The Empty Room

The Empty Room

Book - 2013
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Colleen Kerrigan wakes up sick and bruised, with no clear memory of the night before. She vows to quit drinking. It's Monday morning, and she is late for work again. She's shocked to see the near-empty vodka bottle on her kitchen counter. As she struggles out the door to the bus, she fights the urge to have a sip, just to take the edge off. But no, she's not going to drink today. But today is the day Colleen's demons come for her.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781443418294
1443418293
Characteristics: 314 p.

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JMFreads
Nov 26, 2016

Excellent novel.

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jimtroeltsch
Dec 23, 2015

This is probably the most accurate depiction of alcoholism I've ever read. It is very raw and painfully real. A quick/must read.

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anniethecat
Aug 11, 2015

SPOILER ALERT:
I really thought she was going to kill herself for a moment...
but then she didn't. It's somewhat of a happy ending... somewhat...

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molmil8
Dec 19, 2013

Not a happy book, but an excellent one. The entire book takes place over one day, and is event and character based; descriptions of surrounding are minimal. I particularly liked how the ending of one chapter linked to the beginning of the next. Can be read in one or two sittings, and it will keep your interest right up to the last page.

mayfairlady Aug 23, 2013

unputdownable - tragic, sad and yet compelling.

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becker
Aug 01, 2013

This book takes you through a particularly rough day of an alcoholic. A day where everything in her life finally unravels. For me, the value in this story comes from how the author reveals the main character to you. In the beginning I found her to be a flat unlikeable character but as the story progresses you are able to see her world through her eyes and you begin to feel empathy for her.

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