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
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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
A great story that will haunt your dreams and suffocate you at times.
I really should check out Ms Erskine's other work too.
5 stars! ...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
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
Loved the north Essex setting, the heroine was ok until you threw in the annoying ex and the at times psychotic neighbour's son (admittedly that wasn't entirely his fault.). The Druid/Roman relationship was quite touching at times too...BUT
halfway through all was revealed so I thought I was at the end of the book, but still had to plod on through pages of running about in the woods, ...more
Not every book is perfect after al ...more
Also, the book felt like it was winding up to be a horror story, and it's very rare that I'll enjoy one of those. The key character has to be particularly compelling, and I ju ...more
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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
Kate Kennedy is writing a book on Lord Byron & for a variety of reasons needs somewhere to stay. She rents a cheap cottage in rural Suffolk is a good 20 minute walk through the woods from the nearest neighbours. As she settles down to work strange things start to happen – strange noises and smells with unexplained pil ...more
One can be a good writer, have enough talent to keep the readers from giving up after 100 ages, but it doesn't make an experience.
Is this a book that would have benefited from a good amount of editing? Maybe. It's not that the passages were too convoluted or the language too baroque and obtuse. It's actually quite average and simple. It's the story, the number of character ...more