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Silence for the Dead

By Simone St. James
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Publisher Description

“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.

204 Reviews

Slightly Smiling Face“I was intrigued by the plot of this book, I’ve always been a fan of Simone St. James, and I love her ability to do historical fiction within her paranormal thriller books. This book was written in 1919 following Kitty Weekes who is running from a tragic past and lying her way into working at Portis House as a nurse. Portis House was a private estate that was turned into a hospital for she’ll-shocked soldiers returning from WW1. I loved the idea this book was going for, but I felt like a lot of times it was slow and drawn out more than necessary. I enjoyed the main characters, Kitty and Jack. Simone St James always throws a bit of romance in her books, but never over the top. I expected the ending to be some big scene, but I was a bit let down. As for a ghost story, it did meet the standard and I did enjoy the book as a whole.”
Diverse charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readSuspensefulDark settingDarkViolenceUnsatisfying plot
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Believable charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingEasy to readSuspensefulUnpredictableDark settingDark

About Simone St. James

Simone St. James is the award-winning author of  An Inquiry into Love and Death and 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.  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. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

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