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Simone St. James

Autor(a) de The Sun Down Motel

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Obras de Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel (2020) 1,842 cópias, 116 resenhas
The Broken Girls (2018) 1,813 cópias, 112 resenhas
The Book of Cold Cases (2022) 1,346 cópias, 65 resenhas
The Haunting of Maddy Clare (2012) 786 cópias, 57 resenhas
Silence for the Dead (2014) 445 cópias, 32 resenhas
An Inquiry into Love and Death (2013) 342 cópias, 27 resenhas
Murder Road (2024) 285 cópias, 14 resenhas
The Other Side of Midnight (2015) 281 cópias, 17 resenhas
Lost Among the Living (2016) 270 cópias, 19 resenhas
Ghost 19 (2022) 67 cópias, 5 resenhas


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Seguin, Simone
Data de nascimento
20th century
Locais de residência
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel
Pequena biografia
Simone St. James is the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two prestigious RITA® awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She writes gothic historical ghost stories set in 1920s England, books that are known for their mystery, gripping suspense, and romance.

Simone wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school. She worked behind the scenes in the television business for twenty years before leaving to write full-time. She lives just outside Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.



4.5 ⭐

This book was one of my Book of the Month club picks and I was very excited to dive in and read a book that has two of my favorite topics to read and listen to: crimes and the paranormal. The premise of the story–a true crime blogger interviewing a potential woman serial killer for her blog–was very promising. It even felt that at times there were two protagonist, what with the change in time and perspective. The use of the first person perspective and third person perspective added to the mysterious element and kept you guess about 3/4 of the way through the book.

There were elements about this book that really stood out to me and I feel like they were not explored as much as they should have been. One of them is the fact that women aren't usually seen as serial kills and that it's a topic that has been mainly reserved to men (not that we haven't heard of women serial killers). I think the book does a good job of exploring the inner monologues that a women would have if she were to be a serial killer.

One of my issues with the book is that I would have loved to have seen more of the paranormal aspects. More of the suspense and the anticipation...I feel that it was too much about Beth and not enough about what the house holds and what the house does to her.

It was a good read and I recommend it if you feel liker reading something easy and fast flowing.
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prebs29 | outras 64 resenhas | Jul 6, 2024 |
2.5 stars

In the 1920s, university student Jillian’s Uncle Toby fell off a cliff while he was ghost hunting in a small town and she is the only one able to go pack up his things. She can immediately tell there are ghosts where she is staying. There is also a young detective from Scotland Yard who is there to investigate Toby’s death.

I listened to the audio, so I suspect it’s (at least in part) why I missed “half” (or more) of what was going on. Not sure if I would have liked it better in print or not. I’ve really liked other books I’ve read by this author, so this was disappointing. (And I have listened to at least one other of hers.) I definitely missed a lot of the “reveal” at the end. I would hear something and think – who is that? What is this about? How did this tie in? And I have no idea. And I still don’t even really know how it wrapped up, though I got to the end of the book.… (mais)
LibraryCin | outras 26 resenhas | Jun 26, 2024 |
Overall, I did enjoy this book! It was easy and simple to get into, nothing too complicated. What ruined it for me was the ending. I didn't find it very spooky either. After reading some reviews to see if I actually understood the ending, I saw a lot of people found it scary. There were ghosts and ghosts making people do things, but I guess it seemed far-fetched enough that it didn't really bother me. SPOILER: But that was the ending basically, that all these people were killed on this road and it's because of one girl who was murdered by her dad "by accident" and then after her ghost forced other people to kill other hitchhikers on the same road. I get it, it's a ghost story, so it can go sideways, but it just went a little too sideways for me. But I still enjoyed the story overall, and there were definitely times where I'm like, just get the hell out of that town. Even if the ghost is chasing you, just leave!!… (mais)
Mav-n-Libby | outras 13 resenhas | May 25, 2024 |
"Murder Road" has a wonderful start. April and Eddie, a young couple, on their honeymoon, are lost on a deserted country road at night. They stop to pick up a girl who is shuffling along the side of the road. Only when she's in the car do they see the blood and understand that's she's badly, perhaps fatally injured. Then the strangeness starts.

From the moment they picked up the girl, menace wrapped around April and Eddie like a malign fog and I knew I was reading a thriller with a wif of woo-woo as disturbing as the smell of decomp in a neighbour's basement. There was a threatening truck, seen only as accelerating headlights in the rearview. The young couple arrive at the hospital soaked in blood that is not their own and are treated not as rescuers but as suspects. There is something off about the quietly menacing way they are treated by the local police, as if they are being stalked, slowly and confidently. The police board them with a local woman who, it turns out, local legend says killed her policeman husband.

The creep factor continued to rise throughout the first half of the book. Some of that was because of the legend of the Lost Girl who is said to haunt the country road April and Eddie were on. Most of it was because I started to understand that no one, not even April, the new young bride from whose point of view the story was told, was who I'd expected them to be.

April has a dark past, a sharp edge to her tongue and a deep-seated distrust of the police. Eddie, recently discharged from the Army, doesn't trust his memory, his sight or his control over his own actions. The main detective has all the empathy and warmth you'd expect of a psychopath. His presence is oppressive and, in some ways, more threatening that the legendary Lost Girl.

By the halfway mark, I was sure that April and Eddie were going to be crushed in the investigation. Then something happened that lessened the pressure, the plot slowed and suddenly, instead of the grounded but undefined threat to April and Eddie from the police investigation, the couple were mired in a ghost story.

I struggled a little with April and Eddie's continued involvement but my investment in them kept me moving forward.

Then April, unreliable, secretive, potentially dangerous April, took centre stage, everything became more personal and the tension rose to an even higher pitch than before.

The struggle between April and the detective and the escalating threat from something supernatural that only April and I-think-I'm-hallucinating Eddie could see became so intense that I could only read it for short periods before it became to stressful to be fun.

The stress emanated not from the mystery of the murdered girl or the supernatural incidents but from April and the detective who circled each other like two starved rats in a bucket. For me, the stress was amplified because April was easy to empathise with but impossible to trust and the lead detective was so unpleasant that I found myself hoping he wouldn't make it to the end of the book.

By this time I was three-quarters through the book and I still had no idea where it was going except that everything was going to get worse.

The resolution, when it came, was satisfying an made sense in a woo-woo logic kind of way. It seemed to me that too much time was spent wrapping things up neatly at the end. It felt like the cool down at the end of a har cardio session - I could see why it was there but it wasn't much fun.

Overall, 'Murder Road' was an intense read that successfully combined a complex female character with a twisty plot, small-town menace, dark personal histories and dramatic and disturbing supernatural elements.
… (mais)
MikeFinnFiction | outras 13 resenhas | May 25, 2024 |



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