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The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
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Goodreads Description- 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's task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a deperate struggle. For Maddy's ghost is real, she's angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Alistair's assistant, the rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, whereshe came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance-before she destroys them all?

I really like good ghost stories but I always have the problem that ghost stories in book form never really live up to what I think of as a ghost story...and that is something that really creeps me out, keeps me up at night, and reminds me of being a kid and just being really scared. I am happy to say that this story has passed my "ghost story test". I was creeped out. As a matter of fact, last night I stayed up to read just a few more pages of the book. When I was finally ready to go to bed and had to turn out the lights I realized that I was really scared! I'm no kid and I have kids of my own and in that moment last night I was completely terrified of the dark thinking of the things that Maddy Clare had done to haunt the characters in the book. Embarrassingly enough, I even had a hard time shutting my eyes because I was visualizing what had happened in the book. I felt like a kid afraid of the dark. However, all of this is a good thing when we are talking about ghost stories. In my experience there just aren't that many books out there that make me react in such a physical way. As a matter of fact the last book that I remember really scaring me was It by Stephen King, master of horror. If St. James can scare me enough to remind me of how I felt about a Stephen King novel then I can say that she has truly done her job and has a gift with words. St. James used words and counted on me, the reader, to supply the visualization of her words to create a terrifying reading environment. Since she was able to do that then she deserves 5 stars for her work. It isn't easy to scare the daylights out of an adult using words in this world where we are bombarded with actual visual images of horrors beyond belief on a daily basis in movies, television shows, and even the news. Great work Ms. St. James! 5 stars!
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