Leslie McIntyre miraculously survived an explosion a year ago that claimed the life of her beloved fiance', Matt Connolly. The authorities ruled it an accident caused by a gas leak, but Leslie is not convinced. She does not have physical scars from her horrendous experience, but she has gained a new ability that may be a curse or gift, depending on your point of view. Leslie can now speak with ghosts and sometimes even sees them. These spirits have not passed on because there are unsettled matters concerning their deaths.
Leslie has returned to the site of the blast, Hastings House, as part of her job as an archaeologist to uncover an old burial ground. She hopes to find clues to what really happened that fateful night, as well as investigate past secrets that old ghosts are revealing to her.
Leslie is freaked out when she first meets Joe Connolly, Matt's cousin, because the family resemblance is so strong. Joe is helping look into the disappearance of a prominent young woman who has tried to help prostitutes find a better way of life. Several of these "ladies of the evening" have disappeared without a trace.
Leslie must deal with her grief and fears as well as a growing attraction to Joe. Joe was close to his cousin, but he feels emotions that are more than protective when he is around Leslie. He tries to focus on finding the truth about what happened to Matt.
Ms. Graham has another hit on her hands with The Dead Room. There is a marvelous blend of suspense and romance with a paranormal twist. This novel has a darker tone, but will keep the reader mesmerized from the very beginning. I know I can always count on entertaining reading from this prolific and extremely talented author.