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The Haunting of Maddy Clare
     

The Haunting of Maddy Clare

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by Simone St. James
 

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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

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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 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

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)
From the Publisher
"Debut author St. James has written an atmospheric and resoundingly old-fashioned ghost story that pulls you in from the first pages...This book is just right for those who prefer suspense to be scary but not too scary. It's haunting but (despite disturbing elements) not nightmarish. St. James's writing evokes the time period without pretension, the pacing is just right, the ghost story plausible, and the love story important but not all-consuming. Recommended."
Historical Novels Review

"A chilling start...fans of the modern Gothic novel will enjoy filling up a few creepy hours."
Kirkus Reviews

"A novel of chilling romantic suspense that evokes the lost era between the world wars that so wounded the lives of the young men and women of England, and adds to the mix an inevitably dark, gothic ghost story. Read it with the lights on. Simply spellbinding."
Susanna Kearsley, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Winter Sea

"A compelling read. With a strong setting, vivid supporting characters and sympathetic protagonists, the book is a wonderful blend of romance, mystery, and pure creepiness. Simone St. James is a talent to watch."
Anne Stuart, New York Times bestselling author of Shameless

"Compelling and deliciously unsettling, this is a story that begs to be read in one sitting. I couldn't put it down!"
Megan Chance, author of City of Ash

"With a fresh, unique voice, Simone St. James creates an atmosphere that is deliciously creepy and a heroine you won't soon forget. The Haunting of Maddy Clare promises spooky thrills and it delivers. Read it, enjoy it—but don't turn out the lights!"
Deanna Raybourn, author of the Julia Grey series and of The Dark Enquiry

"One foggy evening not long ago, I lit a fire in the fireplace, brewed myself a cup of tea, settled in and began to read The Haunting of Maddy Clare. When I looked up again, my tea had gone cold, the fire was out, and hours had passed in an instant. The deliciously eerie, traditionally gothic story grabbed me with its first sentence and didn't let go until the very last, as though Maddy herself reached out from the page and drew me in, insisting that I, along with ghost hunters Sarah, Matthew and Alastair, not rest until I discovered what happened to her one terrible night in the dark and foreboding English countryside. Author Simone St. James gets everything right in this ghostly tale, and I'll be standing in line to buy whatever she writes next."
Wendy Webb, author of The Tale of Halcyon Crane

"Fast, fun, and gripping. Kept me up into the wee hours."
C. S. Harris, author of the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series

"I don't believe in ghosts, but I believe every word of this fast-paced, compelling story."
Madeline Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101577233
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
53,857
File size:
387 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"Debut author St. James has written an atmospheric and resoundingly old-fashioned ghost story that pulls you in from the first pages...This book is just right for those who prefer suspense to be scary but not too scary. It's haunting but (despite disturbing elements) not nightmarish. St. James's writing evokes the time period without pretension, the pacing is just right, the ghost story plausible, and the love story important but not all-consuming. Recommended."
Historical Novels Review

"A chilling start...fans of the modern Gothic novel will enjoy filling up a few creepy hours."
Kirkus Reviews

"A novel of chilling romantic suspense that evokes the lost era between the world wars that so wounded the lives of the young men and women of England, and adds to the mix an inevitably dark, gothic ghost story. Read it with the lights on. Simply spellbinding."
Susanna Kearsley, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Winter Sea

"A compelling read. With a strong setting, vivid supporting characters and sympathetic protagonists, the book is a wonderful blend of romance, mystery, and pure creepiness. Simone St. James is a talent to watch."
Anne Stuart, New York Times bestselling author of Shameless

"Compelling and deliciously unsettling, this is a story that begs to be read in one sitting. I couldn't put it down!"
Megan Chance, author of City of Ash

"With a fresh, unique voice, Simone St. James creates an atmosphere that is deliciously creepy and a heroine you won't soon forget. The Haunting of Maddy Clare promises spooky thrills and it delivers. Read it, enjoy it—but don't turn out the lights!"
Deanna Raybourn, author of the Julia Grey series and of The Dark Enquiry

"One foggy evening not long ago, I lit a fire in the fireplace, brewed myself a cup of tea, settled in and began to read The Haunting of Maddy Clare. When I looked up again, my tea had gone cold, the fire was out, and hours had passed in an instant. The deliciously eerie, traditionally gothic story grabbed me with its first sentence and didn't let go until the very last, as though Maddy herself reached out from the page and drew me in, insisting that I, along with ghost hunters Sarah, Matthew and Alastair, not rest until I discovered what happened to her one terrible night in the dark and foreboding English countryside. Author Simone St. James gets everything right in this ghostly tale, and I'll be standing in line to buy whatever she writes next."
Wendy Webb, author of The Tale of Halcyon Crane

"Fast, fun, and gripping. Kept me up into the wee hours."
C. S. Harris, author of the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series

"I don't believe in ghosts, but I believe every word of this fast-paced, compelling story."
Madeline Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne

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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Haunting of Maddy Clare 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
GreenEyedReader More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent novel. I took a chance and loved every minute. Well worth your purchase. Enjoy.t
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:) 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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
AngieJG More than 1 year ago
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.
PDX_reader_Jane More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly riveting!
Dawn19 More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Definitely will become one of my "go to" authors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will give you goose bumps and a steamy romance all in the rustic backdrop of post WW1 England.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, romantic, creepy, and thoroughly entertaining.
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SugarNSpice1 8 months ago
A ghost story told in the time frame of 1922 in Europe. It took me a little bit to get into (or I should say comfortable) with the writing as it was using speech both 95 years ago and using some European phrases. But it didnt take long and I was wrapped up in the story. Something horrible happened in 1914, something worse than the War that was going on at the time. Alistair Gellis is what you call a ghost hunter which is pretty unheard of back then. He needs an assistant to accompany him to visit a barn where they say a young woman haunts and terrorizes any man that even comes close to it. Alistair's usual assistant Matthew Ryder is currently away visiting family and Alistair knows he needs a woman for this particular investigation. Sarah Piper has been barely surviving on her own and has felt terribly alone after the death of her parents. She at first thinks Alistair is mad with his request but she needs the money and if nothing else she will enjoy the company. She had no idea that she would be the conduit that unleashes a very angry and vengeful young woman. Matthew eventually joins them and the 3 of them get caught up in the ghost haunting and also unraveling the truth about what happened to her. This was a very enjoyable read and along with the ghost hunting and the mystery shows us the effect of PTSD (way before it was labeled that) of the men that served in World War 1.
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Artistwriter More than 1 year ago
A page-turner that kept me reading late into the night. The characters are quirky and develope through the story. Love discovering a new author and I just ordered more by Ms. St. James.
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If you like Harlequin Romances, get this book... Big disapointment.