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Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James

April 30, 2014 - Amy Phelps
Simone St. James delivers another creepy, atmospheric Gothic mystery in "Silence for the Dead."

Kitty Weekes is a young woman on the run from her abusive father. It's 1919, and she has managed to find her way into a nurse's job at a mental hospital for wealthy soldiers recovering from the war. And even though she isn't a nurse, Kitty soon finds herself doing a decent job. But Portis House holds lots of secrets, and not just the identity of the mystery Patient Six. The former occupants of the house all disappeared one day and no one knows what happened to them. And the patients are all complaining of strange dreams and visions. When Kitty begins to experience some of the same phenomenon, she has to question her own sanity or wonder if they patients aren't delusional after all and maybe something is actually haunting them!

I loved the feeling of dread that comes from the pages of the story, as the reader waits for something else to jump out around the corner of the creepy hospital, to uncover with Kitty the truth behind what really happened. There's a good romance story too, between Kitty and a patient. St. James is great at writing creepy Gothic stories, of old haunted places that are just waiting for the unsuspecting heroine!

"Silence for the Dead" is published by New American Library. It is $14 and 363 pages long.


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