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Ghostwriter [Kindle Edition]

Travis Thrasher
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Book Description

For years Dennis Shore has thrilled readers with his spooky bestselling novels. Now a widower, Dennis is finally alone in his house, his daughter attending college out of state. When he's stricken by a paralyzing case of writer's block and a looming deadline, Dennis becomes desperate. Against better judgment, he claims someone else's writing as his own, accepting undeserved accolades for the stolen work. He thinks he's gotten away with it . . . until he's greeted by a young man named Cillian Reed--the true author of the stolen manuscript.
What begins as a minor case of harassment quickly spirals out of control. As Cillian's threats escalate, Dennis finds himself on the brink of losing his career, his sanity, and even his life. The horror he's spent years writing about has arrived on his doorstep, and Dennis has nowhere to run.

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From Publishers Weekly

This scary page-turner by Thrasher (Isolation) features a Stephen King–like author of bestselling horror novels who, paralyzed by writer's block and hard hit by the recent death of his wife, passes off writing sent by a fan as his own. Said fan gets upset, and all hell breaks loose. There's a deep love story between the author character and his late wife interleaved with lots of cinematically creepy scenes played out at ordinary places in upscale suburbia: a home-improvement store, restaurants, a Victorian house on the river. The deranged fan adds a plausible, ripped-from-the-headlines element that Thrasher mines for tension and depth. Horror is a great genre for examining good and evil; demons need not be metaphoric and salvation can be a natural part of the plot. Some shifting back and forth in time can be confusing, particularly at the beginning before emotional momentum is established, and allusions to Pink Floyd are just sophomoric. But those are quibbles about an emotional wallop of a book. Thrasher just keeps getting better. (May 28)
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"Isolation proved that Thrasher has what it takes to scare the wits out of his audience while challenging them at the same time. Ghostwriter takes Thrasher's writing to a whole new level of terror and heart. . . . Ghostwriter is the kind of gem that comes along far too seldom; displaying the kind of writing that deserves to be devoured by the masses." (Jake Chism,

"Thrasher just keeps getting better." (Publishers Weekly)

"Thrasher . . . demonstrates a considerable talent for the horror genre. Like Stephen King, Thrasher pits flawed but likable characters against evil forces that at first seem escapable but gradually take on a terrifying ubiquity." (Publishers Weekly on Isolation)

"Honest . . . driven by authentic, engaging characters." (Publishers Weekly on The Promise Remains)

"Sky Blue entertains, it makes you think, and it makes you feel." (

"Powerful and impacting. Thrasher has done it again." ( on Sky Blue)

"Give Thrasher credit: his debut novel, The Promise Remains, was one of the nicest surprises in CBA fiction last year, and this second offering is a notch above the first." (Publishers Weekly on The Watermark)

Product Details

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Lucas Lane Publishers (September 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098ONBP0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do You Believe in Ghosts? June 8, 2009
Dennis Shore is a successful horror novelist but has suffered one of life's greatest tragedies in the past year, the death of his wife. "When stricken by a paralyzing case of writer's block and a looming deadline, Dennis becomes desperate." He plagiarizes an unstable fan's manuscript, setting off a chain of events and the pursuit of violent revenge that threatens his sanity and the lives of his daughter and friends.

This was a difficult review for me to write. I'm a fan of the horror genre, but loathe the excessive profanity, sexual content, and gratuitous gore that so many writers in the genre depend on to make an impact with the reader. I had not previously read a Travis Thrasher novel, so I was excited to see what he had to offer.

It would be an injustice to the readers of this review, to myself, and ultimately to the author if I merely stated "This book is great--read it," and was negligent in revealing some disappointment. The fan in me loved this story. The critic in me found some minor negatives.

I was concerned a few pages in whether I would truly enjoy it. The story took a while to develop and incidents occurred that seemed disjointed from the plot. The dialog felt forced. There are some editing errors, for example, the wrong pronoun used (p.17 "Did you threaten you?" The first "you" should be "she."). To the author's defense, it is tricky starting a novel, establishing the plot and characters, and simultaneously hooking the reader. If you stop reading this book because of these flaws, you'll miss out on what simply can be defined as an extraordinarily good story. I'm incredibly grateful I stuck with it.

Yet there was still one more thing that frustrated me--I couldn't wait to see what happened next! This... was a good feeling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great writing...a little gory for me February 12, 2010
I like Travis Thrasher. I got one of his books from the library a while back (Admission) and after finishing it, pulled all the titles we had at the bookstore into my hold pile. This is the second book I've read by him. It was entertaining, but not my favorite. I like suspense and mystery, but horror is really not my thing. Thrasher spins a good tale; he is definitely a skillful writer. Ghostwriter was scary, but a little too dark and gory for my personal taste.
Bestselling author Dennis Shore loses his wife and finds he cannot write anymore. He winds up selling a stolen manuscript, later that choice haunts him, literally. Cillian Reed, the author of the manuscript confronts Dennis and begins to stalk him. Throughout Dennis is searching for hope. I did not find a strong message of Christ, but rather images of heaven and his dead wife giving him that hope.
I have not given up on Thrasher, as even in this novel, he proved he is a talented writer. I think I will stay away from any classified as horror for now. I'm not completely convinced that there is such a thing as "Christian horror," if you can suggest a book that would prove me wrong...Please do.
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I began reading Ghostwriter because I live in Geneva, Illinois; I will read Travis Thrasher's other novels because Ghostwriter is a riveting read.

Geneva is a fairly tony suburb of Chicago--forty miles outside the city--and has a storied history, it's in the Fox Valley right on the Fox River (with neighboring small cities of St. Charles and Batavia), and it's a superb setting for a horror story. Travis, living in nearby Aurora, set his novel in Geneva, with pivotal scenes at the Geneva dam, the Fabyan Park, Third Street, and even Geneva Commons shopping area (who else but Thrasher could make me think of zombies while I'm shopping for a hammer at Home Depot on Randall Road!). If you live in the Fox Valley, this book is a must-read by definition.

But Travis Thrasher impressed me on a different level--a deeper level. The book is a psychological thriller/horror novel, and other reviewers have given plot details in the other reviews. I'm a very critical reader--I'll admit it, unlike some, if I dislike any book fifty pages in, it's hitting the back of the wastebasket. I've read so many novels that are roaming, hard-to-follow, poorly written and just plain boring.

In Thrasher's world, the main characters allow us into their minds, especially Dennis Shore, the lonely author and main character in Ghostwriter. Dennis has harrowing experiences brought on by his writer's block and his theft of another writer's unpublished manuscript. Sound trivial? If ghosts jumping into the river, dead memories from Dennis's past novels, creaking doors and oddly lit rooms, fistfights on Third Street, and dead animals on the doorstep make your skin crawl, get ready for a lightening ride in Ghostwriter. Who is real? Who is fiction in the pages of Dennis Shore's books?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrasher Writes With Strong Purpose July 29, 2009
What exactly should "horror" be? Some readers view it as entertainment, pure and simple. For them, the horror genre is a safe way to experience thrills and chills. Others view it as a vehicle for serious social commentary, an opportunity to address weighty issues through speculative storytelling.

Still others think it's the best way to depict the battle between good and evil, reminding us that too often evil wins, and that "good" can be far more frightening than we ever imagined. Regardless, most everyone can agree that storytelling with a purpose is the best possible kind, and that's what Travis Thrasher offers in "Ghostwriter." This isn't a chilling story for the sake of thrills; Thrasher writes with a deeper purpose.

Dennis Shore lives every aspiring writer's dream: the life of a bestselling author with a rabid fan base and several movie adaptations in his pocket. His novels have sold millions, he's made a living from channeling his darker fears into compelling stories, and his ever fervent imagination is always ready to churn out another bestseller.

Until his wife is diagnosed with cancer and dies shortly after. Until the words dry up and go away. Suddenly, everything that made Dennis feel special - his wife - and made him noteworthy - his creativity - are gone. And yet, he still faces demands from his agent, publisher, and fans. Most importantly, there are his own demands: that he be a strong father for his daughter, and most importantly: that he BE Dennis Shore. Author. Wordsmith. Master storyteller. None of which are true anymore.

In a moment of desperation he comes across a completed manuscript sent to him by a fan asking for critique. It's good. Very good. So good, Dennis does the unthinkable - claims it as his own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars The Liar and the Loon
It's quite frustrating when an author has a horrible case of writer's block. It's worse when it happened after a loved one has died. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Jason Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing, but too much darkness
I finished this book in about a day and a half. So that should tell you something about the author's writing ability. Thrasher really knows how to spin a suspenseful tale. Read more
Published 5 months ago by rstack
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this book down
The story just kept drawing me in, trying to figure it out before the end and couldn't. Great suspense, without the gory details.
Published 6 months ago by Tammy L Gale
4.0 out of 5 stars A Life well lived
The consistent theme to this tale of horror is that a life well lived leaves it`s Mark on those it touches. Read more
Published 18 months ago by G & S Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars ghost story
I have read many novels by Travis Thrasher and really enjoy his unique style of writing. I find with most of his books that I am confused for most of them and only in the final... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghostwriter
Travis Thrasher just keeps getting better and better! Couldn't put it down, awesome read, intense. Awesome book and highly recommended.
Published 21 months ago by MarieTGrzech
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, a thriller
but shouldn't be marked "christian". If you like suspenseful, horror stories, this is one to read. But if you are looking for the "christian" influence it really lacks. Read more
Published on October 14, 2012 by Cemnei
2.0 out of 5 stars Way too graphic for a Christian label.
I'll read almost anything from a Christian label. For me, it's important that the fiction I read at least comes from the same value system as mine, so that I'm not being drawn into... Read more
Published on October 11, 2012 by BeckyM65
2.0 out of 5 stars Atrocious!!!
The story itself was pretty decent, but the writing was horrible at times. I can't count the number of times that I almost threw my hands up and quit reading this book. Read more
Published on October 7, 2012 by Duane Lau Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost meets Reality
It'a not often I find a book online, that keeps me interested until the very end. I love the details and the inner thoughts of the character. Read more
Published on October 5, 2012 by Mrs. Creative
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More About the Author

Critically acclaimed author Travis Thrasher has made a career out of defying expectations. He's written over twenty-five books that have crossed the spectrum between love stories and supernatural thrillers. His variety of inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, and pastors. He's also helped write memoirs and self-help books. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a suburb of Chicago.

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