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The Haunting of Maddy Clare (edition 2012)

by Simone St. James

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Title:The Haunting of Maddy Clare
Authors:Simone St. James
Info:NAL Trade (2012), Edition: 1 Original, Paperback, 318 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Mystery, Ghosts, Fiction, Historical, SCCL

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debut novel.... paranormal historical set in England post WW1

quick read....intriguing story ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 31, 2016 |
A young man asks a temp agency to find a woman to work for him while his assistant is out of town. His upcoming assignment deals with a ghost who is terrified of men so he needs a woman to try to establish contact with her and coax her to leave her haunting place. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
A young man asks a temp agency to find a woman to work for him while his assistant is out of town. His upcoming assignment deals with a ghost who is terrified of men so he needs a woman to try to establish contact with her and coax her to leave her haunting place. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
I think this is my favorite Simone St. James book so far. You want creepy?! Holy heck, does this book have it! Favorites would be the scene where Sarah first goes into the barn and hears the noises six feet behind her(and OMG, Simone has set that seen up fantastically!!!) and where Maddy visits Sarah in her room in the bed (ala The Ring!). I have got to say that I gasped more than once and was definitely checking dark corners while reading this.

I really enjoyed the romance in this one. The last two of her books I enjoyed it also, but there seemed to be something special here. The intensity of the feelings between Sarah and Matthew was something else. I could almost feel the sexual tension and desperate holding onto each other coming off my Kindle screen. I liked how they each balanced each other out, too. Sarah seemed like the healing factor Matthew needed after the war, and Matthew made Sarah feel attractive and worth something as a woman. Just lovely...

This book is definitely one to look into if you're in the mood for a romantic, creepy story set in the 1920's. It's got emotional pull and enough thrills to keep you up late into the night. If I was going to recommend any Simone St. James novels, it'd be this one. It's just cemented my adoration for her as a writer. Onto the next when it comes out in 2015! ( )
  Sarah_Gruwell | Jan 12, 2016 |
Although I figured out the plot about 2/3 of the way through I loved the humanness of the characters and the whole feel of the story. There are some masterful twists of the plot which leave the reader stunned and having to happily read on. Set in the 1920's rural England, the story centers around Alistair Gellis, a WWI veteran and avid ghost hunter who hires Sarah Piper to replace his indisposed assistant Matthew Ryder, a fellow veteran. When Matthew returns and finds that Sarah and Alistair have encountered an exceptional manifestation, tensions arise between Matthew and Sarah. However the trio set out to document and investigate the most extraordinarily supernatural actions of Maddy Clare and the circumstances surrounding her unfortunate and unhappy life and death. Spun within the suspenseful storyline of treachery, and Maddy's undying need for revenge, is a love story between two of the lead characters, all of which are damaged in their own ways, with each finding a that the haunting of Maddy Clare has changed each of them in the end. ( )
  KEFeeney | Dec 6, 2015 |
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"In 1920s England, a young woman of limited means and even less experience confronts the ghost of a mysterious serving maid.... Sarah Piper's lonely threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis--rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed by ghosts--has been summoned to investigate the spirit of the nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is said to haunt the barn where she committed suicide. Maddy hated men in life, and she will not speak to them in death. But Sarah is unprepared to go alone into a haunted barn looking for the truth. She's even less prepared for the arrival of Alistair's associate, rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, also a veteran of the trenches, whose scars go deeper than Sarah can reach. Soon, Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle. For Maddy's ghost is no hoax--she's real, she's angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Matthew discover who Maddy was, where she came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance...before she destroys them all?"--… (more)

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