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The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
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Jan 01, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: gothic, favorites
Read from April 23 to 27, 2012

I haven't loved a Gothic ghost story this much since A Woman in Black. This novel somehow manages to combine historical fiction, romance, and horror in such a wonderful way that I could not put it down.

In this novel Sarah Piper is hired by Alistair Gellis, who having survived horror in WWI is now interested in the paranormal. Alistair's regular assistant Matthew is on temporary leave and it's just as well because the haunting that they need to investigate is being done by the man hating Maddy. Maddy is very real ghost and very pissed off about something. Eventually Matthew joins Daphne and Fred, I mean Sarah and Alistair and they proceed to solve the mystery that is Maddy.

This story definitely had parallels to another favorite ghost story of mine, Stephen Kings Bag of Bones. Maybe that is why it was so quickly obvious to me what had happened to Maddy. It seems damaged people touched by death make the best ghost hunters. While the concept of the book was not completely original I still loved many aspect of it. I enjoyed the time period the book was set in, Maisie Dobbs fans should be all over this. I also loved the characters and was rooting for the developments of the relationships in the book. The back of this book contained an excerpt for the author's new novel to be released next year. I look forward to reading it in March
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Stephanie I started reading this after seeing it on your update list. It's wonderful!!

Ariel I know, I loved it. So glad you decided to try it. Simone, the author is now a good reads friend. I can't wait to read her next book.

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