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The Haunting of Maddy Clare

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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 ...

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Overview

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?

Winner of two RITA Awards from the Romance Writers of America and the Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada

Winner of the 2013 RITA Awards for Best First Book and Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
St. James's debut novel is a fantastic paranormal historical set in England between the World Wars. Sarah Piper is a young woman who has been sent by her temp agency to assist Alistair Gellis, a WWI vet and troubled ghost hunter charged with investigating a barn haunted by the specter of 19-year-old Maddy Clare. However, Maddy refuses to interact with men, and so Sarah is thrust to the forefront of the inquiry. When she arrives at the barn, Sarah is overwhelmed by Maddy's spirit, who demands that she return with Alistair and his enigmatic assistant, Matthew Ryder. The ghost demands that the trio find the men Maddy wanted to kill before she committed suicide, and why, or she will drive Alistair insane. As Sarah and Matthew work frantically to discover Maddy's murderous plans, they confront increasingly resistant townsfolk and their own irresistible attraction to one another. By the time they learn Maddy's secret, it may be too late for all involved. Though readers may surmise the ending long before the last page, St. James deftly ratchets up the tension in this thrilling ghost story. (Mar. 6)
VOYA - Erin Wyatt
Sarah Piper ekes out a living working for a temp agency in 1920s London. When she is hired as an assistant to ghost hunter Alistair Gellis, her world turns upside down. Alistair, a wealthy and handsome man who did not escape unscathed from his service in World War I, has taken on the investigation of the ghost of Maddy Clare, a maid who is said to haunt the barn where she committed suicide. Sarah is sent to deal with the ghost, as Maddy, in life and in death, could not abide the company of men. This is no meek spirit—she is physical, angry, and wants vengeance, willing to force Sarah to comply with her final wishes by any means necessary. More help arrives in the form of Matthew, another member of the team, with whom Sarah has a steamy and powerful connection. A compelling ghost story, the book is written quite beautifully, weaving elements of romance and mystery with a gothic twist. All the main characters, including the ghost, have been damaged by the various tragedies that have struck them in their young lives. The book explores post-traumatic stress, loss, and the need to find a way to move beyond the past to claim a future, or in the case of Maddy, to rest in peace. Offering a glimpse of life in England between world wars as the twenty-something ghost investigators stay at a country inn, the book proves a satisfying, chilling read. Reviewer: Erin Wyatt
Kirkus Reviews
Sarah Piper, a self-proclaimed modern woman living in London, finds herself living a ghost story in this post–World War I tale. A temp agency offers Sarah a job with a mysterious, handsome writer, Alistair Gellis, who carries scars from the recent Great War. His postwar passion finds him writing travel books—as dry and academic as he can make them—about various haunted sites in England, but his interest is piqued by the case of a haunted barn in the small village of Waringstoke; a young maidservant hanged herself in her employer's barn and has been making mischief and threats ever since, most recently terrorizing a local vicar when he is called to perform an exorcism. According to her former employer, Mrs. Clare, Maddy, the ghost, hates men, so if Alistair is to verify the haunting for his next book, Sarah will have to confront the angry spirit. Feeling adrift in her life and intrigued by Alistair's company, Sarah agrees to the job, embarking on a terrifying journey into the damaged psyche of Maddy Clare. Capable of manipulating her environment and producing hallucinations, Maddy is not resting quietly. Not only must Sarah and Matthew Ryder, Alistair's tough and war-scarred friend, race to discover the truth behind Maddy's life and death, they are soon caught up in Maddy's troubling obsession with Alistair. Through fog, darkness, nightmares and fire, Sarah and Matthew fight to save their friend while also succumbing to their own heated attraction. Along the way, they meet all the mysterious figures one would hope to find in a small English town: the brash new-money aristocrat and his unhappy, beautiful wife; the distrustful gravedigger; the man who watches outside Sarah's window. And of course, Maddy, the one who connects them all and is either seeking peace—or revenge. A chilling start gives way to a more predictable ending, but fans of the modern Gothic novel will enjoy filling up a few creepy hours.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451235688
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 167,474
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Simone St. James is the award-winning author of  An Inquiry into Love and Death 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 the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    If you like ghost stories, you will like this book. I really e

    If you like ghost stories, you will like this book. I really enjoyed reading the book. Bought it because it sounded like a quick read and a fun read. It met all my expectations. I read it in one day. Couldn't put it down.
    The story involves a young woman and two men who are ghost hunters. It takes place in England after WW I They go to a quiet English town at the request of a woman who says that her barn is haunted by a young girl who lived with them. There is romance, a ghost haunting and a good mystery. Sarah is the character that the ghost has made contact. Sarah is the heroine of the story and saves the two men and the village. Good ending and a good mystery. Tried to find some other books that the author wrote but was unable to locate. I hope that this isn't the author's first and only book. Would love to see this as a series. I could see Sarah and her friend, Matthew, as ghost hunters solving ghost stories that involved murder or some other mystery.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Great surprise!

    Bought this more on a whim, based on reviews and because i needed something decent and gothic-y to read. And...i read it straight through snd loved it. I did kind of guess most of the twist of the haunting towards the end, but an awesome read. Looking forward to her next book - really great book!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Great read

    Couldnt put it down!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

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    CAPTIVATING.... This story took me in right away, couldn't put i

    CAPTIVATING....
    This story took me in right away, couldn't put it down. Ghost story taking palce in England post WW1. Three main characters plus the ghost. Well written; good character development. Very good read. I believe this is the author's first novel with another coming in '13. I will definitely read her again.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Loved this book--I too couldn't put it down. So now waiting for

    Loved this book--I too couldn't put it down. So now waiting for the next from this author as well as Deborah Harkness and Susanna Kearsley.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book! The scenes involving the ghost were

    I really enjoyed this book! The scenes involving the ghost were incredibly creepy. But I couldn"t put it down. Finished it 1:30 in the morning. Absolutely worth it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Fantastic!

    Perfect blend of creepy ghost story, historical fiction, love story and mystery! This book had me on the edge of my seat and the way the hauntings are described will make the back if your neck prickle. Could not put it down!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Amazing

    :) i came across this read it in two days. Amazing haunting thrill with amazingly great romance tention. I highley recomend this book and hope to see more from this author!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Excellent book

    This was an excellent novel. I took a chance and loved every minute. Well worth your purchase. Enjoy.t

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Perfection


    A page turner. Could not put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Well-written first novel

    I rarely read books in one sitting, but The Haunting of Maddy Clare kept me on the edge of my seat, without sacrificing the well-written, lyrical prose. It's a genre-bending book - combining historical fiction, romance and a gothic ghost story. The ghostly element is deliciously spine-tinging without being straight up horror (I'm not a fan of horror as a genre, but I loved this book). It was refreshing to see a writer put a new twist on these genres, blending them in new ways. The first person narrator was highly likeable, an excellent traveling companion for this ghostly tale. There was an occasional false note, but over all, a very impressive debut.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    The story line didn't hook me at first, but once I got into it,

    The story line didn't hook me at first, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. There was great suspense and different twists and turns throughout the plot to make it exciting. Would highly recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

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    Truly riveting!

    Truly riveting!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Really Enjoyed This!

    I thought this was a great spooky novel! It was a departure from my usual fare, but I was pleasantly surprised. I would recommend the book to friends, already did!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    I enjoyed this story very much. It was far different from other

    I enjoyed this story very much. It was far different from other books I usually read. I read the second one as well, and liked it just as much. Not sure why, but I love the author's writing style. The book kept my attention throughout.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

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    Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Definitely will become one of m

    Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Definitely will become one of my "go to" authors!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Excellent ghost story!

    Well woven tale with just the right amount of suspence held along with just enough supernatural activity without making it overkill & drowning out the well laid plot line. I look forward to reading more of this author's work in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Spookie and Steamy

    This book will give you goose bumps and a steamy romance all in the rustic backdrop of post WW1 England.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Fast paced, romantic, creepy, and thoroughly entertaining.

    Fast paced, romantic, creepy, and thoroughly entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    This book will "haunt" you until you finish reading!

    Simone St. James is a new author for me. I've already bought her next book!

    The story is intriguing and the characters are like-able. The haunting scenes are hair raising, but the story behind the ghost really captured my interest. I couldn't wait to find out her real identity and why she haunted the barn. A very good read!

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