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The Ghosts of Varner Creek Paperback – February 1, 2012
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I have to say, though, that I found the long paragraphs tedious to read sometimes. I had to give the book a rest not because of the plot but because it was just plain difficult to read. This was not due to spelling and grammar, both of which were very good, but simply structure. Sometimes you can say more with one sharp sentence than you can with five.
Verdict: A unique read that improves rapidly after the few couple of chapters.
Ghosts is one of the more unusual stories I have read. It is a mystery, but also a tale of the supernatural and borders on the macabre. Yet in some ways, it also presents nostalgic images of a time and place in the rural south of the United States, and a way of life, that no longer exists.
The protagonist is an eighty-seven- year-old man living in an assisted living residence who is visited by ghosts. They start him on the way to reminiscences of his early childhood and teens. He recalls many incidents of living in a small town in the rural south and of harsh treatment by his father. He discovers that his mother and father married as a result of moral pressure and that the harsh treatment he received resulted from the fact that his father had been brutally abused as a child. This explained the projection of the extension of the harsh treatment to his mother and mentally retarded sister as well. He remembers when ghosts first appeared in these early days and of how they ultimately lead him to his missing sister. I believe provision of more specifics of the story would not be in the reader's best interests because it is an involved story with some surprising twists.
I should recommend this book to anyone who likes `something different' in a plot. I also believe that there should be a caveat for the more `sensitive reader' of whom there seems to be an increasing number. This is `dark' story based on implied parental/spousal abuse. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
Despite the title and introduction on Amazon, it's not a "real" ghost story with heavy emphasis on the supernatural. The ghosts in this story are well integrated into the plot but really only come in at the very beginning and very end -- if you like supernatural emphasis, this probably isn't for you. Instead, it's a turn of the century story about an old man remembering his childhood and the tragic secrets that made up his life as he passes away.
First, the setting of southern late 1800s to early 1900s is pleasant and engaging, with old world charm and interesting characters. Second, the plot centers around family drama and tragedy -- it's in no way a happy story but it is well written overall with good characterization. You'll be satisfied with the plot resolution but it's definately not a cheery tone overall!
I limited the rating to three stars for two reasons: many paragraphs relate an incident in a meandering fashion, I simply wanted to speed it up and I got a little bored waiting for the next key plot shift. The other reason is that I enjoyed the book but just wasn't completely engaged in the story and character (personal preference here, I'm sure). I do recommend reading this book -- it's a good value for the money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great fast read, loved the story line. Great descriptions and suspenseful. Strongly recommendPublished 7 days ago by 26.2ORNOTHING
Such a great read. I enjoyed the story. It was sad but the way the story was told was unbelievable. The way he described the emotions of the characters made me feel like I was... Read morePublished 8 days ago by GabbyGal
Great read! I didn't find it scary, it was more of an emotional joy ride. Kept me rapt the entire time.Published 29 days ago by squeekness
Narrator issues. The book flips from from narrator to narrator. It's a quick read and a sad but interesting story that keeps the reader at an arms length emotionally. Read morePublished 1 month ago by spiraltime
It's been such a long time since I've read a contemporary story with a classic vintage feel to it. This novel does exactly that - weaving history, mystery, humour and storytelling... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Von Reeder
Great read! Plenty of twists and turns that keep one involved. Also, thoroughly enjoyed Border Crossings and looking forward to more!Published 5 months ago by tlcisme
A haunting story full of "real" ghosts and the ghosts of shades of the past that can haunt us through our lives. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mb4pax
"I see dead people." At least some old geezer in a country nursing home does. He sees "Faceless," a woman whose facial features are a blur. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sandra's Book Reviews
This is a book about child abuse, suicide, incest, murder and rape, husband beating the heck out of his wife. There was in NO terms any of this described in the synopsis! Read morePublished 7 months ago by JohndeereHottie