Started as two stories in one, the classic split time parallels in a building that has seen all the family's secrets. A love affair and endless foreboding... Read morePublished 22 months ago by AnnaN
A rare thing a book to make you think and hold your interest. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author.Published on 6 Mar. 2015 by Kindle Customer
Author, Stephanie Elmas writes with prowess immersing readers in each moment. In THE ROOM BEYOND she provides cohesive narrative that maintains a fluid sense of time, moving... Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2015 by Red Rock Bookworm
I have only given 4 stars because I felt the story jumped about too much and i didn't really follow what was going on until the end. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2015 by Kindle Customer
Well Done Stephanie! So well written, fascinating story and intriguing characters. I am really looking forward to The Curious Life of Walter Balanchine. Helen WPublished on 29 Oct. 2014 by Helen Wintle
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I had no idea what would happen next and it kept me involved from start to finish! highly recommend it.Published on 25 Sept. 2014 by elaine white