Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Other Side of Midnight

by Simone St. James

If you’re looking for a light summer read, take a look at Simone St. James’ The Other Side of Midnight.  The story is set in 1925, London during a time when psychics were commonly hired to help find loved ones lost in World War I.  A couple of authentic psychics make their living using their talents in vastly different ways.

Ellie can see the dead.  She can, but she really doesn’t want to, and hasn’t used this talent in years.  The dead always want something that she can’t give them, so she prefers to keep it hidden.

At one time Gloria Sutton, a glamorous medium working for the rich and famous, was Ellie’s best friend.  Having been estranged for three years, Ellie receives a strange note from Gloria asking her to find her – after Gloria has already been murdered at one of her own séances. Ellie can’t deny her old friend this last request.

Agreeing to uneasy partnerships with the brother that had disowned Gloria, and James Hawley, a war veteran that can’t shake the war’s hold on him, Ellie abandons her quiet, lonely life for one of danger and intrigue to find out what happened to Gloria.

St. James has captured a perfect balance of a classic ghost story, intrigue and interesting characters.  All this is achieved with the addition of a gripping, eerie tone, without unnecessary gore and blatant violence.

If you love a lighter thriller with great characterization you could check out other books by Simone St. James, especially Silence for the Dead.  You could also try The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe, or Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger for even more eerie historical fiction. 

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Review by Rebekah K


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