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THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLARE
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical
A gothic ghost story as well as a mystery, the book’s spooky atmosphere and post-WWI setting are well developed. The romance is strong and the mystery complex and interesting. This debut shows some missteps, such as repetitive descriptions, but despite the weaknesses, St. James is one to watch.
In post-WWI England, Sarah Piper works for a temp agency. When she is sent to assist a handsome man of means, life begins to look up. However, Alistair is obsessed with ghosts, has written about them and wants to find a real one. The ghost he currently wants to explore, Maddy Clare, was a maid in the house who hung herself. She hates men, and Alistair can only get permission for a woman to look into the haunting. Sarah discovers that ghosts can be real — and dangerous. (NAL, Mar., 336 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed By: Page Traynor
Published: March 2012