Review: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

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The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

5 Stars

I have not been so scared by a ghost story in a very long time. This book is a true thriller, with a mystery that will have you tearing through the pages seeking the truth. The way Simone St. James writes the scenes where Maddy makes contact with Sarah are truly chilling. They’re chilling because it’s how you imagine a ghost would reach out if it were to happen in real life. It felt so real in my mind. My imagination ran wild with it, causing me to have very strange dreams at night. Then I’d spend all day thinking about it.

As to the crimes committed against Maddy, the revelations only got more disturbing as the book went on. She was completely destroyed. I can’t say that I wouldn’t come back after death for revenge had that happened to me.

And that romance! Oh, the dark, broken Matthew Ryder. I think I’m in love! He was ravishing. It’s no wonder Sarah Piper found him the most beautiful thing she’d ever seen, even after first meeting the very handsome Alistair Gellis. The electricity between Sarah and Matthew was palpable.

The era this story is set in, while beautiful, was definitely heartbreaking. Post World War I, Alistair and Matthew are still recovering from their time there in different ways. Their friendship was truly admirable. I love seeing that kind of bond in men.

I was haunted, thoroughly haunted by The Haunting of Maddy Clare. Not only by the ghost of Maddy and what was done to her but also by Simone St. James’ unforgettable writing. Simone’s writing is overall beautiful and engaging. I found myself completely enthralled by this story and characters. I don’t believe I’ll be forgetting this book soon, if ever.

Check back next week, when I’ll have Simone St. James on the blog, along with a giveaway for this great book!

Book Info

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Published by NAL Trade
Pub Date: March 6th 2012
Pages: 318
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: AdultHistoricalParanormalRomanceSuspense
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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 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 desperate 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, where she 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.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

9 Responses to “Review: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James”

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    I just added this one to my wishlist based on your review. I love a good ghost story! Bring on the scares! :)

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    I’ve been wondering about this one since I saw that you were reading it. The cover looks so pretty – it’s hard to believe it is so scary. But you make it sound so GREAT that I want to read it now. 

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    Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue

    JESS!  You’ve definitely made me want to read this one.  I LOVE scary stories, it’s just hard to fine ones that actually, you know, SCARE me.  The way you talk about this one, plus the broken Matthew (who sounds very swoon-worthy) makes me want to go check out this one!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

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