Back in January, Simone St. James was kind enough to stop by the blog for an interview and to give away an ARC of her upcoming release, The Other Side of Midnight. Well, I am so pleased to say that TODAY is her release day.
I can’t wait to start this book, y’all. I discovered Simone’s books through the “If You Like” posts on Lauren’s website, and I am so glad I did! I’ve read all three of her other books (The Haunting of Maddy Clare, An Inquiry into Love and Death, and Silence for the Dead). Simone writes a creepy ghost story, but fortunately for me, it’s the kind I can still read – her writing is atmospheric and suspenseful without being gory. I appreciate that!
Here is what Penguin has to say about The Other Side of Midnight:
London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. Now she’s been murdered at one of her own seances, after leaving a final message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter.
Ellie doesn’t contact the dead – at least, not anymore. She specializes in miraculously finding lost items. Still, she can’t refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known. Now Ellie must delve into Gloria’s secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes. Worse, she cannot shake the attentions of handsome James Hawley, a damaged war veteran who has dedicated himself to debunking psychics.
As Ellie and James uncover the sinister mysteries of Gloria’s life and death, Ellie is tormented by nightmarish visions that herald the grisly murders of those in Gloria’s circle. And as Ellie’s uneasy partnership with James turns dangerously intimate, an insidious evil force begins to undermine their quest for clues, a force determined to bury the truth, and whoever seeks to expose it…
I’ll be heading to the bookstore after work. In the meantime, I’ll be browsing Simone’s Pinterest boards. If you like early 1900s fashion, or you are looking for some spooky scene inspiration, or you want to see Simone’s book recommendations, check them out!