Tuesday, October 3, 2017

REVIEW: The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre


The Ghostwriter may be my favorite things Alessandra Torre has written. It's absolutely so different than everything that's come before and even though I've enjoyed everything she's written, I really like that she's doing something new and unexpected. Though, honestly, I don't know that anything she does is unexpected because any fan of hers knows that Alessandra Torre is known for trying not to repeat things she's done before. Annnnnyway, ramble ramble ramble, let me get to what makes this such a standout novel for me.

First of all, I love how the reader's experience is almost identical to the ghostwriter's experience in that we only know what Helena, our protagonist, wants us to know, when she wants us to know it. It's that not knowing and the constant thrum of pain that runs through every page that had me reading every spare second I had (and some I didn't). I had to know. I had to find out what was driving Helena and why it was driving her so hard. 

In the midst of all of this inner turmoil, we have her ghostwriter--a person with whom I became immediately enamored. This person was almost the exact opposite of Helena in many ways but knew exactly how to push her, cajole her, humor her, and when to give her space. This character was the perfect foil to Helena's constant prickly personality and recognized her grief, as only someone who has experienced can identify it. 

There are so many little things--Torre's attention to detail, her pacing, the humorous moments at just the right time--combined with the plot, cold characterization of Helena juxtaposed with the warmth of her ghostwriter, and the inner turmoil that made this such a rich reading experience and I'm so glad that Alessandra Torre took a chance to write something like this. This character, Helena, wasn't always easy to read or like but I came to appreciate her plight and haven't stopped thinking about her since I finished the novel.

Genre: Mystery / Suspense, Contemporary Fiction
Standalone. 316 Pages.

I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me. 
My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn't a romance. This novel holds only the truth, which I've run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world. 
This final book?
It's my confession. 

About Alessandra Torre:
Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.
Connect with Alessandra:
Facebook Reader Group: http://bit.ly/2s4U9NI
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2rpz0M7

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