The Ghost, Paperback book

The Ghost[Paperback]

by Robert Harris

3.59 out of 5 (28 ratings)

Publication Date:
04 March 2010 
Modern & Contemporary 


The moment I heard how McAra died I should have walked away. I can see that now...' The narrator of Robert Harris's gripping new novel is a professional ghostwriter - cynical, mercenary, and with a nice line in deadpan humour. Accustomed to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities, he jumps at the chance to ghost the memoirs of Britain's former prime minister, especially as it means flying to the American resort of Martha's Vineyard in the middle of winter and finishing the book in the seclusion of a luxurious house. But it doesn't take him long to realise he has made a terrible mistake. His predecessor on the project died in circumstances that were distinctly suspicious, and the ex-prime minister turns out to be a man with secrets in his past that are returning to haunt him - secrets with the power to kill. The Times has called Robert Harris 'the leading current exponent of the intelligent literary thriller'. The Ghost is his most compelling novel yet.

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  • I could not put this book down. The premise was intriguing, the characters were complex, and the mystery was great. A ghostwriter is hired for a rush job to finish the autobiography of an British ex-prime minister, after his first ghostwriter dies under mysterious circumstances. He accepts the job and flies to Martha's Vineyard in winter, where it is desolate and secluded, to meet the prime minister and his wife and rewrite the manuscript. Things become more complicated when the PM is accused of war crimes. An excellent story!

    5.00 out of 5


  • Really enjoyed reading this book - excellent plot, quick paced, well written.

    5.00 out of 5


  • I don't usually read Reader's Digest Condensed versions of stories, but this one caught my attention and once caught, I looked for a copy of the book. Not finding one, I resorted to the condensed version. That's an indication of how drawn in I was to the story. Layer upon layer upon layer is carefully revealed, drawing the reader deeper into the story. Wonderfully suspenseful and very well-written. The Ghost-writer steps into the middle of a mystery to write a memoir for a politician and finds himself with much more than appears on the surface. It will keep you guessing until the very end. I'll be looking for more by this author and definitely recommend this book.

    5.00 out of 5


  • I found this an excellent, topical read. The build up of tension was impeccably paced and, just when you think you've got to the bottom of it, the twist in the tail gets you. (Well he caught me out, at least.) For me, it had something in it of The Day of the Jackal, which is no small praise. One should also factor in the descriptive writing which is first class, so to my mind, one of Harris' best

    5.00 out of 5


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