It’s Monday give away time! Today we have… Simone St. James’s upcoming 1919-set ghost story, Silence for the Dead.
Here’s the official blurb:
“Portis House emerged from the fog as we approached, showing itself slowly as a long, low shadow….”
In 1919, Kitty Weekes, pretty, resourceful, and on the run, falsifies her background to obtain a nursing position at Portis House, a remote hospital for soldiers left shell-shocked by the horrors of the Great War. Hiding the shame of their mental instability in what was once a magnificent private estate, the patients suffer from nervous attacks and tormenting dreams. But something more is going on at Portis House—its plaster is crumbling, its plumbing makes eerie noises, and strange breaths of cold waft through the empty rooms. It’s known that the former occupants left abruptly, but where did they go? And why do the patients all seem to share the same nightmare, one so horrific that they dare not speak of it?
Kitty finds a dangerous ally in Jack Yates, an inmate who may be a war hero, a madman… or maybe both. But even as Kitty and Jack create a secret, intimate alliance to uncover the truth, disturbing revelations suggest the presence of powerful spectral forces. And when a medical catastrophe leaves them even more isolated, they must battle the menace on their own, caught in the heart of a mystery that could destroy them both.
I am a huge fan of St. James’s 1920s set ghost stories: The Haunting of Maddy Clare, An Inquiry Into Love and Death, and, now, Silence for the Dead. She has mastered the rare art of writing the old-fashioned sort of ghost story that just gives you a little bit of a chill, and that urge to look over your shoulder to make sure there’s noone else with you in the room, without being graphic or gory.
For a copy of Simone St. James’s Silence for the Dead, here’s your question….
What are your favorite ghost novels?
(I was going ask about favorite WW I set books, but that thread popped up all by itself in last week’s Weekly Reading Round-Up— yet another reason I love the community on this website.)
Silence for the Dead appears in bookstores on Tuesday, April 1.
Winner to be announced on Wednesday!