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18 January 2014

The Haunting of Maddy Clare

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James is a masterful telling of a ghost story that takes place in 1920s England.

Sarah Piper works as a temp. She has been asked to meet a potential boss at a coffee shop. While the request is strange, Sarah agrees to go. She meets Allistair Gellis who is a renowned ghost hunter. While Sarah has never thought about whether she believes in ghosts, the job sounds intriguing. She is to assist Allistair while his usual assistant, Matthew Ryder, is out of town.

Sarah and Allistair travel to the village of Waringstoke. There is a ghost in the Falmouth House barn. A ghost that does not like men. It is the ghost of Maddy Clare. She worked as a servant in Falmouth House and even dead refused to leave. Sarah will have to find out why she lingers and try to help her move on. Of course, Sarah has never done anything like this and has to do it on her own as Maddy attacks any man who come close to the barn.

St. James has written a brilliant novel. Even if you have never read a ghost story and think it is not for you, read this book if you have any interest in historical fiction. St. James captures the time period in a similar way to Jacqueline Winspear in her Maisie Dobbs series.

St. James, Simone. (2012). The Haunting of Maddy Clare. New York: New American Library.

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