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Author: Simone St. James Narrator: Mary Jane Wells Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9781482969917
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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, cold breaths of air 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “St. James cleverly intertwines the story’s paranormal elements with what is now called PTSD, crafting a pleasurably creepy tale about the haunting power of the unseen.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It’s hard to imagine a narrator better suited to voicing the determined and resourceful Kitty Weekes than Mary Jane Wells…Wells captures Kitty’s ally, war hero Jack Yates, and the voices of the other men, with assurance. The story has just enough shivers for enjoyment as well as a little romance and fascinating insights into societal attitudes toward PTSD before it was recognized.”


  • “Complete with the low-hanging fog that permeates the pages of most gothic mysteries, RITA Award-winning St. James’s latest book immediately draws the reader into its creepy grasp, enthralling as it unsettles, with ghostly occurrences, terror, and puzzlement. Aficionados of the classic gothic style in the tradition of Victoria Holt won’t want to miss this atmospheric tale of romantic suspense.”

    Library Journal

  • “Vivid, eerie, and atmospheric. St. James’ latest will simultaneously tug at your heartstrings and send chills down your spine. Absolutely riveting.”

    Anna Lee Huber, award-winning author of the Lady Darby Mysteries

  • “Kudos for Simone St. James. I was swept away by this atmospheric and truly spine-chilling page-turner, a riveting tale of dark suspense set in 1919 within a crumbling mansion turned mental hospital. If you love a good ghost story, you will be entranced.”

    Mary Sharratt, award-winning author of The Real Minerva

  • An April 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne | 8/21/2018

    " Beautifully read! A gripping gothic ghost story set in 1919. The reader does accents and perfectly distinguishes between characters. "

About the Author

Simone St. James is the author of Silence for the Dead, 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.

About the Narrator

Mary Jane Wells (a.k.a. McAllister Lee) is a British actress, writer, voice-over artist, and Earphones Award and Audie Award–winning narrator. A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, she held a recurring role on the BBC’s Half Moon Investigates and narrated the BBC Three television show My Children, which won a Scottish BAFTA.