In 2017, I received a copy of Empty Rooms by Jeff Mariotte for an honest opinion. At the time, I put my review on Amazon but as we talk more about the wonderful authors that we work with, I wanted to give another look at this amazing book.
Richie Krebbs is an ex-cop, a walking encyclopedia of crime and criminals who chafes at bureaucracy. Frank Robey quit the FBI and joined the Detroit PD, obsessed with the case of a missing child and unwilling to leave the city before she was found. When Richie unearths a possible clue in one of Detroit’s many abandoned homes, it puts him on a collision course with Frank—and with depths of depravity that neither man could have imagined.
How do people who dwell in the darkest places—by profession or predilection—maintain their connection to the world of light and humanity? Richie and Frank will need every coping mechanism at their disposal to survive their descent into darkness and emerge unbroken on the other side.
While I don’t normally read much crime fiction, Jeff Mariotte had me hooked from the first sentence. Dark and gritty, realistic and at times a bit disturbing, “Empty Rooms” weaves a story of the darker side of human nature but also reveals the hope that we all have for things to be better.
I could not recommend this book higher. It kept me on the edge of my seat while I wondered if the main characters would achieve their goals. And I wasn’t left wanting. It was a very satisfying story with a compelling ending and anybody looking for a dark, realistic mystery thriller should pick it up. I still remember the story two years later and want to read it again.
5 out 5 stars.
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