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One of the Best Books I’ve Ever Read
I’ve read a great many books in my time, and I’ve never read a book twice – with one exception. Ghost Writer by John Harwood is one of the most confusing, engaging, scary, read-all-night books that I’ve ever read. I’ve read it twice, and I’ll probably read again very soon.
Excerpt from Booklist Reviews
Gerard Freeman, a solitary librarian, lives in Australia with his reticent and fearfully anxious mother, who once regaled him with stories of her idyllic childhood in the English countryside with her grandmother, Viola. When Gerald discovers one of Viola's ghost stories in a locked drawer, his mother suddenly stops talking about her childhood; the silence only deepens over the years as Gerald becomes involved in an intense and love-laden correspondence with his English pen pal, Alice. After his mother dies, Gerard tracks down more of Viola's writings, sinister Victorian tales of ill-fated love, betrayal, and murder, one of which, according to his mother, came true. Is Gerard's own life at stake? The ghost stories at the heart of this book are lyrical, labyrinthine tales that feel simultaneously fresh and familiar, making this an atmospheric paranormal thriller with many surprises. (Reviewed May 1, 2004) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.
Need to Talk to Someone
When I finished it the first time, all I wanted was someone to talk to about it. Did they interpret it the way I did? What did the ending mean? Were all the ghost stories real? I went online and found a community of fellow Ghost Writer readers. After reading what everyone wrote online, I read it again with new insight. It was just as good, if not better, the second time.
Grab a copy and let me know what you think.
Sharon H. doesn’t usually read ghost stories, but this one found its way to her . . . coincidence or some other sinister purpose?