The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre
Published by DCA on October 2, 2017
Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, mystery, suspense
Format & Pages: e-book, 303
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Four years ago, I lied. I stood in front of the police, my friends and family, and made up a story, my best one yet. And all of them believed me.
I wasn’t surprised. Telling stories is what made me famous. Fifteen bestsellers. Millions of fans. Fame and fortune.
Now, I have one last story to write. It’ll be my best one yet, with a jaw-dropping twist that will leave them stunned and gasping for breath.
They say that sticks and stones will break your bones, but this story? It will be the one that kills me.
This book is not a romance. It is contemporary fiction, but very suspenseful in nature. It is about a famous romance author and a dark secret she keeps.
When The Ghostwriter first popped into my radar, my first thought was that it vaguely reminded me of The Thirteenth Tale, which I read last year and quickly became my new favorite book. I have been trying to get my hands on a copy from my library ever since, but when the Suspenseful Clues and Thrilling Reviews book club announced this as its January adult fiction read and I still hadn’t heard from the library, my impatience reached an all time high. I decided to bite the bullet and just buy it. And I’m so glad I did!
“If you lie enough times, no one believes your truth.”
My instinct to compare The Ghostwriter to The Thirteenth Tale was on target; there are definitely similarities between the two. Boiled down to one sentence, I would describe both as the story of a best-selling author who has one more story to tell. I could elaborate this sentence more to further show their likeness but will stop there to avoid spoilers. That being said, these books were different in their tones, writing styles, and overall story arcs.
There was a lot I loved about this book. From page one, the writing style hooked me. Precise and descriptive, I felt like I was in the room with these characters as their story played out in front of me. And the characters came to life and lit up the pages. Helena, a cold, harsh, rule maker who distanced herself from everyone, was not particularly likable, but as she revealed her story I began to understand why and how she became that way and was able to empathize with her. In addition to the skillful characterization and character growth, the plot was perfectly paced to uncover just enough at a time to keep me chomping at the bit.
This story also spoke to me on a personal level. Not only was Helena’s character my age, but she also went through something that I watched someone close to me endure just a few years ago. I started tearing up towards the end of this novel and couldn’t stop crying for the last twenty pages or so. It brought back distinct memories that had fallen to the back of my mind, of which I’m incredibly grateful to be reminded.
“Life is too short to not speak the truth.”
I can’t recommend The Ghostwriter highly enough, especially if you like books about books, authors, and stories within stories. Due to the nature of a story within a story, I’d suggest reading this in print rather than audio to avoid confusion. And if you’re a kindle or nook user, both versions are on sale for $4.99 right now, which is definitely a bargain!