Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Ghost Writer by Rene Gutteridge





I want to preface this review by saying a few words about the book.


First i do not know the author. She was a new to me author and I only picked up the book because I liked the title. Normally I have a little more to go on but I was in a hurry at the library the other night.  Next I want to add there are all too few times when a book does little more than entertain me. I loved to be entertained but to move me and more importantly leave me in awe of an author and her work. I have been interviewing authors, writing book reviews and of course I am an author so it takes a lot for me say those two little words "powerfully moving" this book is such a book. At least it was for me. I didn't even know what genre it was for the first half of the book. This says something about the author and how she writes. It also declares me a bit dim because it wasn't until the middle of the book that I discovered it was a "Christian Mystery Series"

Now I will move on and say more about the book....

It actually has three main plots. I mean this first there is Jonahtan Harper a Senior Editor for his publishing house. He's been with the publishing house for twenty something years. He's married to Kathy and has three daughters. Mostly he's handled a top named best selling author who has pretty much carried the publishing house for a while. However Clyde has retired but decided to write one more book this time not what he is well known for...this leads to the second main plot Clyde writes about a serial killer on death row which turns into a plot about three serial killer scheduled for execution. Except one is innocent but which one?

This leads us to Jonathan someone is writing Jonathan's life story one chapter at a time. At first he is a little amused but not overly worried until he figures out the person knows all, has been in his house and he is about to have a nervous breakdown trying to figure out who it is and whom he can trust.

The main plot is about Jonatahn's career, the people he works with and their stories. Plus manuscripts that could save the publishing house.

This book is a homerun and I do mean that in the most sincere way. GHOST WRITER will hook you line by line, and weave your emotions in all three plots plus still pull off satisfying ending that just leaves you with a stunning conclusion those two words "powerfully written" still doesn't cover it.


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