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Simone St. James

Author of The Broken Girls

10 Works 6,363 Members 431 Reviews 10 Favorited

About the Author

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Works by Simone St. James

The Broken Girls (2018) 1,607 copies
The Sun Down Motel (2020) 1,601 copies
The Book of Cold Cases (2022) 1,152 copies
The Haunting of Maddy Clare (2012) 721 copies
Silence for the Dead (2014) 378 copies
Lost Among the Living (2016) 258 copies
The Other Side of Midnight (2015) 255 copies
Ghost 19 (2022) 53 copies
Murder Road (2024) 13 copies


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Seguin, Simone
20th century
Places of residence
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Awards and honors
Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel
Short biography
Simone St. James is the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two prestigious RITA® awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She writes gothic historical ghost stories set in 1920s England, books that are known for their mystery, gripping suspense, and romance.

Simone wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school. She worked behind the scenes in the television business for twenty years before leaving to write full-time. She lives just outside Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.



I can’t stop thinking about this book. It’s got everything I love, a creepy haunted motel in upstate NY, a murder mystery, ghosts, and main characters you can root for.

I especially loved Vivian and how, despite the times, she wasn’t deterred from her goal. Carly, her niece, was fun to read about as well. The mystery and tension build to a satisfying conclusion, and I absolutely adore the women teaming up and women helping women aspects.

Both of our leads are written realistically and the pacing was perfect, IMO. I would definitely look at other books by this author!… (more)
galian84 | 110 other reviews | Dec 1, 2023 |
Talk about an opening scene. Eddie and April driving when they come upon a woman, they help her into their car when another car comes speeding up behind them. The woman says he is coming, and she is covered in blood. They make it to the hospital but not before Eddie sees something that scares him so hard that he is not sure if he imagined it.

From this point on, I needed to know who the woman was and what happened to her. Eddie and April felt the same way. They do their own investigation and learn about the Legend of the Lost Girl and the murders of hitchhikers. Eddie and April are just a normal couple that honestly, if it was not for this mystery that they found themselves in, they kind of would have been forgettable. Two other people that deserve mention are tough around the edges, Rose and Detective Quentin.

Rose grew on me and as far as Detective Quentin goes, I thought he was just being annoying but once I learned what he was really about, I liked him a lot.

As soon as I saw this book available to read as an early copy, I had to request it. I was lucky enough to be approved for an early copy. Once I started this book, I literally could not stop reading it. Honestly, I was so drawn into this story, that I never put down my phone as I could not stop reading. Fans of this author will definitely want to snag this book up when it releases. It is already a favorite of mine for 2024! Murder Road by Simone St. James will have you thinking twice about picking up hitchhikers!
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Cherylk | Nov 21, 2023 |
I loved this book so much. A brilliant mix of mystery and ghost story. I figured it out pretty early on but the this isn’t unusual for me. I read with a ferocious appetite to devour all the lovely words.
cdaley | 110 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |
Where do I even start with this train wreck of a book? I love crime thrillers, but I can't remember the last time I wanted to throw a book at the wall so many times during reading it before. It was a good thing I was listening to it on audio, or I would have DNF'd it very early on.

For one, the characters leave a lot to be desired. They go chasing after a serial killer like underwear-clad teenagers heading into the dark basement of a house when they know a serial killer lurks there. I have never been angrier at a group of amateur sleuths -- and that includes Carly, Viv, Heather, Nick, Marnie, and Alma. Really, all of them.

The writing was pretty terrible, too. If I took a shot every time a character "felt like throwing up", I'd be throwing up by now, too. And the "reveal" wasn't a reveal at all. I saw the twists, if you can even call them that, coming from a mile away. I was so frustrated when everything I'd guessed about where the story was going came to pass.

Also, the supernatural angle was a joke. It didn't work at all, and the author didn't even try to explain it except to hand-wave, "well, it's spiritual magic". Such a disappointment.
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Elizabeth_Cooper | 110 other reviews | Oct 27, 2023 |



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