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Silence for the Dead

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  7,063 ratings  ·  884 reviews
In 1919, Kitty Weekes, pretty, resourceful, and on the run, falsifies her background to obtain a nursing position at Portis House, a remote hospital for soldiers left shell-shocked by the horrors of the Great War. Hiding the shame of their mental instability in what was once a magnificent private estate, the patients suffer from nervous attacks and tormenting dreams. But s ...more
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Published April 1st 2014 by NAL
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Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James is a 2014 NAL publication.

Haunting in more ways than one-

An old mansion converted into a medical facility for ‘shell-shocked’ soldiers is the perfect, atmospheric backdrop for a spooky ghost story. But, this book is more than just a chilling paranormal tale- it is a mystery, a story of friendship, and a sweet, poignant love story.

Porits House is the perfect place for a young woman on the run to hide out, and Kitty Weekes desperately needs a place to lay
4.5 stars rounded up for Fabulous narration by Mary Jane Wells. In 1919 England, at a lonely mansion where moors meet sea, 21 "mad" soldiers convalesce from WWI, suffering PTSD. But ghosts that reek of rot whisper sweet suicide in the patients' ears, inhibiting their recovery.

To this bleak place comes Kitty Weeks, age 20-ish, masquerading as a nurse, fleeing her own murderous father. She's resilient and courageous, but not foolish. She knows something is wrong, and immediately recognizes the my
Jessica Woodbury
This book started on track for 3 stars, basic but a nice quick read. Sadly the last half didn't measure up to the promise of the first. I stuck with it because it has a lot of things I like: mystery, gothic-style scares, etc. The suspense from the beginning doesn't quite hold up and the plot just gets a bit tired near the end. ...more
Jody McGrath
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by Simone St. James. This one follows a young woman on the run from an abusive father, as she takes a job in a mental hospital after WWI. But of course, not everything is as it seems. With twists and turns, and a completely eerie setting, I devoured this book. Great read!
Simone St. James seems to be almost single-handedly revitalising the genre of the gothic historical romance, and her latest book, Silence for the Dead proved to be a very enjoyable example indeed.

It’s 1919, and twenty-year-old Kitty Weeks has been running away from her abusive father for the past four years. That means going from job to job, often under assumed names, and never staying in one place too long. She’s gutsy and independent, and even though she can never completely shake them off, sh
Merry Jewelhound
I have not read this author before. Here I realize that I am in the minority, I did not like the book and would not have read it had I not already been halfway done with it. The reader on the book is fantastic....the story has me yawning. I really enjoy the time period but nothing about the characters or the setting has grabbed me until the last 2 hours of the book. This could have been a short story with an epilogue. I will try a different book by the author has she has many great reviews.
Rating 4.5

Great read, loved the creepy setting
I enjoyed this. World War I is over, Kitty Weekes, pretending to be a nurse, and on the run from something, arrives at a manor house in the countryside. The house has been transformed into a nursing home for former soldiers suffering from shell shock, and Kitty is quickly put to work caring for the men, despite her complete lack of experience, thanks to a staffing shortage. The lack of sufficient nurses and orderlies is soon explained by the odd noises, terrifying nightmares the men suffer from, ...more
Colleen-Is Trying to Catch Up Got a Lot Going On 🤪
It’s 1919 and Kitty Weekes is dropped off at Portis House, a Hospital for the mentally ill in England. The hospital is on a remote island with nothing else around and the only way off is a bridge into town.

The house was not always a hospital though. It was originally built by a wealthy Swiss family, The Gerbachs. It was a beautiful and lavish home that one day was just deserted with no answer or idea as to where the family had gone. The house was just put on the market by the town’s magistrate
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
From here I could see the thicket of trees, clustered like a crowd of commuters on a busy train platform, that were solid land’s last gasp before the marshes began their march to the sea. The grass grew thicker there, tangled with brush and undergrowth, uncut by any visible path. Beyond the trees, the marshes stretched like patchwork, mossy and silvery, their colors strange even in the workaday summer sunlight. They faded into an impenetrable horizon that must be the sea, though I saw no sign of ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress
After reading Ms. St. James first book, The Haunting of Maddy Clare, I made a note to keep reading her books. I was that impressed. I am quite fond of the early 20th Century period in a fictional setting, and this seems to be a particular area of interest for her as well. With this book, she focused on the troubled homefront of Post-WWI England, when veterans are coming back from the war damaged, both in body and in mind. Kitty Weekes is desperate for a job, desperate enough to take a job at Por ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, reviewed
This is a ghost story set in Portis House, an English mental hospital for shell-shocked veterans of WWI. The protagonist is Kitty Weekes, a 20 year old woman who, in need of both a job and a way to escape her family, pretends to be a nurse and is hired by the hospital. Portis House used to be the home of an expatriate Swiss family who mysteriously disappeared. The Portis House staff consists of a stern matron, her authoritarian assistant and several over-worked nurses and orderlies. These people ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I read Lost Among the Living last year and loved it. Since then have I tried to get hold of Simone St. James other books. Silence for the Dead intrigued me with its stunning cover and interesting blurb. What is Kitty Weekes hiding? What's wrong with Portis House? And, what's Jack Yates, the war hero doing there? And, his the place really haunted?

Silence for the Dead is an interesting book about a haunted hospital and patients that have mentally broken down by the war and basically are sent away
Clarissa Johal
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Simone St. James style of writing and this one did not disappoint. Simone has the ability to pull the reader into a place and time, in this case, 1919 post-war Britain, and write characters that you care about. I like that she threads a bit of romance into her story without destroying it and veering off into "just" romance. This is a ghost story that will keep you turning pages until the wee hours of the morning. I was sad to finish it! ...more
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Not my favorite book by Simone, so far, but I will say that she's definitely up there with my favorite authors. ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-heroine
I found this book to be Simone St. James's most tightly written and plotted book. The plot is deft and intricate and at the end, all threads are woven together, and some in ways that I did not foresee. There are numerous themes that interlink with other themes too, and it takes until the end of the novel for the bigger picture to emerge, and for this reason alone, I found Silence for the Dead utterly engrossing. There are plenty of other reasons though why I loved this book.

Kitty Weekes is perha
SheriC (PM)
This could have been an excellent little ghost story. The buildup of tension and mystery was very well done and the characters were intriguing, but I was disappointed in the final third of the story. Perhaps I should have expected the romance, but it felt forced and implausible, and it was incredibly inappropriate for the two main characters to be playing striptease and grab-ass when patients that the “heroine” was responsible for were dying, unattended, of influenza in another part of the build ...more
Jun 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
4-1/2 stars!

Silence for the Dead takes place in a hospital for "mad men" where Kitty is starting a new job as a nurse. Before long, we learn that Kitty seems to have a lot to hide!

Simone St. James creates an atmosphere that I could easily see playing out as a movie in my head. I was expecting a creepy and suspenseful tale and I was not disappointed. Imagine a post-war psychiatric hospital located far from any town or neighbors full of mental patients during a time before technology was around.
The Lit Bitch
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where was this book a few years ago when I watched Crimson Peak and was dying for a book similar?! If you saw Crimson Peak and loved it, then I think you will really enjoy this book.

One of the things that I liked about that film was how the house and ghosts both haunted the characters and this book does something similar and the effect is memorable and so wonderfully suspenseful!

This is my final Simone St James book and I really wanted to end her books on a high note, and that’s exactly what I d
Laura Lee
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Had read authors first two books then suddenly realized I had two more there to read! Read back to back and was not disappointed. Kitty is a young woman so desperate for a job she is pretty much willing to do anything. She is desolate. She begins work at a spookey convalescent home for young soldiers returned from the horrors of WWI. Is the house haunted? You betcha! Brilliant and that's all I'm going to say.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I love Simone St James writing. Ghost story wrapped within the context of WWI and its aftermath, with a soupçon of romance. I really liked all the characters, the inmates at the hospital as well as the nurses and of course Kitty and Jack, all with vulnerabilities and flaws, dealing with the hand they’ve been dealt in life. Superb!
May 03, 2018 marked it as didn-t-finish

100 pages in and the story wasn't going anywhere.
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gothic
I have loved the writing of Simone St. James since her first and my favorite book that she's written, The Haunting of Maddy Clare. This is now her third book and she has perfected a formula of Gothic creepiness with a dash of romance that is right up my alley.

In this novel, lead character Kitty, has accepted a job as a nurse at a remote mental hospital that caters to the wealthy, veteran men of the Great War. The Portis house the hospital is ensconced in is falling apart and the previous family
Lynn Spencer
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars I love a good gothic, and this is a good, dark tale full of secrets and things that aren't as they should be. The Portis House of the book doesn't have so strong an atmosphere as some of the famous gothic houses like Manderley, but I found it creepy nevertheless. The middle portion of the book dragged ever so slightly for me, but I still enjoyed reading this, as I have enjoyed all of this author's books to date. ...more
This might be mildly spoiler-ish? Won't be if you know what genre you're getting yourself into. But be warned.

Silence For the Dead attempts two things. Separately, they succeed. Together, they fall short of full success. But surprisingly, not as short as I initially expected.
First, the book presents historical fiction with a psychological twist. The plot takes place post-WW1 in a "madhouse" for soldiers suffering from PTSD. The heroine experienced abuse as a child and suffers her own form of PT
Several years ago, between reading other stories by Ms. St. James, I attempted Silence for the Dead. I didn’t get very far because I had difficulty connecting with Kitty. I decided to wait for another day to try her story again.

This time around I finished the gothic-like mystery. The writing was not as crisp as I found in An Inquiry Into Love and Death or The Other Side of Midnight. And I still thought Kitty was not the easiest person to like, but I understood her difficult childhood and life a
Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. Weak story. Below average for the audiobook narrator’s accent.

The narrator used an English accent that bothered me. The phrase “look what I got” sounded like “loo wha I gah.” A little of that would be ok, but not the whole book. I enjoy books using the elegant upper class British accent, but not what was used here. On the other hand, the narrator was good with emotional interpretations and general narration.

The best part of the story was the character development. I enjoyed the intera
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
A secluded, dark and rotting medical/mental home for war torn soldiers with physical and mental issues. The questionable staff and patients are enough to turn up my creep factor. The lead up story and the characters itself did not disappoint.

The history of the property and the home and it’s former inhabitants who left and abandoned this once luxurious residence is interesting and of course, questionable. I found myself wondering who was really mad, who wasn’t and who was playing games. And I wa
I loved this eerie story about a haunted madhouse.

Kitty does what she can to make her life work since she ran away from home a couple years ago. She uses one of her ex-housemate's credentials to get a job as a nurse at a reclusive mental hospital for men mentally injured by WW1. The hospital used to be the country home of a wealthy family until they suddenly moved away.

Kitty is NOT a nurse.

But she figures, there can't be much involved with helping a bunch of mad ex soldiers.

I kept thinking of
Nov 19, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastically plotted thriller from Simone St. James. I love how abused, destitute Killy becomes the strongest character in the giant cast. Truly, a heroine who rises to show fierce bravery while the walls are literally crumbling around her.

I love how a romantic subplot is gently inserted into this story.
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Simone St. James is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Book of Cold Cases, The Sun Down Motel, The Broken Girls and 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 ...more

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