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; ©2014 Audible, Inc.
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"Dull, predictable, poorly researched, lacks a dece"
After this book I would not touch another from this author. Rula Lenska does a good job with the material provided.
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.
"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 !
"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?
"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.
"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.
"not Barbara Erskine's usual standard"
A longer build up to the main event and a shorter conclusion, it became quite tedious
I have read several of her books one of which is amongst my all time favourites so I would definitely try again in the hope that Midnight Is a Lonely Place is a one off disappointment
No I haven't but would like to. Rula Lenska's performance was the only thing that kept me listening.
All of them and start again. I didn't really care what happened to any of them
Excellent story brilliantly read could stop listening! Really enjoyed this as i do all of Barbra's books
I have read the book twice, but enjoyed just sitting back and listening to it
wish her other books were on Audio
good voice and easy to listen to.
enjoyed all of it
"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.
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.
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