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Midnight is a Lonely Place [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Barbara Erskine , Isla Blair
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Book Description

22 Jan 1996

After a broken love affair, biographer Kate Kennedy retires to a remote cottage on the wild Essex coast to work on her new book until her landlord's daughter uncovers a Roman site nearby and long-buried passions are unleashed…

In her lonely cottage, Kate is terrorized by mysterious forces. What do these ghosts want? That the truth about the violent events of long ago be exposed or remain concealed? Kate must struggle for her life against earthbound spirits and ancient curses as hate, jealousy, revenge and passion do battle across the centuries…


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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (22 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001050028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001050020
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,136,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of many bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural, plus three collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Her first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over two million copies worldwide. She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester and in a cottage near Hay-on-Wye.

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Review

'Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson.' Sunday Times

‘Readers of Barbara Erskine are held in thrall’
Woman’s Realm

‘Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell’
Frank Delaney

'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable' The Times

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Kate Kennedy, intent on finishing her new book on Byron and suffering from the aftermath of an affair, rents a cottage on the bleak Essex coast. But Alison Lindsey, daughter of the people who own it, has been excavating what she thinks is a Roman grave in the nearby dunes. Kate's arrival precipitates the terror that follows as the spirits of the Roman, Marcus Severus Secundus, his wife Claudia and her lover, the Druid prince, Nion seeks to work out their vengeance on one another two thousand years after their deaths…

'May the Gods of all eternity curse you, Marcus Severus Secundus and bring your putrid body and your rotten soul to judgement for what you have done here this day.'


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Fan 8 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
I've read maybe 4 or 5 Barbara Erskine novels now and to a certain extent, yes, they follow a formula. But for the sake of being entertained I was willing to get past this. I read through the 500 or so pages (a mere trifle for her books, I might add!) and at times it was scary and suspense-filled and I was thoroughly entertained. And then I get to the last page! I don't want to spoil the book for anyone wanting to read it, but to be honest, I had to read the last page a few times to make absolutely sure I wasn't seeing things and that it did indeed say what it did! After being taken through this roller coaster ride of a story, what an incredible let-down! It won't stop me from reading her books -I'm about to start 'Hiding from the light' but if she does this again, I think I'll be dropping her publishers a wee note!!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is a very well written and absorbing novel by a master story teller. It is highly descriptive and captures the reader in its thrall. It is a chilling and imaginative ghost story centered around a love triangle that existed approximately two thousand years ago and ultimately ended in murder. The murderer, Marcus, a Roman legionaire, is cursed by his wife, Claudia, after he has her lover, Nion, a druid priest, killed. Marcus then kills Claudia. It is this tragedy that now haunts the present.
When London based author, Kate Kennedy, breaks off with her selfish live in lover, she goes off to lick her wounds and nurse a broken heart in a cottage in a remote area of North Essex. The cottage, though cozy, begins to become a less than hospitable place, when unexplained sounds, scents, and traces of moist earth and sand begin to manifest themselves. Moreover, her landlord's son, Greg, and daughter, Allison, seem determined to have her leave the cottage.
Discovering that Allison has come across an archaeological site not far from the cottage, Kate goes to the site and finds an ancient Celtic ornament. She soon begins to hear voices in her mind and see visions of what cannot be. Ultimately, Greg, Allison, and Kate become trapped in the miasma of these ancient star crossed lovers who are determined to bring their long dormant conflict to resolution. The cost to those in the present is dear, as the reader will soon find out.
Be warned. This is a scary book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is a very well-written and absorbing novel by a master storyteller. It is highly descriptive and captures the reader in its thrall. It is a chilling and imaginative ghost story centered around a love triangle that existed approximately two thousand years ago and ultimately ended in murder. The murderer, Marcus, a Roman legionnaire, is cursed by his wife, Claudia, after he has her lover, Nion, a druid priest, killed. Marcus then kills Claudia. It is this tragedy that now haunts the present.
When London based author, Kate Kennedy, breaks off with her selfish live in lover, she goes off to lick her wounds and nurse a broken heart in a cottage in a remote area of North Essex. The cottage, though cozy, begins to become a less than hospitable place, when unexplained sounds, scents, and traces of moist earth and sand begin to manifest themselves. Moreover, her landlord's son, Greg, and daughter, Allison, seem determined to have her leave the cottage.
Discovering that Allison has come across an archaeological site not far from the cottage, Kate goes to the site and finds an ancient Celtic ornament. She soon begins to hear voices in her mind and see visions of what cannot be. Ultimately, Greg, Allison, and Kate become trapped in the miasma of these ancient star-crossed lovers who are determined to bring their long dormant conflict to resolution. The cost to those in the present is dear, as the reader will soon find out.
Be warned. This is a scary book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is a very well written and absorbing novel by a master story teller. It is highly descriptive and captures the reader in its thrall. It is a chilling and imaginative ghost story centered around a love triangle that existed approximately two thousand years ago and ultimately ended in murder. The murderer, Marcus, a Roman legionaire, is cursed by his wife, Claudia, after he has her lover, Nion, a druid priest, killed. Marcus then kills Claudia. It is this tragedy that now haunts the present.
When London based author, Kate Kennedy, breaks off with her selfish live in lover, she goes off to lick her wounds and nurse a broken heart in a cottage in a remote area of North Essex. The cottage, though cozy, begins to become a less than hospitable place, when unexplained sounds, scents, and traces of moist earth and sand begin to manifest themselves. Moreover, her landlord's son, Greg, and daughter, Allison, seem determined to have her leave the cottage.
Discovering that Allison has come across an archaeological site not far from the cottage, Kate goes to the site and finds an ancient Celtic ornament. She soon begins to hear voices in her mind and see visions of what cannot be. Ultimately, Greg, Allison, and Kate become trapped in the miasma of these ancient star crossed lovers who are determined to bring their long dormant conflict to resolution. The cost to those in the present is dear, as the reader will soon find out.
Be warned. This is a scary book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like the well balanced mix of history and the supernatural as a crime thriller.
Published 5 days ago by MRS A ROBINSON
3.0 out of 5 stars easy reading
Enjoyable story although not as good as some of her other novels
Published 21 days ago by Patricia Douglas
3.0 out of 5 stars It started of really well and the premise was good. But halfway...
It started of really well and the premise was good. But halfway through it got repetitive and I hated the ending. There wasn't enough chemistry between the characters. Read more
Published 27 days ago by catlucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read well worth the time
This is a fantastic ghost story cross over into present times. I have read it a dozen times over the years and still enjoy it. Now I have it on my kindl.e I can take it with me
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. A. L. Renton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book
Published 3 months ago by mr d m mcdonald
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better.
Really good to start but lost the plot and the characters were just going round in circles. Ending was awful. Read more
Published 4 months ago by 4children
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
This book had me reading it in two day, it was like going on a workout my heart beat fast and at some parts I found myself holding my breath , a must read
Published 4 months ago by Laura Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars another great book by barbara
I love barbara erskine books i love reading them time and time again i will read many more by her
Published 4 months ago by L. Cole
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
The storyline started out to be quite gripping and just fizzled out for the ending.not up to her normal standard
Published 5 months ago by Disapointed from Waterlooville
4.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Erskine
This is another of her books which I just could not put down. Although a novel the history local to where I live is fascinating and must have taken a lot of research. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pippa Cronin
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