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Forbidden Room (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Joanne Lewis , Amy Lewis Faircloth

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Fifteen years ago, in a mansion on Long Island, fourteen-and ten-year-olds Sara and Davey “Soldier Boy” Goldstein discover their parents shot to death. Murder? Suicide? Was that Uncle Charlie running from the scene? The children refuse to speak to the police and the crime is never solved.

Flash forward to the present and Sara – now an adult and the heiress to a very large fortune - is accused of killing Uncle Charlie. Soldier Boy has disappeared.

New attorney Michael Tucker has few clients, yearns to be like his famous grandmother and cannot afford to move out of his parents’ home. When Sara hires Michael, he gets the chance to defend an innocent person, a beautiful lover and notoriety like his grandmother. But is it more than he bargained for? Is Sara innocent or is she really a murderer?

Forbidden Room, a murder mystery, begins in the courtroom on the last day of Sara’s murder trial. The foreperson reads from the verdict form. “In The People of New York vs. Sara Goldstein, the defendant is found….”

Sara awakens in a hospital room where she was taken after fainting. Michael is by her side. Court is in recess until the following day. The verdict has not yet been announced. Told from the points of view of both Sara and Michael, Forbidden Room unfolds in complicated layers until the verdict is pronounced and Uncle Charlie’s murderer is revealed.

Biographie de l'auteur

Joanne Lewis makes her living as an attorney and follows her dreams as a writer. She is the author of an award-winning novel called "Wicked Good", which she co-wrote with her sister. She is also the author of "Make Your Own Luck, a Remy Summer Woods Mystery" and "The Lantern, a Renaissance Mystery", "Forbidden Room", as well as other novels and novellas. Visit her website at You can email her at

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 922 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 335 pages
  • Editeur : Telemachus Press, LLC (16 décembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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Joanne Lewis makes her living as an attorney and follows her dreams as a writer. She is the author of award-winning and best selling novels. Please visit her website at and email her at

In the mystery, "Forbidden Room", new attorney Michael Tucker has few clients, yearns to be like his famous grandmother and cannot afford to move out of his parents' home. Sara Goldstein is an heiress accused of killing her uncle. When Sara hires Michael, he gets the chance to defend an innocent person, a beautiful lover and notoriety like his grandmother. But is it more than he asked for? Is Sara innocent or is she really a murderer?

"Make Your Own Luck" is the unforgettable and moving mystery novel of a young attorney who refuses to believe that thirteen-year-old Bonita Pickney killed her father, Patrick Pickney. Remy risks her relationship with her own father as well as her life to prove Bonita's innocence. Along with learning what really happened the night Patrick was murdered, Remy discovers hard truths about her family and herself.

"The Lantern" is a historical novel about a modern-day woman's search to find a girl from 15th century Florence, Italy who dared to enter the competition to build the lantern on top of Brunelleschi's dome. Across time and space, three lives collide as they battle abuse, disease, fear and prejudice in pursuit of their dreams. Along the way, they intersect with some of the most famous figures of the Renaissance including members of the Medici, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello and a young Michelangelo.

In "Michelangelo & the Morgue", a historical fantasy novella that takes place in the fifteenth century, Michelangelo defies religious and political powers in order to find who is murdering the artists of Florence, learning along the way that the person responsible might just be himself.

"Wicked Good" is a different kind of mystery that begins in Bangor, Maine. Fifteen year old Rory is not defined by his diagnoses of Asperger's syndrome and Bipolar Disorder and lives life to the fullest. Archer, his adoptive mother, is Rory's biggest fan. Rory searches for his birth parents to find out why he is the way he is. He discovers his roots in Salem, Massachusetts where the Salem Witch Trials had occurred and in Gloucester, Massachusetts where fishermen went down with the Andrea Gail during The Perfect Storm. He also learns his true roots are closest to his home in Bangor. As Rory discovers truths about himself, Archer learns about herself too.

Please visit Joanne's website at You can email Joanne at

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27 internautes sur 31 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 A good story, but oddly and awkwardly delivered 19 mai 2013
Par B. Case - Publié sur
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"Forbidden Room," by Joanne Lewis, is an intelligent murder mystery and courtroom drama written by a practicing criminal attorney and award-winning author. It was a good reading experience. My attention never lagged. I was always eager to figure out the who and why behind three murders all within the same wealthy Long Island family...a family consisting of an heiress, her brother, parents, and uncle.

The book begins with a short prologue when the heiress, Sara, and her younger brother, David, are children. Their mother is an alcoholic who frightens and emotionally neglects her children. The children frequently overhear their parents engaged in vicious verbal battles concerning the mother's drinking; often these fights escalate into items being thrown across the the room and breaking against walls. Naturally, the children are traumatized, and Sara ends up mothering and overprotecting her younger brother. When Sara is 14 and David is 10, they discover their parents murdered in the living room. The case is never solved. Neither child was able to give the authorities enough information to help them resolve the case. But do they know more than what they revealed to the police?

After the prologue, the book skips ahead 15 years to another murder. This time, the victim is Sara's uncle, Charles, the CEO of the family's immense hotel chain fortune. Circumstances point to Sara, and she is is arrested for the crime. The balance of the book involves the resolution of her legal case. Sara's attorney, Michael, becomes an equal, and perhaps even more significant main character. For most of the book, chapters alternate between first-person narrations by Sara and Michael. Toward the end of the book, there are a few chapters narrated in the first person by Sara's brother, David.

A romance develops between the Michael and Sara, complicating the case and creating additional interest for the reader.

The ending was not a surprise, but neither had I figured it out in advance. That's how I like it. There were no tricks. The ending was a good fit to all that had come before.

So, why did I rate this compelling book only three stars? It was because the book's organization and plotting drew too much attention to itself. At no time could I fall into the story and forget the fact that I was reading a book. In fact, I constantly felt like I was watching a very long, awkward, and stylized stage drama, in which the two main characters took turns making unexplained soliloquies that segued into drama involving other characters and dialogue...and then back to strange soliloquies again.

Another problem was that I found little psychological depth and complexity in most of the characters. Michael and his grandmother were the most authentic; I believed in them and wanted to know more about them. But, Sara, David, and the rest of the wealthy Long Island family members did not seem real enough. If they weren't real, I couldn't care about them...and that dimmed my appreciation of the novel as a whole.

Additionally, there were numerous times at which I doubted the authenticity of various actions and motivations. Time and again, I felt yanked out of the rhythm of the plot because what I was reading didn't seem right or possible.

Overall, the book was okay. In retrospect I wished I'd spent my time reading something better. But in defense of the book I should add this caveat: it did keep me motivated to finish it (rather than to switch to another book in my e-reader) while I was negotiating three connecting flights on a long trip across twelve time zones. That in itself proves that the book has some solid merit.
13 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Read only if you have time to waste 4 septembre 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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The way of writing was head hurting. Constant back and forth between present and past will leave you guessing on which event took place when. There are so many flaws as well with the story that I stop counting after first few pages. And what's with the title of the book? There is nothing like Forbidden Room in the story.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Mystery Plot 29 juin 2013
Par Joan A. Adamak - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a mystery with many twists and turns so that although it should be simple to determine the murderers, it is not. The main characters, Michael Turner, an attorney, and Sara Goldstein each have a chapter alternately through the book, thereby giving the reader an insight into their thoughts and also their past actions. When Stevie Goldstein was a young boy, his mother gave him a beautiful glass carousel of four horses and he was admonished to keep them perfect forever. He later became most interested in toy trains and all of these items were kept in a special room in their Long Island mansion, from which his children, Sara and her four-year younger brother were forbidden to enter. Consequently, the children called it the "forbidden room."

Steve Goldstein married a beautiful woman, Cassandra, an incurable alcoholic. She never took care of her children. In fact the children constantly hid in their closet because of continuous fights between their parents, with their father attempting to get the mother to stop drinking and she becoming very violent, throwing her drinking glasses at him and threatening to kill him. Both children wanted most in the world to have the attention and love of their mother. Because she failed in this, they turned to their nanny, Bianca, who devoted her life to these children, even into adulthood. When Sara was fourteen, her brother discovered her standing over their parents who were both covered in blood and dead. As he was entering the room, he saw their Uncle Carrara running from the house. Steve had a bullet lodged in his temple and the mother had taken two bullets to her stomach area, probably causing her to linger in pain for over an hour. The police were never able to solve the crime.

David, who Sara also called Soldier Boy because he spent most of his time holed up in his bedroom playing war games with his toy soldiers, was a genius, and as a result was enough of a nerd that he was rejected at school. Sara was popular, but when she became of college age, she had no particular desire for a certain profession and she got a degree in education and taught fifth grade. David joined the Marines when he became an adult and was wounded during a training session when other Marines died as a result.

The story opens with Sara having been arrested and charged with the murder of her Uncle Carrara after his body had been found in the woods by two boys. Since Carrara was CEO of the company after his brother's death, Sara accused him of malfeasance and Sara was the easiest for the police to center on and they arrested her. She got out on a million dollars cash bond and set out to find a good defense attorney. She ran into Michael Tucker, a new defense attorney with no paying clients, and decided to hire him. He was the nephew of a famous female defense attorney, Gertrude Tucker, who was well know not only as an attorney but for being involved in many things. Michael only took the case because Gertrude promised to guide him, which she did although she was dying of lung cancer. Throughout the story, Gertrude teaches Michael how to view his client as the trial progresses and eventually Michael becomes too engrossed in Sara.
Every chapter seems to have a twist and I enjoyed this story more than many I have read recently. I recommend it for those who like a well-written mystery even more than John Grisham these days as they now all begin to sound alike.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Read!!!!! 25 juin 2013
Par Cathy Roselli - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Everything about this book was interesting! The book moves back and forth between the characters and it took me some time to "get the rhythm." As I was reading the book, I was struck by how hard it must have been to write the book this way ... of course, I do not know how Ms. Lewis wrote the book, as she could have written each character's story and then weaved the stories together. In any event, I am a lawyer, and although I love lawyer-themed books, it takes a good story to keep my interest ... this book did! I always try to figure out the ending of a book while I read, but I never guessed this ending! Good job, Ms. Lewis. I cannot wait to read more!
11 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Forbidden Room by Joanne Lewis 25 mai 2013
Par Jas Hacker - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A certified John Grisham lawyer mystery. A great, great read. Watch out, John. Joanne will be on the best seller list very soon. There are some scenes that will make your neck hair vibrate. Make sure there are other people in the room.
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