Review: The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

 

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☆☆➹⁀☆5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What It’s About:

I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.

My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance, no Happily Ever After in place. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.

This final book?

It’s my confession.

This book is not a romance. It is contemporary fiction, but very suspenseful in nature. 

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My Thoughts:

The Ghostwriter opens with the primary narrator proclaiming that she is a murderess and that she has three months to live. Most of us would assume we’ve got the story figured out from the start, but in Torre-esque style, that is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Ghostwriter is not a romance, per se. However, this incredibly suspenseful contemporary fiction is a story of love. It tells the tale of love between newlyweds, between parent and child, and the sort of love that comes from years of acquaintance. That said, The Ghostwriter is not a sunny-field-of-flowers sort of read. I was pensive, distraught, angry, sentimental, and sad while reading this book. It has been quite some time since my eyes teared-up over a book; The Ghostwriter is definitely a book to keep the tissues at the ready.

The layers of the richly developed characters and their relationships are exposed as Helena shares her story with her ghostwriter.   High strung, creative, crazy, wildly successful are all good descriptions for the main character Helena Ross. She is OCD, a bit of a recluse, and she is much more. Helena is a complex character, and while she might not be completely likeable, you can’t help but empathize with her. I loved the intense competition between Helena and her fellow writer, Marka Vantly—the terse, barb-riddled correspondence between the two masks their individual feelings that their competitor just might be better in every way.

From word one to the last I was in this story—like a specter hovering in each scene.   The Ghostwriter is a gripping book that I literally didn’t put down once I started it. The story starts slowly with the introduction of characters and setting, with the tension steadily building to a crescendo like a banshee’s wail. Judging by my pounding heart, reading this book, might be equivalent to a cardio workout.

Avoid reviews with spoilers—it will absolutely ruin this book for you. Grab this book, get your chores done, and start reading. The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre is one of my top reads for 2017.

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