The Ghost [Paperback]
- Publication Date:
- 04 March 2010
- Modern & Contemporary
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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!
Really enjoyed reading this book - excellent plot, quick paced, well written.
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.
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
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