Midnight is a Lonely Place Paperback
Beautifully repacked edition of this stunning novel of contemporary and historical betrayal and revenge, from the author of LADY OF HAY 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? Should 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...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 19/02/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007280773
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Review by Tess_Elizabeth
This book popped up as a recommendation based on some others in my library. I didn't know much about it, other than it took place in modern day England, and had something to do with ancient ghosts.Well, that was enough for me. I picked it up and raced through it in about two days. It was entertaining for sure, and the writing was very atmospheric and tense. I enjoyed the backdrop of coastal East Anglia, and the premise of the newly single writer looking to get away to the wilderness and buckle down on her new book.The relationships were a little problematic for me. Kate never displayed much chemistry with her ex or with Greg, and despite both men treating her rather badly she was still eager to take up with them again. I definitely would have liked her better with a little more agency.The climax of the book started somewhere around the middle and grew from there until it kind of petered out and ended on a weak note. I saw what the author was going for, but it felt incomplete and unsatisfying. All in all, I did enjoy it despite the aforementioned issues, and I will probably be picking up more of Erskine's books in the future.