Lost Among the Living

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Lost Among the Living

I normally do not enjoy ghost stories of any kind, so when I received “Lost Among the Living” by Simone St. James from www.NightOwlReviews.com I was a bit skeptical that I would enjoy reading it. I was very surprised because almost from the first chapter, I was very involved with the characters and the story.

Jo Manders’ husband Alex was shot down over Germany and never returned home after World War I. It has been three years since the armistice, but the War Office and other agencies cannot or will not give her any information about whether or not Alex is dead or missing. She is in desperate circumstances and accepts a job as a Girl Friday to Alex’s Aunt Dottie. They move back to the home place. Aunt Dottie’s daughter Frances had committed suicide some years before and the house had an eerie mood about it. Jo began to see and hear things that no one else did. She feels the presence of Frances around her at times and it seems that the spirit wants something from Jo. When Jo finds out some very unsettling things about her husband, she begins to question all that she knew before.

I found this novel to be riveting and hard to stop reading. I guarantee that it will keep you in suspense until the very end. I highly recommend it.


Book Blurb for Lost Among the Living

England, 1921. Three years after her husband, Alex, disappeared, shot down over Germany, Jo Manders still mourns his loss. Working as a paid companion to Alex's wealthy, condescending aunt, Dottie Forsyth, Jo travels to the family’s estate in the Sussex countryside. But there is much she never knew about her husband’s origins…and the revelation of a mysterious death in the Forsyths’ past is just the beginning…

All is not well at Wych Elm House. Dottie's husband is distant, and her son was grievously injured in the war. Footsteps follow Jo down empty halls, and items in her bedroom are eerily rearranged. The locals say the family is cursed, and that a ghost in the woods has never rested. And when Jo discovers her husband’s darkest secrets, she wonders if she ever really knew him.  Isolated in a place of deception and grief, she must find the truth or lose herself forever.

And then a familiar stranger arrives at Wych Elm House…


Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2016 4.50