Thursday, September 20, 2018

Review: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

Author: Simone St. James
Publisher: Penguin
Date of publication: March 2012

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 with ghosts- has been summoned to investigate the spirit of nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is haunting 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 deperate struggle. For Maddy's ghost is real, she's angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Alistair's assistant, the rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, where she came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance-before she destroys them all?

The Haunting of Maddy Clare is a good old fashioned ghost story.  I'm not sure how I missed this one when it came out.  In it, Sarah is hired through a temp agency to be an assistant to a ghost hunter.  Alistair is a war veteran and firmly believes in ghosts.  They travel to a small village where the ghost of Maddy Clare haunts a barn.  

I really enjoyed the book.  It was creepy and actually kind of scary.  The author did a great job of setting the dark atmosphere.  Maddy is a formidable ghost bent on revenge.  She wants Sarah's help in solving what happened to her.  She will stop at nothing to manipulate those around her until the truth is discovered.  The characters were great.  I loved Sarah's independence and boldness.  The story takes place after the first World War.  Alistair and Matthew are war heroes who have battle scars inside and out.  I even liked the ghost and  genuinely wanted a solution for her horrible ending.  If you are like me and missed this one, do check it out.

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