The Vacancy in Room 10

Seraphina Nova Glass


When Anna’s husband calls and confesses to killing someone, followed by his body washing up on the banks of the Rio Grande, it’s up to her to piece together what really happened. After moving into the run-down motel-room-turned-apartment he rented as an art studio, Anna spends her days getting closer to the neighbors and absorbing every bit of gossip about her husband and the buildings’ tenants. But the more she learns, the less sense things seem to make. And when threatening letters start appearing at her door, Anna has to decide what’s more important—the truth, or her own safety.

Cass has been running the Sycamores, an apartment complex that has seen better decades. Barely scraping by as a superintendent, Cass starts blackmailing sleazy men, threatening to expose them and ruin their lives. It’s easy, and it works, and nobody gets hurt—until she tries it on the wrong guy. With everything to lose and no one to trust, Cass has to fight to keep her secrets under wraps, especially with Anna snooping around asking questions…

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) Anna’s husband calls in a panic, confessing to killing someone. Next she knows, his body is found. This starts a whirlwind of emotions for Anna with wondering suicide, keeping his secret of killing someone and then losing her house and needing to find a job.

It turns out, the job she finds is the best that could have happened to her, she just can’t see that yet. She’s a “handy ma’am” (in her words) at a run-down apartment complex that has the most eclectic modge podge of people she’s ever seen. It’s dirty, it’s smelly and hardly anything works. She feels she has definitely hit bottom.

As the story continues, the other characters really start to take the limelight. They seemed to be background people, but the more you read, the more you realize how they are becoming an integral part of the story.

I don’t want to give the ending away, but the twists had me shocked, the broken facades had me gasping, the group of loyal women made my heart happy and the mystery came to an end with a boom. Fabulous! My favorite part (after all the mystery and drama) are the women and the choices that Anna makes even after the mystery is over.

Fabulous writing with very calculated details, I loved it!

General content summary: F words = 103, C***=1, infidelity, attempted sexual assault, alcohol, murder/suicide, grief, sedative unwillingly given, spousal physical abuse (some details), child near drowning, physical violence (choking, stabbing), stabbing death (blood, some details), miscarriages, pregnancy, m/f kisses, gunshot (blood).

Thank you to Thriller Book Lovers Promotions and Graydon House for the copy and chance to be on the tour!

The book releases January 9, 2024.

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