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The Haunting of Maddy Clare

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  5,649 Ratings  ·  1,018 Reviews

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

Paperback, 318 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by NAL
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Lisa Ridiculous ! I downloaded it for free right into my phone through my public library, Check your library system. There should be plenty of good free…moreRidiculous ! I downloaded it for free right into my phone through my public library, Check your library system. There should be plenty of good free stuff for you to download.(less)

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Nov 06, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it
Twenty-five-year-old Sarah Piper gets a call from the temporary agency that she works for. A male writer is requesting an assistant and he is asking for a female. Sarah is to meet him at a coffee house in Soho, London.

Sarah goes to the coffee house and meets Alistair Gellis, a young, handsome man. He tells her he documents ghosts. A vicar contacted Alistair recently because the vicar had tried to exorcise a ghost and failed. The ghost physically attacked him. It seems the ghost really dislikes
Once again, a Simone St. James book read in one sitting. My eyes are now blurry (did I forget to blink?), and I am surprised and disappointed to realize that I am back in the real world. A full review may follow at some point, but I loved this, ghost, romance, mystery and all.
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Sarah Piper lives a fairly private life in London during the 1920's. She soon receives a call from a temp agency requesting her assistance in working alongside Alistair Gellis, a traveling writer who has a deep interest in the supernatural. Sarah's life is soon flipped upside down when she is led to assist in helping an angry 'manifestation' to the other side.

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Since Maddy Clare loathes the presence of men, Sarah is sent into the barn that she haunts alone. Sarah isn't well-equipped for what tra
Aug 30, 2016 Magdalena rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I've been wanting to read more of Simone St. James books since I read Lost Among the Living a couple of months ago. I love books with either very much paranormal or just a hint of it. And, ghosts I find is a fascinating subject. So, I hoped that The Haunting of Maddy Clare would work for me.

The Haunting of Maddy Clare has all the right ingredients for a great story. A vengeful spirit, a budding love story, a mystery, and great characters. I did find Sarah Piper a bit too timid for my taste at f
Lynn Spencer
I'll try not to ramble too much, but I'm working on a sleep deficit caused by staying up way too late finishing this book. I read this book after both Susanna Kearsley and Molly O'Keefe recommended it to me, and what a wonderful read it was! As others have commented in their reviews, I did solve the mystery rather early on, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book one bit.

The story is told in the first person and Sarah Piper is a delightful narrator. Not only do we get treated to a sto
Nov 07, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, tragic, horror, ghost
Late one evening a distraught young girl covered in dirt, shows up at the door of an Old English manor. The compassionate family takes pity on her, takes her in and administers her medical attention. When the local police conducted an extensive search and turn up no information surrounding the missing girl, the generous family keeps her on as a maid. Mute and a bit teched she still managed to win the heart of the Mistress and housekeeper, however, the Lord of the manor never acknowledges that ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, ghosts, mystery
When Sarah accepts an interview thru a temp. agency, she had no idea it would lead to a job working for two handsome young men and encountering a revengeful ghost haunting an old barn. Set in post WWI England, the engaging beginning of this debut novel by Simone St. James combines some spooky thrills with a mystery to solve and a romance to enjoy. (if you enjoy romance)

The imperative need to unravel the past surrounding Maddy's sad and short life made for a fast read and entertaining ghost story

Jan 22, 2016 Holly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Well, after reading two books by this author this month and loving them, I can safely say that I will buy every book Simone St. James writes. This had mystery, ghosts, a gothic feel to it, and a little romance. It was all executed brilliantly.
Mar 23, 2012 TheBookSmugglers rated it liked it
Joint review originally posted on The Book Smugglers

First Impressions:

Ana: Thea was supposed to be doing a solo review of The Haunting of Maddy Clare but then last week I was having a moan about not wanting to read any of the books on my TBR and then Thea was like, “What do you want to read dude” and I was like, “I think I am in the mood for a historical novel, possibly Horror as well. Maybe.” and she was like, “Dudette, why don’t you read Maddy Clare with me” and I looked it up and it was a his
Khanh (the Grinch)
An excellent ghost story with some truly terrifying moments. This is Simone St. James' first book, and I actually read her second book first before going back to this one. They are not connected, although they have a similar setting and sets of characters. Their similarity in no way detracted from my enjoyment of both books.

It is 1922, and 24-year old Sarah Piper leads a lonely, very threadbare existence. It is hinted that there was a traumatic event in her past, and as such, she seems to be goi
*Buddy Read With Luli*

"She had no words."

I have enjoyed three other stories of suspense by Ms. St. James so I was eager to start reading The Haunting of Maddy Clare. It sounded so good. The previous titles were historical mysteries with a dash of spooky greatness but sadly for me, (view spoiler)
Nov 07, 2015 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this is at least a 4 star for enjoyment. 3.5 star rounded up for all else. The style is easy to read, yet a trifle melodramatic. BUT, isn't that what you want in a ghost story? I do.

In this one the haunt is an active protagonist, no second tier apparition. And the town in the era following the Great War completely reverberates the response to the ghost's known and fully experienced suffering.

But what I liked best about this one was that Sarah, Matthew, and Alistair all reflect the dissonan
Nov 18, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This feels so right. I am listening to the audio version and for some strange reason it reminds me of one of my first and favorite audio books ever Rebecca. At the same time, reminding me of one of my favorite horror novels , Hell House. Instant love.
Dec 16, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
Recommended to Sue by: Janice
Well this book has so many things I enjoy: historical fiction, an English setting just after World War One, and of course ghosts. The only thing it has that I don't usually read is that background romance. But I'm perfectly willing to let that pass since I was so in the mood for the rest of the story today and I certainly couldn't begrudge anyone in this story a bit of love after some of the harrowing things that happened.

I do enjoy intelligently written ghost stories---and they are often hard t
Penny Watson
Mar 16, 2016 Penny Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Wow. Wow.

(Review posted at Happy Heart Reads for the TBR Challenge Recommended Read)

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James is a riveting Gothic tale. I saw a recent review at Amazon that said "a tad melodramatic," and I laughed heartily. HELLO! It's a Gothic! A good Gothic is all about the melodrama...building on the terrifying unknown, creating atmospheric settings and vulnerable characters. This story is told by Sarah Piper, a poor, lonely young woman, who gets drawn into a myste
I love a good ghost story, and The Haunting of Maddy Clare is indeed a good ghost story. It passed my ghost story test, which is dreaming about it. When scary carries over to my sleep, I am thoroughly satisfied. Simone St. James has made me a very happy reader. The ghost story has historical aspects, with WWI having recently ended, and romantic aspects, with two of the main characters trying to fight their attraction to one another, as well as an angry ghost.

Sarah Piper is a London girl in her m
Nov 02, 2012 Hannah marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: spookies
Sigh...another DNF.

Too many modern mores for a 1920's time period. The supernatural aspect was fairly creepy, but then it devolved into a romance, with some unexpected sex scenes. Not what I was hoping for.

Nicole Ritz
Jun 19, 2012 Nicole Ritz rated it it was ok

Although I prefer a little more subtlety in ghost stories -- the book's spirit made her presence known early on and spectacularly -- the book started off strong. There was some nice period detail, and the premise was interesting enough that I was willing to accept it on its own terms.

THEN the author threw in an anachronism that ruined much of my enjoyment.The story was set in 1922. Sarah compared Evangeline to Norma Shearer, claiming she'd seen all her movies. Although Norma Shearer had begun a
Feb 16, 2016 Angie rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a great read! Lots of things I love all in one book: history, romantic tension, mystery, ghosts, and more!
Sarah, a temp worker from London, finds herself as an assistant to a ghost hunter--definitely uncharted territory for her! Through this she meets a troubled ghost, known in life as Maddy Clare, who wants to get revenge. Maddy haunts Sarah and her fellow hunters in terrifying ways. This is an edge of your seat book that makes you want to keep reading and not stop until it's over. I
Apr 18, 2012 Joanne rated it really liked it
When Sarah Piper accepts a temporary job to assist a man involved in exploring paranormal activity, little does she know that she will come face to face with a most terrifying manifestation...the ghost of a young girl with a mysterious past who committed suicide but remains to haunt her country home. A delightfully spooky ghost story and perfect for those who enjoy mystery and a bit of romance. Set in the English countryside in 1922, you'll want a cup of tea to keep the chills away as the horror ...more
Molly O'keefe
Jan 11, 2014 Molly O'keefe rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - I was freaked out. The mysteries - all of them! Were page turning and the romance was really satisfying. For readers who like well balanced romance/mystery/historical - this one is for you!
MaryannC.Book Fiend
I won this free copy through a Goodreads giveaway and I was very excited to read this. Where do I begin, but to say that this is a deliciously creepy read! For me, this novel starts out quietly and tells the story of Sarah Piper, a young woman with a lonely existence who answers her temp. agency's request for a job. At her interview she meets handsome,rich Alistair Gellis who investigates ghosts and hires Sarah to accompany him to a site where a young servant named Maddy Clare had committed ...more
Aug 29, 2016 Giedre rated it liked it
The Haunting of Maddy Clare is a mystery/ghost story with romantic elements set post-WWI. Basically, it's the kind of cosy novel you read in the evening while sipping on your hot beverage of choice. And it went down mostly well with my hot chocolate, because I read it in one sitting and had a pleasant time.

The mystery/ghost story worked better than the romance, in my opinion. I think there needed to be a little bit more character development to strengthen the romance plotline. It wasn't bad, bu
Jun 14, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Great, old-fashion ghost story. Nothing really scary but very entertaining with a little romance thrown in. This was recommended to me by Jessica in the group Sweeter Reads for our quarterly book swap. Highly recommend.
Jamie Stanley
Apr 07, 2013 Jamie Stanley rated it really liked it
This was a GREAT ghost story. I was unable to put it down. I spent my entire Saturday reading this book. It was very creepy and did not go overboard with the romance. If you like gothic ghost stories, I recommend this book. I just ordered her second book today :)
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This was a delectable read, with a compelling and chilling paranormal mystery, and a sizzling hot romance. I really enjoyed it.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine in the March issue.

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. JamesNothing is more perfect than a ghost hunt across the English countryside in the 1920’s. Suspenseful, wicked, sexy – this novel is everything that gothic and paranormal lovers crave. A must read!

Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence becomes an adventure she could never have predicted when she accepts an appointment to meet with her possible future employer. Sarah works for a temporary agency in London and is currently in-between jobs, so the unusual request to meet a stranger in a coffeehou
The Haunting of Maddy Clare
4 Stars

In post WWI England, there are few jobs available for young women so when Sarah Piper is offered a position as an assistant to a ghost hunter, she accepts because beggars can’t be choosers. Summoned to investigate and perhaps exorcise the spirit of Maddy Clare, a 19 year old serving girl who took her own life, Sarah and her partners, Alistair Gellis and Matthew Ryder, must learn the horrific details of Maddy’s traumatic life and pitiful death before she takes he
Feb 09, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, uk-book, 2012
It has been quite a while since I read a book in one day. But this was the case with The Haunting of Maddy Clare. Set in England after WW-1, the story revolves around Sarah Piper, a temporary worker hired by Alistair Glennis to be his assistant. Turns out, he is a ghost hunter.

This is England, after all, where every house has a ghost and every pub has a poltergeist, and Alistair admits he has seen evidence of "manifestations" but never really encountered a ghost. But Maddy Clare is no curious po
A relatively quick and easy read. Enjoyed the characters and setting and love to read books about this period of history. I liked the "ghostly" aspect of the story and thought it was well done, there were a few twists that were surprising although it was fairly easy to grasp who the culprit/culprits were well before the end.
For this reader it was the effect of the war and it's aftermath on the men who returned, the effects on their lives and their assimilation back into everyday life that was th
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Simone St. James is the award-winning author of 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 ...more
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“You can't imagine how hard it is to come home from hell and be expected to pick up the threads of a life. Apply for jobs, go to a factory, punch in, punch out. Put your lunch in a bag and get on the omnibus every day. Like nothing happened. Nothing. 16 likes
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