The Haunting of Maddy Clare
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
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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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
The story is told in the first person and Sarah Piper is a delightful narrator. Not only do we get treated to a sto ...more
The imperative need to unravel the past surrounding Maddy's sad and short life made for a fast read and entertaining ghost story...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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)[this was just a mediocre read. And rather than give you my personal summary as I usually do, I am going to go directly to the heart of the matter.
There were too many highs and lows left with more questi ...more
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 ...more
I do enjoy intelligently written ghost stories---and they are often hard t ...more
(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 ...more
Sarah Piper is a London girl in her m ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine in the March issue. http://affairedecoeur.com.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more