The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world. View all 57 comments. This mystery inside this heartbreaking story! I really need to apologize to Alessandra Torre this is my first book by her, and I truly had underestimated how amazing she is! This book captivated me from the first page to the very last! The character development of Helena was quite remarkable The characters were definitely not the only strength of this book The pacing was perfect Miss Torre peeled those layers off at just the right speed to keep you completely engaged throughout the entire book And I hope you enjoy!
All of us thoroughly enjoyed it, and we had a wonderful discussion as usual View all 53 comments. Sep 26, Carlene Inspired rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have three months to write the last book of my life. It's my I have three months to write the last book of my life.
It's the kind of novel you go into blind and finish a changed person, pushing it on your fellow readers and trying desperately to not giveaway the story while still convincing them "they have to read it now.
It's an unpredictable novel, with the main character most kindly described as emotionally vacant and mean. The reader gets to know Helena's inner-most thoughts from first person point of view, while also seeing her from the outside perspective of a handful of secondary characters written in third person perspective.
Alessandra Torre further adds to the novel by giving us a book within a book, the start of each chapter of Helena's novel providing us glimpses into her past and the events that left her closed off and aloof.
We discover she isn't vacant of emotion, rather she's drowning in them and fully aware of the mistakes she's made as a wife and mother. I never could have predicted the ending, the twists, the past that had turned Helena into the witch the townsfolk never saw.
Helena is difficult to like, but she's impossible not to feel for. My heart broke for her, I ached over the life lessons she never should have had to learn, and I hoped so dearly that something positive could come of her terrible prognosis.
Helena is a fierce woman and it was incredible to read the book from her perspective. The secondary characters were phenomenal as well; I loved the little bits of gossip that made Helena real, the people who come to her side unwelcome, but necessary, and the constructive change they brought to her bleak world.
I felt every emotion as I read The Ghostwriter and I slipped into this book like it was my life too, it was like being a writer myself. It was captivating, heartbreaking, and so profound. It's a stunning novel that highlights Alessandra Torre's storytelling ability and her strength as a wordsmith.
I was held captive by this book from beginning to end, not even tears and the suffocating emotions that the book brought on could stop me from reading. Though it is about a very challenging subject matter, I think the original story line and the pacing of the novel took it from uncomfortable to thought-provoking. The Ghostwriter doesn't read like previous novels from Alessandra Torre, it's an outstanding example of her versatility and will captivate fans of all genres.
View all 26 comments. She is a well known romance writer, and she has just had some terrible news. She has also had a horrible event in her life, with both things combined, she decides she needs to make her story known. Not sure she is capable of writing her story, doing it justice, she asks her agent to get her a ghostwriter. This book was utterly fantastic. So much more than a thriller, it is more like an inside view of the disintegration of a life, a per 4.
So much more than a thriller, it is more like an inside view of the disintegration of a life, a person. Because Helena is no longer who she was, no longer has any control over what has happened, or is happening in her life. The story is told by Helena herself, alternating with that of her agent, and the person who becomes the chosen ghostwriter.
Who this person is was a big surprise. It is wonderfully written, with bits and pieces revealed at a time, small clues strewn here and there, leading to many guesses by this reader. The story leads you where the author wants to take you, in her own time, and the big reveal, was just that, big.
This is a book that sucks one in and doesn't let go, the tension, the suspense created, made this an a book that was for me impossible to put down.
This was a sister's read with all of us just stunned at the end, a big WOW was the general consensus. The epilogue, brilliant and impactful in it's simplicity. View all 51 comments. This novel holds only the truth, which LIVE! View all 17 comments. Oct 08, Carol Bookaria rated it really liked it Shelves: My heart has been trampled into a million little pieces. You know what you did Alessandra Torre , you know what you did The book starts with writer Helena Ross.
She has recently learned that she has terminal cancer and about 3 months to live. Before she passes away she wants to write her last novel and the most important story of her life. Helena knows that because of the illness she won't be able to complete the book unless she hires a ghostwriter to help h Aghhhhhh! Helena knows that because of the illness she won't be able to complete the book unless she hires a ghostwriter to help her.
This is the setup and the rest is a journey you will have to take by yourself because I'm not going to spoil it for you. I love books about writers and stories within stories. I wish I could honor this book with a wonderful, well-written review but I'm good with numbers and not with words, all I can say is that this novel is captivating, emotionally moving, and suspenseful. The novel is told in alternating points of view. It is similar to Lies She Told and Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore which were books that contained stories within stories and also were both books I loved.
Overall I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it! Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review. What a beautiful cover! View all 49 comments. The Ghostwriter is one of my top reads for Helena Ross has a story to tell. And oh my goodness what a heart crushing, dark, and deep story it is. Helena has written successful romance novels over the years Helena instructs her agent Kate to hire a ghostwriter Marka Vantley to help her write her own story.
Marka and Helena don't have the best relationship.. Marka shows up to Helena's home with her ridiculous over the top "lists" and rules that she has for others to follow. Helena comes off as a harsh and cold woman Alessandra Torre slowly reveals Helena's story alternating from the past and present.
Torre's characterization is so amazing and the story is so beautifully written. Torres has such a perfect balance with showing the darkness that unfolds in her characters. The pacing was perfect and each layer was slowly revealed to the readers keeping you on edge! One of my favorite quotes in this book which I think sums up the book perfectly in so many ways "That is how life is, it gives us burdens to carry and doesn't give a damn about the weight. We shoulder it or we break.
This was a traveling sister read and I think was my favorite read with the ladies yet! Please check out the full traveling sister review at: View all 61 comments. I have never been so moved and touched by a novel before l 5 Stunning Stars!
I have never been so moved and touched by a novel before like I was with this one. I was totally engrossed in this novel from start to finish and it was extremely hard for me to put down. The way that this story was written is one of my absolute favourite ways as I love books that are about writers and stories within stories as I find them so fascinating and so interesting to read.
I also really enjoy when an author drops little shocking tidbits of truth along the way for us to pick up on and chew over which always keeps me guessing and eagerly waiting in anticipation of what is coming next. I like not knowing what is coming next until it is right upon us and then when the big reveal happens I am totally blown away. What an emotional and powerful end for a beautifully written book that I won't soon forget! This was an absolutely wonderful book to have shared and discussed with our Traveling Sisters and I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience!
Thank you so much to NetGalley, DCA, and Alessandra Torre for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review. All of my reviews along with Brenda's can be found on our Sister Blog: View all 48 comments. Sep 22, Kindling Micky rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a contemporary suspense read with challenging subject matter but with the kind of writing that beautifully navigates you through the difficulties. There are three main characters in this story but Helena is at the helm.
She's an author but this time she needs a ghostwriter to help her tell this story and it's her autobiography she's telling. Her husband Simon is at the fore, as is the ghostwriter Mark. She was a hermit to all intents and purposes.
The why of this was a question I asked of the book all the way through. I felt compassion for her but the more I got to know of her behaviour to other human beings, of the realities of her parenting, the more I struggled with who she was. I questioned her mental health, diagnosing disorders but it didn't really matter.
Over time, I came to an understanding of who she was, of her self awareness and her fight for others. A lot of this story is about Helena and Simon, on the face of it their marriage was uncomplicated, underneath, it was so complicated that it took the whole book to fathom the depth of the secrets, lies and subversive deceit. I'm not even going to speak to my feelings regarding Simon but it felt 'off' early on. Maybe every husband drives his wife crazy. Maybe every wife falls short. But it doesn't feel normal.
It feels like we are at war. A war I am losing. Mark was my ray of good in this book and I admired his friendship towards Helena, complex though it was. Mark was carrying all the same questions that I had as a reader, waiting and waiting for the answers. He has no idea that all of these pieces, all of the stories, are blocks of dynamite, carefully placed and positioned for eventual explosion.
What happened was utterly unexpected, the whys, the how's and the tragedy. The context of the answers were difficult to read but ultimately fulfilling in what was a excellently developed story with characters that don't often come along. I am a fan of all the genres Alessandra Torre has written, I've read all of her books but I favoured the 6e series.
I am emotionally drained and at a loss after reading this book because it was just that good. A copy of this book was provided by the author through netgalley in return for a honest review. How can one love a book while simultaneously hating the main character? There's no doubt in my mind that Torre is one of the best authors of the contemporary fiction genre.
And The Ghostwriter is a testament to how she's evolved as a writer. Weirdly, this story is reminiscent of Mud Vein because not only are both protagonists authors but they are, easily, the least likeable and monumentally selfish characters that I've read. But unlike Mud Vein, I actually loved this book although I absolutely disliked, Helena, our main protagonist. I mean, this was a woman who was dying from cancer yet I couldn't find a modicum of sympathy for her plight. But you know, I think Torre doesn't actually want us to like Helena.
I think knowing what an awful person she was made the story infinitely more impactful so when we eventually get the big reveal, it feels authentic. Like, yes, I can see how she would be capable of doing what she did. As with most psychological thrillers, the journey and the whodunit are what keep the reader engaged which Torre parses in measured intervals and as we navigate Helena's past, she even succeeds in eliciting our empathy.
Eventually, we get the big reveal and, OMG, it was tragic on too many levels. View all 15 comments. May 07, Theresa Alan rated it it was amazing.
This novel is dark and slightly depressing but good. Helena had a life many would envy. Money from a career she loved—being a romance novelist—a husband, and a little girl. Four years ago, she lost her husband and daughter. Helena is an odd character. I found the last third of the book a little stressful as all the secrets of her relationship with her husband were finally revealed.
I admire authors who can create that much tension. Fore more reviews, please visit: View all 32 comments. Oct 10, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: Pause for a moment Pull up a chair and sit with me a while.
The Ghostwriter beckons like a Shapeshifter in the darkest corner of the room. It transforms itself from one level of recognizable existence into the blurred, uncertain vision of the next. Elusive and quite daunting.
As a successful young author, her hand has rocked the cradle of many a romance novel. But there is a definite sense of urgency to this one.
Life has given her a deadline unlike the ones d Pause for a moment Life has given her a deadline unlike the ones demanded by her publishing company. Helena has been diagnosed with brain cancer and has only three months to live at best. Knowing that the writing process may exceed her own limitations, Helena instructs her agent, Kate, to contact a particular fellow author to ghostwrite parts of the book for her.
Over the years, she has sent Marka Vantly snarky emails derailing this author's books. But Helena knows that no one else could possibly match her style like Marka. As Marka and Kate show up for their meeting at Helena's home, they are met with a venomous list of "rules" taped by the front door. It's evident that the entrance way bears no welcome mat.
The chill that they feel doesn't come from the weather. It wafts from Helena herself who begrudgingly allows them to come in. The interior of the home is practically barren. It reflects the standoffish vibes coming from Helena herself. They arrive at a business deal and the writing will take place immediately Alessandra Torre, herself, is a gifted writer.
She reveals "the story" in a then and now format with Helena slowly filling in the blanks of her past. Her highly guarded persona and her refusal to allow anyone to come close is extremely significant to this storyline.
She spits out insults and sinister retorts like a gumball machine loaded with pennies. Helena covets this process of dying as the final culimnation of her life's darkest secret.
She must purge herself of it before she breathes her last. The Ghostwriter must be experienced rather than just revealed. And Torre does an exceptional job with this. She is a wizard with portraying her characters with the focus of transparent light and the self-imposed barriers of one's own darkness.
The dialogue is sharp, witty, and at times humorous. Believe me, this book will have you sitting in that pulled up chair lost in your own thoughts at the end. Speechless is about right I received a copy of The Ghostwriter through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Alessandra Torre for the opportunity. View all 35 comments. Jan 13, Debra rated it it was amazing. I read the book blurb and I made assumptions about what the book would be about based on what limited information I was given.
I was wrong, and I loved it. The series was designed to teach reading and writing skills to elementary and middle school children. Each mystery was presented as a case, covering four or five thirty-minute episodes; children were encouraged to follow each mystery, and use the reading and writing clues given to attempt to solve them just as the Ghostwriter team does in the show.
Ghostwriter was critically acclaimed and honored for presenting a realistic, racially diverse world in its two-hour mystery stories. The program was canceled after the third season due to a lack of funding.
Ghostwriter has been broadcast in 24 countries worldwide, and generated a number of foreign-language adaptations, including a dubbed-over version on Discovery Kids Latin America marketed as Fantasma Escritor. There were many Ghostwriter books released, both novelizations of the TV episodes and new stories. They were released by Bantam Books. They have the entire series except for the last two cases. These videos are in the original format, with each case divided into four or five episodes.
Republic Pictures released only three cases all from the first season: In Republic Pictures' version, the four or five episodes for each case were edited together into a feature-length movie.
The Republic Pictures version is currently out of print, but can still be found in some libraries US and Canada only. The GPN version was available to the general public for purchase through their website until Starting mid, GPN is selling only to schools and libraries due to a change in licensing terms. However, the GPN version is still available in some libraries. The five-disc set, running minutes long, was released on June 8, Supplements are a trivia game and a casebook.
The show halted production in February due to a lack of funding. Lyra is the author of multiple YA novels, including the I Hunt Killers story, and Baden is a social media expert who has ghostwritten several YA novels. The Way to Success: The book, ghostwritten by Meredith McIver, offers advice and includes quotations from Trump. In the last decade, an entire industry geared towards ghostwriting papers for students of all levels has appeared, allowing grade, college, and graduate students to cheaply purchase work to pass their classes.
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