Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review: Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James

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.

Received for review.

This was my first book by the author and it certainly will not be my last!  I was unsure what to expect but it was a wonderful, dark, suspenseful read.

I really liked Kitty's character.  She was a genuinely likable person and her story was mysterious but I knew she was someone I'd like to meet in real life.  I also enjoyed Jack's character very much and their relationship was complicated but sweet.  

I quite liked the post World War I setting which adds a nice dimension to the story and makes it that much more irresistible.  The pages just flew by for me and reading was a joy.

I definitely highly recommend this not only to historical fiction fans but to mystery fans as well.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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