Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James

Description (from cover):

'London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. Now she's been murdered at one of her own seances after leaving a final message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter.

Ellie doesn't contact the dead--at least, not anymore. She specializes in miraculously finding lost items. Still, she can refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known. Now Ellie must delve into Gloria's secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes. Worse, she cannot sake the attentions of handsome James Hawley, a damaged war veteran who has dedicated himself to debunking psychics.

As Ellie and James uncover the sinister mysteries of Gloria's life and death, Ellie is tormented by nightmarish visions that herald the grisly murders of those in Gloria's circle. And as Ellie's uneasy partnership with James turns dangerously intimate, an insidious evil force begins to undermine their quest for clues--a force determined to bury the truth and whoever seeks to expose it...'

My thoughts:

I sometimes like to read books that feature ghosts and the supernatural. I have read a couple of the other books by this author and when I came across this one, it sounded interesting. I will say that I was left a little disappointed. At times I felt confused and that the story was rushed. The ending was a little confusing and seemed to be thrown together at the last moment. Overall, I enjoyed the writing style, just the plot was a little spastic towards the end. I thought that this was going to be more of ghost story, but it really wasn't. It features Ellie Winter who is a psychic who is solving the murder of her former friend and rival, Gloria Sutter.

Gloria was well-known as a psychic with real powers. She had numerous well-known clients and was quite successful. Right before Gloria was murdered, she sent a cryptic note to her former friend and psychic rival to help solve her murder should anything happen to her. Of course, by the time Ellie receives the note, Gloria is dead by the hands of a silent killer. Even though Gloria and Ellie had their ups and downs, Ellie feels that she owes it to Gloria to help try to hunt down her killer and seek justice for her one-time friend. Ellie starts to investigate and then is joined by handsome psychic investigator, James Hawley. Hawley and Ellie have a tumultuous past and they must put aside their differences to help solve a heinous crime.

I was disappointed in this book. I enjoyed the author's book An Inquiry Into Love and Death and enjoyed it so I guess I was expecting something along that caliber. I won't say that this book was horrible, because it was an easy read and drew me in at first, but the ending was so jumbled and rushed that I really felt that it didn't make a lot of sense. I was expecting somewhat a different ending and was a little shocked as how scattered everything was. I am curious to see how others felt about the ending of this book and wonder if they thought that it made sense or left them confused like I felt?

Overall Rating: 2

Title:  The Other Side of Midnight
Author:  Simone St. James
Series:  N/A
Publisher:  NAL
Publication Date:  April 7, 2015
Pages:  336
Genre:  Historical Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: This book was selected from the library by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

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