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When the nineteenth—century ghost of Maria de Silva wakes her up in the middle of the night, Suze knows this is no ordinary visitation — and not just from the knife at her throat, either. In life, Maria was the fiancée of Jesse — the same Jesse who was murdered a hundred and fifty years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love with.

Maria threatens Suze: The backyard construction must cease. Suze has a pretty good idea what — or rather, who — Maria doesn't want found. But in ...

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Overview

When the nineteenth—century ghost of Maria de Silva wakes her up in the middle of the night, Suze knows this is no ordinary visitation — and not just from the knife at her throat, either. In life, Maria was the fiancée of Jesse — the same Jesse who was murdered a hundred and fifty years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love with.

Maria threatens Suze: The backyard construction must cease. Suze has a pretty good idea what — or rather, who — Maria doesn't want found. But in solving Jesse's murder, will Suze end up losing him forever?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419367892
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Series: Mediator Series , #4

Meet the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. More than 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Biography

Meg Cabot knows that one of the best cures for feeling gawky and conspicuous is reading about someone who sticks out even more than you do. Her books for young adults invariably feature girls who have extraordinary powers that carry extraordinary burdens. Cabot's Princess Diaries series offers up the secret thoughts of Mia Thermopolis, who discovers at age 14 that she is actually the princess of a small European country. This revelation adds significantly to her extant concerns about crushes, friendships, school, and other matters falling under adolescent scrutiny.

Cabot, a native of Indiana weaned on Judy Blume and Barbara Cartland, was already a successful romance novelist (as Patricia Cabot) before she began writing for young adults; her alter-alter ego, Jenny Carroll, began a new series shortly after The Princess Diaries debuted. The Carroll books are divided between the Mediator series, starring a girl who can communicate with restless ghosts; and the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU books, in which a girl struck by lightning acquires the ability to locate missing people.

Cabot writes her books in a conspiratorial, first-person style that resonates with her readers. She has obviously kept a grip on the vernacular and the key issues of adolescence; but what makes her books so irresistible is the mixing of the mundane with the fantastic. After all, who wouldn't like to wake up and be a princess all of a sudden, or a seer? Cabot takes such offhand notions and roots them firmly in the details of average, middle-class American life. She has also tiptoed into mystery and paranormal suspense with other YA novels and series installments.

Cabot continues to write adult novels under various permutations of her given name (Meggin Patricia Cabot): from 19th-century historical romances to contemporary chick lit. And, as with her books for teens, these romances have earned praise for their lighthearted humor and well drawn characters.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Cabot:

"I am left handed."

"I hate tomatoes of any kind."

"I really wanted to be veterinarian, but I got a 410 on my math SATs."

"Writing used to be my hobby, but now that it's my job, I have no hobby -- except watching TV and laying around the pool reading US Weekly. I have tried many hobbies, such as knitting, Pilates, ballet, yoga, and guitar, but none of them have taken. So I guess I'm stuck with no hobby.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Meggin Patricia Cabot (full name); Patricia Cabot, Jenny Caroll
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991
    2. Website:

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The Mediator #4: Darkest Hour


By Meg Cabot

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Meg Cabot
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060725141

Chapter One

Summer. Season of long, slow days and short, hot nights.

Back in Brooklyn, where I spent my first fifteen of them, summer -- when it hadn't meant camp -- had meant hanging out on the stoop with my best friend, Gina, and her brothers, waiting for the ice-cream truck to come by. When it wasn't too hot, we played a game called War, dividing into teams with the other kids in the neighborhood and shooting each other with imaginary guns.

When we got older, of course, we quit playing War. Gina and I also started laying off the ice cream.

Not that it mattered. None of the neighborhood guys, the ones we used to play with, wanted anything to do with us. Well, with me, anyway. I don't think they'd have minded renewing acquaintances with Gina, but by the time they finally noticed what a babe she'd grown into, she'd set her sights way higher than guys from the 'hood.

I don't know what I expected from my sixteenth summer, my first since moving to California to live with my mom and her new husband . . . and, oh, yeah, his sons. I guess I envisioned the same long, slow days. Only these, in my mind, would be spent at the beach rather than on an apartment building's front stoop.

And as for those short, hot nights, well, I had plans for those, as well. All I needed was a boyfriend.

But as it happened, neither the beach nor the boyfriendmaterialized, the latter because the guy I liked? Yeah, he so wasn't interested. At least, as far as I could tell. And the former because . . .

Well, because I was forced to get a job.

That's right: A job.

I was horrified when one night at dinner, around the beginning of May, my stepfather, Andy, asked me if I'd put in any summer employment applications anywhere. I was all, "What are you talking about?"

But it soon became clear that, like the many other sacrifices I'd been asked to make since my mother met, fell in love with, and married Andy Ackerman -- host of a popular cable television home improvement program, native Californian, and father of three -- my long hot summer lazing at the beach with my friends was not to be.

In the Ackerman household, it soon unfolded, you had two alternatives for how you spent your summer break: a job, or remedial tutoring. Only Doc, my youngest stepbrother -- known as David to everyone but me -- was exempt from either of these, as he was too young to work, and he had made good enough grades that he'd been accepted into a month-long computer camp, at which he was presumably learning skills that would make him the next Bill Gates -- only hopefully without the bad haircut and Wal-Mart-y sweaters.

My second-youngest stepbrother, Dopey (also known as Brad) was not so lucky. Dopey had managed to flunk both English and Spanish -- an astounding feat, in my opinion, English being his native language -- and so was being forced by his father to attend summer school five days a week . . . . when he wasn't being used as unpaid slave labor on the project Andy had undertaken while his TV show was on summer hiatus: tearing down a large portion of our house's backyard deck and installing a hot tub.

Given the alternatives -- employment or summer school -- I chose to seek employment.

I got a job at the same place my oldest stepbrother, Sleepy, works every summer. He, in fact, recommended me, an act which, at the time, simultaneously stunned and touched me. It wasn't until later that I found out that he had received a small bonus for every person he recommended who was later hired.

Whatever. What it actually boils down to is this: Sleepy -- Jake, as he is known to his friends and the rest of the family -- and I are now proud employees of the Pebble Beach Hotel and Golf Resort, Sleepy as a lifeguard at one of the resort's many pools, and me as . . .

Well, I signed away my summer to become a hotel staff babysitter. Okay. You can stop laughing now.

Even I will admit that it's not the kind of job I ever thought I'd be suited for, since I am not long on patience and am certainly not overly fond of having my hair spat up in. But allow me to point out that it does pay ten dollars an hour, and that that does not include tips.

And let me just say that the people who stay at the Pebble Beach Hotel and Golf Resort? Yeah, they are the kind of people who tend to tip. Generously.

The money, I must say, has gone a long way toward healing my wounded pride. If I have to spend my summer in mindless drudgery, earning a hundred bucks a day -- and frequently more -- amply compensates for it. Because by the time the summer is over, I should have, without question, the most stunning fall wardrobe of anyone entering the junior class of the Junipero Serra Mission Academy.

So think about that, Kelly Prescott, while you spend your summer lounging by your father's pool. I've already got four pairs of Jimmy Choos, paid for with my own money.

What do you think about that, Little Miss Daddy's AmEx?

The only real problem with my summer job -- besides the whiny children and their equally whiny, but loaded, parents, of course -- is the fact that I am expected to report there at 8:00 in the morning every day.

That's right. 8:00 a.m. No sleeping in for old Suze this summer.

I must say I find this a bit excessive. And believe me, I've complained. And yet the management staff at the Pebble Beach Hotel and Golf Resort have remained stubbornly unswayed by my persuasive arguments for refraining from offering babysitting services until nine.

And so it is that every morning (I can't even sleep in on Sundays, thanks to my stepfather's insistence that all of us gather around the dining table for the elaborate brunch he prepares; he seems to think we are the Camdens or the Waltons something) I am up before seven. . . .



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When the nineteenth-century ghost of Maria de Silva wakes her up in the middle of the night, Suze knows this is no ordinary visitation and not just from the knife at her throat, either. In life, Maria was the fiancée of Jesse, the same Jesse who was murdered a hundred and fifty years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love with.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2007

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    Gosh! Meg Cabot is amazing!! I LOVE all of her books. The mediator series, isn't as popular as some of her other books, but they should be, because they are some of her best work!!!!! The whole series is amazing, and this one, has a phenomonal ending! *Swoon* I reccomend all of meg cabots books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Mediator, Darkest Hour

    This book is great. I love it. When you open this book or even this series you just don't want to stop and when you finished the little sneak peek at the end of the book, it gives you the thrilling sensation of what in the world is going to happen next.
    All in all, I love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    Mediator Darkest Hour

    The book i thougt was amazing! It was a brillant page turner, full of suspense. I loved the relationship between Suze and Jesse. The book starts when Suze is babysitting at a hotel for her summer job, when the little kid she babysits for the Slaters also talks to ghost and is a mediator just like her! When his older brother Paul likes Suze, but shes in love with Jesse. And Maria who is Jesse ex who arranged him to be killed comes back and tries to make Suze not uncover how Jesse died, and the letters, and stuff. Then Maria tricks the little boy who is a mediator to create a exorcism on him, and then she risks her own life to bring him back! The book is just awesome to read and i would recomend this book to anyone who loves suspense, and page turners.
    -ANF

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    this is the best book so far in the already amazing sequel

    okay well i just finished it and it has like the best possible ending. in fact it is so freaking good that right now i am dragging my mom out to the library in search of the next book. and yeah.. i am a total sucker for romantic books with happy endings but w/e.. they hafta be good. and so i totally reccomend this book to gilrs ages probably about 11-15 but other ages may like it too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    Love these covers. This one especially. So uh things got awkward

    Love these covers. This one especially. So uh things got awkward fast what with Suze having to deal with a ghost called Maria, who happens to not like Suze, I'm guessing the knife at her throat is a giveaway. That and uh, she was Jessie's fiance. Yeah, Suze's ghost inhabiting her room Jessie. And to add more awkwardness Suze is falling for the guy. Like I said, awkward. But found myself loving this one. Love the series in general.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

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    So far I've really enjoyed the mediator series but this one was by far the best. I NEVER cry when I read books but this one had me in tears. I hope everything turns out happy for Suze and Jessie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Great series

    This series is full of sassyness and plenty of independent girl power.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Fun

    I always enjoy MegCabot novels and this was no exeption
    Funny -Action packed-and Captivating
    Only downfall is Caboys need to say " I mean" after a sentence that needs no explination

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Get it

    I LUV LUV LUV IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Awesome

    I love jesse

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Reason for 4 Stars

    I'm only giving this book 4 stars because it makes me so mad how she can't tell anybody. I get so excited when she says something that she didn't want to say. I always think she's going to explain and tell them she is a mediator. I am always wrong. It pisses me off! I always get excited and think, ' This is the moment,' but I'm always wrong.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

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    AMAZING SERIES!

    I love Meg Cabot's books, and I have found that my favorite are her 2 series, 1-800-Where-r-u? and the Mediator series.
    Suze is fun and exciting and all of Cabot's characters are lovable and well-developed in the Mediator series. I loved Darkest Hour especially because it deals with Jesse especially and shows how much Suze really cares about him. If nothing else, readers will fly through this series just to find out what happens with Jesse and Suze's impossible romance. Be warned, this series is all you can think about whenever you put one of the books down- especially this one! This is a fantastic series. If you are a fan of Cabot's other works or just want a really good read, look no further!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Good book

    Good twist in plot

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    OH M GEEEEE

    I absolutely love this series and this is the best 1 yet!!!!!!! Meg Cabot is a great author and i cant wait to keep reading!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

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    Great Mystery

    This book is a great mystery story. It also gives good background on a character that has been around since the beginning which readers knew very little about before reading this book. Highly recommend.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    intense

    i really liked the book- the plot was very fast-paced and of course, gotta love jesse, the hot dead guy living in suze's room. but i must say that te whole paul thing towards the end was weird- not really sure where cabot can go with that one!! good villians, nice humor, overall, a pretty great read!!!

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

    Must read series!

    I'm not just talking about THIS particular book, but ALL of them! They are amazing! I do reccomend you read them! I'm not the best reader but these will keep you hooked, I gaurentee it. I love the way this one ended. I'm on my way to get the 5th one now! CANNOT WAIT! i heard its amazing! You will LOVEEEEE JESSE people. hahaha. he is so cuteE!!! its way goood!!!!

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  • Posted August 3, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    One of my Favorites in the Series!

    Darkest Hour was incredible! This was actually the first book in the series that I read (I just picked it up off the shelf- and didn't regret it!). This book is the fourth in the series, and perhaps one of my favorites. The book is about Suze, a mediator who can see and talk to ghosts. It also stars Jesse, a ghost murdered in the mid- 1800s who Suze is seriously starting to crush on. (Even though she knows it wouldn't work out- I mean he's dead). Throw in another ghost out to hide a terrible secret- one that threatens both Suze and Jesse, and you've got an amazing story. I would recommend it to any ya romance lover! (ps, if you'd like to start with the first in the series it's shadowland)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2009

    most romantic, daring, sweet, mysterious, amazing book ever!

    this book has honestly made me cry because of how romantic it is! u should defintely read it but read the first few first. its amazing hat her nd jesse love each other soo much

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Meg Cabot The Mediator

    Good book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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