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The Haunting of Maddy Clare | [Simone St. James]

The Haunting of Maddy Clare

Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary-work 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 19-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who haunts 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 desperate struggle, for Maddy’s ghost is real, she is angry, and she has powers that defy all reason.
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Publisher's Summary

A thrilling debut in women’s suspense - a ghost story set in 1920s England...

Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary-work 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 19-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who haunts 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 desperate struggle, for Maddy’s ghost is real, she is angry, and she has powers that defy all reason.

Can Sarah and Alistair’s assistant, the rough and unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, where she came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance before she destroys them all?

Simone St. James lives just outside Toronto, Canada, where she works behind the scenes in the television business. She is also the author of An Inquiry into Love and Death.

©2012 Simone Seguin (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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 best-selling author)

"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 best-selling author)

"A compelling ghost story, the book is written quite beautifully, weaving elements of romance and mystery with a gothic twist.… Offering a glimpse of life in England between world wars as the twentysomething ghost investigators stay at a country inn, the book proves a satisfying, chilling read." (VOYA)

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    passiflora Santa Rita, Guam USA 03-04-13
    passiflora Santa Rita, Guam USA 03-04-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Not bad, but a little disappointing"

    It seems good ghost stories or stories about haunting are coming harder to come by. I looked at the reviews on Amazon for this book and it seemed promising. The story itself was good, but what went down hill for me were two things; right off the bat the reader distracted me from the story because although she read ok, I couldn't get past her voice being obviously a quite older woman trying to perform the main character of a young woman in her twenties. She also made the two main male characters sound awful. This was very distracting to me. The detailed sex scenes were, in my opinion, also quite distracting from the main plot and seemed unnecessary. It was enough to know so-and-so had slept with so-and-so without the play by play, nitty gritty details. I found this to be a sad distraction from an otherwise decent story although I forced myself to finish it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 03-25-13
    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Maddy Clare will haunt you"

    I was alone in a strange town in a hotel room when I started to listen to the tale of the haunting of Maddy Clare read by Pamela Garelick and I found myself falling into a mesmerizing and complex ghost story, The tale is an old one of a ghost seeking justice - but Pamela Garelick's performance brought out the heart stopping terror of the ghost of Maddy Clare. Maddy is not a kind and friendly ghost, she is complex and full of anger and demands. So, turn down the lights, light the fire and enjoy a traditional haunting Gothic ghost story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Chicago, IL, United States 03-23-13
    Julie Chicago, IL, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Good story but bad narration"

    I thought this was a good story made less so by the narration. The narrator's male voices were terrible, especially Matthew. She made him sound like an oaf which took away from the story. I actually winced in parts.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    History Buff Maryland 04-16-14
    History Buff Maryland 04-16-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Best read on a dark and stormy night"

    I found this to be a hard book to listen to, yet not a book I could walk away from, either. Was it because I had just recently read a rather silly book on haunted Eastern Shore properties, where no attempt was made to beguile the reader into actually believing things were going "bump" in the night? Maddy was portrayed as very real, and worse yet, appearing to different people in different guises. Maybe the twisted feeling I had in my stomach was the precursor to her moving from my iPod into me! Best read on a dark and stormy night....

    The narration of Pamela Garelick was spot on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nancy olean 08-07-13
    nancy olean 08-07-13

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    "Entertaining but not great"
    Would you try another book from Simone St. James and/or Pamela Garelick?

    The plot in the book was good and the characters were strong and well-developed. I would take a look at another book by the author as long as it was not the same narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Haunting of Maddy Clare?

    One of the most memorable points in the book was when Sarah first went in the barn to meet Maddie. The tension builds from the moment she first hears the footsteps to the point where she finds the fire surrounding her. First contact !!


    What didn’t you like about Pamela Garelick’s performance?

    I found the narrators voice to be plodding and monotone. The result was that this book that should have left you sitting on the edge of your seat really ended up putting you in a comfy armchair with a cup of tea to keep you awake


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 04-10-14
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2011

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "A wonderful ghost story with romance."

    Sometimes you just need to read for fun! This book is a great old fashioned ghost story with some 1920's ghost hunters thrown in.
    It's the story of a girl who shows up dirty and disheveled and unable to talk at a farmer's door. They take her in and a few years later she hangs herself in the barn. Her ghost now haunts the barn and the ghost hunters are called in.

    Alistair is a shell shocked Great War Veteran who has lots of money and nothing to do but research ghosts. He hires Sarah, a recent orphan who is working for a temporary agency, to be an assistant for a week at the haunting. Matthew is his other assistant, a badly burned veteran who can't sleep without having nightmares of the war. These three pledge to document and help Maddy Clare find peace.

    This is a scary at times book with a love story thrown in for good measure. It was a quick listen and a really fun book. The characters are well drawn and the narrator does a fine job.

    I will read more of Simone St. James.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 12-27-13
    Margaret Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "First rating for audible"
    Where does The Haunting of Maddy Clare rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to audiobooks to help me fall asleep at night. This one kept me up because I was too mesmerized by the story and the narrator. The narrator had me hooked on the first paragraph!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all my favorite characters.


    What does Pamela Garelick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pamela Garelick sets a mood to this story...she sets a pace....a clear place. her voice is perfect for this story!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The title is a good tag line


    Any additional comments?

    Yes...more from this author and narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Knit On 10-22-13
    Knit On 10-22-13

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    "Spooky Romance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Haunting of Maddy Clare to be better than the print version?

    I thought the narrator did not do justice to the characters. The slow pace of her reading made them all seem dim-witted and half-asleep. The print version was definitely better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Haunting of Maddy Clare?

    Sarah's first encounter with Maddy Clare was very frightening. Although I do not think this a very scary story, that first encounter had me trembling too.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think if the pace of the narration had been picked up, and if the narrator did not try so hard to sound masculine for the male characters, the story would have been better served.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. But I did want to keep on reading it on my Kindle.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought Maddy Clare was a very original and entertaining story. It was very well-written and I liked all the characters, even the despicable ones. Although I did not care for the narrator, I would highly recommend this book to anyone in search of an easy read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Blah Blah FL, USA 10-09-13
    Blah Blah FL, USA 10-09-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Easy Listen"

    This book had all the elements for a romance, but the story was a bit out there! It seemed a bit ahead of times forthe period it was written in. I know it takes a lot to plot a story, but I felt like the herione was a goody girl and was taken off gaurd by the way the hero and herione got together. The love scenes seemed very contrived, as if they needed to be placed there in the story, and the way the hero took her was a bit weird. Overall, an easy listen if you can stay awake if listening at night. I was happy for the rewind button.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DHackney Round Rock, Texas 08-30-13
    DHackney Round Rock, Texas 08-30-13
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    "Goosebump Worthy Gothic Tale"

    I am now a fan of Simone St.James. This book had romance, intrigue, and spine tingling horror. I actually got scared listening to this audio book. For those who use audio books, the narrator was excellent. The voice was pleasing and perfect for the type of book.
    The story is a gothic style ghost story set in England in the 1920's. I'm starting to love all stories from the 1920's. The author sets the scenes perfectly to give her readers a sense of time and space.
    One character in the book - Alistair writes about ghost phenomena and he needs a female assistant to commune with a reported ghost who is named Maddy Clare. Alistair hires the book's main character, Sarah, from a temporary agency in London. Sarah is happy to leave her dreary life in her dark room in the city if only for a brief time. Sarah soon discovers that she is very sensitive to ghosts and may be in over her head. She meets Alistair's usual assistant, Matthew Ryder, and the two have a spark of attraction from the very beginning.
    The author creates a gothic suspense that entranced this reader. I enjoyed the romance in the story, as well. Wow! I can't wait for more from this author.
    I would recommend this book to those who love a gothic tale with some romance. Beware....this books has some scary parts that will give you goosebumps!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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