Silence for the Dead

Silence for the Dead

Book - 2014
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Kitty Weekes is fleeing her abusive father when she learns of a nursing vacancy at Portis House, a grand estate now housing shell-shocked veterans. Kitty learns that the eerie house's original owners have mysteriously disappeared and that the patients suffer the same terrifying nightmare as well as a propensity for similar suicides. As fear drives her search for explanations, Kitty bonds with a man known only as Patient Sixteen. He proves an able, and attractive, fellow investigator before a deadly influenza epidemic isolates Portis House, leaving it prey to a past that will not rest.
Publisher: New York, New York : New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780451419484
0451419480
Characteristics: 374 pages ;,21 cm

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gusmcrae
Mar 22, 2016

Simone St. James is great with atmosphere. I could easily feel the damp air that was eating away at Portis House, a grand, but isolated manor house.

Unfortunately, this story didn't live up to its potential. The ghosts are present, but not terribly scary. And honestly, the characters often behaved in ways that were quite unbelievable. The conclusion felt a bit too convenient, but also a bit open-ended (which was strange considering how much the author wrapped everything up!)

I'm not giving up on St. James; I just hope the next book I pick up by her has a little more spookiness going on.

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lpreston214
Dec 05, 2014

I was surprised by how much I liked this book. So much so that I will try some of the author's others. I listened to it and I liked the accents done by the reader. I guess the story is kind of typical gothic with ghosts, big creepy houses etc. but I really liked the main character of Kitty Weeks. Quick read or listen, perfect for the commute.

ehbooklover Aug 17, 2014

This title is a ghost story, romance, and mystery all rolled into one. It is also full of interesting characters and has a very spooky, evocative setting. Despite all of that, the ending was just not as good as the author's previous titles, hence the slightly lower rating.

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genepy
Jul 08, 2014

Very suspenseful and intense , more than a simple thriller thanks to the deep analysis of complex and unusual characters : it could be labeled "a psychological thriller" .

melwyk Apr 11, 2014

This author is a very reliably entertaining source of romantic suspense. I really enjoyed her first two novels, and this one ups the spooky factor with a very psychologically chilling ghost.

It's set just after WWI so also deals with issues of shell shock (she works at an asylum for former soldiers) -- all together, it makes for a great read. Highly recommended!

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