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Silence for the Dead

St. James, Simone (Paperback - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Silence for the Dead
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""Portis House emerged from the fog as we approached, showing itself slowly as a long, low shadow...." In 1919, Kitty Weekes, pretty, resourceful, and on the run, falsifies her background to obtain a nursing position at Portis House, a remote hospital for soldiers left shell-shocked by the horrors of the Great War. Hiding the shame of their mental instability in what was once a magnificent private estate, the patients suffer from nervous attacks and tormenting dreams. But something more is going on at Portis House-its plaster is crumbling, its plumbing makes eerie noises, and strange breaths of cold waft through the empty rooms. It's known that the former occupants left abruptly, but where did they go? And why do the patients all seem to share the same nightmare, one so horrific that they dare not speak of it? Kitty finds a dangerous ally in Jack Yates, an inmate who may be a war hero, a madman or maybe both. But even as Kitty and Jack create a secret, intimate alliance to uncover the truth, disturbing revelations suggest the presence of powerful spectral forces. And when a medical catastrophe leaves them even more isolated, they must battle the menace on their own, caught in the heart of a mystery that could destroy them both"--
Authors: St. James, Simone
Title: Silence for the dead
Published: New York :, New American Library,, [2014]
Characteristics: 374 pages ;,21 cm
Summary: ""Portis House emerged from the fog as we approached, showing itself slowly as a long, low shadow...." In 1919, Kitty Weekes, pretty, resourceful, and on the run, falsifies her background to obtain a nursing position at Portis House, a remote hospital for soldiers left shell-shocked by the horrors of the Great War. Hiding the shame of their mental instability in what was once a magnificent private estate, the patients suffer from nervous attacks and tormenting dreams. But something more is going on at Portis House-its plaster is crumbling, its plumbing makes eerie noises, and strange breaths of cold waft through the empty rooms. It's known that the former occupants left abruptly, but where did they go? And why do the patients all seem to share the same nightmare, one so horrific that they dare not speak of it? Kitty finds a dangerous ally in Jack Yates, an inmate who may be a war hero, a madman or maybe both. But even as Kitty and Jack create a secret, intimate alliance to uncover the truth, disturbing revelations suggest the presence of powerful spectral forces. And when a medical catastrophe leaves them even more isolated, they must battle the menace on their own, caught in the heart of a mystery that could destroy them both"--
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 9780451419484
0451419480
Branch Call Number: F SAI
Statement of Responsibility: Simone St. James
Copyright Date: ©2014
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Fiction. False personation Fiction. Haunted places Fiction. World War, 1914-1918 Veterans Fiction. World War, 1914-1918 Medical care Fiction. Nurses Fiction. England Fiction.
Genre/Form: Historical fiction.
Romantic suspense fiction.
Ghost stories.
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
False personation
Haunted places
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918
Nurses
LCCN: 2013032953
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Aug 17, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 08, 2014
  • genepy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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" .

Apr 11, 2014
  • melwyk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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