Good Midnight is a Lonely Place Creat Barbara Erskine go in
Good Midnight is a Lonely Place Creat Barbara Erskine go inside Books An historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of six bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural, plus two collections of short stories Her books have appeared in at least twenty different languages She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester, and in a cottage near Hay on Wye.. 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 exAfter 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.. Bestseller Book Midnight is a Lonely Place What did I just read?:Oh yeah, Barbara Erskine.:Ummm, does anybody have an extra 6 reading hours to spare? I'd like to get them back if possible.OK, refocus.In this Barbara Erskine doosie, the murderous results of a Roman/Celtic love triangle over 19 centuries old (that's 1,900 years to those of you numerically challenged) is threatening to engulf our intrepid heroine Kate, her erstwhile poet boyfriend Jon, and the petulant, acts-like-a-14-year-old-but-is-really-27 year old landlord's son Greg. These three frankly irritating characters traipse through the marshy dunes of North Essex, England trying to figure out the curse, stop the ghosts from inhibiting the inside of their heads, and make it to the final lackluster pages of our book with their sanity and entrails intact.****SPOILER ALERT***They do.***END SPOILER ALERT***But at what cost to the gentle reader? That's the real curse.OK, here's what Erskine does right:- Sets mood- Creates atmosphere- Generates thrills & chills- Includes a decent smattering of historical data (it's not as detailed as she's capable of, but it's there)Here's what Erskine needs work on:- Editing- Editing- Editing- Some editing would be niceHere's what Erskine should avoid:- Relationships involving a man/men and a woman (aka: "romance").Just....no. Don't do it, Barbara. It's painful to read and there's no reason to bog down a good spookie with a cast of immature characters masquerading as adults in love. I've found that the typical Erskine heroine is generally a decorative doormat in search of a ghost to rescue them from their romantic folly. The Erskine male normally has the emotional maturity of an Adam Sandler fan club president (which really makes it quite impressive that they can STILL manage to wipe their feet on said doormat heroine).So why, you ask, do I read Erskine and write this (waaaaaaaay too long) review of a book 15 years old??Because when Erskine is good, she can literally make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.Can cause me to jump when my refrigerator makes a funny gurgle.Can force me to read her books only with another human being in the house.I live for those moments in an Erskine book, and she delivers. Regardless of my frustration with her characters, regardless of my wasted time spent wandering the frozen Essex shoreline in search of a decent plot, and in spite of my book hurling spleen vented at the abrupt and lousy ending, I love it when a good Erskine sentence makes me glance surreptiously around the room in search of the shadow I thought I just saw out of the corner of my eye.And that, my GR friend, is why I'll continue to read Barbara Erskine like a doormat girlfriend takes her petulant boyfriend back again and again.