Midnight Is a Lonely Place

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Kate Kennedy has come to remote North Essex on the English coast to finish the biography of Lord Byron she's writing, and to get away from her personal problems. The isolated cottage offers just the kind of seclusion she wants, except as soon as her bags are unpacked, strange things begin to happen.

Kate Kennedy, a successful author, moves to a remote cottage in the country to escape a crumbling romance. Soon, however, strange things begin to happen around the ...

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Overview

Kate Kennedy has come to remote North Essex on the English coast to finish the biography of Lord Byron she's writing, and to get away from her personal problems. The isolated cottage offers just the kind of seclusion she wants, except as soon as her bags are unpacked, strange things begin to happen.

Kate Kennedy, a successful author, moves to a remote cottage in the country to escape a crumbling romance. Soon, however, strange things begin to happen around the cottage--doors slam, windows open, and her computer goes haywire. Original.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A remote corner of Essex, England, becomes the site for some bone-chilling events in Erskine's ( Lady of Hay ) latest supernatural suspense yarn. Author Kate Kennedy, broke and homeless after splitting up with her lover, rents an isolated country cottage to write a biography of Lord Byron. Her work is interrupted, however, by a sullen teenage girl excavating an old Roman gravesite and by Kate's landlord, a temperamental artist who resents her intrusion into his cottage. These two plot to scare Kate off with tales of ghosts, but she dismisses their stories--until weird noises fill the night, gremlins invade her computer and a vandal raids her dwelling. Soon the true culprits are revealed, as the ghosts of Marcus Severus Secundus and his wife Claudia come to life. Marcus is determined to safeguard a centuries-old secret at the gravesite, while Claudia is equally set on exposing her husband's evil deed. The ensuing spectral possession and the ghosts' struggle for supremacy will keep readers on the edge of their seats, though frequent changes in point-of-view may prove confusing. Sadly, the novel's ending is somewhat of a letdown. Readers would probably prefer a rip-roaring confrontation between good and evil over Erskine's reliance on a time-worn climactic cliche. (July)
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Having just broken up with her boyfriend, Kate Kennedy lets a cottage in remote North Essex in order to lick her wounds and concentrate on finishing her biography of Lord Byron. When strange things begin to happen, she at first dismisses the odd and sometimes frightening events as attempts by the cottage's former occupant to scare her away. It rapidly becomes clear, however, that a recently disturbed Roman grave has unleashed dangerous-and evil-supernatural forces. This gripping romantic thriller is virtually impossible to put down. Events proceed at a breakneck pace in this literate and chilling tale of passion and revenge that reach from the grave. Readers will be on the edge of their seats. Fans of Barbara Michaels will particularly enjoy this novel, which is highly recommended for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/94.]-Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., Mass.
Mary Ellen Quinn
Following a breakup with her boyfriend, poet Jon Bevan, Kate Kennedy leaves London for the solitude of a seaside cottage in Essex. The cottage belongs to the Lindsey family: Roger, Diana, and their children--Greg, who is a painter, and teenagers Patrick and Allison. Greg resents vacating the cottage for Kate and when, soon after her arrival, Kate notices strange phenomena in the cottage, she blames him. Gradually, however, she connects the strange events with Allison's digging around what seems to be an archaeological site in the dunes. This is an ancient grave, the site where a Roman named Marcus was responsible for the deaths of his wife, Claudia, and her lover, Nion, a Druid prince. Allison has unleashed all the energies of love, hate, obsession, and rage among these three. Violence ensues: Greg is severely injured when he and Kate go looking for Allison one night and get caught in a terrible storm; Kate's friend Bill, arriving for a visit, is murdered. Meanwhile, mirroring the fatal love triangle of ancient times, Kate must cope with her growing feelings of attraction toward Greg, who is overcome with jealousy when Jon arrives on the scene. A scary tale of the supernatural.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451181947
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2000

    by Andrew

    This is the first Barara Erskine book I have ever read but I think it is the best spooky story I have ever read. My Mum recommended it to me in 1996. It was an enjoyable book but the ending was a bit dodgy.

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