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Midnight is a Lonely Place

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  1,570 ratings  ·  93 reviews

After a broken love affair, biographer Kate Kennedy retires to a remote cottage on the wild Essex coast to work on her new book until her landlord's daughter uncovers a Roman site nearby and long-buried passions are unleashed! In her lonely cottage, Kate is terrorized by mysterious forces. What do these ghosts want? That the truth about the violent events of long ago be ex

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Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 31st 1994 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1994)
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Hannah
What did I just read?
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Oh yeah, Barbara Erskine.
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Ummm, does anybody have an extra 6 reading hours to spare? I'd like to get them back if possible.

OK, refocus.

In this Barbara Erskine doosie, the murderous results of a Roman/Celtic love triangle over 19 centuries old (that's 1,900 years to those of you numerically challenged) is threatening to engulf our intrepid heroine Kate, her erstwhile poet boyfriend Jon, and the petulant, acts-like-a-14-year-old-but-is-really-27 year old landlord's son Greg.
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Julie
This is my favourite of Barbara Erskine's books. The first I ever read and the best. I originally picked it up because I loved the idea of renting a cottage in the middle of nowhere to write a book, I couldn't put it down once the spooky things started happening.
Sonia
I'm almost at the end of this book and it is the first Erskine book I read, mostly since it is the only one the local library carried of her books. I saw it recommended on book list after reading Susanna Kearsley books - as a similar genre. It has been extremely dissappointing, compared with Kearsley novels. The last 1/2 to 1/3 reads more like a teenage horror movie with characters continually doing unbelievalby stupid things that get themselves hurt or killed, and is very drawn out. There is ve ...more
Jennifer Murgia
Ooohhhh- I had chills! I first borrowed this book from my library and couldn't put it down. I would think of it during the day and couldn't wait until nighttime to pick it back up again. The freaky thing was, was when I finally finished the book - it was midnight. I of course had to return the book but I longed to have it on my own shelf so I hunted it down at a used bookstore. It's no longer in print and I was lucky enough to only pay $3.00 for it. Now it's mine and I can get spooked anytime I ...more
Lindsay Winter
The first half of the book was okay and had some scary parts that genuinely creeped me out. However, at the halfway mark Barbara Erskine had pretty much revealed everything about the ghosts and the murder and so it was no longer a secret to the reader and I thought what on earth can happen I know everything and I'm only halfway through!

The second half of the book was just sooo drawn out it became ridiculous, seriously it did not need to be that long! I felt like she had a target of so many words
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Louise
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Cat
Oh My God.

I read this on a cold, wet windy March weekend(yes,March. Global Warming who?). And I was so hooked.My Mum lent it to me- she has had it for years and it is one of the books she has kept and re-read, which is odd for a thriller/horror story in our house - you know whats going to happen right so why read it again?

Anyway I love everything about this- the Roman influence, the light lashings of romance, the terror, the ties to the water and the sea and the Gods and Goddesses (of whom I a
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Dana
With a slow beginning, a weak ending and a supposed "heroine" that had me face-palming in frustration, it could be easy to talk myself into not liking this book at all. But there was a while there, somewhere past the middle that, even while screaming at the stupidity of the characters, I found myself checking the night-black windows of my house periodically to ensure that the ghosts of Claudia, Nion and Marcus had not traveled through the pages to haunt me also.
Not every book is perfect after al
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LJ
Midnight is a Lonely Place - G+
Erskine, Barbara - standalone

After a broken love affair, Kate Kennedy retreats to a cottage on the Essex coast to work on her latest project. To her alarm, her peace and solitude is replaced by a sense of fear as strange incidents begin to occur - incidents that connect, Kate is sure, with the Roman grave being excavated.

This book seriously scared me and, occasionally, creeped me out. I keep wanting to read another by Erskine, but am not certain I'm old enough to r
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Linda Hopf
Less than 3 but more than 2. It had potential but disappointed in the end. Some scary bits that just sort of wimped out. Learned a lot about tides, dunes, a damp cold... Kate was an idiot. About two thirds into the book Kate faded into the background a bit and some of the more interesting characters stepped up. The premise was good but the author seemed to be circling around & around the same route - house, beach walk, smell of jasmine/ dirt trail/ maggots, wander through the woods, accident ...more
Lori
Barbara Erskine is new to me and I really enjoyed this book. Good mix of history and modern chiller.
Becky Boylett
This is one of my favorites by this author. i read it after fining it among my mothers books when i was looking for something to read, it kept me on th edge of my seat, infact it made me slightly jump a few times too. i will read this book again for sure.
Sidnie
This book sent shivers up and down my spine, especially reading it alone late at night.
Tess
This book popped up as a recommendation based on some others in my library. I didn't know much about it, other than it took place in modern day England, and had something to do with ancient ghosts.

Well, that was enough for me. I picked it up and raced through it in about two days. It was entertaining for sure, and the writing was very atmospheric and tense. I enjoyed the backdrop of coastal East Anglia, and the premise of the newly single writer looking to get away to the wilderness and buckle d
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Francene Carroll
I'm a Barbara Erskine fan but this is not one of her best. I love the whole idea of a writer going to an isolated cottage to work on her book. The historical context is intriguing and could have been great, but the biggest problem for me is that the book just isn't scary. A suspense novel should pull you in and make you want to keep reading it, but I struggled to stay interested.

I also couldn't accept Kate's reasons for staying at the cottage after it was broken into and a room trashed, on top
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laninaki
This is the first Erksine novel that I've read (it's only one of two available at the local library) and I'm in two minds about it. On the one hand, it's the kind of novel I can't resist. Romans. Celts. Ancient Curses. Archaeological site. Mystery. Ghosts. It just doesn't get much better. But then, even with all of the right elements in place and a few passages that freaked me right out, it falls flat in key areas.

Kate, one hesitates to call her the heroine, is a doormat and her relationships w
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Riina
This was the first book from B. Erskine I ever read and after finishing this I was hooked. I loved every word of it! I read this so fast that I actually had to make myself read more slowly so that it wouldn't end so fast. The plot was amazaing and the characters felt like they actually were really there with me all the time. The atmosphere in the book was destressing but in the good way; just like a good horror novel needs.

The novel makes you to not stop reading at any point. From chapter to cha
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Vicky Edwards
Absolutely loved this book! I couldn't put it down! As soon as I started reading it I was gripped starting with the relationship with Kate Kennedy a successful writer and her boyfriend Jon who is a not so successful poet. Jon actually makes you sooo frustrated at how he treats Kate you want to shout at him! lol.
Kate is planning to write a book about Byron but her not so nice boyfriend Jon wants her to accompany him to new York on his book tour and for her to postpone her writing. Things move al
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Annie
It almost causes me physical pain to write this about a woman whose work I so publicly worship but...I found this book to be a major disappointment. This is an older one of hers but if you're working your way through her back catalogue like me, you can probably skip this one.

There are a few reasons I think it didn't quite measure up.

Firstly and most obviously, the story was missing the rich tapestry of historical information I have come to expect from her novels. She did create a minor story and
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S.C. C Skillman
An enthralling read - creepy and atmospheric for several chapters, the action then becomes violent, terrifying and explosive. But I did find the final third of the novel long-drawn out and repetitive, and the characters' reactions annoying. I kept thinking, 'How many times are different groups of characters going to take a vehicle out in appalling conditions and foul weather and end up crashing and being injured, and adding themselves to the problem?' I became frustrated with the way they were h ...more
Lynne Morgan
This is quite simply one of my all-time favourite books. I first read it in serialised form in a magazine and had to buy the book the moment it was published, Ive read it over and over during the intervening (must be neatly 20) years. I have read most of Barbara Erskine's books, and I think you either love the format or you hate it; I love it. This book is, without exception (and it stands in very good company!), one of the most tense and frightening I have read. I love it! The story centres aro ...more
Peter Facer
As a first novel, ms Erskine has spawned her own unique genre of ancient history, united with the present via a supernatural link. It's one she's successfully carried through much of her writing since. She has an obvious love of history and her research is faultless.
Blending Roman Britain with modern day Essex works so well because the area is so connected to the Romans and the Icini resistance. I really felt transported by her writing which frequently changes from warm and comfortable to chill
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Nicola
This is not one of this author's strongest books. I found the characters didn't catch me and the story was a trudge through.
Lynda
Absolutely hooked from the start. Would have given it 5 stars, but the ending let it down a bit.
Christine
Feb 24, 2010 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everybody who likes to read about history and supernatural things
Recommended to Christine by: I think I heard about it in a German book magazine
A young author, Kate Kennedy, who just broke up with her boyfriend moves to a friend's house on the lonely Essex coast in December to write a book on Lord Byron.
Everybody who is interested in Colchester, Boadicea and Roman history will enjoy this novel!
I just was in Colchester on 11/29 and explored the same Roman Museum (that Kate Kennedy went to visit in the book) 2 weeks ago. It's inside Colchester Castle on top of the remains of a former Roman Claudius temple.
BTW the Roman story at the begin
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Lana
This is one of my all time favourite book!
Catty
Erskinová sa medzi obľúbené spisovateľky u mňa asi nezaradí. A dosť dlho ani nebudem mať potrebu prečítať si od nej ďalšiu knihu.
Louise Behrendt
Well, it was a good book to read the week before Halloween; delightfully ghost-y and atmospheric. But I too am mystified by the end. I suppose Kate and Jon are supposed to be Claudia and Nion; however, I sure did not see their relationship as any great love story (especially after he sponges off of her, disparages her career and then kicks her out of his "flat" . . .) I suppose I can see Greg as Marcus, too, but . . . After several pages of flat out delicious creepiness, I too literally cannot f ...more
Collins Prime
A passable attempt at horror.
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An historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of six bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural, plus two collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty different languages. She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester, and in a cottage near Hay-on-Wye.
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