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The Haunting of Maddy Clare
The Haunting of Maddy Clare | Simone St. James
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
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I didn‘t have a book by this author, and after doing some research I picked this one for #authoramonth in October (I plan ahead). @Soubhiville

Soubhiville I like to plan ahead too 😊. 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Home alone while William is at drill 🇺🇸 so I decided to start organizing and wrapping Christmas presents for my book friends!

Check out your email #LitsyLove family!!

📚🎁🎉🍁📮📦

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CharismaRaven13
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Great Ghost Story! This book has it all, a raging ghost, strong female lead, a good plot, a bit of romance, and a who-done it! I highly recommend this for the spooky season! 5 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

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MaleficentBookDragon
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Thank you @Nessavamusic for this spooky #AHRS #AllHallowsReadSwap package! I‘m exciting fur the tagged book and the one you recommended sound great! I dove right into the Halloween mix and I am addicted to fun socks.

Nessavamusic Yay! I hope you enjoy everything! 🎃 3mo
LeahBergen I really liked Maddy Clare. 👍 3mo
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Charityann
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Really enjoyed this one! It is different than her other books I‘ve read, but it was still very good. Also my pick for “haunted”. #ominousoctober @egg @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

IndoorDame Ooh, I read this one earlier in the month and loved it too! 3mo
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I believe this is her first novel it just rereleased with that cover. 3mo
TheBookHippie I‘m just waiting on new books from her 😂 3mo
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Charityann
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Beautiful day today, and I went outside to read while drinking my apple crisp macchiato! 🍎☕️🎃📖🍂 Two more bucket list items crossed off my list!😄 #fallbucketlist #scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

5feet.of.fury Oooh perfect setup! 3mo
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DavidDiamond
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Mehso-so

Its 1922 and a young woman named Sarah Piper gets hired as an assistant to a ghost hunter investigating a haunting in an English village. The ghost named...yup...Maddy Clare committed suicide in real life & now is hell bent on vengeance. Its up to Sarah and the ghost hunting team to solve the mystery.

Not my favorite of St. James's books as the mystery wasn't that hard to figure out and the romantic interludes were too many and felt like filler.

kspenmoll Love your picture- and the book! 3mo
DavidDiamond @kspenmoll Thank you!! 3mo
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TheBookHippie
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Every Simone book I read I try to find clues 💀👻🕵🏻
Never works 🙃

Later post CLUE #SCARATHON #TEAMSLAUGHTER

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bookishdawg
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The *perfect* ghost story… even some steamy scenes to boot. Loved this one!

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Magpiegem
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50/22 Yesterday in our very non autumnal October weather I finished my first book of #scarathlon #teammonstermash. It has been sitting on my bookshelf for a little while and I‘m so glad I got round to finally reading it (and making my book club read it too). I rarely read books set around the world wars, but it really added to the Depth of the characters. I found it a quick and compelling read and it did make me blush a few times too!

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IndoorDame
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I completely adore Simon St. James! She‘s never disappointed me and I plan to read her entire catalog. This ghost story was properly spooky though simpler than some of her later mysteries. I have 2 more by her on my list this month.

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IndoorDame
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Listening to this spooky audiobook at night. #Scarathlon2022 #BucketList #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

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eanderson
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Had a coupon for B&N and decided to treat myself for not buying a book last month outside of BOTM. I‘m excited about these! 😍

Cinfhen Well done 👍🏽 4mo
TrishB Great haul 👍🏻 4mo
Ncostell The Stationery Shop was a good one! I haven‘t read any of the others but they look good as well! 4mo
EKonrad I always reward myself for not buying books by buying books. 😂 4mo
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Magpiegem
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It was a dark and stormy night… so I stayed in with my book, super thick socks and cod & chorizo jambalaya. It has been Ill kid / birthday kid central here since the beginning of Oct so I‘ve been a bit quiet on Litsy. But fear not #teammonstermash I‘ve been quietly working behind the scenes stacking up points on reading and podcasts. Currently reading this as my first #scarathlon book which also works for todays #scarathlondailyprompts #ghost 👻

kspenmoll Love all books by this author! (edited) 4mo
EvieBee That looks so good!! 4mo
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TamTracy
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Mehso-so

Kept my interest enough to know what happened but was also a little dull. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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TheRiehlDeal
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Mehso-so

With this being my first St. James book, I wasn‘t too impressed. Nothing really stood out to me or had a “wow” factor. I don‘t recall ever reading any ghost stories, so maybe I‘m being a little too over critical. 🤷‍♂️

3⭐️
8/5/22

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MelKelsey
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Book 81

I listened to The Haunting of Maddy Clare, a ghost story/mystery featuring World War I vets turned ghost hunters. I love books about hauntings! Even as a child they were some of my favorites. This novel is more focused on the mystery of the ghost, Maddy, as well as the ghost hunters themselves. Though it was well-done, it could have been more engaging with more likable, dynamic characters. 3.5 stars

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AmyG
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1. I do.
2. To me, a “moody” book is one that has a vibe, a mood. I tend to like a darker mood or the mood of a specific time. I tagged a favorite “moody” author.
#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

Tagging all who want to play.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! 8mo
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CBee
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Spooooooooky - perfect time of year for ghost stories! This plus Inquiry have so many parallels but to be honest, I‘m glad she branched out to other types of stories. I‘ve read four books of hers now, she‘s fantastic! ⭐️ 👻 🎃

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Kimbono
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Got my booster shot two days ago and it KNOCKED ME OUT. Waaaay more than the second dose. So, I‘ll spend most of today sitting in the backyard listening to this 😀

MicheleinPhilly I‘ll be eligible next weekend but I‘m trying to be strategic with my scheduling. 1y
Kimbono @MicheleinPhilly None of my friends had it as rough as I did and I hope it goes well for you! In the end, it‘s well worth it 😃 1y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Today's #LittensDressedInBlood prompt is #Ghostbusters and this was the first book that came to mind.

Sarah takes a job helping ghost hunter Alistair remove the spirit of servant girl Maddy Clare from the barn where she committed suicide. Simone St James does creepy very well.

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MidnightBookGirl I own this on audio just haven‘t read it yet! 1y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Although this debut isn't perfect, it delivered a really good ghost story. Our ghost is 19 year old Maddy Clare and she is haunting the barn on the property where this young servant girl found some refuge in her final years. Alistair is gaining notoriety as a ghost hunter and needs someone to assist him on the Maddy Clare job. Enter our heroine, Sarah Piper, a lonely gal trying to make a life for herself in post-WWI England. She takes the job⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick She takes the job and away we go! We meet Matthew, Alistair's gruff assistant, as well as some townsfolk who are definitely hiding something, and Mrs. Barry, who has some sort of connection to Alistair's past. The ghostly part of the story certainly provided some chills and the mystery behind the WHY of Maddy's hauntings is pretty well done despite a bit of an abrupt ending, but the unnecessary romantic sub-plot is where this struggles. ⬇️

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It started with some promise, but a few actions left this reader questioning the rationale behind their actions. I guess we know why St. James writes ghost stories and not romances. Overall, this is a pretty solid story and a good introduction to the author's work if you have yet to read her.

May review backlog #SundayBuddyRead @TheBookHippie and one of May's #bookspinbingo slots @TheAromaofBooks

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Allylu
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Just finished the audiobook version of this book. I bought the physical book to read as part of the May #SundayBuddyRead, but alas, I couldn‘t keep up. I enjoyed the audiobook though. It was well-done, in my opinion. The characters voices fit them well. Kind of a sad story, but then these stories often are. #100YEARS100BOOKS #75 #BookSpinBingo #25 #BFC21 #TALESandTAILSforADULTS #2 #BUZZWORDATHON #AUDIOJUNE #2

TheBookHippie 🤍🤍🤍 2y
TheBookHippie Feel free to go back to the discussions a lot of people do 🤍 2y
Allylu @TheBookHippie I was thinking of doing that! 2y
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DanaManiac
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Mehso-so

3.75 ⭐️
This was a different kind of historical fiction read for me, but I would revisit paranormal/fantasy historical fiction in the future. The plot was very interesting and the mystery was interesting enough to keep me reading to the end. The romance subplot was bizarre, awkward and disturbing. I think that the book would have been better without it. I wouldn't really recommend this, but I'd consider one of her later works for sure!

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Kimberlone
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Mehso-so

I don‘t have a lot to say about this one. While I enjoyed the #SundayBuddyRead discussions, I didn‘t love this book. It was just okay, and I think that Simone St. James‘s later books are better. If the ending has been more satisfying, I might have more positive feelings about the book. Also I listened to the audiobook, and while the narrator was mostly good, I could not stand the voice she put on for Matthew. It was so grating.

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Sargar114
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A solid debut from St. James. It wasn‘t my favorite from her but I wasn‘t disappointed. A solid creepy factory and a super scary ghost! Some awkward romance, but the story is very good, even if somewhat predictable, and wraps up quite nicely. Read for #sundaybuddyread

lazydaizee This book sounds like an interesting read, I love anything with a creepy atmosphere. 2y
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DebinHawaii
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My third St. James book-not my favorite but as it‘s her first book, I found it to be a solid debut & enjoyably creepy read. I definitely liked the ghost story & mystery more than the (at times problematic) romantic aspects, St. James has a gift for setting & atmosphere & making the paranormal believable & spooky. The main characters were mostly likable & although the mystery wasn‘t hard to figure out, there‘s enough twists to make it interesting.

DebinHawaii The #sundaybuddyread discussions with @TheBookHippie ‘s questions made the reading experience even better. 🤗 2y
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii 💜 💜 💜 💜not my favorite but I am glad we read it!
Looking forward to August and reading another of hers.
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Balderdash when I read that word I instantly thought of 101 Dalmatians 🤣 my daughter watched it a million times I think. VHS was so exciting too.

Anyway other than the sex scenes which OY VEY, I did think for her first book this was a good level of creepy for me. I don‘t like unanswered questions in these type books but, oh well. The mystery wasn‘t as hard to solve as other books. We shall see what August brings in Silence for the Dead💀

Librarybelle So glad to have an opportunity to read this! I never would have discovered her works on my own, so thanks for these buddy reads! 2y
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle 🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍 2y
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AmyG Sometimes I like not having the answers to everything. So is life, huh? I look forward to her next book in the Sunday buddy reads! 2y
JaclynW Balderdash!! I loved it! That stood out to me as well. This one did have some pretty creepy aspects which I loved (and was totally terrified). I'm actually really enjoying reading several books from one author. I don't typically do that just because there are SO MANY GOOD BOOKS to read out there and I like variety!! So it has been fun to dive in and see more of her collection and see how she has changed her style over time. 2y
Kimberlone For whatever reason, ghost stories and scary stories in general don‘t really affect me when I‘m reading. Horror movies do scare me, but not in books. That said, I do think the ghost stuff was effective, even if the mystery wasn‘t very difficult to figure out. I do think I liked the other Simone St James we read more than this one. 2y
vlwelser I agree. This really wasn't hard to figure out. 2y
kspenmoll Balderdash was fun! I lived the ghost, hauntings, creepiness- I am such a scaredy cat I only read this during the day. The author is a success at freaking me out! @Kimberlone I am so visual that when reading I project images that scare myself so I cannot read horror. Forget scary/horror movies for me! 2y
DebinHawaii This was my least favorite out of the 3 I have read from her (I swear I‘ll get to The Broken Girls!) but I liked it. In the beginning it wasn‘t creeping me out enough but I think she upped that level & It was a good creep out. I found it a fairly solid (sex scenes/romance aside) first book. I had much of it figured out but was wrong on a few things which I like when there are some little twists I don‘t see coming. Thanks for the great discussions! 2y
DebinHawaii And yay to 101 Dalmatians! 🎉 It and The Aristocats were my favorites growing up! 🤗 2y
mollyrotondo Love 101 Dalmatians!! I really enjoyed this book. I am so glad we are reading more of her books every few months. The ghost story was a great level of creepy and it was interesting to see how she handled a romance in her first book. Not my taste but I thought it was very insightful to see her first depiction of sex and romance versus what she has done with her later books. Love to see an author‘s progression! Thank you @TheBookHippie !! 🤍🤍🤍🤍 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Balderdash is a fun game for a creative group and has been the basis of many game nights full of belly laughs to laugh-crying fits where the laughs go supersonic. I liked this well enough & found it brought a good creep factor, even though that doesn't really get to me. 3/3 behind Inquiry & Motel so far but looking forward to her next one on our list. 2y
Kimberlone @kspenmoll true crime books will freak me out(especially if it‘s an audiobook), but somehow reading scary fiction doesn‘t effect me. I can recognize that it is scary without being actually scared. It wasn‘t until I was in my 20s that I could even start to appreciate scary movies, but even still I can‘t handle extreme gore. 2y
BookwormAHN I'm looking forward to reading Silence for the Dead 👻 2y
Sargar114 Agree, the sex scenes brought this one down. But a solid debut and the creepy factor was fantastic! I moved this week so didn‘t get a chance to finish before the discussion but still enjoyed seeing everyone‘s response and adding where I could even if it was 3 days late 2y
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 a couple of us post days late or just keep talking 🤣👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼📚🤍🤍🤍 2y
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Can Matthew now hear Sarah speak in her mind?!

What did you think of the ending ?!

This is her first book, if you‘ve read others do you think she‘s improved ?

Who was your favorite character ? Why?

? Portrait by Philip de László, c. 1920. It made me think of Sarah …

Librarybelle She has definitely improved! I did like this one, but I think some of her later books are better. Matthew and Sarah are both broken people who may have found a lasting peace with one another. Not sure if Sarah can hear Matthew in her mind, or vice versa, but they have some sort of connection. 2y
AmyG Again, I agree with @Librarybelle on both. I really liked this book but I think her writing and plot development gets better with each book. And Matthew and Sarah have a strong connection. I am happy they found each other as they were such lonely people. They seem to understand each other‘s pain. 2y
JaclynW I agree with @amyg and @librarybelle that the author has gotten better over time. I did like this book, it just wasn't my favorite. I'm not sure I have a favorite character. Like the ladies mentioned above, it was nice to see Matthew and Sarah find each other. They both seem to "get" each other in ways many probably couldn't. The ending did wrap up nicely for them and others I suppose. 2y
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InkintheMargins I really liked Sarah and Matthew's connection at the end. I just wish she would have not included that first terrible sex scene between the two of them. Otherwise, I think their arc was good. 2y
TheBookHippie @MadDashReading I agree that was so cringy .. 2y
DanaManiac I haven‘t read anything else from her. I age that Matthew and Sarah‘s love story would have been much better without the sex scenes. 2y
vlwelser I love that picture. I think her later books are so much better than these early ones. I'm glad she has improved. 2y
katy4peas I haven‘t read anything else by this author yet. I enjoyed the book and am glad I read it with the group. I thought the ending was rushed a bit. It felt like there was a huge build up and then everything tied up super neat. I like happy endings, but everything was so neatly tied up, it seemed a bit overdone and a bit too quick. 2y
kspenmoll I think she did improve over time. Especially when compare to The Broken Girls & The Sundown Motel. 2y
DebinHawaii I liked seeing Sarah get stronger at the end & although they weren‘t a great romance for me, I was fine with them being together although the first & later sex scenes still bugged me & took away from the ghost story I was much more into than the romance. My favorite character was Maddy! 😱 She was creepy, powerful, bad but still sympathetic. 😆 I agree that the ending was rushed & wanted more closure for Maddy‘s identity. (edited) 2y
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii It‘s Maddy for me as well!! 2y
mollyrotondo I really really loved this ghost story. I think Inquiry Into Love and Death (her second) was tighter than this book and the romance was sooo much better. But this book had a solid ghost story. I think her later books show considerable improvement but I still like her ideas for this first book. My favorite character was actually Alistair. He seemed like a very real male character. He seemed to be a very caring man especially of Evangeline. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I liked the book overall, and Matthew/Sarah felt like the endgame once he arrived, but that harsh sex scene instantly dropped his rank from romantic hero to zero. I liked his character and Maddy's but I think Alistair was my favorite. His fervor to do what makes him happy was endearing and though he got a bit careless, he seemed like a good man. @katy4peas I also think this wrapped up too quickly & neatly. A good enough debut effort. 2y
BookwormAHN She has definitely improved. I think Broken Girls was my favorite. 2y
Helen19 It was only my second of hers, after An Inquiry Into Love and Death. So I‘m happy to be going in the ‘right‘ order if things are only going to get better! And I still think that doctor seemed nice...! 2y
Hooked_on_books I liked the book, but I‘ve only read her current day ones, so it‘s hard to compare. Other than forcing Matthew to remove his shirt when he didn‘t want to, I liked Sarah. 2y
TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN Broken Girls definitely my favorite. 2y
Sargar114 @mollyrotondo agree with everything you said regarding this book. @BookwormAHN @TheBookHippie Broken Girls is my favorite too. But Maddy Clare is almost as scary as Mary Hand...almost 2y
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 ALMOST 👻👻👻 2y
mollyrotondo @Sargar114 I need to read Broken Girls!!!! I‘m putting it on my June reading list! 2y
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo we loved it, loved!!! It‘ll freak you right out! 2y
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All three men dead. Did Maddy kill them all? Or just two? Or none…She supposedly killed herself to not kill them in life -so why in death did she ? Is this clear in the story?

Have you ever read a book where ghost kill?

The birds. What do you make of the crows?!

Librarybelle It seems that Maddy had some sort of involvement in each death, though it could be more related to guilt by some than actively killing like she did with others. It seemed an odd reason to die by suicide for her - killing herself so she does not kill them - but I cannot put myself in her place. The crows are such a creepy element! And...there are stories of ghosts killing people or compelling people to kill people. 2y
AmyG @Librarybelle Yes, I agree that Maddy‘s involvement was she lived in their heads. I am guessing she was so tempted to kill them she killed helself rather than spend her life in jail. And I agree...the crows added a creepy element. 2y
JaclynW The crows were quite creepy. I will never look at a crow the same now. (Sort of like how Watership Down made me look at bunnies so very differently.) Haha!
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JaclynW Ghosts killing people?? I was doubtful. This book made me believe it could be a possibility. Ha! I do think the idea of ghosts haunting someone and the feelings of guilt could have driven the men to go crazy and commit suicide or another murder to cover things up. It is called "haunting" for a reason, right?? 2y
InkintheMargins I agree that the mental hauntings were scarier than anything else. Each character was already haunted in their own way in this book, and Maddy waa able to tap into and exacerbate those feelings. This made her a fearful ghost for sure. It's also rare that we get a ghost that is mobile and able to move from location to location. 2y
TheBookHippie @MadDashReading That was creepy for sure her moving around !!! 2y
Kimberlone It seems like she pushed them to their deaths more than actively caused them. She was a ghost after all. But if she was haunting them in the same way as Maddy and Alastair, it makes sense that they would be pushed to end their own lives. Although Barry didn‘t really seem to feel any remorse for his part in Maddy‘s assault. 2y
DanaManiac I think that since the deaths all occurred after Sarah led Maddy to each man, that she then identified them and had something to do with each of their deaths. 2y
vlwelser I'm still not convinced she killed herself. The idea that her ghost killed the 3 men even if indirectly is just as plausible as the rest of the book. 2y
katy4peas I think once she found each man, she got in their heads and haunted them until they drove themselves mad. 2y
DebinHawaii I feel like she was in the heads of Jarvis & Nesbit & scared Jarvis to death & “helped” Nesbit pull the trigger or at least pushed him to do so. With Barry, I think she pulled him to the river & drowned him because of the dragging. Sarah was able to feel her on top of her so I think she was powerful enough by that point & angry enough to manifest herself to get rid of the one who actually strangled her to kill her on the attack. Now, do I ⬇️ 2y
DebinHawaii ...believe that could happen in real life? Probably not the physical part but it worked in the book & the author had mr going there. And I loved the crows too-very creepy. 😱 2y
kspenmoll @MadDashReading Well said she was a fury herself, like the harpies. Anger consuming her, wild energy fueled by the violence of her death. I really was creeped out by her & the crows & her ability to posses people in different ways. Haunting them until they were too afraid to stay alive. Fear can consume you, & the 3 were certainly guilty. @vlwelser I also think@they may have orchestrated her hanging. 2y
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I love all the creepy 😅 2y
mollyrotondo I think she actually killed Barry because his body was dragged kicking and screaming. The marks in the mud show he was dragged and he was fighting while he was being dragged. And then he was drowned. So I am pretty sure Maddy‘s anger erupted by that point that she could actually murder him. And the crows were so scary but I think they were summoned to kind of protect her ghost. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I think she killed the mastermind Mr Barry & haunted the others enough to cause their deaths. The book was creepy but nothing I couldn't handle. I rarely read about ghosts, so I doubt remember any that killed someone. 2y
BookwormAHN I don't think it's entirely clear other than she had a hand in the deaths and I think they killed her and faked the suicide. 2y
Hooked_on_books I think she totally killed all three. It felt to me as though her depiction suggests that once dead, she was no longer bound by many social mores (after all, she didn‘t destroy the barn while alive) and her rage continued to build. Plus, she seemed to be stuck there and this was her way out. 2y
Sargar114 I agree @BookwormAHN I think when Barry found out she was alive he came back and killed her. I also think her “suicide” note was probably her first act as a ghost. 2y
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Maddy a pretty girl walking on a sunny day.. we never get answers for WHO she was. Think we should have ?

Librarybelle I think it just adds to the mystery of Maddy. It‘s a spooky story, so it adds to her legend. 2y
AmyG I would have liked to know more about her. 2y
JaclynW I wished we had gotten more answers of who she was, where she came from. It was alluded to that she was just another servant girl wandering and trying to find another job. But...I had my doubts. I wanted an answer to this. 2y
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TheBookHippie @JaclynW ME TOO! She was SOMEONE what was her story… 2y
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Exactly. I felt her story needed to be fully told. Otherwise, even the author, treats her as a girl that can be easily dismissed. Which is odd since the entire book was about her and getting to the bottom of her story - but we don't really (entirely). 2y
InkintheMargins @JaclynW that is such an excellent point. They mentioned trying to trace her origins and then just rejected the idea without even trying. I was disappointed in that aspect too. 2y
Kimberlone I was really expecting them to discover her true identity and find her family during the investigation. 2y
DanaManiac I agree! I feel like her story was reduced to the attack and the haunting. But she was someone before all of these events. What was her story? 2y
vlwelser It's sad that she wasn't missed by anyone. That no one ever came looking for her. Even when she was alive. 2y
katy4peas I wanted to know more about her, too. 2y
DebinHawaii It was sad that she was one of the unseen, deemed unimportant servants. I wanted to know more about her & hoped they would have tried to find who she was. I had it in my head that they would find that Barry had her little bag of personal belongings that Nesbit talked about (like as a trophy) & they would get clues from that. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
kspenmoll I wanted to know more- wondered if the author kept her an a non entity because the town viewed her that way? Looking through the lens of a class system? 2y
mollyrotondo I actually liked not knowing. It made the her seem like she could be any one of us girls because honestly what happened to her could have happened to any girl walking through the woods that day. Those men like most predators will go after any girl who is alone. So it didn‘t matter who or where she came from because that wasn‘t the point. And any girl could have haunted the place whether she was a servant girl or a nurse or an unknown princess. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I wanted more on Maddy & her background, or at least a promise that someone was looking for answers. It could've been any girl, but the story revolved around THIS ONE. Her story, even if it was just that she was left orphaned, deserved to be told. I wonder if it was similar to Sarah's story and that's why she was able to understand Maddy. 2y
BookwormAHN I wanted to know her backstory some of it didn't really add up for me. 2y
Hooked_on_books It would have been nice to learn more, but I think it serves the story better that we don‘t know. She needs to be a bit of an enigmatic figure for this to work. 2y
Sargar114 I tend to agree with @mollyrotondo and @Hooked_on_books the mystery of who she was added to the story. Even when she was a live she was a bit of a mystery, they didn‘t even know her true name. 2y
mollyrotondo @Sargar114 that‘s how I felt too. It just added to the mystery. Sometimes a mystery doesn‘t provide every single answer. I think for this book keeping her background unknown kept Maddy a still frightening but of course sympathetic ghost. 2y
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When the nurse appeared for Matthew did you think Mrs Barry was behind it?
It was my first thought I was then happy that I got it right! Ha.

Mrs Barry and Alistair … did you like their ending ?

Did you like her Evangeline, in the end?

Librarybelle I had not initially thought of Mrs Barry, though I should have! I think Evangeline had a difficult life with Mr Barry and hopefully she and Alistair can have a good life. 2y
AmyG I thought it was her. I feel Evangeline was in a marriage with an abusive man....and due to the times, she felt helpless. I was happy her and Alistair came back together. They deserve happiness. 2y
JaclynW I also thought it was Mrs. Barry. I did like the pairing at the end of Allistair and Mrs. Barry. I hoped it worked out. They both deserved something better. 2y
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DanaManiac I didn‘t think it was Evangeline, only because her very movement seemed to be so under surveillance. I didn‘t think she could pull it off, but I‘m glad she did! 2y
vlwelser I definitely immediately thought Mrs Barry had sent her. There really wasn't anyone else that would have made sense. In my opinion. No one else had the money for example. 2y
katy4peas That one surprised me. I am glad she was able to offer help. I hope they are happy together though that was kinda a fast paced ending for them as well 2y
DebinHawaii She was my first thought as I couldn‘t think of anyone else who would/could do it. I was ok with her by the end & that was the better relationship/romance in the book. Hopefully it will work out for them. 2y
kspenmoll I thought she was behind it. In the end I liked her & though I always thought her husband abusive, I did not like her until she chose to help Alistair. 2y
mollyrotondo I did not think it was Evangeline at first but then it made total sense when it was revealed. I agree with @DebinHawaii that Alistair and Evangeline had the best relationship. I am very glad they got a happy ending. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I knew it! 😁 I hope they're able to find happiness together. Early on Everyone was cagey but since we got confirmation that Mr Barry is a controlling dick, I hoped she'd end up with Alistair. 2y
BookwormAHN I wasn't too surprised but I'm not sure about the two of them. I have a feeling Evangeline on her own can be rather controlling and Alistair quite passive. 2y
Hooked_on_books I didn‘t realize she had sent the nurse, but wasn‘t surprised when we found out. I‘m glad Alastair ended up with her—they clearly had a strong connection. But I don‘t know if I like her or not, as I don‘t feel we ever got to know her much. 2y
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Librarybelle This whole romance side is just awkward, in my opinion. 2y
JaclynW @Librarybelle Agreed. Awkward.
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JaclynW I wished it was going to get better but I still felt the same at the end. 2y
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AmyG I skimmed that. I just found it odd for that time...in that Matthew was so forward and Sarah so accepting. I would have preferred the chemistry without the sex. 2y
JaclynW Also, even with all the advances and progressive thoughts/attitudes towards sex, I think we are still worlds away from finding a healthy balance. I'm not sure we will ever get there. There are still so many taboos and traditional views. Girls still aspire to purity. Boys are still expected to be curious and more explorative - without punishment. Girls are shamed. Boys are celebrated. Sex is part of the human experience. Men and women are.... 2y
JaclynW equal in this and should be treated equally. No shaming. It just is what it is. We should be doing more to encourage healthy sexual practices, thoughts, etc. We get a lot of dlviant behaviors when there are so many bounds around a normal, human act. 2y
TheBookHippie @JaclynW I feel we are going backwards 😩 it‘s just ridiculous. 2y
JaclynW @TheBookHippie I have been thinking that recently as well. I'm nervous about the Roe Vs. Wade....I could go on and on!! 2y
Kimberlone Not as cringe as the first sex scene, and I was glad that they actually spoke to each other about their issues eventually. The first encounter happened way too fast and was then pretty problematic. I‘m glad they came to an understanding of each other, but the romance didn‘t really work for me. There should have been more buildup in their relationship first. 2y
DanaManiac @Kimberlone I agree. There needed to be a more solid transition from that creepy first encounter and then just being in love now... 2y
vlwelser This wasn't really as bad as the first one. But this author definitely knows how to write an awkward sex scene. Maybe it's intentional. 2y
DebinHawaii Although definitely less problematic than the first & the hallway encounter, there was still nothing sexy about it & it remained very awkward for me. I agree with everyone that the romance into Insta-love was the weakest part of the book. 2y
kspenmoll Agree with all- romance & sex in this book did not work well- very awkward & off putting. 2y
kspenmoll Thanks for the articles! 2y
mollyrotondo Agree with everyone. This romance did not work for me. He literally yells at her to take off her dress. I mean how is that a turn on? It all made me read with a sour look on my face 😂 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This was the least awkward of sex scenes in this book, but that isn't a compliment. I think it would've been so much better leaving it where Sarah accidentally sees him and he helps bandage her up. A passionate kiss after a week or two of smoldering tension would then feel good. Matthew's attitude wasn't a good one, especially for most contemporary women reading this. 2y
BookwormAHN @JaclynW I'm also nervous about Roe vs Wade. As far as the sex scenes they were just awkward. 2y
Hooked_on_books More consent issues! She basically forces him to take his shirt off. Not ok, as he clearly didn‘t want to. If they end up together, which they do, this is something that should happen, but gradually over time when he is more willing. Plus, they “fell in love” far too quickly. Absurd. 2y
Sargar114 I nominate @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick to rewrite the romance portion of this book 🤣😂🤣😂 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Sargar114 You laugh but romance is probably my writing strength. 🤣 2y
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Sargar114 well someone needs to write it 🤣🤣😝 2y
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Constable Moores he seemed strange. Do you think he knew anything ?

Most Constables were tradesmen or farmers in the local area. As such they knew local people well. They would have also had some limited standing in the local community.

History of policing Britain

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_law_enforcement_in_the_United_Kingdom

JaclynW Like with many small town police officers, I always wonder if they can be unbiased. Also....do they hold certain people in higher esteem than others (maybe even getting paid to do so)? Almost like the mafia - you are paid to turn a blind eye and go after the "lower" people of the town. 2y
AmyG @JaclynW Agree. Mr. Barry was the most powerful man in town because of his money. I believe the Constable may have heard rumors of what happenned but had no proof...so the case was forgotten. But now, with all going on, he had no choice but to take action. 2y
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JaclynW Yes, too much evidence out in the open that he couldn't cover up at that point. @amyg 2y
Kimberlone He should have been doing more to figure out who Maddy was at least, even if he wasn‘t able to figure out the mystery of her death on his own. 2y
DanaManiac I think he may have known something, but with Mr. Barry‘s standing and Maddy‘s lack thereof, he turned a blind eye. 2y
katy4peas I think he wasn‘t willing to dig into Barry‘s past too much and was warned off. With lack of evidence, he had to let it go until the strangers appeared in town. 2y
DebinHawaii Although I had a bigger conspiracy theory (him & the magistrate Mr. Clare) going in my head that didn‘t pan out, I do think he likely at the very least didn‘t investigate it hard enough due to Mr. Barry‘s money & power & likely has some guilt around it. 2y
kspenmoll @JaclynW I agree with you! He may have heard rumblings but would not question Mr. Barry 2y
mollyrotondo Oh he definitely knew Barry did something but he wasn‘t going to start messing with the wealthy family in the community. He turned a blind eye like @DanaManiac said. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The way Maddy arrived in town was suspect. I think the Constable saw her hanging as suspicious but didn't pursue it since there was a suicide note. He likely was friendly with Mr Barry and didn't think too long about his acquaintance's sociopathic tendencies. 2y
BookwormAHN I think most of it was dismissed as just being a messed up girl. 2y
Helen19 Knowing what happened and turning a blind eye is one thing, but actively trying to stop Sarah and Matthew ‘investigating‘ is another! 2y
Hooked_on_books He definitely knew some things! And even now, who‘s death will be more thoroughly investigated, a wealthy man or a poor woman? Pretty sure we all know the answer. (edited) 2y
Sargar114 I laughed when that flat out said that he was destined to remain unhappy. I agree he probably had suspicions but wouldn‘t investigate someone so wealthy and powerful. 2y
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Jarvis, dropped gun.. found dead. We‘re you glad?
Was the place of his death significant ?
Who really killed him ?

JaclynW I was just going to type in Maddy again. But then I had a thought....was it Mr. Barry typing up loose ends?? 2y
TheBookHippie @JaclynW EXACTLY. It‘s left for us to decide I think?! 2y
Librarybelle @JaclynW @TheBookHippie I assumed Maddy, though the Mr Barry theory is a good one! 2y
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AmyG @JaclynW Yes, I do ‘t put anything by Mr. Barry....as I believe he was just trying to save himself. (edited) 2y
JaclynW @AmyG @librarybelle @thebookhippie Mr. Barry is totally one who is only focused on his needs and wants. It is quite likely possible. But. We will never know for certain. Maybe the author did want us to decide. 2y
DanaManiac I think this one could be either Maddy or Mr. Barry‘s doing. 2y
katy4peas I think Mr Barry did this one because he didn‘t want Jarvis to talk more than he already had. 2y
vlwelser Maddy was going to get him regardless. I didn't feel any sympathy for any of the 3 men. 2y
DebinHawaii I think Maddie rather than Barry. I feel like she got all three of them in the end & that she did scare him to death. 2y
mollyrotondo Hmm I just assumed Maddy got to Jarvis but it does makes sense that Barry killed him and that Maddy only actually killed Barry, the leader of the pack. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I chalked this death up to Maddy, too. I think she spooked him good and his body couldn't take it. Adios brochacho! No tears shed over his death either. 2y
kspenmoll I think Maddie scarred him to death as @DebinHawaii said. It I agree the author left things ambiguous so we could draw our conclusions. 2y
BookwormAHN I think Mr. Barry got him although he may have thought it was Maddy at the time. 2y
Hooked_on_books I think Maddy killed them all. Poor tortured soul. 2y
Sargar114 I think Maddy killed them all as well; but I could see Barry tying up loose ends is an interesting twist 2y
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I‘m hoping Maddy did 😅🤣 2y
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Servants are people too, Nesbit says.
What did you think of him? His joining the war reasons?
Weak? Pathetic? Did you feel sorry for him? Think he did killed himself ?

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JaclynW I assumed Maddie was involved in his death *somehow.* 2y
TheBookHippie @JaclynW I think it isn‘t clear that‘s for sure. Did he not want to be haunted by her? Killed by Mr Barry? Guilt? So many questions still! 2y
Librarybelle @JaclynW @TheBookHippie I think Maddy affected his death in some way, but more than in the feelings of guilt for his actions and his inaction. It wasn‘t fully described, but I think we‘re led to believe he did die by suicide. 2y
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AmyG Yes, I think he was “haunted” by her in that he lived with the guilt of what her did. I assumed he killed himself but I wouldn‘t put anything by Mr. Barry who, to me, seemed like the “mastermind” in all this. 2y
DanaManiac I don‘t feel sorry for him. Having a “bit of fun” doesn‘t include one person being terrified and screaming for help. I definitely think that Maddy had something to do with his death. My guess is that she may have haunted him and made it so bad that he killed himself to escape. 2y
katy4peas I feel for bad for him in that he was a friend of Mr Barry‘s and often that is a way to escape being bullied if you are a part of the “in-crowd” yourself, or so you think. He went along with things to make his own life easier, which isn‘t the right reason, but in the moment can seem like it *sometimes*. I am glad that he joined the war to get away, but don‘t agree with what he did to Maddy. I think she did haunt him to his death in multiple ways. 2y
vlwelser He didn't seem like a fully formed character to me. But going to war to get away from a bully seems somewhat drastic. 2y
DebinHawaii I think Maggie was responsible for his death for sure. I think there was mention of it being a difficult shot to have killed himself so I think he was helped along. Although arguably the most sympathetic of the 3 villains, I didn‘t feel sorry for him, he still is responsible for his actions that night & afterward. 2y
mollyrotondo Nesbit is a cowardly man. He hung out with a tough guy bully to make himself seem stronger. You feed off of the people you associate with sometimes. And he participated in a horrible vial act that he wanted to run away from because again he‘s a coward. I feel like he really did commit suicide and that just the fear of Maddy coming for him was the best torture Maddy could give. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I think he pulled the trigger but whether he did it to escape Maddie's hauntings and his guilt or because she coaxed him into it, that is unclear. He is weak and had an opportunity to stand up to Mr Barry and couldn't. Going to war because my frenemy & bully can't is a strange flex, but Nesbit seems to be a strange guy. 2y
kspenmoll I also think Maddie got to him & he killed himself to stop her haunting. At first I did wonder if one if the other 2 men git him to do it. He went to war to escape his guilt. (edited) 2y
BookwormAHN I think he was weak and he killed himself to escape Mr. Barry and Maddy. 2y
Helen19 If Maddy can break the recording machine... I assumed maybe she pulled the trigger after the couple of mentions of difficult angles! 2y
Hooked_on_books Maddy totally killed him! It was nice to see at least one of these men have a conscience. I think he felt badly about what they had done, whereas the other two clearly did not. 2y
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Tomorrow !!!! We get to talk about the ending!!!!

🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐

BookwormAHN Yay 👻 2y
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I really enjoyed The Haunting of Maddy Clare even though I was hoping that the ending would have a few more surprises. I'm looking forward to discussing it with my #SundayBuddyRead gals 💕
Here @Chrissyreadit are the crystals (rose quartz, clear quartz, ruby zoisite, and tiger eye) in the fabulous smelling candle you sent me. Thanks again 🧡

Chrissyreadit Awesome! Im glad you liked the candle. 2y
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katy4peas
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A great creepy, ghost story with mostly likable characters and an intriguing plot. Definitely had to read this one only during the day and had to take breaks during the super creepy parts. Enjoyed reading with my #sundaybuddyread group. Not sure I would have gotten through it on my own. I do want to try some other titles by this author now though. This is the author‘s first book.

TheBookHippie YAY!!!!!!! 2y
katy4peas I thought the ending wrapped up a little too nicely. I like happy endings, but this one has such a.l climax, that the end was a little bit of a let down. 2y
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I only listened to the #audiobook for the last quarter of this but I wouldn't recommend it. The book itself is fun. Great first effort by the author.

#SundayBuddyRead with @TheBookHippie final discussion on Sunday. Until then 🤐🤐🤐

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TheBookHippie 🤣👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Another great Simone St James read! This was her first novel and I think the creepy elements of this story were spot on. I loved the ghost story and the cast of characters. The romance was the only thing I did not like in this book. Matthew was way too abusive for my taste. But overall I really enjoyed this book! I also loved reading with #sundaybuddyread as always! This was my #bookspinbingo No. 25 pick.

AmyG I liked Matthew but found the “love moments” very odd. I enjoyed this book, too. 2y
mollyrotondo @AmyG the “love” moments made me cringe instead of making me swoon 😂 2y
AmyG Right? 😂😂😂 2y
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
TheBookHippie YAY!! The romance.......OY VEY. 2y
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie 🤦🏻‍♀️ each time they started up on the “lovin‘” my face immediately turned sour 😂 her last book that we read earlier this year had a much more likable romance. 2y
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo The August read should be much better 2y
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie oooo this one does sound good! I‘m excited! I love this author so much! 2y
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I do too!! I have her in the plans for next year too!! LOL I am a planner. 2y
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Thanks to the #SundayBuddyRead, I read this one from Simone St James. This is the first of her historical fiction books I‘ve read, and the ghost story component is quite good. The romance component, not so much, with lots of unaddressed consent issues. I look forward to our final discussion!

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The questions are ready for Sunday 🤫🤐🖤✔️

Shhhhh until then -remember many of us read on Saturday so no spoilers please ❌

Catherine_Willoughby Edgar + ? 😁. Voted for Florence for the female. Waiting on the results 😊 2y
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Not my favorite of Simone St. James' books, but pretty good, especially considering it was her first novel. Alistair Gellis writes books about ghosts, and hires Sarah when his usual assistant Matthew is unavailable. They're trying to make contact with the ghost of Maddy Clare, who is haunting Mrs. Clare's barn.
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AmyG I didn‘t realuze this was her first. I enjoyed it alot but not my favorite. 2y
Nebklvr Creepy 2y
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We visit Simone St James again in AUGUST
With her Silence for the dead 💀

AmyG So good! Loved this one. 2y
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Not my favorite of her books, but definitely still worth the read. Atmospheric and a little Gothic feeling, this one takes place between the world wars. Sarah is hired as an assistant to a ghost hunter. She doesnt know it, but apparently she's very sensitive to ghosts. At least to Maddy, the ghost that haunts the Clare's barn. But what happened to Maddy during her life that makes her haunt in almost a malevolent way? Characters here weren't the...

rjsthumbelina ...strongest, but wanting to unravel the mystery definitely kept me turning pages! And the creep factor was excellent! Maddy could be downright terrifying at times, but so could several of the townspeople. This would make a good movie, I think. I did think that the mystery was revealed too early, but I'll forgive it, since it was the author's first book 2y
Andrew65 Fantastic, I wanted to read along with this but not been able to get hold of the book. 👏👏👏 2y
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Joining in just for fun @Andrew65 . Work crazy busy this time of year- many evening graduation activities.
For Saturday to 8pm this evening, I have read 194 pages from these 3 books combined. Not sure if I will read more tonight.
Busy day today-wonderful visit and hike with close friend whom I have not seen due to Covid since March 2020. 💜❤️🎉

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2y
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Of course I had to finish this one today!

St James has become a favorite author of mine - using mystery and suspense with ghostly encounters, she has crafted a spellbinding and page turning narrative. Maddy Clare haunts a barn. The reader knows this at the start of the narrative. But, the reasons behind it are worth a read!

Thanks, @TheBookHippie for a fun #SundayBuddyRead !

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We get to finish it and get to know answers now!!!!!

I thank you for going on this freak myself out book adventure with me.. it‘s quite fun.

Anything else we should discuss before we finish the book???

Will it end up neat in a bow???

AmyG I hope Alistair is ok...that he doesn‘t die. Yes, I just want to finish and know what happens. I really enjoyed this book. 2y
Librarybelle Can‘t wait to see how this ends! 2y
vlwelser I'm looking forward to seeing how she wraps this one up. 2y
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kspenmoll This book has been such fun- I creeped out & felt so spooked at times I could not read it at night! I plan to read this last section asap! 2y
mollyrotondo I want to what is going to happen to Alistair and who exactly the three men are and will Maddy have one final freak out moment? I am just hoping Sarah doesn‘t stick with Matthew at the end. 2y
BookwormAHN I just hope the ending wraps up and we're not left guessing. I hate those endings. 2y
TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN MEEE TOO!!! Please no 😩 2y
Sargar114 Looking forward to seeing how it ends. I‘m moving this week so unfortunately won‘t get to finish up today...but will hopefully later in the week. St James is pretty great at wrapping things up so I‘ll be interested to see how this goes 2y
DebinHawaii I will confess, last night was my first real creep out with this one & I had to shut & lock my sliding glass doors for a bit. 😱😂 I hope it wraps up well but I am going to wait to read the end until next weekend—hard as it may be! 2y
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii This one seems creepier to me. 😩 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Early on I thought Alistair would die, but being unconscious most of this section, I think he'll live. Maybe he'll even get Mrs Barry. The Sun Down Motel was my first St James book and I was so bummed there seemed to be an attraction between Carly & Nick but no sexy times. In retrospect, that's probably for the best! 😂 The Haunting is pretty cool though, I was apprehensive on it going into the book. I still enjoy Inquiry best of the three. 2y
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick RIGHT?! In hindsight just no, no thanks 🤣🤣 2y
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