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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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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
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CoffeeNBooks This is one of my favorite St. James books! 1mo
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! 1mo
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AmyG Definitely one of my favorites of hers. 1mo
BookwormAHN @kplovesbooks You should, this one was better and it was one storyline and more cohesive than The Broken Girls. 1mo
TheSpineView Excellant! 1mo
Andrew65 I need to catch up on this. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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!! 🤷 1mo
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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. 1mo
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) 1mo
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. 1mo
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. 1mo
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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!!!! 2mo
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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 👻 2mo
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! 2mo
BookwormAHN Got it, thanks 👻 2mo
Christy2318 I love Simone‘s books. This one is my favorite. 2mo
sprainedbrain Love this one! 2mo
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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. 2mo
JackOBotts So glad you‘re enjoying it! I love her writing and her ghost stories! 2mo
Reggie @LeahBergen this is totally making me want to read her other stuff. 2mo
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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. 2mo
BiblioLitten Her books are always a Pick for me. Have to read this one though 2mo
CoffeeNBooks This is one of my favorite St. James books! 2mo
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Thanks for the tag fellow #TeamHendrix member @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm 👻
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Also tagging #TeamHendrix
#TwoForTuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and good luck! 🖤🎃📖 2mo
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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 🤍🤍🤍🤍 3mo
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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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Thank you Aletheia!!! This was a lovely birthday surprise!!!

Avanders You‘re so welcome!! ♥️♥️ 3mo
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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! 😊 3mo
DebinHawaii @robinb It‘s a good one! 🤗 3mo
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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 💗😂👍 3mo
Sargar114 I feel like this would make such a great miniseries…especially with the pandemic angle 3mo
kspenmoll Do we have 2022 picked out yet or just January? 3mo
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AmyG Oh wow. A new one. 3mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll I think I have it sorted ! Plan to post this week 😂 3mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG I know! 3mo
Sargar114 I can‘t believe we‘re already thinking of 2022 reads 🤯🤯🤯 3mo
vlwelser I love this author. I wish we could clone her. 3mo
vlwelser @Sargar114 seriously. I'm not ready for 2022. 3mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I just plan it with the school year reading 😱🤯😂 3mo
Kimberlone Looking forward to it! 3mo
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 3mo
TheBookHippie @rjsthumbelina nope it‘s in next years line up! 3mo
JaclynW @Sargar114 A mini-series would be so good!! 3mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie For reals about the old fashioned lavs. 😉☠️👻☠️ 3mo
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. 3mo
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! 🤗😍 3mo
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! 3mo
TheBookHippie @Hooked_on_books I loved that part too!!! The inmates running the asylum made me LOL as well! 3mo
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie I giggled at that turn of phrase as well 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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) 3mo
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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! 3mo
vlwelser @kspenmoll it's coming next year sometime. I keep seeing ads. 3mo
vlwelser @kspenmoll That wasn't helpful... Here is the book. 3mo
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. 3mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I agree this and broken girls are favorites for differing reasons. 3mo
Kimberlone Best of the historical mysteries I‘ve read, but I‘ve not tried any of her more recent books 3mo
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 3mo
JaclynW @rjsthumbelina I also loved the Gothic tones. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
Hooked_on_books I thought it was terrific. Great story and setting, so well crafted. I‘ve liked everything I‘ve read from her. 3mo
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. 3mo
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!!! 3mo
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 3mo
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 3mo
katy4peas @DebinHawaii I haven‘t read it either. 3mo
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 3mo
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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? 3mo
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👋 3mo
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. 3mo
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kspenmoll I would destroy it too. Felt like its soil was malevolent & such evil happened there. 3mo
vlwelser This book reminded me of that Spanish movie The Orphanage. Just throwing that out there. 3mo
vlwelser She should write a follow up book where modern people have to deal with this crazy ghost. 3mo
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! 3mo
JaclynW @vlwelser A follow up could be interesting... 3mo
JaclynW Like I said, burn the house down. It needs a good cleansing. 3mo
DebinHawaii Yes, the decay, the mold, evil ghost, that house has really bad juju & should be burned or destroyed. 😱 3mo
DanaManiac I think it‘s still haunted and would never go back!! 3mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac Right he‘s there just roaming around 😱 3mo
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. 3mo
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? 3mo
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 3mo
TheBookHippie @RedxoHearts I was hoping they‘d level it to the ground .. 3mo
katy4peas They need to do something so no kids just happen to go exploring and decide to check out the haunted mansion on dare… 3mo
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Paulus with the men afterwards. Smart? Relief?
Archie, West, Mabry. Gave them some life?

AmyG Ahhhh, I have no clue. 3mo
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!😂 3mo
Sargar114 In a way, now they‘re all veterans after going through that. 3mo
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kspenmoll Thought that was great, to have them together living as wounded but real men supporting each other hopefully. 3mo
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. 3mo
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 3mo
JaclynW I loved this. Them just hanging out, being NORMAL. Wow. And the love/support that they gave to each other. ❤️ 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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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? 3mo
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. 3mo
Sargar114 @Karisa that‘s an interesting theory. Mikael‘s story was so sad, gad he got some redemption in the end. 3mo
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kspenmoll So sad for Mikael & so glad he was freed. Ghosts? Hard to grasp for me 3mo
vlwelser Poor Mikael. 3mo
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 3mo
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. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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. 3mo
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? 3mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick OHHH Can I have the dishes ghost? 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Sure! I want one that cleans the floor or shower, so if you find one, send it haunting my way. 3mo
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!! 3mo
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. 3mo
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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. 3mo
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. 3mo
Sargar114 That surprised me too. Then again, Mandy was more sentimental so in a way it‘s not surprising. Well done! 3mo
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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! 3mo
AmyG I think all that business calling him Captain was a ruse to make us think he was a “good guy”. 3mo
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. 3mo
Kimberlone @vlwelser I was also a bit confused, but thought it was more of the ghost possessing him than him actually being evil 3mo
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 3mo
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 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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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. 3mo
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 3mo
Sargar114 @amyg, I don‘t think his ghost is gone, remember she warned Kitty not to go back? 3mo
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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. 3mo
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. 3mo
AmyG @Sargar114 Ah, yes….I see what she was saying. I wouldn‘t go back anyway-Ha! That place is frightening. 3mo
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. 3mo
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 3mo
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 ⬇️ 3mo
rjsthumbelina ⬆️...house to get kind of a redemption arc! 3mo
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 3mo
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! 3mo
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. 😱 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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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. 3mo
kspenmoll Matron surprised me when there were no reports in the briefcase- compassionate & disciplined. 3mo
Karisa I love it when a curmudgeonly character turns out to be lovable after all. 3mo
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Sargar114 I knew Matron would be good after all. I was really happy about that. Practical through and through. 3mo
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. 3mo
rjsthumbelina Matron was another person whom we never got all the answers about. I would totally read a book about Matron's past! 3mo
JaclynW @rjsthumbelina I could too!! I ended up really liking her. 3mo
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. 3mo
kspenmoll @JaclynW Yes, re: Matron! well said!!! 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
Karisa @DanaManiac That‘s a good point. Also, women in those days probably were not given those opportunities as much. More pressure to perform? 3mo
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. 🤣 3mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I ended up liking her so much. 3mo
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. 3mo
katy4peas I really liked her thru the whole book and I‘m glad she grew and ended up in a good place. 3mo
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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. 3mo
kspenmoll Great story- clueless me all the way though. Felt sad for the son( what an evil dad) & Maisey too re: her dad. 3mo
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. 3mo
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vlwelser I felt bad for Maisey and Anna. Clearly both fathers were awful in their own very different ways. 3mo
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 3mo
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. 3mo
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) 3mo
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…? 🧐 3mo
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! 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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 😂 3mo
RedxoHearts I had guessed that either the mom or the daughter eventually took him out once they hit their breaking points. 3mo
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. 3mo
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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. 😳 3mo
kspenmoll She should just leave the scenes out and maybe just have it insinuated. 3mo
Karisa 😂😂😂 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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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. 😂 3mo
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. 3mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa 😂😂😂😂 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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 3mo
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. 3mo
TheBookHippie @Kimberlone Right?! Oy 👀 3mo
TheBookHippie @rjsthumbelina it has to be purposeful at least I hope so 😂 3mo
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? 3mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW I hope this doesn‘t reflect her sex knowledge or sex life 😱 or experience 👀 3mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Yes... I was thinking that same thing. Poor dear if so. 😳😬 3mo
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. 3mo
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 😩 3mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii it‘s always our comic relief but it could be meant to be real romance !!! I hope not 😂 3mo
DanaManiac I have come to think of it as comical because it‘s too cringeworthy to take it seriously lol 3mo
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! 3mo
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! 🤣 3mo
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 😂 3mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I was laughing til I snout fell over 😂😂😂🤣 however I‘ve mentored girls who have zero clue intercourse causes pregnancy so😱🤯😳🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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 😂 3mo
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. 🤦‍♀️ 3mo
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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. 3mo
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) 3mo
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 3mo
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Karisa @kspenmoll Agreed! Not knowing where this one was going made it all the more fun to read. 3mo
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. 3mo
Karisa @Sargar114 👏👏👏 3mo
kspenmoll @Sargar114 Yes this whole creepiness & blending supernatural with humans her expertise! 3mo
vlwelser Lol. The beef tea is slightly fascinating. I think now we make chicken soup. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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 3mo
JaclynW @rjsthumbelina I was unsatisfied with the resolution with Mr. Dighton too. I wanted more detail. 3mo
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. 3mo
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? 3mo
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 3mo
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⬇️ 3mo
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.. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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 3mo
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. 🤣 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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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
https://www.organicfacts.net/beef-tea.html

kspenmoll I had no idea that beef tree was a real remedy ! Thanks for article. 3mo
AmyG I assumed it was beef broth. No thank you! Of course influnza hit. When life gets hard...something makes it harder. 3mo
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. 3mo
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Sargar114 I thought so too @AmyG 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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! 3mo
Kimberlone I would be so down for some beef tea when I am sick. Soup is life. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 😱 3mo
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 🤢 3mo
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. 3mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii Right? We had to know it was coming -1919 after all 😷 3mo
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! 3mo
TheBookHippie @Hooked_on_books RIGHT?! Hilarious. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I was over here yelling WASH YOUR HANDS 😅 3mo
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie is some ways that‘s a good thing but in other ways I‘ve grown more paranoid 😂 3mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I was paranoid anyway😅 with autoimmune you live this way as a rule. Reading it here stressed me out! 😂😂🤪 3mo
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 ☠ 3mo
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 3mo
katy4peas Oh, it definitely made it more real and sped up the story for me. 3mo
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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. 3mo
AmyG Exactly what @kspenmoll said. 3mo
Sargar114 Agree completely @kspenmoll @AmyG 3mo
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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. 3mo
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. 3mo
Kimberlone It definitely seems to be a ghost story trope for the “weak” to be more susceptible to possession or influence by the supernatural 3mo
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) 3mo
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. 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I agree, some are more susceptible than others, and in this instance it seems to stem from empathy. 3mo
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. 3mo
RedxoHearts It definitely seems like a common theme all around that people struggling more with their own inner issues are more susceptible 3mo
katy4peas It takes them a while to figure out this is what the ghost means by “weak” but I agree. 3mo
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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. 3mo
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. 3mo
nanuska_153 It's just me, or the way you put the food on the plate really makes it look like the cookie monster? 3mo
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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 🤔 3mo
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! 🤣 3mo
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! 🤯 3mo
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GingerAntics So basically beef broth? 3mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics RIGHT? 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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. 💞 3mo
GingerAntics @JaclynW it‘s probably bland enough for upset tummies and fairly nutrient rich. 3mo
JaclynW @GingerAntics Yes, I'm sure. Good for those that need it. 3mo
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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! 3mo
kspenmoll Nice review! 3mo
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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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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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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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 3mo
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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. 3mo
Teresereading Great cover 3mo
RainyDayReading Love Simone St. James! Can‘t wait to get my hands on her new book coming out next year! 3mo
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I‘m not finishing til everyone chimes in to this weeks discussion 👀🤫
Remember to 🤐 until Sunday 😵‍💫🥴😂

vlwelser 🤐🤐🤐 3mo
AmyG Not a peep. In the vault. 3mo
Kimberlone Can‘t wait to finish!! 3mo
TheBookHippie @Kimberlone me either it‘s sure to be a wild ride! 3mo
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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?? 3mo
kspenmoll @Cinfhen Next Monday, 8/23. 😢 3mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll 1st September for us. Good luck, think we‘ll need it! 3mo
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Andrew65 Fantastic, well done. Thanks for playing along. 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 3mo
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) 3mo
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. 3mo
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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! 3mo
Librarybelle I plan to finish the book today! 3mo
Karisa Going to go head out on an audiowalk with it right now. Can‘t wait to see if St. James sticks the landing💗 3mo
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AmyG I am just happy we all get to finish now! 3mo
katy4peas I‘m going to suffer a book hangover with this one! 3mo
vlwelser I love this one. I almost wish it wasn't ending. But I would like to know wtf is going on. 3mo
JaclynW I'm loving this one. The setting is 😳👍! 3mo
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! 3mo
TheBookHippie @Kimberlone I think this may be my new favorite! 3mo
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! 3mo
katy4peas @Hooked_on_books I really enjoy the audio! 3mo
RedxoHearts @Hooked_on_books Same! I'm so happy to be able to finish it now 3mo
TheBookHippie @RedxoHearts I cannot wait to finish!!! 3mo
DebinHawaii I‘m still going to hold out until closer to next weekend but can‘t wait to finish & find out what happens! 🤗 3mo
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 3mo
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I cannot wait to see where this GOES!

Any guesses?

Librarybelle No clue…another exciting ride with St James! 3mo
CoffeeNBooks I have no idea what to expect next! 3mo
Karisa That‘s the great thing with this book, keeps you guessing but still caring about the characters. 3mo
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kspenmoll Really clueless! 3mo
AmyG I think a Gersbach is alive. And I think Kitty and Jack...hook up. 3mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG I think the hookup is coming 😩 3mo
vlwelser I think someone locked Kitty away in a mental hospital and she's hallucinating the whole thing. 3mo
vlwelser Just kidding. I actually have no idea. 3mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Haha! The hookup! 3mo
JaclynW @vlwelser 😱😱😱 3mo
JaclynW I have no clue but I'm excited to find out! 3mo
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?? 3mo
Sargar114 I do think there are members of the Gersbach family still Alive…I‘ll be interested to see how this places out! 3mo
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) 3mo
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. 3mo
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The storm
The dead man is coming
Well
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The dreams, will they tell the truth?

What is GOING ON?!

Librarybelle I‘m so looking forward to putting all of the pieces together!! 3mo
CoffeeNBooks Something big is about to happen, and I can't wait to keep reading to find out what it is! 3mo
kspenmoll I cannot wait. I cannot figure this one out! 3mo
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AmyG I am just happyto be able to read what is going on. I hope we are not all disappointed. 3mo
katy4peas 👻 3mo
JaclynW So creepy... I cannot wait! 3mo
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 3mo
Sargar114 Such great foreshadowing and looking forward to the last section!!! 3mo
DebinHawaii Nothing better than a big storm coming & further trapping people in a creepy place. I can‘t wait! 3mo
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. 3mo
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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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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) 3mo
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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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
vlwelser So gross. She thought he was dead but then it turns out he's a giant douche canoe like the father. So disappointing. 3mo
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 3mo
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. 3mo
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 3mo
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. 3mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I AGREE!!! Gah!!!! 3mo
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 3mo
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. 🤬 3mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa I hope he takes a trip by the library 😂 and visits the ghost 👀 3mo
Sargar114 I was surprised they let him actually leave with him seeing and recognizing Jack. @TheBookHippie that‘s a good resolution for him! 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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! 3mo
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Love your suggestion of sending Syd to the library!👻 3mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll no better place for him👀 3mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Great idea! Maybe a dose of that would set Syd straight! 3mo
JaclynW @Karisa Someone needs to break that cycle. 3mo
Karisa @JaclynW *cue the semi-awkward sex scene*🤣 3mo
JaclynW @Karisa 🤣 3mo
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 3mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3mo
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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. 3mo
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. 3mo
kspenmoll I was still thinking they are both ghosts of Anna & Mikael. 3mo
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AmyG There is always a ghost! 3mo
vlwelser I'm just going to go read the end of the book.... 3mo
JaclynW @vlwelser Me too! 🤣 3mo
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 3mo
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??? 3mo
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). 😱 3mo
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. 3mo
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. 3mo
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Mr West. They all are Captians and all have money. Who gets the money?

Librarybelle One more mystery to this! 3mo
CoffeeNBooks Definitely another layer to the story- where is all of the money going?! 3mo
Karisa Yep, and who cares about the money so much but not all the valuable loot in the house. Plus, why not leave some of the useful things out in the rooms but instead put out utilitarian furniture—- lots of cost and effort into setting up Portis in the first place 3mo
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kspenmoll Maybe Mr D gets it all!!!! Certainly not staff or house renovations!!!! 3mo
AmyG Exactly. Who is running this home? 3mo
katy4peas Is it a private home or gov‘t funded? 3mo
vlwelser That is an excellent question. I didn't think about this. Now I want to finish the book. Like immediately. 3mo
JaclynW This was a surprise to me that leads me to believe there is more to the story. 3mo
rjsthumbelina Meeting Mr. Deighton will help answer some of these questions, I think. Maybe it's the ghosts that insist on the rich tenants?? 3mo
Sargar114 Gotta follow the money!!!! 3mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 This is how I teach politics to kids 😂 3mo
DebinHawaii Mr. Deighton for sure & if he has partners. It‘s definitely not going into the house, staffing or patient care. 3mo
RedxoHearts That's what I want to know too. It's not towards the patients, upkeep or most of the staff it would seem 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This entire arrangement feels super off the books. 3mo
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Jack: my men died, all of them.
Is he just recovering from trauma, fighting darkness or is he mentally ill? Would he be locked up today ? The doctor -pills for money?! Ugh.

Librarybelle Definitely experiencing his trauma over and over again. I would hope that in today‘s world, there would be much better treatment than locking him up. And yes, the pills for money…maybe goes back to the conversation of whether or not the doctors are really doctors. 3mo
CoffeeNBooks I think he's processing through everything, and feels guilty that he got to come back home and everyone else stayed there and perished. I think he somehow feels responsible. 3mo
Karisa Yeah, right?! It‘s so hard to know what‘s from the house, what‘s from the war, and what‘s just from the men themselves. It makes the mystery work all the better not knowing what/who can be trusted 3mo
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kspenmoll Not sure if he would be locked up for long- maybe day treatment/group/individual therapy tailed to PSTD & appropriate meds. Yes, he does feel responsible as he was in charge. Lots of guilt to carry. 3mo
AmyG Survivor‘s guilt? I feel so bad for Jack. I don‘t think he‘d be locked up today. 3mo
katy4peas I feel so bad for all of them. They could all be receiving much better care today. Jack especially, is suffering from survivor‘s guilt and the fame that he got while his men were still out fighting and dying from injuries and illness. 3mo
vlwelser He just seems incredibly depressed to me. And maybe very lonely. 3mo
JaclynW Trauma. Survivor's guilt. Lots of darkness. I'm not sure if mental illness plays into his case as much. Just a hard life maybe?? 3mo
Hooked_on_books I sure hope he wouldn‘t be locked up today! He‘s definitely haunted by this, as so many people would be. And self medicating. He needs some counseling but not inpatient care. 3mo
rjsthumbelina The only things that suggest he may need inpatient care are his suicidal thoughts. And those might be a result of the house. Definitely needs some serious therapy, but they don't do that at Portis House anyway 3mo
Sargar114 I got the feeling he suffered from depression prior to going to war, like he joined up hoping he would die. Then surviving absolutely didn‘t help 3mo
DebinHawaii War trauma & survivor‘s guilt & being locked away in the place is not helping. I think that Kitty getting him involved in something again will help him. 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick If this was today, he may still have checked himself in for a time for the social thoughts, but would probably be given happy pills & a routine therapy session once deemed out of the woods. He watched all his men die... that can't be easy to live with, especially after the war machine basically made you into Captain America. 3mo
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Jack thinking about her in the bath 😩
Cue awkward sex scene …I thought it was coming -you?

Librarybelle That definitely was not a turn on for me! 😂 I‘d run the other way! I did suspect we‘d have some amorous adventures in this section, but I was proved wrong. 3mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm glad St. James decided to just leave it at that instead of including an awkward romance scene like she has in some of her other books that we've read. 3mo
Karisa 🤣🤣🤣 So unnecessary! Why can‘t her characters just have some meaningful glances and a stolen kiss like normal ones? St. James is so awkward with those scenes, it‘s comical and kind of heartwarming in an odd way (edited) 3mo
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kspenmoll @Karisa yes!!! Leave it to our imaginations as she is just not the best chronicler of explicit romance! 3mo
AmyG There is always a love story going on in her books with an awkward sex scene. Ha...it‘s inevitable. 3mo
katy4peas I can‘t believe she skipped it! 🤣 3mo
katy4peas So far…! 3mo
TheBookHippie @katy4peas Must happen soon 😂 3mo
vlwelser I think this is way less awkward than some of the others in the other books we have read. It does seem to be part of her early formula. 3mo
JaclynW @AmyG Inevitable!! Yes! 😂 3mo
JaclynW My head cued the "bow chick wow wow" music. Then. Nothing. ? (Thankfully?!?) @vlwelser @TheBookHippie @Karisa @katy4peas @amyg @kspenmoll @CoffeeNBooks @Librarybelle 3mo
rjsthumbelina Haha! I was reading it with my fingers crossed. *Not in the west wing, not in the west wing!* 3mo
Sargar114 So awkward…it felt like something a high schooler would have said…huge eye roll 3mo
DebinHawaii We still have 1/4 of the book to go, it‘s still coming. It HAS to be! 😉😜🤣 3mo
Karisa 😂 😂@JaclynW 😂 Bow chicka wowwow! LOL 3mo
kspenmoll @JaclynW 😂😂😂 bow chick wow wow! 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I was convinced we'd get semi-awkward sex in the third quarter, but I think we'll just get some kissing in the fourth. Given Kitty's history with men and her aversion to being touched by them, I think we'll just get a passionate, semi-awkward kiss now. Jack is a man, so I'm not surprised he thought about Kitty in the bath, especially since she's shown him kindness & friendship. I'd be more concerned if he was thinking about Matron naked. 3mo
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West Wing, everything is there. Why? The empty room. Piled high with all the stuff …we must find the bodies. Are they dead? How?

Librarybelle You know something bad had to happen to the Gersbachs. But, why them? I am so looking forward to reading the rest today! 3mo
CoffeeNBooks That was such an eerie scene. Who put all of their belongings in there? Was it the Gersbachs themselves? Or was it someone who took over the house? Why not just get rid of their belongings if that's the case? 3mo
Karisa @CoffeeNBooks Right?! Why not sell it all at least. If they are running the house to make money, why keep a fortune of stuff and not take care of it? I agree with @Librarybelle something sinister seems to be revealed soon 3mo
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kspenmoll This was weird- where are they?? Something horrid must have happened? Agree with you all as to why the contents are not sold- this book has such a sinister underlying feel throughout. 3mo
AmyG Very creepy, indeed. I just want to know what happenned to the Gersbachs. 3mo
katy4peas Okay, what is this a picture of? 3mo
katy4peas And yes, I want answers! 3mo
TheBookHippie @katy4peas the institution I visited that‘s abandoned … this is where the women were housed who had babies and “didn‘t recover” or lost babies. I stood looking at this door a long time tears rolling down my face. So I took a picture of the door to remind me and to find a way to make sure this never happens again. 3mo
vlwelser So creepy. It was very helpful that Jack pointed out that no one goes anywhere without their underwear. 3mo
katy4peas @TheBookHippie wow. I didn‘t get the perspective of the doorknob at first and couldn‘t figure it out. Now I see the doorknob. That would be quite an experience. I‘m so sorry you went through that, but happy that you had that connection. 💕 I‘m thankful that some things have improved in the world even though we are still fighting for many of the same things. 3mo
katy4peas @vlwelser a very helpful comment. 🤣 3mo
vlwelser @katy4peas it reminded me of my Latin teacher from high school... Semper ubi sububi (that's fake Latin for always wear underwear) 3mo
katy4peas @vlwelser 🤣🤣 3mo
JaclynW Eerie and sinister for sure! @CoffeeNBooks @karisa @kspenmoll 3mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Wow! Meaningful picture. Sadness and pain. Injustice. 😢 3mo
DebinHawaii Yeah, you hide the stuff to make it look like they willingly went away so that (& all the ghosts) tells me that some of them are dead & others maybe were rushed away & the stuff hidden & house sold to Mr. D & whoever else is behind this. 😱 3mo
RedxoHearts I think they will find a lot more there in the last bit of the book. Maybe that's where the bodies are. Also makes you think possibly someone alive is still living there as well 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I still think at least one Gersbach could be alive. Perhaps Poppa killed his family, left them in sight and hid/ went away, hence anyone's reluctance to get rid of the stuff, should he return. He's returned to the west wing & maybe is behind the scenes running things or Mr. Deighton could be his financial mediator. The bad juju vibes have been absorbed by the house and are the reason for the mold and sludge. 3mo
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What did you think of visiting day?

Librarybelle It seemed rather rehearsed and staged, but I guess it has to be coordinated well for everyone‘s safety. I admit, though, I did get some odd vibes by everything… 3mo
CoffeeNBooks It was strange and tense. I understand why they didn't want any of the visitors to see any of the patients acting out, but wouldn't the visitors understand that some of the patients might act out? That would just be a part of life there at Portis House. 3mo
Karisa Those were some of the saddest parts in the book so far. I kept bracing myself for something to happen with Captain Mabry. Why won‘t they let that poor man‘s family visit him? It was interesting to hear the men were all upper class too. Like Kitty, that had not occurred to me 3mo
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kspenmoll It was so so sad. The power the doctors had over who could visit or not…. That angered me but the attitude towards these men was typical of the time. My dad had a cousin who was in WWII & had “shell shock”. He used to go stay with him on his bad days. It was little understood then too. 3mo
AmyG @Karisa Yes, Captain Mabry saddened me. All of it is sad. As if the families want their sons out of sight and the home just wants to keep getting paid. 3mo
katy4peas @CoffeeNBooks maybe the staff want to show that the patients are getting better and not allow them to show their issues. That is what they report to the doctors and what keeps them from seeing their families too. 3mo
CoffeeNBooks @katy4peas That's a good point! If families didn't see patients getting better, they might not want to keep paying for them to be there. 3mo
vlwelser Giant fail. I felt bad for everyone. 3mo
JaclynW So sad. Awkward. And just plain weird! 3mo
JaclynW @CoffeeNBooks good point 3mo
JaclynW @kspenmoll So very sad. 3mo
Sargar114 @katy4peas @CoffeeNBooks good points! I was initially surprised about their income level too @Karisa but it does make sense when I think about it, that‘s how they keep the house running I suppose (and why they don‘t really care about actually getting them better only about who they look and keep the cash flowing) 3mo
DebinHawaii So sad and awkward. But I agree with @katy4peas if you are the hospital & trying to show families that patients are getting better you would need to keep things calm & “normal” when anyone comes to visit. 3mo
RedxoHearts It just kind of seemed depressing and awkward but I imagine most places like that are the same. It's interesting that they all come from upper class families though. Makes you wonder where all the money is going. 3mo
katy4peas @RedxoHearts definitely not into keeping the patients happy and into keeping the facility happy. You would think you would want he facility to look impressive and clean and not falling apart. They don‘t seem to care about the appearance of the building rotting away. 🤔 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Sad and infuriating. It all felt so rehearsed and impersonal. It's a mental hospital. I feel that as long as your loved one seemed better, would another patient's outburst deter you from wanting to pay for continued treatment there? Seeing who did come was interesting. If Creeton's folks truly think he's better off dead, why visit? Sweet of the cousin who visited in lieu of the fiancee. 3mo
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Creeton. Is he evil?

Librarybelle It seems that he is possessed with whatever evilness resides in the house. 3mo
CoffeeNBooks @Librarybelle I agree- he's a product of the house. And then add to that the way his father treats him, and he can't help but to be angry and bitter. 3mo
Karisa Creeton and Archie do both seem possessed by something. Being both in the war though, couldn‘t PTSD account for some of their struggles too though? Archie has hurt Kitty just as much but somehow seems nicer than Creeton without being really creepy. Creeton‘s family explains a lot. . . So much abuse in this book. 3mo
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kspenmoll Thinking so much of their behavior result of PSTD. But also they may be more susceptible to the house‘s atmosphere. 3mo
AmyG Definitely PTSD. And the house in that this is not the right place for any of them. 3mo
katy4peas Kitty makes a comment that the house affects them and that is why Creeton did what he did. The house has poisoned his already troubled mind. 3mo
vlwelser PTSD plus a bunch of ghosts sounds like a terrible situation to find yourself in. Especially if your caretakers are pretending to try to make you better. 3mo
JaclynW I feel for these soldiers. PTSD was not something really accepted back them but was very much a real thing. Then to be placed in a rotting/haunted home. Yikes! It reminds me of some of The Conjuring movies. Creepy. @vlwelser @katy4peas @amyg @kspenmoll @karisa @CoffeeNBooks @Librarybelle 3mo
Hooked_on_books Sometimes when people are hurt, humiliated, scared, etc, they lash out with anger instead. It‘s an understandable thing. He‘s clearly treated like garbage by his family for being so weak as to have mental illness. 🙄 So the nastiness is his coping mechanism. It‘s not surprising. 3mo
rjsthumbelina @Hooked_on_books I agree entirely. He's a product of the different types of trauma in his life. I think the only time the house has caused him to act a certain way was when he attempted to die by suicide in the same spot as the others have 3mo
Sargar114 @vlwelser definitely not a good mix! Also, agree @Hooked_on_books @rjsthumbelina 3mo
DebinHawaii I don‘t think he was a good/nice guy to begin with & would always be a bully & jerk but the war & whatever is in the house are taking over him & making it worse. 3mo
RedxoHearts It definitely feels like there is something more “off“ about him then the other guys. Though I don't know if it's just from what he experienced in life before he got there or if he's being taken over by the bad guy. 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Whatever the underlying reason, I feel like you can't just name a character Creeton/Cretin and have him end up a good guy. But I sleep thought Inquiry's Andrew Merrikan was an AMerikkan spy so... 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 Maybe he has a moment where his anger & size is helpful, but he still seems like a predatory danger. Sad the way his family treats him, though. 3mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick RIGHT?! How can this end up fine ?! 😂 3mo
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Who is Mr Deighton ? Really…that has to be a clue?!

Librarybelle I agree! It has to be a clue! He‘s also mysterious! 3mo
CoffeeNBooks I agree! Maybe he's really Mr. Gersbach? But why? What would be the point in that? As always, I'm completely confused and won't see how the story all fits together until the very end when it's spelled out for us, lol! 3mo
Karisa Doctor D. certainly doesn‘t seem to be a real doctor or even trying very hard to help anyone… Just cashing in those checks I guess. 🤑💷 3mo
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kspenmoll I have no clue- seems a figure hovering over them all collecting $$$ 3mo
AmyG @CoffeeNBooks I keep thinking that there is a Gersbach there. Where did they all go? Dr D is very suspicious. I feel he‘s placed where he is to keep an eye on things....but what are the “things”? 3mo
katy4peas No idea! 👻 3mo
vlwelser No clue. Same as everyone else. Lol. 3mo
JaclynW Agreed! We are about to find out... Maybe?? 3mo
rjsthumbelina Knowing who Mr Deighton is will be a key to unraveling the mystery. I don't think he's a doctor, though. Pretty sure everyone always says 'Mr.' when talking about him. It seems unusual for someone who isn't a doctor to be in charge of an asylum 3mo
Sargar114 I also wonder if he has a relation to Matron. Or maybe he‘s just a front and Matron really runs the place… 3mo
DebinHawaii FINALLY we get to meet him. I think it‘s some kind of scam that he is running there-now that we know all the patients are rich but I don‘t think Matron is involved. 3mo
RedxoHearts I have no idea really. Maybe more details pop up later. For now though he seems like kind of the “bogey man“ in a sense where everyone is threatened with turning into a report to him. 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick What if Dr Deighton isn't a medical doctor but a man with money who has a doctorate in medieval torture, animal husbandry, or women's studies? 🤣🤣🤣 I got nothing. 3mo
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Jack letters to find about Mikael
Was it wise to involve Jack?

Librarybelle He has connections, for sure, but I think Kitty could only find out so much on her own. It may not have been wise, but in a way, she had no other choice. 3mo
CoffeeNBooks I think Jack will be a helpful asset to Kitty. A smart idea to enlist his help since he's one of the patients? Probably not. 3mo
Karisa It is weird logically for a nurse(ish) to count on a patient seeking mental health care. However, the author sure makes it work! How could Kitty not be drawn to Jack? He‘s her biggest ally at the moment (edited) 3mo
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kspenmoll I think her feelings for Jack get in the way of her rational thinking- although his special status gives him more privileges & she needs his connections. 3mo
AmyG I can only think...someone from the “inside” needed to help Kitty solve what‘s going on...hence Jack. And the author always has a minor love story going on....hence Jack. (edited) 3mo
katy4peas How truly “mental” is Jack? Really he is not like the others because he has special status. He checked himself in and is mainly at suicide risk for depression. But compared to the others he seems, and is treated as, much more normal. So in that sense, Kitty may have been wise to choose him as her help. Plus he can talk his way out of anything! 3mo
vlwelser This seemed like a weird move to me. It's almost like she wants someone else to take the lead. 3mo
JaclynW Not sure if it's the smartest move but he seems like a catch. 😉 @vlwelser @katy4peas @amyg @kspenmoll @karisa @CoffeeNBooks @Librarybelle 3mo
rjsthumbelina I think Jack's letters are going to have adverse consequences. Maybe they'll make people look too carefully at Portis House? Although I'm not sure that would be bad. I am waiting for the man to possess Jack like he has done with Archie 3mo
Sargar114 @AmyG I think you‘re right, that this has more to do with st. James pushing the love interest. But given who he is I suppose it does make sense to use his connections both with the government and the other patients. (Then again, how would she know that before meeting Maisey 🤷🏼‍♀️) 3mo
DebinHawaii Not the wisest move in one sense but he has been there for her & who else is she going to ask? Plus as mentioned here, we need a reason/opportunity for the romance. 🤣 3mo
AmyG @DebinHawaii Ha…the reason is…her and Jack solve the mystery, they have feelings for each other and she loses her job. She has no one and is broke but….now she has Jack. Happy hopeful ending. 😂 (edited) 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @JaclynW I'm with you. If Kitty was going to get a patient to help, at least she picked the sanest & cutest one! She needs a man to break through her barriers and show they aren't all hurtful. Ultimately, is Jack's help beneficial or detrimental? We'll see. 3mo
JaclynW @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I already finished the book so I know the answer to that! 🤐 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @JaclynW My month has been all screwed up so I'm hoping to read the end section in the morning. 3mo
JaclynW @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Good luck! Life has a way of messing with our best intentions. This happens to me often. I hope all is well! 3mo
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD WE MEET MAISEY.

Anna/Maisey we‘re friends ? Best friends. The letters stopped. There were no ghosts before. What do you make of it all?

It‘s rotting in some way. The house. Maisey says. Something rotting in the LAV
WHAT?

FELT LIKE ANNA was STILL THERE. Think she is ?

Librarybelle I was wondering if the woman seen walking is Anna. There are so many unanswered questions!! 3mo
CoffeeNBooks @Librarybelle I think the woman they've seen is the ghost of Anna. 3mo
Karisa What could make a house rot like that so quickly? The Gerbachs didn‘t “leave” that long ago right? Isn‘t Portis House the asylum kind of new? I always get confused with that because the house seems so much older and the rot in the bathroom seems ancient… 3mo
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Karisa @CoffeeNBooks @Librarybelle That‘s what I‘ve been assuming too girl “ghost” = Anna. So, is teen boy ghost Anna‘s brother? 3mo
kspenmoll I was thinking too ghost girl Anna, ghost boy her brother. Maybe the house started rotting immediately while they lived there- malevolence in the soil? 3mo
AmyG The rot and the cleaning of the lav was so creepy. What is it? 3mo
katy4peas I‘m clueless. 🤷‍♀️👻 3mo
vlwelser I'm with @katy4peas totally clueless. 3mo
JaclynW The rotting house is what gives me the biggest shivers. Oh my! @vlwelser @katy4peas @amyg @kspenmoll @karisa @CoffeeNBooks @Librarybelle 3mo
JaclynW I liked the insights Maisey provided but still feel even more in the dark! 3mo
rjsthumbelina I really liked Maisey. I think she will be somehow instrumental in figuring out what's going on. I agree, I think the girl spotted is Anna, but I'm not sure she's a ghost. And I think the male teen ghost is Mikael for sure 3mo
Sargar114 I agree, the two people we‘re seeing are the ghosts of the two kids, maybe that‘s where they died? I agree @JaclynW, I like the intel Maisey provided but still clueless! 3mo
DebinHawaii I think the “not-ghost” young woman is Anna & she‘s alive & hiding & the younger male ghost is her brother & the “him” everyone refers to is the father & they are both dead/ghosts. Of course that doesn‘t explain where the mother is though! 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 3mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I‘m there with ya… but 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
RedxoHearts I'm confused with her. In my head throughout the story I thought the G family lived there a really long time ago. Then it is revealed that she was Anna's friend and they disappeared fairly recently. Though if she was her best friend I don't know why she would want to go back there in the first place unless it was for answers. Also her demeanor seemed odd to me when she met up with Kitty. 3mo
RedxoHearts She seemed pretty happy go lucky compared to how the other nurses described her and how she left suddenly. I do wonder if maybe she saw Anna or heck maybe she is actually Anna. 3mo
DanaManiac I have no good guesses here but it can‘t be anything good, surely! 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I think the letters stopped because Anna died. Perhaps Poppa Gersbach went crazy and killed the family. I think her ghost is the woman we saw. 3mo
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Boney yellow hair why is this mentioned all the time?

Librarybelle Maybe to describe how ethereally it is??? 3mo
CoffeeNBooks I was wondering the same thing, and trying to figure out what it had to do with the story. 3mo
Karisa Had to go back and look in the book because I hadn‘t caught that one. Nina, Martha, and Kitty were debating on if Boney‘s hair was naturally that color blond or not. Nina believes it but Kitty is sure it‘s dyed. Maybe it means Boney is fake or maybe Boney is the one disguising her true identity, @CoffeeNBooks ? I guess it could be her and Matron too… or maybe she just likes to go blond 🤷🏻‍♀️😂🤣 3mo
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kspenmoll Maybe its her one vanity? 3mo
AmyG Could Boney be a Gersbach? What is she hiding...was my thought when I read about Kitty thinking it‘s dyed. 3mo
katy4peas @AmyG I think Nurse R would have recognized her 🤔 ugh so many questions! 3mo
AmyG @katy4peas Unless Nurse R is in on it! Who the heck knows what is going on? 🤣 (edited) 3mo
CoffeeNBooks @Karisa Good point about dyeing her hair to hide her identity! 3mo
katy4peas @AmyG oh! Boney is really Anna and is trying to hide what is going on in the house?! 🤯 whoa! 3mo
JaclynW @Karisa @amyg @katy4peas @CoffeeNBooks Hiding her true identity. Oh man! That would be something! 3mo
JaclynW Hiding in plain sight! 🤯 3mo
Sargar114 It seems all the nurses have something to hide and that‘s why they‘re there. Maybe Boney is no exception 3mo
DebinHawaii I agree with @Sargar114 that the nurses (& really everyone) at the house has a secret they are keeping but I don‘t think she‘s a Gersbach. 3mo
RedxoHearts I hadn't caught that either actually. Maybe it's a clue for something. It seems an odd thing to just throw in there if it wasn't relevant. 3mo
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