The Haunting of Maddy Clare

The Haunting of Maddy Clare

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By (author) Simone St James

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  • Publisher: Signet
  • Format: Paperback | 330 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 20mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 6 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0451235681
  • ISBN 13: 9780451235688
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Original
  • Sales rank: 269,197

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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, whereshe came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance-before she destroys them all?Winner of two RITA Awards from the Romance Writers of America and the Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada

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Simone St. James is the award-winning author of "An Inquiry into Love and Death" and" The Haunting of Maddy Clare," which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

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"Debut author St. James has written an atmospheric and resoundingly old-fashioned ghost story that pulls you in from the first pages...This book is just right for those who prefer suspense to be scary but not "too" scary. It's haunting but (despite disturbing elements) not nightmarish. St. James's writing evokes the time period without pretension, the pacing is just right, the ghost story plausible, and the love story important but not all-consuming. Recommended." "Historical Novels Review" "A chilling start...fans of the modern Gothic novel will enjoy filling up a few creepy hours." "Kirkus Reviews" "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" and "USA Today" bestselling author of "The Winter Sea" "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" bestselling author of "Shameless" "Compelling and deliciously unsettling, this is a story that begs to be read in one sitting. I couldn't put it down!" Megan Chance, author of "City of Ash" "With a fresh, unique voice, Simone St. James creates an atmosphere that is deliciously creepy and a heroine you won't soon forget. "The Haunting of Maddy Clare" promises spooky thrills and it delivers. Read it, enjoy it--but don't turn out the lights!" Deanna Raybourn, author of the Julia Grey series and of "The Dark Enquiry" "One foggy evening not long ago, I lit a fire in the fireplace, brewed myself a cup of tea, settled in and began to read "The Haunting of Maddy Clare." When I looked up again, my tea had gone cold, the fire w