Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall was inspired by research into the actual Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, Colorado. This is a haunting story that will send shivers up your spine. I listened to the audio version and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was my first time listening to narrator Emily Durante but it won’t be my last. She brought the chilling atmosphere of this story to life perfectly.
As a young girl Adrienne lives with her family in the countryside of France. Adrienne isn’t your typical child though as she is a clairvoyant – a clairvoyant with the ability to see the secrets of those around her. Needless to say that in the 1800’s this was frowned upon and Adrienne was quieted more than once when she thought to speak aloud what she was seeing. Only one person understood Adrienne and that was her grandfather but even he told her that it was best to keep it to herself just before he passed otherwise she could put herself in a lot of danger.
As time passes Adrienne still has her visions but the only person she shares them with is her governess Lucie. Lucie decides to keep track of Adrienne’s visions in a journal that she keeps well hidden… but not well enough. Adrienne’s Aunt Marie finds the journal that is of course full of dark secrets about Adrienne’s own family. Secrets that could threaten to destroy Marie and her son Julien and she isn’t about to let that happen. Marie manages to convince Adrienne’s mother that it would be best for the girl to accompany her to America to live with her and her son Julien, a priest, in his big castle in Manitou Springs. While Adrienne thinks she’s going to America to start a new life her Aunt Marie has much different intentions… evil intentions.
The hours I spent listening to this novel flew by for me. I’m not sure how it translates into print but the audio really brought the time and place alive for me. The writing is beautiful and descriptive and with Emily Durante’s narration it was perfect for me. I also love Gothic novels and a good ghost story will always top my list. As a note to some of my readers there is some disturbing content that some may find offensive.
Recommended for those who enjoy those haunting, chilling ghost stories that stay with you even after you turn that last page.
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