I’m giving The Ghost Writer
I have read a number of Alessandra Torre’s romance novels but this is the first time I have read anything from her in a different genre. I always knew she was a good writer but never realized how incredibly talented she was until this book. She absolutely blew my mind with The Ghost Writer; an extraordinary tale of intrigue and deception that captured my attention and imagination the moment I opened it. I literally did not want to put it down.
The story revolves around Helena Ross, a highly successful romance author who is diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer leaving her three months to live. To be honest, between the way the book starts and the many similarities to Alessandra professionally, I had that gut check moment wondering if this was about her personally, ???? Helena’s life is no less captivating as she makes it her mission and obsession to write her story; so that the world will finally know the truth. But, in her weakened condition she must elicit the help of the only person that can see this project through to completion, her nemesis.
I was so captivated by this story that I could not get it out of my head even when I needed to put it down to take care of “regular” life. There are so many details, like a knotted ball of yarn, that as soon as I thought that I found the right string to unwind the mystery I was thwarted by a new revelation. I also couldn’t stop thinking about Alessandra’s unique characters and witty dialogue, “I’m dying. I shouldn’t have to deal with petty shit on my way out.”
The variety among readers and authors means that there are different styles for everyone. I, personally, clicked with Alessandra’s approach to a thriller. The back and forth between the past and present as well as the twists and turns in the plot made for an exhilarating ride! It was the perfect roller coaster experience but in print; with suspenseful builds, heart pounding thrills, all in perfect combination and timing. There was just enough lull in between stunning revelations to give me time to ponder, yet enough left unsaid that I never did figure out that missing piece in Helena’s tragedy until Alessandra revealed it in the end.
While The Ghost Writer is YA appropriate in content and language, it will appeal to adult readers who want an extremely well conceived and written novel.