Midnight is a Lonely Place
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...more
Oh yeah, Barbara Erskine.
Ummm, does anybody have an extra 6 reading hours to spare? I'd like to get them back if possible.
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Not every book is perfect after al ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I also couldn't accept Kate's reasons for staying at the cottage after it was broken into and a room trashed, on top ...more
Kate, one hesitates to call her the heroine, is a doormat and her relationships w ...more
The novel makes you to not stop reading at any point. From chapter to cha ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more