Lost among the Living

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Simone St. James

Narrated By: Justine Eyre

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: April 2016

Duration: 10 hours 24 minutes

Summary:

For fans of historical fiction and gothic romance, an atmospheric ghost story from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare

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 Wych Elm House, 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. 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 an eerily familiar stranger arrives at Wych Elm House ...

"Though all of St. James's books are splendid, this is her finest since The Haunting of Maddy Clare. The suspense level is top-notch, and the romance is one of the author's very best. Longtime fans and newcomers will rejoice."-Library Journal

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  • Kathy Broyles

    *THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS* I usually love Simone St.James' books. They are not a series, they are stand alone books, something that most current authors cannot seem to do. "Lost Among the Living" is, at the same time, a ghost story and a sort of predictable mystery. There were a lot of things I figured out before they were revealed, however, it was well worth the listen. I gave it 5-stars. Jo Manders' husband, Alex, was shot down over France during the war. His body was never recovered. Jo is unable to collect widow's pay because he has not been declared dead. His Aunt Dottie offers her a position as a companion and she travels to the family's country home, Wych Elm House where she meets the ghost of Aunt Dottie's daughter, Frances. Though Frances' death was ruled accidental, Jo believes it was not. While trying to piece together the events surrounding Frances' death, she discovers things she did not know about her husband. What did he really do in the war and did she really know him at all?