Ammie Come Home Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1987
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About the Author
Elizabeth Peters (writing as Barbara Michaels) was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grandmaster at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986, Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar® Awards in 1998, and given The Lifetime Achievement Award at Malice Domestic in 2003. She lives in an historic farmhouse in western Maryland.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The key players are <i>Ruth Bennett</i> and her niece, <i>Sara</i>; attending university in Washington. A reclusive Aunt bequeathed her home to <i>Ruth</i>; never on heritage tour rosters and untouched by anyone else since their ancestors built it. They both hear a name called at an oddly late hour. When <i>Sara’s</i> professor, <i>Pat</i> escorts <i>Ruth</i> to his Mother’s high society soirée; she meets a séance medium in want of a more suitable house. It appears this activity agitates two-hundred year-old echoes that were benign. Manifestations that are terrifying to anyone in their parlour after sunset, include <i>Sara’s</i> short possession of a spirit. A cloud bursting with enough malevolence to make them flee their parlour, seems to be a separate entity. They stay at <i>Pat’s</i> apartment to survive investigation of the phenomenon.
On their team is <i>Sara’s</i> scholarly boyfriend, <i>Bruce</i>. Until the parlour’s cloud froze them with fear; <i>Pat</i> mistook <i>Sara’s</i> possession for a mental illness.Read more ›
Ruth Bennett invites her niece Sara to stay at her historic Georgetown house. Starting with a seance, the past apears to manifest through Sara. Is she going mad, or is it something else? Sara's boyfriend Bruce leads an investigation into the house's history - and finds the key to understanding what is happening to, and through, Sara.
This is a classic ghost story, that I have read and reread over the years. Very enjoyable book.
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May I point out to the young person who complained that AMMIE, COME HOME was "too sixties" that the book was written in the sixties, and therefore should be read in the context of the late sixties. When my daughter and I read it we were into the seventies, and we both found the book fascinatingly spooky. When I reread it today, at the age of 67 (me, not the book) I still found it fascinatingly spooky.
I will admit that I prefer Barbara Mertz's "Elizabeth Peters" books more than I like her "Barbara Michaels" books, largely because despite extremely serious situations that arise in them, they are also screamingly funny, whereas the Barbara Michaels books are just screaming. But gothics--and this is a very original and unusual gothic--were all the rage then, and this is a good one.
But given what this book was trying to do, I feel that it was well done. Five stars, and don't bother to read it if you think everything older than three years ago is icky.
Her characters are always intelligent, savvy, funny people who you enjoy meeting and spending time with. Her heroines are strong, independent women, and they don't do the stupid things that make so many books of this type so frustrating.
If you enjoy this one, don't miss some of her others. I particularly like Patriot's Dream, Witch, and The Walker in Shadows, also Devil May Care, which was written under the name Elizabeth Peters.
The book begins with the enchanting story of Ruth Bennet, owner of a historic old Georgetown home, inherited from an elderly aunt, and her niece. Her niece Sara, who she dearly loves, came to live with her while attending college nearby. Ruth meets one of Sara's professors who takes a liking to her and asks her out. She goes with him to a party at his wealthy mother's home where a séance is held with very little result -- the medium feels little. Ruth, out of sympathy for hostess and medium, invites them to come to her home for a dinner party. While there, they hold a séance with far more complex results. Sara is briefly possessed by a lonely spirit and the medium feels the intensity of an evil spirit. The party breaks up with the medium fleeing with fear from the party.
Four characters are central to this story, Ruth, the professor friend, Sara, and her boyfriend. They all reserve some degree of skepticism regarding whether the house is actually haunted. During the story they read into past Georgetown history to find answers, all the while experiencing escalating supernatural events that they cannot explain. It finally wraps up in a stunning conclusion that'll take your breath away.
If you love ghost stories and love mysteries, this book is a sure bet for you. I started reading it and stayed up way past my bedtime! Buy it, borrow it, get it, read it. You'll be glad you did!
If there is such a category as a cozy Gothic, Ms. Michaels is its absolute queen. Nobody does nice people caught in a web of evil as convincingly as she does. With every plate of cookies, pot of tea and polished mahogany table, with every warm yellow circle of lamplight, she lulls the reader into a sense of safety so that when the 'coiling mass of oily smoke' appears in the drawing room, it's a shock. No hunchbacks, moldering castles or ruined abbeys for Ms. Michaels--her horrors take place in well-appointed, spotless homes, amid familiar people, and a doubly scary for it.
Her characters are appealing and flawed, and grow as they fight the supernatural. The slightly wild child Sara, uptight Ruth, flamboyant Pat and slightly effete Bruce are likeably imperfect, and the utterly chilling denoument results in a satisfying personal ending for each. Ammie, Come Home is one of my all time favorite comfort reads and never disappoints.