The Midnight Side by Natasha Mostert

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He had been waiting patiently: midnight had come and gone and then the first, early morning hours. And still there was light in the room on the top floor of the house on the opposite side of the street, forcing him to wait ....

He glanced at his watch. Four o'clock. The streets were still, the air hushed. This was the dreaming hour when people cried out in their sleep; the crisis hour when a fever might break or hope finally disappear. The hour when death's angel was walking.

The Midnight Side is a chilling tale of an incredibly seductive woman who, even from the grave, is able to manipulate events to her satisfaction. A haunting story of obsession and loss, Natasha Mostert's arresting debut is an intricately plotted psychological thriller that will leave you breathless.

Isa DeWitt is not alarmed when she receives a phone call in the early morning hours from her cousin Alette -- they'd always shared a tight bond -- until she discovers that Alette has been dead for two days. Summoned to attend to the affairs of Alette's estate, Isa travels from her home in South Africa to meet with Alette's attorney in London. There, the attorney presents her with the first of three envelopes that Alette has willed to her -- envelopes containing vengeful letters that carefully describe how to bring about the financial destruction of the company owned by Alette's former husband. Alette's final wish is that Isa complete this daunting task. Although she is reluctant to comply with Alette's commands, Isa is plagued by memories of the strange phone call, and her cousin's constant presence in her dreams begins to overpower her will to resist just as Alette had planned.

Fast-paced, with a twist ending, The Midnight Side is a beautifully written page-turner replete with demons -- real and imagined -- and lurking at all times. 


About Natasha Mostert

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Natasha Mostert is the author of three previous novels, and her political opinion pieces have appeared on the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times and The Times of London. Author website:
Published December 1, 2000 by William Morrow & Company. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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The plotline is an original one, and Mostert seasons it with absorbing psychological detail (for example, the possibility that people who are unusually close may experience “shared dreams”), in swiftly paced chapters appropriately prefaced by resonant quotations drawn mostly from the 17th-century...

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Leiah Cooper 14 Feb 2014

How much worse are suitors, who to men’s lust
Are made preys? O, worse than dust or worms’ meat,
For they do eat you now, whose selves worms shall eat. – John Donne, Thou shalt not laugh in this ...

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