Ammie Come Home Author:Barbara Michaels It begins as a lark -- a harmless diversion initiated by Washington, D.C., hostess Ruth Bennett as a means of entertaining her visiting niece, Sara. But the seance conducted in Ruth's elegant Georgetown home calls something back; something unwelcome ... and palpably evil. Suddenly Sara is speaking in a voice not her own, transformed into a miser... more »able, whimpering creature so unlike her normal, sensible self. No tricks or talismans will dispel the malevolence that now plagues the inhabitants of this haunted place -- until a dark history of treachery, lust, and violence is exposed. But the cost might well be the sanity and the lives of the living.« less
Starting with a seance, in which a girl speaks in a voice not her own. The game becomes terrifying and too real, and dark forgotten secrets of the past come back to life to claim new victims. Barbara Michaels is one of my favorite authors, and this one is especially scary.
This is absolutely the best, most chilling ghost story I have ever read. I love Barbara Michaels books but this is the best. I don't scare easily when reading but Ammie will have you sleeping with a night light. Not horror story but chilling ghost story.
I well recalled this book when I first read it in the 70's as one of my all-time favorite Gothic-y ghost stories. The lead character, Ruth Bennett, a sensible WASP-ish widow with her college student niece, Sara, encounter the ghosts of two from long-ago historic Georgetown. There is a little romance thrown in, a little history ... but in the end, this story now seems terribly dated to me from the attitudes to the clothes. Some books you can pick up and read every ten years or so (Sidhartha, Gone With the Wind) but this wasn't one of them. I used to love Barbara Michaels though - perhaps I'll pick up one of her more recent.