If you like scary ghost stories that don’t get too graphic, The Haunting of Maddy Clare is for you. This book is doubly good for mystery junkies; the ghostly element is an interesting twist on the typical whodunit storyline. And the tantalizing love affair between main characters, suspenseful in itself without being distracting, is delightful frosting on this already provocative story.
Sarah Piper didn’t have much going for her: no family, no friends, no lover, and no job. Then the temporary agency assigns her as an assistant to pair of obsessive ghost hunters. Sarah doesn’t believe in ghosts—until a frightening encounter in a haunted barn changes her opinion forever. It turns out that the ghost of Maddy Clare is very real, and very angry. She wants revenge, though it’s not clear on whom or why.
Matthew Ryder, physically and emotionally scarred from World War I, is just as obsessed with ghosts as his partner, Alistair Gellis. But while Alistair is warm and welcoming, Matthew is cold and distant. Despite his gruff nature, Sarah is attracted to him in a visceral way that she cannot shake.
As the mystery surrounding the haunting deepens, Maddy’s ghost displays frightening powers that put the entire town in jeopardy. The ghost hunting trio must find a way to calm Maddy’s rage before more people die.