I don’t typically care for ghost stories or love stories, so when I received a copy of The Haunting of Maddy Clare from the publisher, I wasn’t expecting to particularly like it. While there were certainly flaws in the story and the writing was a bit clunky at times, overall it was a surprisingly good read.
The story is that of a lonely, broke woman who gets a most unusual temp job: ghost whisperer. Sarah Piper, our protagonist, is skeptical of her new boss Alistair Gellis, but she needs the cash, so off they go to woo a disgruntled, man-hating ghost into sharing her life story with them.
I will admit that I’m easily spooked and I don’t particularly enjoy the necessity to check under my bed after reading a scary book. I was glad, though some readers may not be, that this book was much more spooky than it was scary. It was certainly tense and full of twists and turns, but at no point did I feel I had to protect myself by putting the book in the freezer.
Overall I would highly recommend it to someone interested in ghost stories and/or love stories. I found it to be entertaining, surprising, and ultimately successful even for a non-appreciator of the genre.