Book Review | The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

Friday, October 28, 2022

Summary: 1920s England. Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist an obsessed ghost hunter.

Alistair Gellis — rich, handsome, and scarred by World War I — has been summoned to investigate the spirit of the nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is said to haunt the barn where she committed suicide.

Maddy hated men in life, and she will not speak to them in death. But Sarah is unprepared to confront an angry ghost — real or imagined — on her own. She’s even less prepared for the arrival of Alistair’s associate, rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, also a veteran of the trenches, whose scars go deeper than Sarah can reach. Soon, Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle.

For Maddy’s ghost is no hoax — she’s real, she’s angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Now, Sarah and Matthew must discover who Maddy was, where she came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance — before she destroys them all….

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts: I enjoy Simone St. James books. I have read quite a few of them. This one did not disappoint. At first, I didn’t like Sarah Piper, but she grew on me as her character developed throughout the book.

This is a true haunting book. Maddy is a ghost and she wants something, but not from any man. The only person she contacts/responds to is Sarah. But, Sarah is obviously terrified of the ghost. She persists, though, because she feels sorry for Maddy. ‘

Throughout the book, there are also other people who try to interfere with the investigation that Sarah, Alistair, and Matthew are doing. This makes things more interesting, because you want to know why they want the investigation to stop. What involvement do they have?

I enjoyed this book and the ending was really good as well.

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