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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 25 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Select Publishing LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: December 7, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B077YNSQ48
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The Ghostwriter Audiobook – Unabridged
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The strange thing about this book is that while the title alone is obvious, I don’t think I can actually divulge much about the plot without giving away major spoilers. Even though the bomb drops pretty early on, I want to leave you to discover that on your own instead of me ruining it for you.
Helena Ross is one of the top-selling and most popular romance authors around. She’s built a phenomenal career, and was living the fairytale life with her husband, Simon, and their daughter, Bethany. It’s just that… things aren’t always what they seem. Behind closed doors is where another world lies. One even Helena herself does her best to ignore.
Now, she’s ready to write her story, to tell the best one she’s ever told, to tell her truths, and she’s pressed for time to get it done. Three months, that’s all she has. It’s a brutal schedule, and when she’s honest with herself, she knows she needs to reach out to her agent, Kate, for suggestions. That’s when she recruits her ghost writer for assistance. What stems from the unlikely pairing is an eye-opening, gut-wrenching, and heartbreaking journey. Helena has been hiding the truth for over four years, and it’s time to address the skeletons in the closet before it’s too late.
I can count the amount of stories that have changed my life in recent years on one hand, and The Ghost Writer is there. I can also count the books that have made me openly cry on one hand, and, surprise surprise, The Ghost Writer is there.
The funny thing is, I didn’t always find myself on Helena’s side. She was reserved, curt, formal, and cold. She also had type-A tendencies that bordered on driving me batty. However, she was going through something very real, life-changing, relatable, and hard-hitting. Torre doesn’t beat around the bush and wax poetic about any of it either. Her lines are rigid, to the point, and honest. Her style really added to the mood of the story, and when it meshed together with the unfolding complications of the plot, I was met with a beautifully tragic and emotional ride.
What I absolutely adore about Torre is the variety you get with her stories. She wears so many different hats and can jump into numerous moods for the worlds she wants to create and that’s commendable. When so many stick to one genre (which is also fine), she dares to branch out and I find myself getting something different every single time I pick up one of her books. The Ghost Writer is contemporary fiction and filled with suspense. The Innocence series is pure drama and erotic romance. The Deanna Madden series falls under thriller. I could go on and on. I never read the same scenario twice when it comes to her work.
Needless to say, I haven’t picked up another book since I finished this one a few days ago because I’m still reeling. Like I said, the best book I’ve read in 2017 and I can’t rave about it enough. However, I’m going to quit while I’m ahead because if you haven’t read this one already, you need to go get a copy asap because it’s utterly brilliant and moving. Please read this one and thank me later!
I feel like this was a story where someone held out a cookie to me and asked if I wanted it. Of course I do, as I go to snatch the cookie from their hand. Not so fast, my dear. You will get it in very small pieces. And each piece will be ooey and gooey and leave you wanting more and more with each morsel we are oh so slowly fed.
Helena and Mark are our 2 main characters that set out to find the truth before they can't any longer. Helena is the one with a truth to tell and Mark is the one to help her get her truth out. But their journey is a painful one and one where we see Helena opening up herself to people. Something she has closed herself off of for most of her life. She is the epitome of a writer that keeps to herself and no-one else.
"Writers aren't supposed to be sex objects. We're supposed to new valued for our words, our stories, and the impact that we leave on a reader's heart."
Helena was the writer telling her story in first person and offering her rival, Mark, aka Marka, to help her with it. Each different POV besides Helena's was told in third person and made you feel that more connected to Helena. At one point you don't feel for her because she just pushes people away, but with her life coming to end, you know there is more. Just more. More to it than meets the eye. Will she redeem herself? Will she let those around her in? Will she get to tell the story in time?
"Between two naive and innocent souls, anything can happen. Soulmates or Tragedy. And sometimes, both.
My suggestion would be if you a ready for a journey that may be slow going at first (But just punches you to the gut at the beginning) but hands you huge clues and huge morsels with each piece of "cookie", then go in blindly. To be surprised and wonder what you feel about the characters and the way they have to travel in their lives to get through their truth, then it's worth it.
The story doesn't paint a pretty picture, but it makes you wonder what lies beneath everyone's perfect facade.
"If you lie enough times, no one believes your truth."
Alessandra Torre created a character in Helena that is both part villain and part victim. Which way will the coin drop when all is said in done? And Mark Fortune? I fell in love with him right away. He was like the tails to Helena's head. Opposites in nearly every way, but connected by words and worlds they created for a public that put them on a pedestal. But who really knows either one of them? The secrets they hide may be darker than any of us can imagine.
The Ghostwriter is the story of Helena Ross, a famous romance writer, who's been diagnosed with terminal cancer and three months to live. For the last four years, she's tortured herself and held onto to so much grief that's she's alienated herself from the world.
Now, Helena hopes that she can find the right words to explain how she met her husband, fell in love with him, and then grew to hate him. It doesn't take her long to figure out that she cannot write her story on her own with the limited amount of time she has and her deteriorating health. Helena Ross needs a ghostwriter.
My thoughts at first while reading this was how could a ghostwriter even with an outline tell her story without knowing all the details? Without living it? Some of it would be false and with this work, her last book, I couldn't see Helena wanting that. Still even with my questions, it was fascinating to read, and in the end, it was 100% perfect.
Contemporary fiction is not something that I typically read, but it doesn't matter what genre Torre writes in, I am going to devour it. This book was no exception. I can't remember the last book that I read, disconnected from the world, and finished in one sitting. I highly recommend this book.