Lost Among the Living

Lost Among the Living England 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 Forsy

  • Title: Lost Among the Living
  • Author: Simone St. James
  • ISBN: 9780451476197
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 theEngland, 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 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, and 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 a familiar stranger arrives at Wych Elm House

    878 Comment

    • ChrisCarroll says:

      Romantic suspense was just kicked up a notch in my book. When I was asked to do this review, I thought it was just another historical fiction romance with a twist of suspense. I could not have been more wrong. This book is a fabulous combination of so many genres. It is truly one that romance lovers will enjoy along with suspense and mystery lovers too. There is plenty of historical influence and so much more!An engrossing read, this book has surprises at every chapter, it seemed. Loaded with em [...]

    • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

      England, 1921. Jo Manders husband Alex, was shot down over Germany three years before and disappeared. In need of money to support her and her sick mother did Jo agree to be a paid companion to Alex wealthy albeit condescending aunt Dottie Forsyth. Now they are returning home to England, to the Forsyth family's estate in the Sussex countryside. Jo has never visited the place before and she realizes there that she doesn't know much about her husband's origin, and there seem to be a something with [...]

    • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) says:

      I love it when a book can take me by surprise and before I know it, I'm completely immersed inside the pages. Lost Among the Living was the perfect blend of genres. Historic with a slight touch of the paranormal and a dash of swoon worthy romance, it truly was a winner in its category. With the right amount of mystery, creepiness, and a romance that left you longing for more, this book surprised me with how captivating it became as the story got darker and the lies and secrets thicker. One that [...]

    • Sheila says:

      3.5 stars--somewhere between "liked" and "really liked."If you want to read an English ghost story set during wartime (either WWI or WWII or immediately before, between, or after), Simone St. James is who you should read! She writes romantic ghost stories that will also appeal to readers of historical fiction. They're usually a bit too dark to be "cozy," but they're definitely a nice mix of suspense and romance.In this one, the ghost was only part of the plot. I would have given this 4 stars, bu [...]

    • Linda says:

      Starting out slowly, Lost Among the Living introduced the young, widowed Jo Manders. It was 1921 and she was responsible for her mother who had been committed to an asylum. It had also been three years since she lost her husband, Alex, during The Great War but his body was never recovered. Told with flashbacks, she loved her husband deeply. Now 26 years old with few skills to recommend her, she worked as a companion for her husband's Aunt Dottie. The name was fitting because Dottie was a moody w [...]

    • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books) says:

      Another great story by St. James! I would say this is my second favorite book of hers; the first being The Haunting of Maddy Clare. I listened to the audio of this and it was wonderful. She really knows how to evoke an eerie atmosphere. Her descriptions of Frances and Princer's 'appearances' were just chilling. I was starting to think they were real myself. : )

    • ✨Susan✨ says:

      I enjoyed the characters in this book, they were interesting, believable and pulled all four corners together to make this ghost story come to life. A young woman, Jo, is taken in as a companion by her husband's Aunt after he has been reported missing in the war. They establish a love hate relationship that helps them build trust that both of them desperately need at this time in their lives. After extended travel to different countries collecting art they end up at the family mansion that has n [...]

    • Giedre says:

      3.5/5One’s mother went mad, and one’s husband leaped from a plane into thin air, and one simply got on with it.It's 1921, WWI is over and the world might be slowly moving on, but for Jo Manders life is bleak. After losing her husband right before the end of the war, she's left with an institutionalized mother that doesn't remember her most of the time and the drudgery of a life as a paid companion for her late husband's aunt.After an art buying trip through the recovering continent, Jo and h [...]

    • Barb says:

      I've read all of Simone St. James's novels and my opinions vary depending on the book. There are things she does very well; creates realistic characters, gives vivid descriptions of time and place, shows the reader what the characters are seeing and feeling and does a wonderful job making ghosts believable. All of these skills pull me into her stories. But then she unravels all of that hard work by having her characters behave in ways that make no sense. In this story something unexpected happen [...]

    • Quirkyreader says:

      This was a wonderful story. I like how St. James in bringing the modern Gothic novel kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.St. James has lovely descriptive writing that allows you to visualize what is happening in the story as you read it. I am looking forward to reading her other stories.

    • Molly O'keefe says:

      I can't wait for this book - every single one of Simone's books is an amazing read!!

    • Cheryl says:

      Set in England just after the conclusion of World War I, this modern day gothic mystery is hard to put down. Jo Manders has become the companion to her husband’s aunt, Dottie Forsyth. Jo’s husband did not return from the war. His name did not appear on any lists of those killed or any list of prisoners of war. He has been declared missing in action, and she is not able to receive a widow’s pension. The estate where the Forsyth family lives is dreary and forbidding. Local residents have sai [...]

    • Nidofito says:

      I can't even. I can't even with this book. I can't even with this author.A little slow to start with a mostly predictable storyline, but beautifully written and wonderfully narrated, St. James continues to impress me with her masterful storytelling in the genre of gothic romance and paranormal mystery.If you liked The Haunting of Maddy Clare, you will really enjoy this as the feel and setup of this book is similar versus Silence from the Dead.I would love for her to write a male MC book or have [...]

    • Rachael says:

      Horrid. Skimmed the last 2/3. Really, just terrible writing, terrible plot and character development. Ugh. The fact that writing like this gets published kind of makes me mad. Sorry so harsh.

    • Ashley says:

      Somewhat flawed but engaging mystery. Skillful prose. Would read more by this author.

    • Andree says:

      I actually read this about three times in the past few weeks. I loved this. Might buy it, now that my library copy has expired. Stupid library copy expiringThis is my favourite of these books. I'm still apparently super into the ghost stories. IDK. It worked for me. It really worked for me. Definitely connected to all of the characters in this. I just really enjoyed this one.(view spoiler)[And I mean, the fact that Alex was still alive was patently predictable, but am super into spousal reconcil [...]

    • Heidi says:

      Four stars: An engaging historical read with a murder mystery and a touch of paranormal. Jo packs her trunk for the last time, headed back to England after a summer tour of Europe as a paid companion for her husband's aunt. Jo is uneasy about heading back to England, as she has too many painful memories of London. It has been three years since her husband, Alex, disappeared over the German countryside in his plane. There was no further trace of him. With the war now over, Jo is trying to put the [...]

    • Jaclyn says:

      Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures.I’ve been a long-time fan of Simone St. James and I longingly await each new book. I will admit that I struggled a bit with the first half of the book, but there is a turning point in Lost Among the Living and when I reached that there was no way I was putting the book down. If you read it, you will no exactly which event I am referring to.Jo Manders is a young widow still mourning the loss of her husband, Alex, three years after his disappearance dur [...]

    • Camille Viva says:

      This book simply proves that Simone St. James is a master of both the Mystery and Romance genres. The Mystery was perfectly crafted. There were enough suspects that I had some idea where the story was going, but didn't fully piece it together until close to the end. And at the end, all of the characters and their motivations made perfect sense. I'm not usually a fan of the Romance genre, but I was surprised at how much I connected with the heroine, Jo Manders, and her relationship. Her character [...]

    • The Lit Bitch says:

      After finishing two of Simone St James novels in less than a week, I was thrilled when this one came into the library and was waiting patiently in the holds section for me to pick up.I had read a lot of great reviews for this book and was eager to see what kind of ghost and romance this story would hold. It sounded a little different than The Haunting of Maddy Clare but still within the same wheelhouse of that style, so I was intrigued.So the last line in the description of the book, basically g [...]

    • Marylou says:

      A highly atmospheric mystery.We are in England after the First World War: Joanna, our protagonist, finds herself facing an uncertain future. Her husband, Alex, is missing and presumed dead. She has no family, no money and no job. Alex's aunt Dottie, hires Jo as her companion and personal assistant. But when Jo moves in with her boss to Alex's old house, strange things begin to happen and I don't want to add more as it might spoil the plot.It took me a bit to get into the story and although it wa [...]

    • Debbie says:

      A great ghost story that kept me up way past my bedtime. There were also other plot twists going on including a murder with many suspects. A woman who thinks her husband is dead for three years who is the assistant for her husband's aunt. The aunt who is an eccentric woman with lots of secrets. Her husband who is not a very happy man. Her son who is recovering from the war, a morphine addict with bomb fragments still in his body. They are all staying in a house where the mad teenage daughter com [...]

    • Jennifer Garnick says:

      I was given an Advanced Reader copy of this book by firsttoread. This book is advertised as suspense but it didn't feel very suspenseful. It felt like a story I have read a million times before. The supernatural aspects were lackluster. Jo Manders was a one dimensional, depressing main character with no spine. At times I almost wanted to smack her and tell her to stop being a silly little twit. The anticipated twists and turns were not very surprising at all.The whole book was pretty predictable [...]

    • Laura Lee says:

      One of the things I like most about this author is that even when things go wrong she never makes her women a victim. They are strong and independent and always rise above it. This was another great thriller/mystery. Post WWI England. Jo is trying to find herself and ground herself when she begins to find out not everything is as it seems to be. Her life is again turned inside out.

    • Caz says:

      Simone St. James may only have five published novels to her name (so far) but I was so taken with her very first book – The Haunting of Maddy Clare – that she pretty much immediately became an auto-buy author. In recent years, she has brilliantly revitalised the historical/gothic mystery, producing superbly-written, well-crafted and spine-tingling stories that have often kept me reading until well past my bedtime!Lost Among the Living is set in 1921 and as the book opens, we meet Jo Manders, [...]

    • BAM The Bibliomaniac says:

      Reminiscent of Jackson or James

    • K says:

      wow, so yeah, i went there. i gave Lost Among the Living 5 stars, the rating i save for the very best of the best. while Lost doesn't necessarily break your heart or make you think about the meaning of life, it DOES completely take over for a few days! so spooky, great characters, ghosts with killer dogs, haunted houses, MADNESS and morphine, mists in the woods kind of love story. Jo has lost her husband in the war after a whirlwind courtshipor so she thinks, as he's MIA. Jo's got moxy, she's sh [...]

    • Angie says:

      4+ stars!This is a wonderfully spooky gothic novel set just after WWI. Included in this atmospheric tale are paranormal elements, a mysterious death, and a romance or two. Can the dead communicate with the living? What's the line between sanity and insanity? How can you tell what's real and what's imagined? This book will have you asking these questions and staying up past your bedtime to read and find out!Recommended!

    • Ruth says:

      Silly story!

    • Natalie says:

      I was interested throughout the story. It was a pretty easy read with mystery intertwined as the story goes. I can't put a finger on what exactly I wanted more of, perhaps a more serious tone in some parts, maybe a more finished ending? All in all I was happy to have read it and liked the feelings the book evoked.

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