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M and whom she discovers one has to have special clearance to visit Being one to take the opportunity to flout the rules Kitty manages to meet him and is astonished by what she discovers The author gradually builds a sense of menace We hear about strange noises the patients nightmares and ghostly apparitions There is clearly some sort of corruption going on which involves the visiting doctors and the house s owner There are also estions surrounding the treatment or rather non treatment of the patients at Portis House and speculation as to why the previous owners disappeared so suddenly Bumps in the night a patient who shouldn t be there possible conspiracies Ms St James develops and intertwines her plot threads very cleverly and I was tterly engrossed in the story from start to finishSpeaking as someone who has a particular interest in the history of First World War I found the setting a mental institution for soldiers suffering from shell shock to be the novel s true strength Ms St James has clearly done her homework on the way these men were viewed treated and so badly misunderstood returned from one horror only to be plunged into another Removed from family and friends and branded insane they were locked away like criminals All of them are well rounded engaging characters and she skillfully evokes sympathy for their situationsThe writing and pacing of the story are excellent The action begins very slowly in the sense that the supernatural element is not introduced ntil we re well into the book but I was so caught A Ta Place up in the relationships between Kitty and the other nurses the stories of the various patients and speculating as to the identity of Patient Sixteen that I never had that feeling of wanting things to get moving I was happy to savour it all I loved that the author takes her time establishing her characters and setting I found her exploration of the way in which the men at Portis House were treated to be both informative and poignant Ms St James has created such a fascinating set of characters and backstories and established so well the conflicts between them that the gothic element was almost surplus to reuirements I would have beenite happy had the story been a straight mysteryI ve read a few reviews stating that the story seemed to lose impetus in the second half but I disagree I found myself just as riveted by the later part of the story as the beginning which is in no small part due to the superb performance given by Mary Jane Wells Ms Wells is Ts suffer from nervous attacks and tormenting dreams But something is going on at Portis House its plaster is crumbling; its plumbing makes eerie noises; and strange cold breaths of air 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 itKitty
I LOVE Simone St James style of writing and this one did not disappoint Simone has the ability to pull the reader into a place and time in this case 1919 post war Britain and write characters that you care about I like that she threads a bit of romance into her story without destroying it and veering off into just romance This is a ghost story that will keep you turning pages Mortal Sin until the wee hours of the morning I was sad to finish it From here I could see the thicket of trees clustered like a crowd of commuters on a busy train platform that were solid land s last gasp before the marshes began their march to the sea The grass grew thicker there tangled with brush andndergrowth How to Win an Argument... Even When You Lose uncut by any visible path Beyond the trees the marshes stretched like patchwork mossy and silvery their colors strange even in the workaday summer sunlight They faded into an impenetrable horizon that must be the sea though I saw no sign of any boat or mast in the long moments I searched for themAlas I have finished my finalnread Simone St James book and must now wait for them to be released A sad day indeed Simone St James seems to be almost single handedly revitalising the genre of the gothic historical romance and her latest book Silence for the Dead proved to be a very enjoyable example indeedIt s 1919 and twenty year old Kitty Weeks has been running away from her abusive father for the past four years That means going from job to job often nder assumed names and never staying in one place too long She s gutsy and independent and even though she can never completely shake them off she refuses to allow her past experiences to beat her down Her latest position in the wilds of the north of England is as a nurse at Portis House an imposing mansion turned asylum for men suffering from shell shock She s not a nurse of course but she needs the job and wants to be somewhere she ll be difficult to find With falsified references of her previous experience at a London hospital Kitty blags her way inThe work is arduous and the days are long as the place is terribly nderstaffed but Kitty soon gets into the swing of things Her lack of real nursing Aquinass Way to God ualifications does not hinder her and sheickly strikes p friendships with two of her fellow nurses Martha and Nina They gossip together and moan about sore feet and matron s edicts I really enjoyed the dynamics of their relationship An element of mystery is introduced when Kitty hears about the enigmatic Patient Sixteen who never comes out of his roo. 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 patien.
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New to me narrator but she has guaranteed herself a place on my narrators to trust list based on this performance aloneMs Wells narration is well paced and the character voices are sufficiently distinct in tone that there was never any estion as to whether I was listening to speech or description She has a pleasant youthful sounding voice The Hokku or Epigram Versus of Basho used to very good effect in her interpretation of Kitty the chipper cockney heroine Dedicated optimistic Martha is given a perfectly executed Scottish accent and laconic wry Nina has a lower pitched northern accented drawl which suited her sardonic nature very well indeed The male patients and orderlies are all clearly differentiated too Paulus the head orderly is South African and Ms Wells accent is mostly spot on Captain Mabry is given the slightly clipped tones one would expect from an officer and she does a superb job with Archie who has annusual stammer She adopts a slightly lower pitch to portray Jack who like Mabry is often Prison Ramen uite softly spoken Yet she also impeccably conveys hisnderlying sense of authority and cheeky insouciance as the story progressesThere are a few glaring Americanisms in the text Closets instead of cupboards suspenders instead of braces believe me the image of a man wearing what we call suspenders is not a particularly attractive or masculine one and an odd pronunciation of Passchendaele stuck out like sore thumbs but these were very minor irritationsAll in all Silence for the Dead is a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience The highlights for me are the setting and the stories and characterisation of the patients but the principal story and narration are superb too I have no hesitation in recommending it very highly indeed Another wonderful book by Simone St James This one follows a young woman on the run from an abusive father as she takes a job in a mental hospital after WWI 45 stars rounded p for Fabulous narration by Mary Jane Wells In 1919 England at a lonely mansion where moors meet sea 21 mad soldiers convalesce from WWI suffering PTSD But ghosts that reek of rot whisper sweet suicide in the patients ears inhibiting their recovery To this bleak place comes Kitty Weeks age 20 ish masuerading as a nurse fleeing her own murderous father She s resilient and courageous but not foolish She knows something is wrong and immediately recognizes the mysterious patient 16 incognito and hidden away Soon they put their heads together Crazy or notEngrossing this dark gothic suspense novel Not totally. Inds 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 ncover the truth disturbing revelations suggest the presence of powerful spectral forces And when a medical catastrophe leaves them even isolated they must battle the menace on their own caught in the heart of a mystery that could destroy them bo.
Simone St James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel The Broken Girls and The Haunting of Maddy Clare which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada She wrote her first ghost story about a haunted library when she was in high school and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the televi