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The Haunting of Maddy Clare

St. James, Simone (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Haunting of Maddy Clare
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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?
Authors: St. James, Simone
Title: The haunting of Maddy Clare
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New American Library, c2012
Characteristics: 330 p. ; 21 cm
Summary: 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?
ISBN: 9780451235688
0451235681
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Statement of Responsibility: Simone St. James
Subject Headings: Ghost stories World War, 1914-1918 Veterans Fiction
Genre/Form: Ghost stories
Topical Term: Ghost stories
World War, 1914-1918
LCCN: 2011033391
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Jul 08, 2014
  • genepy rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A very entertaining read and a page turner but unfortunately very predictable the minute the villain is introduced in the story.

Jun 04, 2014
  • cmb8 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

wasn't sure about ghost story but the book kept me interested
enjoyed the book

Jul 28, 2013
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sarah Piper accepts a job as a temporary secretary to a very fascinating young man who claims to be a ghost hunter. However when they arrive at the supposedly haunted house, it is Sarah who proves to be a medium for a very angry spirit called Maddy Clare. When another young man, Matthew, joins their search for truth, Sarah finds she must fight against a vengeful ghost and her attraction to Matthew. This gothic love story is a wonderful supernatural tale of suspense that reminds me of Velda Johnston or Norah Lofts.

Mar 08, 2013
  • jac523 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a fantastic read. The post-war period was a great setting for a ghost story and mirrored the lost feeling that people had after the war. What I liked most about this one is how the author balanced the mysterious ghost story with the character's relationships. Who doesn't like a little bit of romance when solving a mystery?

Jun 03, 2012
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I picked this book up because of the positive quote from Susanna Kearsley on the front cover. She did not steer me wrong. I loved this book. Part ghost story, part romance, and part mystery. A wonderful, compelling read with great characters and an evocative setting.

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Sep 18, 2013
  • SecretUnicorn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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