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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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I love reading about the time period between the World Wars, which is when THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLARE is set. The book started out strong as a spooky ghost story/mystery. The main character, Sarah, gets a temp job working for Alistair Gellis, a ghost hunter. They travel to a remote village in the English countryside, where Sarah ends up at the mercy of a very trouble ghost named Maddy. She, Alistair, and his assistant Matthew must uncover Maddy’s tragic past and find out why she’s still stuck in this world.

The mystery surrounding Maddy was intriguing and rather sad, but not too hard to figure out. The mystery could have been stronger, but that story line derailed somewhat with the strained romance (if I could call it that) between Sarah and Matthew. Matthew’s character just wasn’t as developed as Sarah’s, and I didn’t feel the chemistry between them.

Overall, I thought THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLARE was a good, not great, start to the series, with some very creepy moments. The 1920s time period fit well with this Gothic ghost story.

Rating: 3.25 Stars ( )
  bookofsecrets | Dec 11, 2014 |
I found this to be a hard book to listen to, yet not a book I could walk away from, either. Was it because I had just recently read a rather silly book on haunted Eastern Shore properties, where no attempt was made to beguile the reader into actually believing things were going "bump" in the night? Maddy was portrayed as very real, and worse yet, appearing to different people in different guises. Maybe the twisted feeling I had in my stomach was the precursor to her moving from my iPod into me! Best read on a dark and stormy night....

The narration of Pamela Garelick was spot on. ( )
  kaulsu | Apr 16, 2014 |
Enjoyable October read...the scenes with the ghost were satisfyingly creepy and I enjoyed the love story, though I thought it became a bit too prominent as the story progressed (I mean, really, no matter how sexy one's fellow ghost hunters are, one should really try to focus one's thoughts and attention on any malevolent spirits hanging about rather than on how amazing their muscles look through their shirts). More meaningful interaction between the heroine and the ghost later on in the story would have bumped this book up to five stars, but as it is, I would still definitely recommend it to those looking for a good historical fiction read for Halloween. ( )
  mrlzbth | Feb 6, 2014 |
This is a great book!! ( )
  bpreed | Jan 7, 2014 |
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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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