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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.

241 Reviews

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Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingSuspensefulTwistyDark settingDarkHeartbreakingSelf-harmViolence
Thinking Face“It was ok. Was not very scary. It was mostly a romance with a hint of paranormal thriller aspects.”
Likable charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readDark settingImmersive settingDarkRomanticUnsatisfying plot
“I enjoyed this novel for the most part. I was quite invested in the first half, I really liked that the setting was an Asylum and there were a lot of spooky and eerie undertones within the writing that kept me engaged. However, I do feel like it fell a little flat in the second half, I expected the author to go harder with the darker elements of this setting but it felt kind of brushed over and started boarding more on the romance than anything else. Honestly, the most fascinating part of this story for me was the history research I ended up doing in the background, learning about how mental illness was treated back in the 1900s. Still a fun read though, and I would probably recommend it to someone extremely new to thrillers and looking for something light & quick to read”

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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