The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer

Book - 2005
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Plagued with unpleasant memories of his mother's death, shy Gerard Freeman is obsessed with the manuscript of a century-old ghost story written by his great-grandmother and entrusted to his care.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2005, ©2004
Edition: First Harvest edition
ISBN: 9780156032322
Branch Call Number: FICTION Har
Description: 369 pages ; 21 cm


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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... Read More »

Haunted by his mother's mysterious death, timid, solitary Gerard Freeman lives for two things: his elusive pen pal and the secret manuscript that his mother gave her life to protect. Suspecting that something within that manuscript holds the key to his mother's terrified refusal to return to her ... Read More »

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StratfordLibrary Mar 23, 2018

Blind Date with a Book 2018 Comment: "It started out sounding really good but the "book within books" and back and forth made it too difficult to follow the story."

Feb 11, 2018

Harwood's "The Ghost Writer" is one of the most compelling books I have ever read. The story, told in first person by the protagonist Gerald, is a very complex one and includes a decades-long pen-friendship, an elusive pen friend, a murder, a love triangle, a writer whose stories pop up at unexpected moments but are all little gems, and a classic old English house. However, the strongest presences here seem to be uncontrollable sexual passion and a just as uncontrollable desire for revenge. The two sisters around whom the story truly revolves are led by envy, jealousy and desire for the other's lover in one case, and by a thirst for revenge that hurts an innocent descendant, in the other case. I enjoyed the book and was literally unable to put it down, reading well into the night because I simply HAD to know what happened next. However, I also have to say that the last chapters were a bit confused and confusing. A lot is left to the reader's imagination and I had the impression that the writer, at that point, just wanted to be done with the book - which is a shame, because the book is truly astonishing and I strongly recommend it. But be ready: once in its grip, it will not be easy to free yourself!

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.

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.

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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