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Silence for the Dead
Silence for the Dead | Simone St. James
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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 Houseits plaster is crumbling, its plumbing makes eerie noises, and strange breaths of cold waft through the empty rooms. Its 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Sargar114
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Loving this new cover. My favorite of her historical fiction ghost stories. From St James IG ⬇️

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CoffeeNBooks
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#BookMoods #Silence One of my favorite St. James books!
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

KristiAhlers I need to pick this book up! It will be my reward for not maiming medical people once my dad is finally out of the hospital! 7mo
DanaManiac This is a good one!! 7mo
CoffeeNBooks @DanaManiac It's one of my 3 favorite St. James books! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to get to this one!! 7mo
Eggs Love SSJ❣️❣️ 7mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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KristiAhlers I need to read this one still! 8mo
Eggs ❤️ SSJ ❤️ 8mo
CoffeeNBooks @KristiAhlers It's so good! This one is tied for first place with The Sun Down Motel for my favorite Simone St. James books. 8mo
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TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 8mo
Susanita That cover! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💜💜 8mo
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carlthecattt
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I‘m a couple days late for opening my #litsylovevalentinesswap but it‘s been a busy week at work and home.
Thank you so much @BookwormAHN I love all of it! I tried out the coffee this morning and it was really good! Can‘t wait to use my book sleeve, I‘ve been eyeing one for a while, and the cats on it are purrfect 🥰

BookwormAHN Your welcome, enjoy 😺 12mo
ShelleyBooksie Love the book sleeve. Silence For The Dead us so good! 12mo
carlthecattt @ShelleyBooksie it looks really good! 12mo
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BookwormAHN
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Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView
1- Both even though sometimes a slow burn can just drag.
2- loved this book 💜
I tag @LitStephanie @kwmg40 @Catsandbooks @curiouserandcurioser
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView You're welcome! Happy Tuesday! 13mo
LitStephanie Ooh, thanks for the tag! 13mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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#12Booksof2021 #8thBookof2021 #August I love how Simone St. James mixes mystery with the paranormal, and this one was definitely one of my favorites of hers. The Guncle was a very close 2nd favorite in August. @Andrew65

Andrew65 A wonderful author. 13mo
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BookwormAHN
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😺
1- Greatest achievement was getting my shih tzu puppy Luke house trained and mostly able to walk on a leash. Greatest challenge is we are still working on his biting and barking.
2- Silence For The Dead by Simone St James
3- For the plague to be under control or at least not have my vacation canceled.
I tag @Chrissyreadit @katy4peas @rsteve388
#WondrousWednesday

MidnightBookGirl Small dog potty training is no joke- it's a hard feat! 13mo
Eggs Great accomplishments and hopes~thanks for playing 🥳📚🎊 13mo
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bio_chem06
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I just couldn‘t finish this one. I‘m a little disappointed in this one. But hey, an author can‘t have 100% success every time, right?!

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BookwormAHN
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Thanks for the tag @merelybookish 😺
Here is my #Top21of21
My favorites were Silence For The Dead, Summer Sons, The Book of Accidents and Dark Disciple.
I tag @iread2much @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @sharread @Cupcake12 @bookish_wookish @Blerdgal_Fenix

kspenmoll Such good books!!! 14mo
merelybookish Great list! And two Alice Hoffmans. Ive never read her but keep meaning to. 😄 14mo
Jari-chan Dark Disciple is great! 😍 14mo
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thanks for the tag! ❤️ 14mo
Megabooks This is on my list for next year 14mo
Cupcake12 Thank you for the tag x 14mo
iread2much Thanks for the tag! 14mo
Cinfhen Excited as a few of these are on my list for next year 🥳 14mo
MaleficentBookDragon The Final Girl Support Group and Survive the Night are on my list as well. 13mo
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DebinHawaii
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#GratefulHarvest

Five books from my Kindle with #silence in their title. The tagged book & The Fountains of Silence (both #sundaybuddyread picks) made my Top Reads of 2021 list.
The bottom three books are still in my #TBR. 📚📚📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛🤫📚 1y
Eggs Well done 🤩📚👏🏻 1y
Jensol77 Fountains of Silence is amazing 14mo
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BookwormAHN
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I loved this book. This may be my favorite St. James novel. Kitty gets a job as a nurse at Portis House a hospital for soldiers considered crazy. But of course there are complications like the cute patient 16, the fact that Kitty has no idea what she's doing and there are ghosts 💜
I loved this round of #LMPBC Thanks @JackOBotts @MaleficentBookDragon @Reggie
#Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix
#Wickedathon @StayCurious
#Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

CoffeeNBooks This is one of my favorite St. James books! 1y
kplovesbooks Oooh. This sounds good!! I may have to give her another try. I wasn't a fan of The Broken Girls, it was just okay to me even though it's got so much love from everyone else. But THIS sounds really cool! 1y
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AmyG Definitely one of my favorites of hers. 1y
BookwormAHN @kplovesbooks You should, this one was better and it was one storyline and more cohesive than The Broken Girls. 1y
TheSpineView Excellant! 1y
Andrew65 I need to catch up on this. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
kplovesbooks @BookwormAHN perfect! I'm really finding the dual time lines throw me off of a story because I always rather one time line than the other, so end up only enjoying half the book!! 🤷 1y
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ShelleyBooksie
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@BookishTrish , @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego , @BeeMagical - I'm so excited for LMPBC! What are your thoughts on theme? This time of year I read a lot of spooky/cozy/seasonal (fall/Christmas) themed books but I also like gold old fashioned mysteries, YA Fantasy, lots of stuff!

kspenmoll Your flowers? Beautiful colors. 1y
BeeMagical I love thrillers and YA! Spooky season is my favourite, so anything paranormal too! I also enjoy a good psychological twist (Shutter Island-esq). Some of my favourite authors right now: Sager, Perkins, Foley, King, Stine, Riggs, Rowling. Hope this gives a good description of my Bookish taste 👅😂 (edited) 1y
BookishTrish I am wide open. I love: horror, all YA, fantasy, cosy mysteries. Do we want to all pick a book on the same theme - is that what you propose Shelley? I‘m game. 1y
ShelleyBooksie @BookishTrish - I was thinking that however it seems all of our tastes are very similar so I'm thinking we pick 4 that we each want to read and go from there? @BeeMagical . @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego - posted some great suggestions for her reads. 1y
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ShelleyBooksie
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@kspenmoll - thank you for the wonderful #litsylovefallswap package! The scarf is so soft and cozy and I am so excited to read the books! @rsteve388

kspenmoll You are so welcome! It was fun finding things for you!!!! 1y
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Reggie
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This was great. It‘s 1919 England and Kitty Weekes is running away from danger straight into a haunted asylum. This was put in the mail this morning to you @BookwormAHN and should be there by Monday.

BookwormAHN Okay, I look forward to reading it 👻 1y
Centique Looks like I was prescient getting BD to deliver books to you. Did you see UPS has stopped delivering between Australia, NZ and the US. Cant get enough space/too few planes. Pretty freaky when the good old mail can‘t get through! 1y
BookwormAHN Got it, thanks 👻 1y
Christy2318 I love Simone‘s books. This one is my favorite. 1y
sprainedbrain Love this one! 1y
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Reggie
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@JackOBotts thanks for picking this book. I‘m barely at the part where Kitty does her first night shift. Holy crap, the hairs on my arm stood up. Lolol it‘s my first Simone St. James and it‘s really good so far.

LeahBergen I‘ll have to read this one now! I‘ve read a couple of her other novels and really liked them. 1y
JackOBotts So glad you‘re enjoying it! I love her writing and her ghost stories! 1y
Reggie @LeahBergen this is totally making me want to read her other stuff. 1y
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Bookzombie I‘m glad you are enjoying it. I only have one of her backlist left to read. I usually listen to her books. 1y
BiblioLitten Her books are always a Pick for me. Have to read this one though 1y
CoffeeNBooks This is one of my favorite St. James books! 1y
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BookwormAHN
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Thanks for the tag fellow #TeamHendrix member @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm 👻
1- Absolutely
2- Silence For the Dead
Also tagging #TeamHendrix
#TwoForTuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and good luck! 🖤🎃📖 1y
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DanaManiac
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3 ⭐️

Ghost stories aren't typically my thing, but I did mostly enjoy this book. I liked trying to piece the mystery together, even though I was way off! There were a few loose ends and odd things in the end, though.

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Loved this. No surprise, I've never read a book from her that wasn't great. Great #gothic feels, engaging stories (for both timelines), and characters that I cared about, even if they were a little cliched. Read this with #sundaybuddyread

TheBookHippie 🤍🤍🤍🤍 1y
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katy4peas
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This one was a lot of fun to read with #sundaybuddyread group. It was suspenseful with likable characters and spooky too. Kitty was a strong female lead. This took place in an asylum where Kitty works as a nurse. Of course, she starts to investigate the hauntings and question how the men are being treated by the doctors. A great read. #audiobook #bookhangover

Triggers for child/sexual abuse and suicide.

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Chrissyreadit
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Thank you Aletheia!!! This was a lovely birthday surprise!!!

Avanders You‘re so welcome!! ♥️♥️ 1y
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DebinHawaii
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Read for #sundaybuddyread for August, I really enjoyed this spooky ghostly book, set in a house turned into an asylum for WWI veterans suffering from PTSD. Kitty is on the run from her past & fakes her way into hiding out there, pretending she is a nurse & finds that bad things are happening at Portis House. I liked the characters, gothic vibe, atmospheric setting & all the twists. It kept me absorbed & is in my top favorites from the author. 👻🖤

robinb This is on my TBR! 😊 1y
DebinHawaii @robinb It‘s a good one! 🤗 1y
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TheBookHippie
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Next Simone January 2022!! (Pictured)

#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

Anything else to discuss? There was so much at the end! What stood out to you?

I so love our Sunday discussions I thank you for being freaked out with me …next time I‘m in a old fashioned LAV I‘ll be thinking of you all 😂😱👻🤍

Karisa 💗😂👍 1y
Sargar114 I feel like this would make such a great miniseries…especially with the pandemic angle 1y
kspenmoll Do we have 2022 picked out yet or just January? 1y
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AmyG Oh wow. A new one. 1y
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll I think I have it sorted ! Plan to post this week 😂 1y
TheBookHippie @AmyG I know! 1y
Sargar114 I can‘t believe we‘re already thinking of 2022 reads 🤯🤯🤯 1y
vlwelser I love this author. I wish we could clone her. 1y
vlwelser @Sargar114 seriously. I'm not ready for 2022. 1y
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I just plan it with the school year reading 😱🤯😂 1y
Kimberlone Looking forward to it! 1y
rjsthumbelina Yay! I hope to go back and catch The Broken Girls before then, as I missed that one when you all read it. Has this group read Lost Among the Living yet? That's her only other backlist besides those 2 that I haven't read 1y
TheBookHippie @rjsthumbelina nope it‘s in next years line up! 1y
JaclynW @Sargar114 A mini-series would be so good!! 1y
JaclynW @TheBookHippie For reals about the old fashioned lavs. 😉☠️👻☠️ 1y
JaclynW I really liked the ending of this book. It was very satisfying after the horrors that took place. The Gothic feel was done well. I like so many of the characters too - Matron, Nina, Kitty, Jack, the list goes on. They all played their role and made an impact to the story. Nicely written and un-putdownable kind of book. 1y
DebinHawaii Really enjoyed it, the vibe, characters & all the twists. I am excited to read the pictured book next year as there was an excerpt of it at the end of my Kindle edition of this book & it looks good. I am going to read Broken Girls before that since I missed it too @rjsthumbelina & I have it in my Kindle #TBR. Thank you for the always great discussions! 🤗😍 1y
Hooked_on_books I‘m excited to dive into another of hers in a few months! 🎉 I did want to mention that I loved the scene where Kitty was with the guy inspecting and wanting to get into his briefcase and the one soldier (Mabry?) played the “crazy” role to help her. That was just so clever and funny. Loved it! 1y
TheBookHippie @Hooked_on_books I loved that part too!!! The inmates running the asylum made me LOL as well! 1y
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie I giggled at that turn of phrase as well 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Yes! The inmates running the asylum line made me laugh. Overall I felt this had the most interesting cast of characters of her books and I would've liked a bit more about many of them. I didn't read the Broken Girls with you all so maybe I'll try to squeeze it in during the upcoming spooky season. 1y
mollyrotondo I can‘t wait to read more of her books with the group. I had a very unproductive reading month this August but I still enjoyed reading everyone‘s comments from the past couple of weeks that I was behind. My favorite part was when all of the patients stood up to Syd. It was disappointing that he was such a terrible brother in the end. 1y
katy4peas I really enjoyed this book. It had lots of enjoyable characters and just the right amount of spookiness. I didn‘t want to put it down. 1y
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TheBookHippie
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

Did you like that we found out what happened to everyone at the end ?

I think this is tied for my first choice of Simones books, how do you rate it?

AmyG I was satisfied with the end. I liked this and the Sun Down Motel the best. 1y
Karisa @AmyG 100% agreed! Those have been my tops too from her. For all her books, you know it‘s going to be a fun ride. 1y
Sargar114 I really like how it wrapped up. But with a small opening with the ghost still possibly at Portis House. I still like Broken Girls more, but I think this is second or tied with second with Sun Down (edited) 1y
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kspenmoll This was a wonderful read- so much going on & left me guessing. I loved this, Broken Girls & Sundown Motel. Hope she has a new one soon! 1y
vlwelser @kspenmoll it's coming next year sometime. I keep seeing ads. 1y
vlwelser @kspenmoll That wasn't helpful... Here is the book. 1y
vlwelser I have a hard time ranking her books. This is definitely my favorite of her post WWI UK books. It's hard to compare it to Broken Girls or Sundown. 1y
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I agree this and broken girls are favorites for differing reasons. 1y
Kimberlone Best of the historical mysteries I‘ve read, but I‘ve not tried any of her more recent books 1y
rjsthumbelina I loved the gothic tones with this one. I love nothing more than a Gothic-feeling haunted house. Not sure how I'd rate it, but it wins extra points for that reason 1y
JaclynW @rjsthumbelina I also loved the Gothic tones. 1y
JaclynW This is for sure one of my favorites from St. James. It *may* be my number one - for sure in the top two. And like with others, Broken Girls and Sundown Motel are closely linked to my top favorites. 1y
DebinHawaii I‘ll say it again…I MUST read Broken Girls!!! I think The Sun Down Motel still has the edge over this one but it‘s close & my favorite from her books set in this era. 1y
Hooked_on_books I thought it was terrific. Great story and setting, so well crafted. I‘ve liked everything I‘ve read from her. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This was enjoyable, but maybe 3rd in a tight race behind Inquiry and The Sun Down Motel. I felt that the end here was too tidy in how everyone factored into the shady business of Portis House and I guessed a bit of the outcome this time around. 1y
mollyrotondo I really liked this one a lot. I think I‘d rank my top three as Inquiry, Broken Girls, and Silence. Although I loved Sundown and Lost Among the Living too. And Maddy Clare was super scary. I just love them all!!! 1y
RedxoHearts I really liked it! I will definitely have to read more of Simone St. James books but I don't know which one to go with first 1y
TheBookHippie @RedxoHearts we are reading three more next year together. Most people like Broken Girls which was the first one we read together back in 2018 1y
katy4peas @DebinHawaii I haven‘t read it either. 1y
katy4peas Maddy Clare was my first read by her, but I liked this one a lot more. So since I have only read those two, I guess this is my #1 1y
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“Kitty. Don‘t go back to Portis House”

😱👻 so he‘s still haunting it?! Or it descended into the “marsh” totally?! Can a place hold the horror?

AmyG Why take a chance? I‘d have that place leveled. What‘s still with the mold? 1y
Karisa Um, yeah. I wouldn‘t want to go back either. Haunted by the supernatural still or bad memories, no thanks. Buh bye Portis House👋 1y
Sargar114 Absolutely not going back!!! I feel like it‘s a good way to come back and use this as a location in future stories though. 1y
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kspenmoll I would destroy it too. Felt like its soil was malevolent & such evil happened there. 1y
vlwelser This book reminded me of that Spanish movie The Orphanage. Just throwing that out there. 1y
vlwelser She should write a follow up book where modern people have to deal with this crazy ghost. 1y
rjsthumbelina I think sometimes places do kind of absorb the evil that's been done there. Or maybe it's just that it's haunting to know that something so terrible took place there. Without any resolution for Nils' ghost, I hope that the house just rots away, even as beautiful as it seemed. But @vlwelser I see where you're coming from - could make for a great sequel! 1y
JaclynW @vlwelser A follow up could be interesting... 1y
JaclynW Like I said, burn the house down. It needs a good cleansing. 1y
DebinHawaii Yes, the decay, the mold, evil ghost, that house has really bad juju & should be burned or destroyed. 😱 1y
DanaManiac I think it‘s still haunted and would never go back!! 1y
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac Right he‘s there just roaming around 😱 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Poppa Gersbsch is still creeping around the crumbling mansion and this might be one spooky site I pass up, despite its name sounding like one of my favorite bands. This can be where the British government tests a bomb or something. 1y
mollyrotondo That guy is too evil to just move on to the other side. And the place just continues to rot. They definitely need to demolish the site and uproot the soil too just be safe. How deep do you have to dig to extract evil? 1y
RedxoHearts I was wondering if they would do something to put a final end to the evil in the house so no one could get hurt again from it...like burn it down 1y
TheBookHippie @RedxoHearts I was hoping they‘d level it to the ground .. 1y
katy4peas They need to do something so no kids just happen to go exploring and decide to check out the haunted mansion on dare… 1y
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Paulus with the men afterwards. Smart? Relief?
Archie, West, Mabry. Gave them some life?

AmyG Ahhhh, I have no clue. 1y
Karisa I loved it! Made me lol. After all they‘d been through, they deserved to just laze around like young men. You go boys!😂 1y
Sargar114 In a way, now they‘re all veterans after going through that. 1y
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kspenmoll Thought that was great, to have them together living as wounded but real men supporting each other hopefully. 1y
vlwelser I thought this made Paulus look less harsh. There isn't really anything wrong with most of these guys when they aren't possessed by ghosts. I mean PTSD sucks and all that but most of them seem like they could function in the world and not need to be locked up. 1y
rjsthumbelina I loved that this was the ending that some of the men got! Having each other as support is likely to go a long way. Glad they get a chance to live as 'normal' citizens 1y
JaclynW I loved this. Them just hanging out, being NORMAL. Wow. And the love/support that they gave to each other. ❤️ 1y
DebinHawaii I liked that time for them & hopefully those who needed it got better help in a better place. (That‘s what my heart wants to believe—but was there really a better institution or asylum back then?!) I guess like one of them said (I forget who) maybe they at least got transferred to a place that didn‘t make them more traumatized. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This made me laugh and I loved it! I was glad to see that a few of the men had a chance to experience some normalcy. I picked up a feeling that maybe Anna was interested in West (maybe it was the bringing him breakfast line) so if he's not finding love just yet, at least he can have some fun. 1y
mollyrotondo So released that some of these men got to be a support system for each other so that they could experience some normal post war living. They do seem like they could function in society with some support. That‘s why veterans societies are important nowadays and need to be better funded. 1y
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Mikael finally at rest. Not a coward.
Thoughts on his story. Are ghosts really un-rested dead?

AmyG Quite sad about Mikael. Not everyone is meant to go to war. Are ghosts ever at rest? Who knows? 1y
Karisa I was glad for Mikael Not sure about ghosts irl. I kind of like thinking it‘d work like Neil Gaiman‘s gods in American Gods—powered by belief of the living. 1y
Sargar114 @Karisa that‘s an interesting theory. Mikael‘s story was so sad, gad he got some redemption in the end. 1y
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kspenmoll So sad for Mikael & so glad he was freed. Ghosts? Hard to grasp for me 1y
vlwelser Poor Mikael. 1y
rjsthumbelina Mikael deserved better than what he got in life. Abusive father, made fun of in the war for being different, dishonorably discharged, then sacrificed by a father who could never love him! The only descriptions that we got from those that knew him in life were of how sweet and caring he was. You can only hope that he can be at peace knowing he saved his sister from their father's wrath 1y
DebinHawaii Yes, I hope he is at peace by saving Anna. In real life I am not sure how much I believe. I do feel like there can at least be restless or charged energy of people left behind but I don‘t know what the extent of that looks like & if there is resolution & rest for that energy. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
Hooked_on_books I don‘t believe in ghosts, but I‘ve definitely heard the theory of them being unrested dead and it makes sense. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Mikael had a sad story. Given that a huge majority of ghost stories are about harm & fear, it makes sense for them to be evil and/or unsettled spirits. I mean, where's the friendly ghost who slips your lunch into your purse when you're forgetting it? Why am I not hearing about a ghost who does the dishes for me while I'm at work? 1y
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick OHHH Can I have the dishes ghost? 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Sure! I want one that cleans the floor or shower, so if you find one, send it haunting my way. 1y
mollyrotondo @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick yes!!!! I need a ghost who will clean the bathroom and grab things for me off of high shelves please!! 1y
mollyrotondo I felt so bad for Mikael. He couldn‘t rest because he felt like a failure and his father couldn‘t rest because he was so angry. I think ghosts are the dead who cannot find rest whether they were good people or bad people irl. I am so glad Mikael has peace now after saving his sister. He seemed like a much better brother than Syd. 1y
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Creeton - IT WAS MABRY!! But Creeton was truly mad, yes? Your thoughts?

AmyG Yes, I think Creeton was a bit damaged and mad. I didn‘t see that with Mabry. 1y
Karisa @AmyG I didn‘t see it coming with Mabry either. Love how St.James set up the strong/weak idea then seemed to thumb her nose at it with that one. 1y
Sargar114 That surprised me too. Then again, Mandy was more sentimental so in a way it‘s not surprising. Well done! 1y
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kspenmoll Creeton between the war & his parents, was damaged & not sure if he is redeemable. Marby also took me by surprise but then so much of this book did! 1y
AmyG I think all that business calling him Captain was a ruse to make us think he was a “good guy”. 1y
vlwelser I'm not sure I totally understand what happened here. Was he possessed all along or did the ghost use whomever was most convenient? I liked Marbry. I'm going to go ahead and continue to blame it all on the evil ghost. 1y
Kimberlone @vlwelser I was also a bit confused, but thought it was more of the ghost possessing him than him actually being evil 1y
rjsthumbelina I agree - Mabry succumbed to the ghost right when the ghost needed him. He was always susceptible, with the nosebleeds and how much he loved his children and wanted to see them. He was kind of a foil for Gersbach in that way. It felt like the ghost intentionally left him alone so that no one would expect that the ghost would take possession of him then. I loved that Mabry had a pension established for Roger 1y
rjsthumbelina I felt so bad for Creeton at the end - his parents reminded me of the parenting style of Nils (read: emotionally and physically abusive, child can't ever measure up to unrealistic expectations). He knew he'd never be good enough, not even to be the ghost's sacrifice 1y
DebinHawaii Yes, it seemed Gersbach‘s ghost jumped to Mabry to get the “assignment” done & get his sacrifice & it was possession rather than him being evil. I think basically he was a good person who understands right & wrong who felt the guilt of what he did while possessed & is more “redeemable” in most ways than Creeton. He went for Kitty‘s ideas to help make amends for Roger & to help Anna too. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I still see Creeton as a bad guy (if a bit sympathetic) and Mabry as a good guy. The way they treated others while possessed vs how they treated people when they we're themselves make me confident that whatever demons are there, we saw them for who they are. Mabry seems caring (family, pension, kind) and Creeton was happy to intimidate Kitty right from the get go. 1y
mollyrotondo The ghost took advantage of both Mabry and Creeton. Creeton was angry and depressed for being rejected by his parents and would have succumbed to the ghost in order to prove he was strong. Mabry was kind hearted and sensitive hence the nose bleeds. But he tried to make amends in the end once the ghost left his body. 1y
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ANNA! She‘s ALIVE! Wowie. Her father is possessing people! Anna killed him. Do you think she‘s damaged mentally forever ? Think after time she‘ll recover?

AmyG I think it helped her knowing her father‘s ghost is now gone...and that part comes to an end. I hope she can move on with her life as she has suffered some serious trauma. 1y
Karisa @AmyG Yes, agreed. She‘s lost so much. Glad that Maisie will be there for her. Her journey was a bit of a stretch but still rooting for the character too 1y
Sargar114 @amyg, I don‘t think his ghost is gone, remember she warned Kitty not to go back? 1y
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Sargar114 What a sad situation. Also sad to think it was very likely her story wouldn‘t be believed (self defense) and she likely would have been convicted, so running was really her only choice. Given the times, I doubt she‘ll ever recover mentally. Guessing Maisey will take care of her the rest of her life. 1y
kspenmoll I too am glad she has Maisie. I think she will have a difficult time & maybe never heal totally from the trauma she suffered, given the times as @Sargar114 said. 1y
AmyG @Sargar114 Ah, yes….I see what she was saying. I wouldn‘t go back anyway-Ha! That place is frightening. 1y
vlwelser Poor Anna. I think/hope that Maisey will help her. I was actually surprised that she hadn't been hiding there somewhere the entire time. 1y
Kimberlone I was definitely surprised by her arrival the the story! Seems like at the same bf of the book, though, she is one of the most damaged characters still 1y
rjsthumbelina I think Anna was stuck in survival mode (like fight or flight) for so long that recovery will be difficult. Especially after watching her brother being killed and then killing her father! Then having to relive it in order to save the patients and staff of Portis House from her father's ghost! His ghost definitely isn't gone - he never got his sacrifice. I thought it was sad that they left the beautiful house to decay into ruin. I wanted the ⬇️ 1y
rjsthumbelina ⬆️...house to get kind of a redemption arc! 1y
JaclynW I am glad that Anna has Maisie. I think she will need her to get through life. I can't imagine the mental trauma she has to live with. That's a lit for anyone. But to some degree, she has pulled herself together. First, for her mother. Then for the patients. She wants to make a difference I think and be of use. Maybe to make up for killing her father? The childhood traumas? @amyg @karisa @Sargar114 @kspenmoll @vlwelser @Kimberlone @rjsthumbelina 1y
JaclynW I wish the dad's ghost was gone. I also would have loved that house to continue living its glory days. So creepy that it's still rotting with the evil spirit. It needs to be burned down! 1y
DebinHawaii I don‘t think that is something you really recover from —the abuse she suffered (“he did enough” to him executing her brother to killing him. It seems she goes a lot on autopilot to just get through life, but hopefully Maisey will take care of if her & help her. Definitely no one should go back to that house which is sad. I agree with @JaclynW it needs to be burnt down. 😱 1y
DanaManiac I think Anna is damaged for good. Whatever she insinuated regarding what her father did to her…I don‘t even want to imagine. Then having her dad kill her brother and having to kill him in turn to save her own life?? That‘s A LOT. 1y
Hooked_on_books She‘s held up extraordinarily to this point, so I think she‘ll be ok. But she also knows her dad‘s ghost is still around, so she can never quite let her guard down. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I think Anna will be well enough for a simple life with her friend & companion Maisey. She'll likely have nightmares and periods of depression, but I think she'll be able to function well with some time and distance. 1y
mollyrotondo Maisey will help her but it might take a long time to really recover from that trauma. The important thing is she is not alone. 1y
RedxoHearts That's probably something Anna would have to deal with for a long time. Though it makes me sad that even back then she would have to be on the run because they wouldn't believe her. They would have taken the dad's side especially then. Hopefully she eventually would have started over in some new country and a simple life. 1y
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Matron never wrote Kitty up. Wow. What are the final thoughts on Matron? Is she stern but love. How much better did Kitty fair because of how Matron was?

AmyG Matron turned out to be a bit of a good egg. Just tough. 1y
kspenmoll Matron surprised me when there were no reports in the briefcase- compassionate & disciplined. 1y
Karisa I love it when a curmudgeonly character turns out to be lovable after all. 1y
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Sargar114 I knew Matron would be good after all. I was really happy about that. Practical through and through. 1y
vlwelser I wasn't actually surprised by this. And I don't think putting a little fear into Kitty was such a bad thing. She does seem to run amok a bit. 1y
rjsthumbelina Matron was another person whom we never got all the answers about. I would totally read a book about Matron's past! 1y
JaclynW @rjsthumbelina I could too!! I ended up really liking her. 1y
JaclynW @AmyG @kspenmoll @karisa @Sargar114 @vlwelser @rjsthumbelina I ended up really liking Matron. She has such a tough exterior but seems like a super caring teddy bear inside. And she has lived a life of hardships, she carries a lot of wisdom around with her. 1y
kspenmoll @JaclynW Yes, re: Matron! well said!!! 1y
DebinHawaii I was liking Matron from the second section so no a surprise once we learned more about her. I thought she started out the book with a slight Nurse Ratched vibe but she ended up as a gruff/tough & rule making but caring Professor Minerva McGonagall character in my head. 1y
DanaManiac @Karisa Same here! I mean, it would‘ve been weird if she knew Kitty was lying about being a nurse and then was just nice outright. She cared but also had a lot of responsibility. 1y
Hooked_on_books The one thing I would have liked Matron to have changed is the threats. She obviously felt she needed to threaten, but if someone assumes they‘ll be losing their job anyway, they often tend to get sloppy and even vindictive, which in a health care setting is dangerous. Otherwise, she was a-ok in the end. 1y
Karisa @DanaManiac That‘s a good point. Also, women in those days probably were not given those opportunities as much. More pressure to perform? 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I liked the journey we went on with Matron. Way harsh matron, firm but fair, human, then finally a kind woman. She needed the nursing help so Matron tested Kitty & she passed. I think it would've went differently if Kitty was an idiot, but she was determined to put forth an honest effort and passed the tests. I liked her comments to Kitty about getting married and becoming a ninny. 🤣 1y
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I ended up liking her so much. 1y
mollyrotondo I really liked Matron as the story progressed. She started out really hard but as we got to see her in action I realized she wasn‘t a bad person at all. Some jobs require a little toughness in order to get the best out of workers but that isn‘t always a bad thing. I really liked her a lot and I thought it was great that she took the three young nurses with her to her new job. 1y
katy4peas I really liked her thru the whole book and I‘m glad she grew and ended up in a good place. 1y
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Nils Gersbach, the ghost.
Mikeal was bullied in the war. Horribly so. Shot in the head. Father shot in heart.
Mom died. Whew.

Is it a story that you thought of for our ghosts ?

Maiseys dad. In on it. How awful …corruption. Money.

It‘s a lot of moving pieces 🤯 did it St James tell the story well?

AmyG I had noclue what happened to the Gersbachs. It was all very sad. I feel bad for Maisey...about her father. 1y
kspenmoll Great story- clueless me all the way though. Felt sad for the son( what an evil dad) & Maisey too re: her dad. 1y
Sargar114 I had a feeling someone was still alive, but I had thought they were living in the house the entire time. What a terribly sad story. I thought it was really well done and really supported the overall story very nicely. Agin, St James is so good at blending the horrors of actual people and the supernatural. 1y
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vlwelser I felt bad for Maisey and Anna. Clearly both fathers were awful in their own very different ways. 1y
rjsthumbelina @Sargar114 exactly what you said. I knew the person alive was Anna, but thought she had been hiding out in the house. I didn't expect that the dad was quite as horrible as he turned out to be. St. James doesn't normally go for the villain characters without some explanatory backstory for why they act the way they do. I was wondering how this guy got to be so horrible. I wish we'd gotten more insight into the Gersbachs 1y
JaclynW @rjsthumbelina I wasn't expecting the dad to be that horrible either. Yikes. What a sad story when it all came together! I also figured it was the mom or sister that survived, but not both. Felt so bad for Anna! @vlwelser @Sargar114 @amyg @kspenmoll The trauma that the son went through too. Ugh! How awful. 1y
DebinHawaii I felt like the father was the evil & may have killed the son but didn‘t think it was an execution—I thought an altercation or Mikeal was protecting his sister. I did think Mikeal was just a lost spirit/soul & not evil & that Anna was alive. I think overall it was done well—the reveal & the twists but I would have liked more insight into the family. Maisey‘s father‘s role was a good twist. There was a definite bad/evil father theme in this one! (edited) 1y
DanaManiac There were a lot of pieces to assemble at the end. I also felt like the dad being evil seemed random. No origin story, just a family with a horrible father/husband whose terribleness is so bad it continues after death…? 🧐 1y
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac it seems she has loose ends in every story I often wonder if she‘ll go back to them later . This would be a good one to continue! 1y
Hooked_on_books She told this story so well. And it was all too common in that era to have these toxic responses, sadly. There are still components of our society that do. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Yay! I got some of the Gersbach's story right, especially that Nils was evil! I feel there were lots of loose ends and hints that were glossed over & tidied up a little easily, but overall I enjoyed the story arc. 1y
mollyrotondo I think it was told well especially to have the comparison between her abusive father and the Gersbach father. And another war torn young man rejected by his family like the patients in Portis House. I thought it all worked well I just didn‘t connect it all myself 😂 1y
RedxoHearts I had guessed that either the mom or the daughter eventually took him out once they hit their breaking points. 1y
katy4peas I liked the sad story being tied to Portis house and thought the connection worked well. Still have background questions about the family though. 1y
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Jack and Kitty. Jack changing his clothes in front of her! OY vey. THEN THE KISS. “I wanted to kiss you like a man.”

Readers we have our long awaited for CRINGE!

What did you think? THEN after all the ruckus SHE goes to his room … ack it was so ….bad. Thoughts? Or is this just a thing. Bad love scenes on purpose?!

AmyG I knew it was coming. Her sex scenes are quite cringeworthy. Her main female characters all seem so sex starved. 😳 1y
kspenmoll She should just leave the scenes out and maybe just have it insinuated. 1y
Karisa 😂😂😂 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
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Karisa I think it‘s part of St. James‘ charm at this point. That would be an interesting question to ask her at an author talk. I nominate @TheBookHippie to be the one to ask. 😂 1y
Sargar114 I would say of all the cringeworthy sex scenes…this one was probably the least terrible. I‘m glad she abandoned the romance angles in her more modern novels. 1y
TheBookHippie @Karisa 😂😂😂😂 1y
vlwelser I think this is just something we expect now. Maybe the author's being cheesy on purpose. The description of the nightgown was something else. Maybe we are supposed to realize how innocent she actually is. 1y
vlwelser I also agree with @Sargar114 this is slightly less terrible than the others we have read. She seems to have abandoned this format for her more recent novels. I'm excited to read the new one. 1y
rjsthumbelina I was totally waiting for it. I knew it would end up happening in Jack's private room! 🤣 I really enjoy the romance plots as part of her older books, just not the cringy sex scenes 1y
Kimberlone This one was way less cringe than in the others! Maybe the romance was better built up? Kitty‘s lack of experience makes it seem a bit far fetched she would just immediately go to that action. 1y
TheBookHippie @Kimberlone Right?! Oy 👀 1y
TheBookHippie @rjsthumbelina it has to be purposeful at least I hope so 😂 1y
JaclynW @vlwelser @Sargar114 @Kimberlone I also thought this was slightly less cringey than other scenes in other books. But still. Awkward. 😬 @TheBookHippie @rjsthumbelina @karisa @kspenmoll @amyg I'm thinking St. James is totally serious about her sex scenes and she tries her best. I'm embarrassed for her. Parts of them are fine, but they almost always take a wrong turn. Isn't an editor supposed to help with this? 1y
TheBookHippie @JaclynW I hope this doesn‘t reflect her sex knowledge or sex life 😱 or experience 👀 1y
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Yes... I was thinking that same thing. Poor dear if so. 😳😬 1y
DebinHawaii 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 to all of this—especially @TheBookHippie as her the questions about the sex scenes. @Karisa We knew it was coming & while awkward, I agree it wasn‘t quite as cringy as the others so far. Although the “this is going to be fun” comment was pretty cringy as it seemed out of place for the times & characters. 1y
TheBookHippie @JaclynW could be you wouldn‘t think so but I meet so many people with no clue or knowledge on how to enjoy any of it 😩 1y
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii it‘s always our comic relief but it could be meant to be real romance !!! I hope not 😂 1y
DanaManiac I have come to think of it as comical because it‘s too cringeworthy to take it seriously lol 1y
Hooked_on_books It wasn‘t nearly as bad as the sex scenes in the last one we read. And I‘m glad she shifted their relationship away from nurse and patient before going there. That was important to do. At least it was a brief scene! 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Rather spontaneous in the chain of events? Yes. Totally expected? Absolutely. Cringey? Not really. Given her issues, it was good that she went to him to initiate, they had some playful banter, and he's proved that he is absolutely in his right mind. On the semi-awkward sex scale, this was mild and she thankfully didn't take us through the details of Kitty's full maiden voyage. St James is showing growth! 🤣 1y
mollyrotondo I agree with everyone that it definitely was not as bad as the last book we read by her. But it was still awkward. I mean that line about this is going to be fun was just so made up and showing how much she doesn‘t know when he reveals that they can have sex with her on top. I mean why did we need that said? I mean I guess to show that he is going giving her control which is of course very nice but it‘s just awkward to say in a book 😂 1y
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I was laughing til I snout fell over 😂😂😂🤣 however I‘ve mentored girls who have zero clue intercourse causes pregnancy so😱🤯😳🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
RedxoHearts The amount of people who don't understand how babies come about always astonish me. That or other random weird things people think when it comes to that or health related things that should be simple. My mom is a nurse. I definitely couldn't be because I couldn't make my face stop saying what my mouth was trying not too 😂 1y
katy4peas Oh boy. I‘m glad it was short and less awkward than in Maddy Clare, but it could have been left out. At least there was only one scene. 🤦‍♀️ 1y
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Mr. Deighton ..

Mabry helping Kitty get her file.

Childress conduit to the ghost.

ON THE WALL “I AM NOT A COWARD”

Archie “He told me someone is going to DIE”

What did you think? How quickly were you figuring out the ending or did you just read?

Seriously no clue about all the beef tea😂🤷🏻‍♀️

AmyG I like the revealing, slowly, of info that leads to the conclusion. I am usually horible at figuring out the secrets. I got something correct as I did think one of the family members was alive. 1y
kspenmoll I was totally unable to guess or figure out the ending. Agree with @AmyG in liking the slow reveal of info. I enjoyed not knowing! Loved that she was able to nab the file out of Deighton‘s briefcase. Lots of collaboration between nurse/men. (edited) 1y
kspenmoll The whole “ I am not a coward” theme was so so sad but real for that war. I did not expect it to be central to the ghosts etc 1y
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Karisa @kspenmoll Agreed! Not knowing where this one was going made it all the more fun to read. 1y
Sargar114 I loved not being able to really figure it out. I think we got bits and pieces but never the whole thing. St James is so great at blending the supernatural and human causes to creepiness. Once the pandemic hit, I stopped trying to figure it out and just went along for the ride. It was so much going on that it was easier that way. 1y
Karisa @Sargar114 👏👏👏 1y
kspenmoll @Sargar114 Yes this whole creepiness & blending supernatural with humans her expertise! 1y
vlwelser Lol. The beef tea is slightly fascinating. I think now we make chicken soup. 1y
vlwelser I got sidetracked by the beef tea.... I thought this was sort of funny. The supposedly crazy person pretending to be crazy to create a distraction. Brilliant. 1y
rjsthumbelina @kspenmoll I agree. "I am not a coward" was kind of heartbreaking, especially mixed in with these men whose minds were broken by war. 1y
rjsthumbelina Did we get real answers as to who Mr. Deighton was and what his role actually was? Maybe I glossed over it in trying to unravel the rest of the mystery 1y
JaclynW @rjsthumbelina I was unsatisfied with the resolution with Mr. Dighton too. I wanted more detail. 1y
JaclynW @AmyG @kspenmoll @Sargar114 @rjsthumbelina @karisa @vlwelser As most of you said above, the slow reveal was great. St. James is so good at making you wonder the entire time and then BOOM - the pieces begin to come together so nicely. The creep factor is always high. 1y
JaclynW @kspenmoll Agreed about the "I am not a coward" part. So sad. Do you think this is any better these days with the trauma our soldiers face? 1y
kspenmoll @JaclynW I think there are more services for Vets but not enough. I imagine it may be difficult for a soldier to find out he/she she does like being one or is terrified. I have no clue though 1y
DebinHawaii I had parts of it for sure & was convinced Anna was alive. I did think there was more of a human hand in the men‘s state of minds—that there was something going on with experimentation or something. Deighton was a bit unsatisfying—I had the impression he was maybe the “face” of the clinic but not the mastermind (which seemed more like Maisey‘s father) if keeping the men there & collecting the money from their rich families. It seems like there⬇️ 1y
DebinHawaii …would have been a bigger “end game” than that to make the whole thing worthwhile & offset the costs of the upkeep, staff, keeping Anna & her mother away while supporting them, etc.. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
Sargar114 @rjsthumbelina @JaclynW I don‘t think we ever got a resolution about him. I think there was a small blurb saying he fled the country from embezzlement or something like that but I think that was it 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Captain Mabry to rescue! I love that he was just like, OK. You need a ruse, you'll get your ruse. 🤣 1y
mollyrotondo I knew the father and son were the ghosts but I didn‘t know what their story could possibly be. I also thought the doctors had more to do with the mystery than they really did. Once the reveals started coming I just went with the flow. This one was harder to figure out as we read the entire book. I liked that it focused more on the men‘s trauma throughout because that was the main point of the book. 1y
katy4peas I went with the flow and really had no idea. I liked that Matron ended up good tho. I did think the overall ending was a bit rushed in tying up all of the loose ends and I was waiting for Syd to come back and try to bring Kitty home again. 1y
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INFLUENZA?! We can‘t escape the pandemics ! Test fluids BEEF tea? Lemons. Open windows change sheets. Matron call the hospital get evacuated?!
Maisey arrives…with THE STORY?!

Did you read more quickly this last part?

This clearly written long ago did you catch they talked of different strains of it? 🤯

Beef Tea Recipe: An Ancient Health Remedy | Organic Facts
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kspenmoll I had no idea that beef tree was a real remedy ! Thanks for article. 1y
AmyG I assumed it was beef broth. No thank you! Of course influnza hit. When life gets hard...something makes it harder. 1y
kspenmoll This whole part was interesting given the fact that we are in the midst of a pandemic. Such a scary time for them all- esp with Matron getting it! Just her unavailability for a short time shows how her personality & structure kept the “inmates” under control. It brought out the best in some characters/ not the best in others. 1y
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Sargar114 I thought so too @AmyG 1y
Karisa It was like “🤦🏻‍♀️ 1919. How did I not see that coming?” 😂 That twist literally stopped me in my audio walking tracks. It did allow for the intensity and lack of control needed to resolve the book with Jack/Kitty/Mabry more in the center of it all. 1y
Sargar114 It‘s interesting to think if we read this a couple of years ago, this part of the story may not have as big an impact. Now it just adds to the scariness of the story and was so believable. I loved how Matron remained strong and giving direction and leadership during this time. 1y
vlwelser I agree with @Sargar114 we see this pandemic part of the story through a new lens. This might not have stuck out if we read this 2 years ago. 1y
rjsthumbelina @Sargar114 I agree - that part becomes scarier and more real to us because we are living through a pandemic. @Karisa I was wondering how she was going to pull off changing the dynamics to the point that Kitty and Jack could be together. Have to say, I didn't expect the Spanish flu to be the answer! 1y
Kimberlone I would be so down for some beef tea when I am sick. Soup is life. 1y
Kimberlone I was also very surprised when the Spanish flu twist happened. I thought jt worked real well to add another element of chaos to the climax of the book. 1y
JaclynW This was an exciting part of the book. I definitely zoomed through it. Like @Sargar114 said, having lived through a pandemic, you for sure look at these parts in books differently now. It really hits you. I thought the flu addition helped gel the story. It brought out the strentghts of each character and moved the story along nicely. 1y
DebinHawaii Yes to all of this. It was a good way to move the story to its conclusion & I agree it makes it even more scary & a standout with our current pandemic situation. 😱 1y
Hooked_on_books Given the timing of the book, the entry of flu was not at all surprising to me and anchored the story in true events of the time. And I realize “beef tea” is really a form of broth, but that phrasing makes me 🤢 1y
TheBookHippie @Hooked_on_books what made me 😱 was when we first shut down with Covid and we‘re heading to the store my great aunt told us to stock up on beef broth, beef stock and bouillon, and get chicken if no beef 🤯 my grandma did that too, onions and beef broth … just bonkers. 1y
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii Right? We had to know it was coming -1919 after all 😷 1y
Hooked_on_books It‘s amazing what sticks in the memory, isn‘t it? Kids now when they get to some future circumstance that‘s similar will urge people to buy toilet paper! 1y
TheBookHippie @Hooked_on_books RIGHT?! Hilarious. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Like @Karisa I was like "Oh crap! Well, we were warned!" I was also fine thinking that beef tea was just beef broth but now I'm picturing Kitty & Nina stirring cups of hot water with beef skewers. ? Adding the threat of the flu did amp up the intensity, and I liked it. Scary when the threats are both real and supernatural. 1y
mollyrotondo I was like oh no a pandemic. As they were collecting people to move out i was like “put a mask on” and “everyone wash your hands”. I was stressed and surprised that this happened in the book but by it brought a new level of tension to the story. 1y
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I was over here yelling WASH YOUR HANDS 😅 1y
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie is some ways that‘s a good thing but in other ways I‘ve grown more paranoid 😂 1y
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I was paranoid anyway😅 with autoimmune you live this way as a rule. Reading it here stressed me out! 😂😂🤪 1y
RedxoHearts I've heard of it and similar broths used for home remedies here in the South. But luckily my family didn't. I'd have to go on just being sick if that was my option. Ew ☠ 1y
RedxoHearts Yeah I was up at 3 am finishing this book on the day I did. I couldn't sleep so I had to lol 1y
katy4peas Oh, it definitely made it more real and sped up the story for me. 1y
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The dreams. Coward. Smoke. Naked. Frail. The weak … Are some people easier to take over than others? Can everyone be - or are some people too strong in nature? What do you think?

kspenmoll I think their are people who are more sensitive, able to be receptors, not quite strong enough to withstand a “ takeover” of someone or something else.Others are more aware of outside forces, do not believe in anything like that, or are strong enough to withstand such things, especially if combined energy with others. 1y
AmyG Exactly what @kspenmoll said. 1y
Sargar114 Agree completely @kspenmoll @AmyG 1y
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Karisa I think we‘d all like to believe we are part of the strong group, and that‘s part of the appeal. 1y
rjsthumbelina I don't think that Archie was so susceptible because he was weak. He seemed to be so sensitive to the feelings around him. I think that was more of the difference. It explains why Creeton was also so manipulated by the ghost. He pretended to not care about the feelings of the people in his life, but really he cared so deeply about how others saw him. 1y
Kimberlone It definitely seems to be a ghost story trope for the “weak” to be more susceptible to possession or influence by the supernatural 1y
DebinHawaii I think Archie was more sensitive & empath than “weak” but I do feel like some personalities have more barriers they can/do erect than can help them withstand more. (edited) 1y
Hooked_on_books I agree with what others are saying about sensitive rather than weak. Although I‘m sure there are some who buy into toxic masculinity who prefer to reference it as weakness. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I agree, some are more susceptible than others, and in this instance it seems to stem from empathy. 1y
mollyrotondo I agree with what everyone said about some people being for sensitive but definitely not weak. This ghost also seemed super strong to be able to jump from body to body. 1y
RedxoHearts It definitely seems like a common theme all around that people struggling more with their own inner issues are more susceptible 1y
katy4peas It takes them a while to figure out this is what the ghost means by “weak” but I agree. 1y
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Very long week & long day but I did manage to get by the monthly craft market by my house & hit up the dim sum table for my radish cakes & shrimp-chive dumplings & taro puffs. So it‘s a couch blanket dinner 😋 while I read the final chapters of this one for #sundaybuddyread Hopefully I stay awake & can squeeze in some time for Persuasion posts for #PemberLittens #chapteraday too. So much work & life stuff interfering with my book time lately.😬

CarolynM Those radish cakes look fantastic! Just like my friend's mum used to make. I've never had a bought one anything like as good! Enjoy. 1y
DebinHawaii @CarolynM These are very good—better than some restaurant versions I‘ve had so I go specifically to get them each month, but I have never had a homemade one. 1y
nanuska_153 It's just me, or the way you put the food on the plate really makes it look like the cookie monster? 1y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sooo…the equivalent of bullion cubes in water today or drinking broth? Which they still recommend sometimes when you have to be on a liquid diet for some illnesses or a cold with little appetite? Maybe 🤔 1y
slategreyskies My hubby likes beef tea, but we just have a couple of jars of Bovril in the cabinet. A spoonful added to hot water equals instant beef tea. No cooking rump meat necessary! 🤣 1y
TheBookHippie @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Growing up we always had beef bouillon/stock when really sick. If we were mildly sick -Jewish Penicillin aka homemade chicken soup with dill. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I never read it in a book before! 🤯 1y
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TheBookHippie @slategreyskies 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🫖 1y
GingerAntics So basically beef broth? 1y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics RIGHT? 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
JaclynW @GingerAntics That's exactly what I assumed it was. It doesn't sound all that appetizing. But maybe when you are sick?? I make chicken soup every time someone in my house is sick. @TheBookHippie I swear it works! Chicken soup, wassail, hot toddies, hot tea = good for the sick ones. 💞 1y
GingerAntics @JaclynW it‘s probably bland enough for upset tummies and fairly nutrient rich. 1y
JaclynW @GingerAntics Yes, I'm sure. Good for those that need it. 1y
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Sargar114
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A very good ghost story with a creepy setting of an isolated mental institution on an island in England in the 1920s. This is probably my favorite of St. James from this time period; 2nd overall from her. She is a must read for me! Looking forward to the final discussion for #sundaybuddyread.

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Just after WWI, Kitty is looking for a safe harbor and pretends to be a nurse in order to get a job at a remote house now serving as a mental health hospital for soldiers. After arrival, she is challenged not only by the patients‘ needs but by odd goings-on in the house. This is a well-crafted and paced ghost story with a believable setting. I really liked it. #SundayBuddyRead

BarbaraBB Sounds like a real St James! 1y
kspenmoll Nice review! 1y
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By far my favorite of Simone St. James‘s historical mysteries/ghost stories. I loved the setting of post-WWI mental hospital for war veterans, the main character of Kitty (a young woman with a troubled past who has conned her way into a nursing position), the love interest Jack Yates (a conflicted war hero). I thought the resolution to the central mystery worked well, although there was a lack of closure with Kitty‘s family conflict. Spoilers 👇🏼

Kimberlone I would have liked more closure with Kitty‘s conflict with her father/brother and missing mother, but I can also understand her wanting to cut off all ties as a 🖕🏼to them being abusive and terrible to her. 1y
Kimberlone I was also not expecting the Spanish Flu plot twist at all, but I thought it worked really well in ramping up the drama and conflict at the climax of the story. 1y
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I really enjoyed Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James. I still have a few questions i wished were answered but for the most part it tied up nicely. Set in WWI at a recovery home for soldiers that were considered unwell after the war. Kitty has come there pretending to be a nurse to escape her past and quickly learns all is not as it seems. There is a little bit of everything in this book mystery, ghosts and even a little romance along the way.

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This may be my favorite book by this author that I have read this year. If you enjoy a good ghost story, I definitely recommend this one.

#SundayBuddyRead with @TheBookHippie
Final discussion on Sunday. Until then 🤐

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I love, love, love this book!! 💜 This is definitely tied for 1st place for my favorite Simone St. James book!

Kitty seeks refuge as a nurse at Portis House, a hospital for soldiers who returned from WWI having trouble dealing with what they experienced there. Unfortunately, there will be no refuge for her, as something sinister and unexplainable is happening there.

#SundayBuddyRead @TheBookHippie

AmyG I‘m almost done but this is my favorite of hers, too. 1y
Teresereading Great cover 1y
RainyDayReading Love Simone St. James! Can‘t wait to get my hands on her new book coming out next year! 1y
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I‘m not finishing til everyone chimes in to this weeks discussion 👀🤫
Remember to 🤐 until Sunday 😵‍💫🥴😂

vlwelser 🤐🤐🤐 1y
AmyG Not a peep. In the vault. 1y
Kimberlone Can‘t wait to finish!! 1y
TheBookHippie @Kimberlone me either it‘s sure to be a wild ride! 1y
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Librarybelle
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Simone St James: you have done it again!

Thanks to @TheBookHippie and #SundayBuddyRead for another edge of your seat backlist title by St James. It was eerie and atmospheric and almost completely unbelievable.

Kitty Weekes takes a job at Portis House, a convalescent home for WWI soldiers. And, a home to something else darker and scarier. A definite fun read!

#Xander #catsoflitsy

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#weeklyreport #weeklyforecast #Awesomeaugust #readathon

Finished the top row.#overbookedclub #audio #historicalmystery

The rest I am reading in bits and pieces. #Sundaybuddyread #Icelandmystery #redshoe #hildegardofbinten #sophiesworld #philosophy

#readathon Happy with my reading- finished 2 books and read a few chapters in all the others listed. 😀📚🎉

Cinfhen Fabulous!!! Are u back in school soon?? 1y
kspenmoll @Cinfhen Next Monday, 8/23. 😢 1y
Andrew65 @kspenmoll 1st September for us. Good luck, think we‘ll need it! 1y
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Andrew65 Fantastic, well done. Thanks for playing along. 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 1y
kspenmoll @Andrew65 Good luck to you too! We are looking at another Covid like year with the exception, so far, of remote learning. Masks & social distance. Delta has made its mark. We are lucky in CT- vaccination rate is 64.6 % highest in US. We are a small state. I have a friend & a sister who are trying to get homebound, homeless, communities of color( through churches, ministers) 1y
Andrew65 @kspenmoll 77% had two vaccinations in the U.K. but we are still seeing around 30,000 cases every day. No controls really left in U.K. or in schools. From today no children need to self isolate so can see it running rampant through schools. 1y
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I love this one !!! We get to finish it now!!

See you next Sunday! Anyone who has read the book welcome to join our last discussion of this book! 🤫👻🤐 no spoilers please!

CoffeeNBooks Thanks for the great questions! I can't wait to read the last section! 1y
Librarybelle I plan to finish the book today! 1y
Karisa Going to go head out on an audiowalk with it right now. Can‘t wait to see if St. James sticks the landing💗 1y
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AmyG I am just happy we all get to finish now! 1y
katy4peas I‘m going to suffer a book hangover with this one! 1y
vlwelser I love this one. I almost wish it wasn't ending. But I would like to know wtf is going on. 1y
JaclynW I'm loving this one. The setting is 😳👍! 1y
Kimberlone I didn‘t quite finish the reading for this week, so I skipped the discussion today, but I will be finishing and ready for next Sunday. This is definitely my favorite of Simone‘s historical mysteries/ghost stories we‘ve read so far! 1y
TheBookHippie @Kimberlone I think this may be my new favorite! 1y
Hooked_on_books I‘m listening to the audio, and it‘s SO HARD to stop it each week and not listen ahead. It‘s really good! I can‘t wait to finish it up! 1y
katy4peas @Hooked_on_books I really enjoy the audio! 1y
RedxoHearts @Hooked_on_books Same! I'm so happy to be able to finish it now 1y
TheBookHippie @RedxoHearts I cannot wait to finish!!! 1y
DebinHawaii I‘m still going to hold out until closer to next weekend but can‘t wait to finish & find out what happens! 🤗 1y
Sargar114 @Kimberlone I agree, of these period piece ghost stories, this is by far my favorite. @TheBookHippie I think Broken Girls is still my favorite St. James 1y
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I cannot wait to see where this GOES!

Any guesses?

Librarybelle No clue…another exciting ride with St James! 1y
CoffeeNBooks I have no idea what to expect next! 1y
Karisa That‘s the great thing with this book, keeps you guessing but still caring about the characters. 1y
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kspenmoll Really clueless! 1y
AmyG I think a Gersbach is alive. And I think Kitty and Jack...hook up. 1y
TheBookHippie @AmyG I think the hookup is coming 😩 1y
vlwelser I think someone locked Kitty away in a mental hospital and she's hallucinating the whole thing. 1y
vlwelser Just kidding. I actually have no idea. 1y
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Haha! The hookup! 1y
JaclynW @vlwelser 😱😱😱 1y
JaclynW I have no clue but I'm excited to find out! 1y
rjsthumbelina I am not sure how it will resolve, but there definitely some things I'm waiting for: What don't we know about Martha and Matron? Which Gersbach is still living and what happened to the others? Who is giving the men the nightmares? What the hell is wrong with the West Wing?? 1y
Sargar114 I do think there are members of the Gersbach family still Alive…I‘ll be interested to see how this places out! 1y
DebinHawaii Yep, the hook up is coming,🤪Anna is alive. Did the son die trying to protect his sister from the father? Where is the mother? So many questions! 🤔 I think the asylum is a scam that‘s padding Mr.D‘s pockets & keeping the men away where they can‘t “shame” their families too. So ghosts AND bad humans both. (edited) 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Passionate kiss between Jack & Kitty, perhaps nothing more. We have a lot of ground to cover and I don't know if wasting a chapter on awkward sex id beneficial at this point. I think Jack standing up for Kitty against Syd said more than semi-awkward ever could. 1y
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The storm
The dead man is coming
Well
Yikes

The dreams, will they tell the truth?

What is GOING ON?!

Librarybelle I‘m so looking forward to putting all of the pieces together!! 1y
CoffeeNBooks Something big is about to happen, and I can't wait to keep reading to find out what it is! 1y
kspenmoll I cannot wait. I cannot figure this one out! 1y
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AmyG I am just happyto be able to read what is going on. I hope we are not all disappointed. 1y
katy4peas 👻 1y
JaclynW So creepy... I cannot wait! 1y
rjsthumbelina I'm so excited to find out about the dreams! And also, the storm. I find it interesting that "the storm" is coming at the same time as Mr. Deighton 1y
Sargar114 Such great foreshadowing and looking forward to the last section!!! 1y
DebinHawaii Nothing better than a big storm coming & further trapping people in a creepy place. I can‘t wait! 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick St James really kept us guessing with this one! I'm looking forward to three conclusion and hope we aren't disappointed. 1y
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Kitty‘s brother. Thoughts ?
Why is it people will not see or tell the truth in matters of abuse even when they witness it or are victims too?

Kitty feeling relieved. Do you think it‘ll help her heal?

Librarybelle I was so irritated with Syd. I literally gasped out loud when he called her a liar. Maybe he‘s in denial, or maybe he just doesn‘t believe his father could be that cruel. I‘m sure Kitty does experience relief, knowing that her tormentor will be soon be gone from the world. I loved how everyone stood up for her. That‘s a side of family she had never experienced, and it made my heart glad to see they cared. 1y
CoffeeNBooks @Librarybelle I was angry with Syd also, and happy for Kitty that she had so many people there at Portis House to stand up for her and support her. 1y
Karisa That was heartbreaking. Thought it a little far fetched that Syd could even find her, but then to have their meeting go so sour. I guess he‘s turning out to be like her father. 😢Matron and Jack shined in that moment though! (edited) 1y
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kspenmoll That was a heartbreaking scene- but what so many abuse victims get. I am so glad she fought not to go- i had this gnawing worry dad could still abuse her in dome way. I was shocked Syd found her though. He sounds like he has rewritten their home life. 1y
AmyG @kspenmoll Yes...he certainly had re-written it. He wanted to forget it all happened- easier for him to deal with things. But Kitty could never forget. I had family who pretended things didn‘t happen....family history. It‘s mind-boggling. Sort of like ghosting an experience. Kitty knows the truth. She is better off without Syd. 1y
katy4peas I couldn‘t believe he slapped her. If she did go home she would be living with two abusers. I think he would quickly become like his father and continue the abuse cycle. I‘m so glad she got away and the staff supported her. 1y
vlwelser So gross. She thought he was dead but then it turns out he's a giant douche canoe like the father. So disappointing. 1y
JaclynW @kspenmoll I agree! Syd needs to go away. I was also disappointed that he didn't believe her. And of course, the slap! 😳 I loved to see support from the staff and patients. @vlwelser @katy4peas @amyg @kspenmoll @karisa @CoffeeNBooks @Librarybelle 1y
Hooked_on_books What an uncomfortable scene! I felt so badly for Kitty not only for what happened there but for the knowledge that they now know where she is, and what is that going to mean? And what a jackass! He‘s sure a chip off the old block. 1y
rjsthumbelina @AmyG I agree with all that you said. I found Syd insufferable but not evil. He was just handling his traumatic past the best way he knew how. It just happened to hurt Kitty bc they are processing the past in very different ways 1y
Sargar114 This was terrible, of course victims won‘t come forward when they commonly get reactions like this!!!! @TheBookHippie this was a book throwing moment for sure!!! I loved how the patients and staff responded. 1y
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I AGREE!!! Gah!!!! 1y
Karisa @JaclynW I sure hope that Syd is gone for good. It made me think he'd be lurking still, so intent on completing his mission for general father--yuck 1y
DebinHawaii Denial, guilt he couldn‘t handle, apple not falling far from the tree… what a jerk. I felt so sorry for Kitty. I hope that‘s closure on it & he and/or the father doesn‘t come back. 🤬 1y
TheBookHippie @Karisa I hope he takes a trip by the library 😂 and visits the ghost 👀 1y
Sargar114 I was surprised they let him actually leave with him seeing and recognizing Jack. @TheBookHippie that‘s a good resolution for him! 1y
RedxoHearts He irritated me so much. She was excited to see him and he pulled that crap. It's sad he doesn't believe her and is belittling her over her experiences with the dad. Whether he has actually changed or not her feelings and wellbeing are still important. If she has no interest in revisiting the past he should understand and leave her alone. I was glad the men came to her aid and tossed him right on out. 1y
RedxoHearts @Karisa I thought it was weird how he found her as well. You would think it was a lot more difficult to track someone down back then. Let alone someone that purposely has disappeared and deceived her way to a new life. 1y
Karisa @RedxoHearts Exactly! She‘d been changing her names, had no nursing background, no contact with dear old dad, and didn‘t tell her roommate anything. How the heck would he find her?! 😂 But at least it gave Matron a chance to act like a human! 1y
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Love your suggestion of sending Syd to the library!👻 1y
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll no better place for him👀 1y
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Great idea! Maybe a dose of that would set Syd straight! 1y
JaclynW @Karisa Someone needs to break that cycle. 1y
Karisa @JaclynW *cue the semi-awkward sex scene*🤣 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Syd is an abusive asshat just like dear old dad. If someone could kill him and bury him in the moldy walls of the men's lav, that would be great 1y
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
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Teenage boy ghost- Mikael?

The girl. NOT A GHOST. Footprints in the grass. What -who is it? ANNA?

Librarybelle I was thinking it was Mikael and Anna. 1y
CoffeeNBooks Even though there were footprints, I'm still thinking it was the ghost of Anna (Kind of like how ghosts can move things? Maybe this one still displaces the grass when she walks). And I definitely think the ghost in the stairwell is Mikael. 1y
kspenmoll I was still thinking they are both ghosts of Anna & Mikael. 1y
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AmyG There is always a ghost! 1y
vlwelser I'm just going to go read the end of the book.... 1y
JaclynW @vlwelser Me too! 🤣 1y
rjsthumbelina Definitely think the shirtless one is the ghost of Mikael. And my bet is that the girl is Anna, and that she isn't dead, but in hiding for some reason 1y
Sargar114 @rjsthumbelina I am leaning in that direction as well. Maybe she married Mr D? And is keeping the house up and running for some reason??? 1y
DebinHawaii Yep, as I said earlier—the young male ghost is the son & the non-ghost young woman is Anna who is hiding out therefor some reason. (Evil ghost is the father). 😱 1y
RedxoHearts I think that girl may be Anna and maybe she is still secretly living there in the west wing. Maybe she's responsible for part of this. Also thought about maybe she was married or related somehow to the man in charge. Maybe he started the rumors that keep them out of that part of the house so no one would find her. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Probably ghost Mikael. At least one of these beings needs to be a ghost or we riot. @RedxoHearts That's a good point about someone knowingly starting rumors to keep people out. 1y
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