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Midnight is a Lonely Place by [Erskine, Barbara]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

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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

Review

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

'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable.' (The Times)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2132 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007280777
  • Publisher: Harper (13 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007280777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007280773
  • ASIN: B002RI99RS
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Not possibly the best Erskine book I have ever read. Good though especially if you want to be scared to death whilst reading it. Don't recommend reading it during the midnight hours, it is a bit frightening, especially if you are on your own.
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I hate to title this review as I have as Barbara Erskine is an excellent author. I love the atmospheres that are part of all of her novels. However in "Midnight is a Lonely Place" I found that most of the chapters are very repetitive with the same events (just different characters) chapter after chapter. The ending was extremely weak and almost predicatable. The story could have been so tense, exciting and scarey but alas, not to be this time! I will though be looking further into the history of Boudicca as a direct result of having read this novel. Other than that my only comment is 500 painful pages!
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The ending was disappointing and it was all rather silly at points. Her other novels ( being very spiritual myself) are quite believable in the way the problem is solved. This just verged on ridiculous! A shorter novel than her others and a disappointing climax.
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I haven't read either of these Barbara Erskine books yet, but believe me, if they are as good as all the others of the same author, I won't be able to put them down! Ghosts: visiting a bygone age: Roman- times people re-appearing in modern-day situations etc.etc. Brilliant!
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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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