Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Book Review: Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

Award-winning author Simone St. James knows how to tell a ghost story. Praised as “pleasurably creepy,” (Publishers Weekly) and “A 21st-century version of Mary Stewart” (National Post), Simone St. James is back with her fifth and best yet romantic-suspense novel, Lost Among the Living:

About the book:
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…

About the Author
Simone St. James is the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. Her second novel, An Inquiry into Love and Death, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel from Crime Writers of Canada. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time.

My thoughts:
Lost Among the Living is the perfect blend of spooky ghost story mixed with romance and set in post-WWI Europe.  This creepy mystery is quite the page turner and will keep you guessing right up to the end.  It is a dark tale, but a lot of fun to read, especially if you love gothic mystery type books.  This was my first book from this author, but I loved it and I can't wait to see what's up next from Simone St. James!

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