The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer

eBook - 2005
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PRAISE FOR THE GHOST WRITER "[Harwood's] novel is an homage, a Victorian ghost story that honors the likes of Dickens and Henry James . . . A smart, stylish and mesmerizing book."-THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD "Does [Alice] have some connection to Gerard's creepy, semi-insane mom? And to those Victorian horror tales that Gerard keeps stumbling across? What's she hiding, anyway? The answers are yes, yes, and wait and see . . . It's like A. S. Byatt's Possession. But without all that distracting poetry."-TIME
In this tantalizing tale of Victorian ghost stories and family secrets, timid, solitary librarian Gerard Freeman lives for just two things: his elusive pen pal Alice and a story he found hidden in his mother's drawer years ago. Written by his great-grandmother Viola, it hints at his mother's role in a sinister crime. As he discovers more of Viola's chilling tales, he realizes that they might hold the key to finding Alice and unveiling his family's mystery-or will they bring him the untimely death they seem to foretell? Harwood's astonishing, assured debut shows us just how dangerous family skeletons-and stories-can be.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005
ISBN: 9780547630427
0547630425
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (384 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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tacomalibrarian
Oct 15, 2016

Intricate, intense and an old fashioned scary read. I loved it!

sjmitra Jun 27, 2011

Too many characters, too many stories within the story. I lost interest in the protagonist and his fate.

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redwallflower
Mar 29, 2010

It's interesting how each of the ghost stories within the book have elements that relate to the main story. However, I feel like the ending kind of fell apart.

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kalio
May 22, 2009

Another young, lost boy (the almost-orphaned child with only books for company is a real staple of the haunted books-about-books genre) stumbles across a bunch of stories that he was never meant to read. This time it?s Gerald, a fatherless boy in Australia whose mother is supremely secretive about her past life. All Gerald has are his British pen pal Alice and the ghost stories that his Victorian grandmother wrote?stories that seem to have a tendency to come true and invade Gerald?s real life and history. As Gerald searches for the story of his mother?s life and the truth about mysterious Alice, the line between fantasy and fiction becomes distressingly and disturbingly blurred. A true blue old-fashioned ghost story that spans continents and centuries, The Ghost Writer is guaranteed to keep you up at night, in the best and most addictive way possible.

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