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Midnight Is a Lonely Place | [Barbara Erskine]

Midnight Is a Lonely Place

After a broken love affair, biographer Kate Kennedy retires to a remote cottage on the wild Essex coast to work on her new book - until her landlord’s daughter uncovers a Roman site nearby and long-buried passions are unleashed! In her lonely cottage, Kate is terrorized by mysterious forces. What do these ghosts want? That the truth about the violent events of long ago be exposed or remain concealed?
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After a broken love affair, biographer Kate Kennedy retires to a remote cottage on the wild Essex coast to work on her new book - until her landlord’s daughter uncovers a Roman site nearby and long-buried passions are unleashed! In her lonely cottage, Kate is terrorized by mysterious forces. What do these ghosts want? That the truth about the violent events of long ago be exposed or remain concealed?

Kate must struggle for her life against earthbound spirits and ancient curses as hate, jealousy, revenge, and passion do battle across the centuries.

©1994 Barbara Erskine; ©2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    4/23/11
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    "midnight is a lonely place"

    What a great spooky story this was,you could picture everything,and that made it a true ghost story,it had me jumpy at times i would fully recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maureen
    Ammanford, Carms, United Kingdom
    2/15/11
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    "Another good listen"

    Another Barbara Erskine classic. These are books I will want to read a second and even third times. As usual, the narration was excellent, the writing the same. When I see a book by Barbara erskine, I know it will be worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bedelia
    burnopfield, newcastle on tyne, United Kingdom
    3/23/14
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    "worth it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Midnight Is a Lonely Place to be better than the print version?

    I have read the book twice, but enjoyed just sitting back and listening to it


    What other book might you compare Midnight Is a Lonely Place to, and why?

    wish her other books were on Audio


    What about Rula Lenska’s performance did you like?

    good voice and easy to listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    enjoyed all of it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    Kent, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Murderous ghosts"

    The ghosts in this story are an uncompromising bunch. I thought the story started well but ended up as a bit of a chaotic blood fest. Overall this was atmospheric but not completely satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    GREAT YARMOUTH, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Romancing the ghost"

    This is very much a Barbara Erskine book, a love cheated girl leaves her lover, meets a deep brooding hunk, a few ghosts to cause trouble, finally a climax where all ends well. I have read two of Barbara’s books now, which I must say I did enjoy, but I really don’t think I’ll try a third. All in all it’s like a really good rich dark chocolate - some people can eat a whole bar but most enjoy the first couple of chunks before it becomes too sickly sweet to continue.

    The narration by Rula Lenska was brilliant and I loved the echo on the roman voices. However, the failed attempt at a Norfolk or even Suffolk accent missed its mark by over 200 miles as it was more Cornish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    Winkleigh, United Kingdom
    11/15/13
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    "Amazing book."
    If you could sum up Midnight Is a Lonely Place in three words, what would they be?

    Spell binding, Amazing, Awesome.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight Is a Lonely Place?

    The wet earth and maggots in the sink and the hint of Claudia's perfume in the cold air.


    Which character – as performed by Rula Lenska – was your favourite?

    Anne, Kate's sister added an extra boost to the story.


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

    My poor husband had to go without dinner as I found it impossible to put the book down.


    Any additional comments?

    Rula Lenska is a wonderful reader and has a wonderful soothing voice to listen to. I can't wait for Barbara Erskin new book in 2014.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Houghton Conquest, United Kingdom
    11/9/13
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    "Dull, predictable, poorly researched, lacks a dece"
    Would you try another book written by Barbara Erskine or narrated by Rula Lenska?

    After this book I would not touch another from this author. Rula Lenska does a good job with the material provided.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    My first reaction about this book was how did it get published ? It demonstrates that very little research was undertaken. I had no idea the area around Colchester was an uninhibited wilderness and I am not sure the writer paid more than a brief visit to the city or museum . She mentions the Boudican revolt and Roman occupation but fails to understand the basics of what went on in those days and the hIstorical gaffs are HUGE. There are so many plot holes as the narrative clumsily unfolds, the story is predictable and you feel yourself groaning as the book gradually dies. I suspect an editor has tidied it up a fair bit but it lacks suspense, please publishers, look carefully at the material before you publish.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "generally good."

    This is generally good, though I thought it could have missed out a lot in the middle without losing anything from the plot. The ending was also a little crass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    Eastbourne,, United Kingdom
    7/26/12
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    "Midnight is a lonely place"

    Found this story very boring, it went on and on and on in the same vein, could not listen to the second half, have better things to do with 7 hours of my life. Maybe a different narrator would make all the difference !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    12/26/11
    Overall
    "and scary place!"

    Now just the front cover of this made me think, "Granny book, skip it!" but it's not, it's really good!

    The author is able to keep the tension on high alert throughout, and seeing as it's a fully unabridged version, that's pretty impressive to me! A biographer splits up from her partner and moves to a remote cottage to get on with her new Byron script. The teenager daughter of the family up the road starts a dig at the beach, unearthing roman artifacts. Could these finds explain the changes in behaviour of the girl, or is there some sort of haunting going on?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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