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Ghost Tree Paperback – September 9, 2010
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"Ghost Tree" is a well told story with so much depth and soul. I felt like I truly connected with the personal struggles of the characters and I found myself really routing for them--especially Jane and Mike. To me, it offered the perfect dose of human emotions: vulnerability, pain, fear, love and hope...but in a way that is vastly unique and not over done. And that's what made this book great for me. You will just have to read it for yourself to know what I mean!
We are pretty lucky to have Bill Deasy in our own backyard, and I appreciate some of the references to Pittsburgh in his books. Honestly, it's a wonder that he isn't more wildly successful on a much grander, international scale, but then again, having this 'diamond in the rough' as one of our very best kept secrets is okay, too.
There were so many times during the first half of Ghost Tree I almost quit the book. I kept telling myself, 'This is just not believable.' But I pushed on; reading another chapter hoping at some point the story would click for me. But chapter after chapter I would come across another area of the book that just didn't seem real.
In this story, people were reacting to this local band that had a few gigs when they were young as if they were the second coming of The Beatles. If you've read any rock 'n roll history you'd know it usually takes years of trials and tribulations for a rock band to become hugely successful no matter how good they are. It's a lot more than playing a few local gigs in some small town and suddenly 20 years later the band can easily reunite and become superstars. It was just not believable.
On a positive note, a few of the characters I found interesting. I enjoyed the priest Mike and the sweet relationship of Jonathan and his wife and daughter. Then there were a few that annoyed me and again, were just unbelievable.
Bill Deasy must have one heck of a fan club or marketing team to provide all these 5-star reviews. I feel like I'm the first person to comment that the proverbial Emperor has no clothes.