Simone St. James
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About Simone St. James
Simone St. James is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel and The Broken Girls. Her debut novel, The Haunting of Maddy Clare, won two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada.
Simone spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives just outside of Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled rescue cat.
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Something hasn’t been right at the roadside Sun Down Motel for a very long time, and Carly Kirk is about to find out why in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.
Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.
Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.
1920s England. Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist an obsessed ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis—rich, handsome, and scarred by World War I—has been summoned to investigate the spirit of the nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is said to haunt the barn where she committed suicide.
Maddy hated men in life, and she will not speak to them in death. But Sarah is unprepared to confront an angry ghost—real or imagined—on her own. She’s even less prepared for the arrival of Alistair’s associate, rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, also a veteran of the trenches, whose scars go deeper than Sarah can reach.
Soon, Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle. For Maddy’s ghost is no hoax—she’s real, she’s angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Now, Sarah and Matthew must discover who Maddy was, where she came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance—before she destroys them all....
THEY WON'T FORGIVE. THEY WON'T FORGET.
'Clever and wonderfully chilling. It held me hostage' - Fiona Barton, Sunday Times-bestselling author of The Widow and The Child
'A brilliant page-turner' Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl
1950 - At the crumbling Idlewild Hall school for unwanted girls, four room-mates begin to bond over dark secrets and whispered fears - until one of them mysteriously disappears . . .
2014 - Journalist Fiona Sheridan can't get over the murder of her sister twenty years ago, near the ruins of Idlewild. And when another body is found during renovations of the school, she begins to uncover horrors that were meant to remain hidden - and a voice that won't be silenced.
For fans of Lisa Jewell and S.K. Tremayne, The Broken Girls is a chilling story of murder, revenge, and secrets that refuse to stay buried . . .
'Dark and atmospheric . . . The Broken Girls shows the gothic claustrophobia of a small town haunted by more than its past' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange
'Downright scary and atmospheric' - Lisa Gardner, author of Right Behind You
A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.
In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect—a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.
Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases—a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea’s surprise, Beth says yes.
They meet regularly at Beth’s mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she’s not looking, and she could swear she’s seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn’t right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?
England, 1921. Three years after her husband, Alex, disappeared, shot down over Germany, Jo Manders still mourns his loss. Working as a paid companion to Alex's wealthy, condescending aunt, Dottie Forsyth, Jo travels to the family’s estate in the Sussex countryside. But there is much she never knew about her husband’s origins…and the revelation of a mysterious death in the Forsyths’ past is just the beginning…
All is not well at Wych Elm House. Dottie's husband is distant, and her son was grievously injured in the war. Footsteps follow Jo down empty halls, and items in her bedroom are eerily rearranged. The locals say the family is cursed, and that a ghost in the woods has never rested. And when Jo discovers her husband’s darkest secrets, she wonders if she ever really knew him. Isolated in a place of deception and grief, she must find the truth or lose herself forever.
And then a familiar stranger arrives at Wych Elm House…
Oxford student Jillian Leigh works day and night to keep up with her studies—so to leave at the beginning of the term is next to impossible. But after her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, she must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings.
Almost immediately, unsettling incidents—a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own—escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost who haunts Blood Moon Bay? And who beside the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death no accident?
The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers—and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction. Even as she suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth, she begins to discover spine-chilling secrets that lie deep within Rothewell…and at the very heart of who she is.
Ellie doesn't contact the dead—at least, not anymore. She specializes in miraculously finding lost items. Still, she can't refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known. Now Ellie must delve into Gloria's secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes. Worse, she cannot shake the attentions of handsome James Hawley, a damaged war veteran who has dedicated himself to debunking psychics.
As Ellie and James uncover the sinister mysteries of Gloria's life and death, Ellie is tormented by nightmarish visions that herald the grisly murders of those in Gloria's circle. And as Ellie’s uneasy partnership with James turns dangerously intimate, an insidious evil force begins to undermine their quest for clues, a force determined to bury the truth, and whoever seeks to expose it...
In 1919, Kitty Weekes, pretty, resourceful, and on the run, falsifies her background to obtain a nursing position at Portis House, a remote hospital for soldiers left shell-shocked by the horrors of the Great War. Hiding the shame of their mental instability in what was once a magnificent private estate, the patients suffer from nervous attacks and tormenting dreams. But something more is going on at Portis House—its plaster is crumbling, its plumbing makes eerie noises, and strange breaths of cold waft through the empty rooms. It’s known that the former occupants left abruptly, but where did they go? And why do the patients all seem to share the same nightmare, one so horrific that they dare not speak of it?
Kitty finds a dangerous ally in Jack Yates, an inmate who may be a war hero, a madman… or maybe both. But even as Kitty and Jack create a secret, intimate alliance to uncover the truth, disturbing revelations suggest the presence of powerful spectral forces. And when a medical catastrophe leaves them even more isolated, they must battle the menace on their own, caught in the heart of a mystery that could destroy them both.
Gellis untersucht derzeit einen höchst mysteriösen Fall: Maddy Clare, ein 19-jähriges Dienstmädchen, erhängte sich in einer Scheune. Angeblich sucht die Tote jetzt die Lebenden heim …
Anfangs glaubt Sarah nicht an den Spuk. Doch schon bald muss sie feststellen, dass Geister tatsächlich existieren – und tödlicher sind als in ihren schlimmsten Albträumen!
Simone St. James verbindet meisterhaft den Nervenkitzel des Gothic-Horrors mit einer Liebesgeschichte. Ein Roman, den man nicht aus der Hand legen will.
Deanna Raybourn: »Unheimliche Spannung: Lies es, genieß es – aber lass das Licht an!«
Kirkus Reviews: »Fans des modernen Gothic-Romans werden gruselige Stunden verbringen.«
The Book Review: »Das ist die Geistergeschichte, nach der ich schon seit Ewigkeiten gesucht habe!«
The New York Post: »Ein erschreckendes Erlebnis!«
Stephen King: »Wir brauchen Geistergeschichten, weil in Wahrheit wir selbst die Geister sind.«
New York 2017. Carly Kirk zieht es in das in die Jahre gekommene Sun Down Motel, wo ihre Tante Viv vor mehr als 30 Jahren spurlos verschwand. Sie will endlich die Wahrheit herausfinden. Doch das Geheimnis, das das alte Motel hütet und dem nicht nur ihre Tante zum Opfer gefallen ist, übertrifft Carlys schlimmste Albträume ...
Vermont, 1950. Existe un lugar para muchachas a las que nadie quiere: las que dan problemas, las hijas ilegítimas, las que son más atractivas de lo que les conviene. Ese lugar se llama Idlewild Hall. Y en la pequeña localidad en la que se encuentra corren rumores de que está embrujado. Cuatro chicas de la escuela, compañeras de habitación, hablan de sus miedos en susurros... Hasta que una de ellas desaparece misteriosamente.
Vermont, 2014. A pesar de lo mucho que lo ha intentado, la periodista Fiona Sheridan es incapaz de dejar de analizar una y otra vez los hechos que rodearon la muerte de su hermana mayor. Hace veinte años, su cuerpo fue encontrado en un campo lleno de maleza cercano a las ruinas de Idlewild Hall. Y a pesar de que el novio de su hermana fue juzgado y encontrado culpable de asesinato, ella no puede quitarse de encima la sospecha de que algo no encaja en el caso.
Al descubrir que Idlewild Hall está siendo restaurado por un benefactor anónimo, decide escribir una historia acerca de ese lugar. Sin embargo, durante los trabajos de rehabilitación se producirá un descubrimiento sorprendente que relacionará la muerte de su hermana con secretos del pasado que no deberían salir a la luz...y con una voz que no podrá ser silenciada.