The Haunting of Maddy Clare

  • by Simone St. James
  • Narrated by Pamela Garelick
  • 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A thrilling debut in women’s suspense - a ghost story set in 1920s England...
Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary-work agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis - rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts - has been summoned to investigate the spirit of 19-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who haunts the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah’s task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle, for Maddy’s ghost is real, she is angry, and she has powers that defy all reason.
Can Sarah and Alistair’s assistant, the rough and unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, where she came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance before she destroys them all?
Simone St. James lives just outside Toronto, Canada, where she works behind the scenes in the television business. She is also the author of An Inquiry into Love and Death.

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What the Critics Say

"A compelling read. With a strong setting, vivid supporting characters, and sympathetic protagonists, the book is a wonderful blend of romance, mystery, and pure creepiness. Simone St. James is a talent to watch." (Anne Stuart, New York Times best-selling author)
"A novel of chilling romantic suspense that evokes the lost era between the world wars that so wounded the lives of the young men and women of England and adds to the mix an inevitably dark, gothic ghost story. Read it with the lights on. Simply spellbinding." (Susanna Kearsley, New York Times best-selling author)
"A compelling ghost story, the book is written quite beautifully, weaving elements of romance and mystery with a gothic twist.… Offering a glimpse of life in England between world wars as the twentysomething ghost investigators stay at a country inn, the book proves a satisfying, chilling read." (VOYA)

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Interesting storyline but...

The premise of the story was captivating for my pre-Halloween ghost read. The problem was that the characters never developed into characters I cared about. Gratuitous sex scenes between, practically, strangers added nothing to the storyline. I didn't feel any connection to the maudlin characters. There are better books to spend precious time enjoying. This book I was glad when it ended. This book wasn't a good choice for me. Maybe, I'm too much drawn to characters over storyline. The storyline was interesting but the characters weren't.
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- RavidReader

Performance Takes Some Getting Used To....

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I thought maybe the reviewers here might have been too critical on the reader's delivery of the male voice, so I gave it a chance and got the audiobook because I liked how it was written. The protagonist female character had nice delivery, but, yes, her voice for the male protagonist is not appealing at all. It was very sharp and critical and pretentious-sounding. Not the kind of character male voice that you'd warm up to. Though that voice suited the employment agent that called to offer her work, it doesn't suit the male lead at all. It was just too sharp and quick delivery of the words and it made him sound like one of those rich aristocrats with their up-turned noses. If it was, instead, a female character used for that delivery, it would be equivalent to an old, very stern-sounding woman.
I don't understand how she can do the female voice so well and totally botch up the male lead. Well, I'll keep listening to the audiobook since I own it now....hopefully I'll grow out of the annoyance....I'll update my review of the story later....


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-15-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.