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Ghost 19

By: Simone St. James
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
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Publisher's Summary

A woman moves to a town where she becomes obsessed with watching the lives of her neighbors while stuck in a house that refuses to let her leave in this first ever short story from the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Cold Cases.

Is there something wrong with Ginette Cox? It’s what everyone seems to think. When a doctor suggests that what she might need is less excitement, she packs up and moves from New York City to a house in suburban NY: 19 Howard Ave.

The town offers Ginette little in the way of entertainment in 1959, but at least she has interesting neighbors. Whether it’s the little girl with her doll or the couple and their mother-in-law, Ginette watches them from her window and makes up names and stories for them.

But it’s not all peaceful in suburbia. Ginette finds it hard to sleep in her new house. There are strange and scary noises coming from the basement, and she is trapped, either by a ghost or her own madness.

But when Ginette starts to think a murder has taken place and a mysterious man starts making terrifying appearances outside her window, it’s clear she must deal with whatever isn’t allowing her to escape this house…

©2022 Simone St. James (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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This Story Was Basic and Boring

I felt like this was Rear Window mixed with a ghost story told by children. The narration was fine, but she didn’t have a lot to work with. Overall, don’t waste your time.

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Wanting more but not in a bad way.

You will devour this Short Story. You will wish it was a full St James book. Even though the story is very complete great character background, great story build, and great story wrap up...you will wish it was longer.

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Superb short Story

I thoroughly enjoyed this sorry story. I am a big fan of the author and this has just enough character development, a bunch of scares, mystery and the ending brought everything together.

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Good And Quick

I wish this was a full length novel, but it was a great novela and I can't wait to read the next thing Simone St. James writes.

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Classic ghost story

I’m a particular fan of the author’s books, which delve much deeper into the layers of human history and mystery. However, since this is a short story rather than a full length novel, it felt like the appropriate length for a new telling of a classic ghost story.

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I thought this was pretty good

A fun October listen... the narrator really set the tone for the time period and character

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Fine.

I have read most of Simone St. James’ books. This one is just okay. It was short, so the story felt too underdeveloped. It could’ve been better without so much other character development, I think. I wanted to know more about the protagonist’s experience. That felt too shallow.
The narrator is expressive but so breathy and kind of over dramatic- it was hard to take seriously at points.
This story was borderline spooky at one or two spots but otherwise felt like a drama.

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Why so short? Why re-enacted?

I liked all the other books this author wrote, but not this one. I preordered and was surprised this title was so short. Aside from that, the story never really felt like something I could lose myself in.
In addition, I am puzzled why this story was re-enacted so dramatically by the narrator. I found it distracting. I felt like I was listening to a play. I would think I would like this better than I did. The screeching in a couple scenes was very unpleasant. I had to stop and start it several times to get through it. Perhaps others would like that better. I suspect the narrator is a lovely actress. But it felt like more dramatization than I prefer.
I love this genre-spooky mystery-but was disappointed in this offering.

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Always love Simone St. James

Simone St. James never fails to keep me interested. Brittany Pressley is also brilliant. Thank you!!

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Well read, great story

Love the narration, and I love how the author spins her tales. Always full of suspense and interesting characters.

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  • 11-25-22

Fans of Simone St. James don't waste your credits

I've really loved some of her books but this is terrible, I struggled to finish it. The main character is so irritating and unbelievable. Main premise: woman has a breakdown and struggles with her mental health. Or is she seeing ghosts? Who cares! She's annoyingly conceited and clearly very unwell but so beautiful that she gets the man and everyone loves her anyway. Just...what? This was a great opportunity to highlight an important issue with sensitivity, it ended up pushing the message that mental illness isn't sad and something that devastate lives but a minor inconvenience when you have a pretty face. Even if youre deeply unpleasant to others. The misogynistic undertones made my blood boil.

I usually love this narrator too and she was one of the reasons I purchased this book but the whiny drawl the main character is given as she tells us repeatedly how irresistibly beautiful she is made her even more unlikeable.

1 star for the total lack of plot, character development or sense made in any of this.

3 stars for the narrator doing as best she could with what she was given. I'm starting to wonder if she knew full well this is twaddle and actually did a genius attempt at making us see what a whiny car crash our 'heroine' is. Bravo if so, you make her utterly detestable.

I can't believe this is the same author as the good Sun Down Motel, is Simone St. James short of cash? Or perhaps she just lost the will to live halfway through this and just got it over as quickly as possible. I know the feeling Simone, I know the feeling...