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The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
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Jun 25, 2014

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bookshelves: 2012-books, historical-fiction, mystery

This started off as a decent enough historical ghost thriller but quickly became a mundane mystery. This book had no sense of time and place. It didn’t feel England and it didn’t feel like it was the 1930s. I mean, there was a lot of talk about WWI. And felt hats and stuff like that. And there were fun words like “brassy.” But, honestly, if St. James had set this in the modern day and made the two leads Iraqi war veterans, nothing would’ve changed.

There were also not enough thrills and chills – Maddy as the murderous ghost wasn’t that exciting and her weird “I will be obsessed with Alistair and trap him in his own mind to relive the war!” was random. Wouldn’t it have been better if she started attacking any male? Why did she make the barn look like it was on fire when it had nothing to do with her death? St. James seemed more interested in describing dark, broody Matthew than the mystery itself. He’s strong! He’s broken! He broods! He is a classic romance hero. Creepily enough, he starts his “romance” with Sarah (the heroine) by creeping into her room at night while he thinks she’s asleep and groping her. But it’s okay, she’s totally into it and can’t wait to have sex with him! Then afterwards he runs away and is all, “WE CAN NEVER DO THIS AGAIN!” Ah, a romantic, I see.

For a romance novel this is surprising good. For a ghost mystery this is okay. As historical fiction it fails. Overall the first 100 pages were a fun way to pass the time, but the last 200 were just something to finish.

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