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It is similar to Lies She Told and Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore which were books that contained stories within stories and also were both books I loved. Overall I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it! Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.

What a beautiful cover! View all 49 comments. The Ghostwriter is one of my top reads for Helena Ross has a story to tell. And oh my goodness what a heart crushing, dark, and deep story it is. Helena has written successful romance novels over the years Helena instructs her agent Kate to hire a ghostwriter Marka Vantley to help her write her own story.

Helena comes off as a harsh and cold woman Torres has such a perfect balance with showing the darkness that unfolds in her characters. The pacing was perfect and each layer was slowly revealed to the readers keeping you on edge! We shoulder it or we break.

This was a traveling sister read and I think was my favorite read with the ladies yet! Please check out the full traveling sister review at: View all 61 comments.

I have never been so moved and touched by a novel before l 5 Stunning Stars! I have never been so moved and touched by a novel before like I was with this one. I was totally engrossed in this novel from start to finish and it was extremely hard for me to put down. The way that this story was written is one of my absolute favourite ways as I love books that are about writers and stories within stories as I find them so fascinating and so interesting to read.

I also really enjoy when an author drops little shocking tidbits of truth along the way for us to pick up on and chew over which always keeps me guessing and eagerly waiting in anticipation of what is coming next. I like not knowing what is coming next until it is right upon us and then when the big reveal happens I am totally blown away. This was an absolutely wonderful book to have shared and discussed with our Traveling Sisters and I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, DCA, and Alessandra Torre for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review. View all 48 comments. Sep 22, Kindling Micky rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a contemporary suspense read with challenging subject matter but with the kind of writing that beautifully navigates you through the difficulties.

There are three main characters in this story but Helena is at the helm. Her husband Simon is at the fore, as is the ghostwriter Mark. She was a hermit to all intents and purposes. The why of this was a question I asked of the book all the way through.

I felt compassion for her but the more I got to know of her behaviour to other human beings, of the realities of her parenting, the more I struggled with who she was.

Over time, I came to an understanding of who she was, of her self awareness and her fight for others. A lot of this story is about Helena and Simon, on the face of it their marriage was uncomplicated, underneath, it was so complicated that it took the whole book to fathom the depth of the secrets, lies and subversive deceit.

Maybe every husband drives his wife crazy. Maybe every wife falls short. It feels like we are at war. A war I am losing.

Mark was my ray of good in this book and I admired his friendship towards Helena, complex though it was. Mark was carrying all the same questions that I had as a reader, waiting and waiting for the answers. He has no idea that all of these pieces, all of the stories, are blocks of dynamite, carefully placed and positioned for eventual explosion. I am emotionally drained and at a loss after reading this book because it was just that good. A copy of this book was provided by the author through netgalley in return for a honest review.

How can one love a book while simultaneously hating the main character? But unlike Mud Vein, I actually loved this book although I absolutely disliked, Helena, our main protagonist. I think knowing what an awful person she was made the story infinitely more impactful so when we eventually get the big reveal, it feels authentic. Like, yes, I can see how she would be capable of doing what she did. Eventually, we get the big reveal and, OMG, it was tragic on too many levels.

View all 15 comments. May 07, Theresa Alan rated it it was amazing. This novel is dark and slightly depressing but good. Helena had a life many would envy. Money from a career she loved—being a romance novelist—a husband, and a little girl. Four years ago, she lost her husband and daughter. Helena is an odd character. I found the last third of the book a little stressful as all the secrets of her relationship with her husband were finally revealed.

I admire authors who can create that much tension. Fore more reviews, please visit: View all 32 comments. Oct 10, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: Pause for a moment Pull up a chair and sit with me a while. The Ghostwriter beckons like a Shapeshifter in the darkest corner of the room. It transforms itself from one level of recognizable existence into the blurred, uncertain vision of the next.

Elusive and quite daunting. As a successful young author, her hand has rocked the cradle of many a romance novel. But there is a definite sense of urgency to this one. Life has given her a deadline unlike the ones d Pause for a moment Life has given her a deadline unlike the ones demanded by her publishing company.

Helena has been diagnosed with brain cancer and has only three months to live at best. Knowing that the writing process may exceed her own limitations, Helena instructs her agent, Kate, to contact a particular fellow author to ghostwrite parts of the book for her. But Helena knows that no one else could possibly match her style like Marka. It wafts from Helena herself who begrudgingly allows them to come in. The interior of the home is practically barren. It reflects the standoffish vibes coming from Helena herself.

They arrive at a business deal and the writing will take place immediately Alessandra Torre, herself, is a gifted writer. She reveals "the story" in a then and now format with Helena slowly filling in the blanks of her past. Her highly guarded persona and her refusal to allow anyone to come close is extremely significant to this storyline. She spits out insults and sinister retorts like a gumball machine loaded with pennies. She must purge herself of it before she breathes her last.

The Ghostwriter must be experienced rather than just revealed. And Torre does an exceptional job with this. The dialogue is sharp, witty, and at times humorous. Believe me, this book will have you sitting in that pulled up chair lost in your own thoughts at the end. Speechless is about right I received a copy of The Ghostwriter through NetGalley for an honest review.

My thanks to Alessandra Torre for the opportunity. View all 35 comments. Jan 13, Debra rated it it was amazing. I read the book blurb and I made assumptions about what the book would be about based on what limited information I was given. I was wrong, and I loved it. Helena Ross is a successful Author who has quite a prickly personality.

She lives by rules - just come to her house you will see some on her door! Helena makes an announcement to her agent, Kate, that she is going to write her last book. A book which she is not willing to divulge what the book is about. Kate decides to pay Helena a visit and is shocked at what she finds. While discussing the book, Helena informs Kate that she is going to require the assistance of a ghostwriter to help her complete the book in the tight deadline she has set.

As the reader learns more and more about Helena and her Ghostwriter, both characters grow on the reader and each other. I especially enjoyed that I really had no idea what this book was about. I also liked that as the book progresses the tension and suspense mounts- this is not your typical page turner - but gosh darn it I had to keep reading to learn why it was so important for Helena to write this book! There will be that "aha!

This is both satisfying and heartbreaking. I thought this book was brilliantly told and loved how the plot unfolded. See more of my reviews at www. It turned out to be so much more than I envisioned at the 4. View all 33 comments. Feb 22, Jen rated it really liked it. Helena is a well known romance writer with 3 months left to live and in desperate need to tell her story. Because of the tight deadline -no pun intended- she hires a ghostwriter to assist her in finishing her last words before she passes away.

What I liked - it was a mystery. The writing of a life story leading up to a climax and I was pulled along not really knowing what had happened but given glimpses. Some good character development but at times seemed inconsistent.

View all 45 comments. Sep 22, Olga therebelreader rated it it was amazing Shelves: It can provoke you to tears, it can shock you, it can make you feel strong emotions. The Ghostwriter is a good read! It has a unique plot with one twist after another. It was hard to read some parts because their pain was real and gut wrenching.

This story hits all the points required to warrant 5 stars. Helena, a famous young author, has a grave illness and does not have much time to live.

Her final wish before she dies is to write a book confessing deep dark secrets from her past. Obviously it is a difficult topic but the author somehow created a story I wanted to read and not put down.

The characters are well established and this makes the story realistic and believable. The ending was infinitely painful and heart-breaking. Books hardly ever make me actually that emotional so this was special. View all 10 comments. Jan 18, Lindsay - Traveling Sister rated it really liked it.

This novel started off strong, then lost a bit of steam in the middle where it slowly built up to the heart-wrenching ending that had me sobbing like a baby. I had no idea what to expect from this story and was surprised it turned out to be such an emotional journey.

I found myself in a mess of tears a few times. Her personality was negative to the point that I found myself cringing 4 stars! Her personality was negative to the point that I found myself cringing while reading several of her inner thoughts and personal interactions with others.

Yet, I found myself deeply sympathizing with her situation. I felt fully drawn into her world, feeling her emotions over her past and contemplating her life decisions. Overall, I enjoyed the writing and storyline, I just wished the pace was a bit quicker. The characters, though not all likeable, were well-developed and impactful. View all 21 comments.

View all 9 comments. I have an empty house that reeks of death. I have no friends, no family, and no one to ask for help. The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre gripped me from the start- I come, I eat, and afterward, while Bethany draws and I settle into the recliner to write, he does the dishes. This is a book that I devoured, hungrily, yet a book in which I savoured every word.

It is a book in which I became completely absorbed. In its own way, it is scary. It is a story that is not going to leave me in a hurry, not just for its magnificent plot, but for the emotions it engendered.

All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday. View all 30 comments. Satisfying, melancholy political suspense story. Austin Chronicle - Marjorie Baumgarten. Washington Post - Ann Hornaday. Offers an unusually astute glimpse of power at its most alluring and corrosive.

Village Voice - Nicolas Rapold. Saved by often delightfully bitchy British dialogue. The result is a political thriller refreshingly long on grown-up dialogue yet lamentably shy on, well, thrills. This chatty thing does go on. HCSouza Jan 19, AlexS Jun 27, The script is smart and suspenseful and the story is well developed.

Consistently heard negative reviews of this one, but was pleasantly surprised when I finally gave it a chance. Admittedly, the style of the film is at times inconsistent - specifically I am thinking of the Consistently heard negative reviews of this one, but was pleasantly surprised when I finally gave it a chance.

Admittedly, the style of the film is at times inconsistent - specifically I am thinking of the ending - this was my one criticism. The Northeastern backdrops and stylish hotel interiors helped to create a sophisticated, and, well, damn cool mood throughout.

The production designer on this film deserved double whatever he was making. Humans are not perfect. Sometimes, humans are at the end of the day selfish. Humans do love and need companionship. Nobody should have to die alone. I definitely shed some tears for this tough as nails character that in the end really did feel like a real person to me.

I can say this book is one those stories that will stick with me. I highly enjoyed reading it! What a journey Helena takes us on through her punishment and absolution. By AlohaD on October 7, This is a journey of a story. That wants to get their truth out there. 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 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. 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? 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.

Which way will the coin drop when all is said in done? I fell in love with him right away. 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. Collins on October 26, Alessandra Torre has found her groove!

Please, more of this genre-contemporary fiction. A ripping riveting drama, domestic suspense, thriller, literary fiction, plus much more. Bestselling romance author, Helena Ross age 32 is dying.

She has three months to live. She has no friends and no family to speak of. One which she has avoided for the last four years. Helena does not have decades. She does not have years. The deadline is the tightest she has ever faced. Three months to write a story that deserves years. No more outstanding deadlines. She wants to walk away from all her commitments. She wants to write a new book with a different editor. The hottest editor in publishing.

Helena has no outline. Everyone will need to trust her. She needs a ghostwriter. Not just any ghostwriter. She wants her arch-enemy, Marka Vantly pen name. She would almost rather die than ask her. She is terrified of her. This will be no normal manuscript. Once the story is written it will be real.

She will be exposed. Two thousand words a day. However, Helena is determined. She knows the writer who writes smut; deep down, a highly talented author and one which will be able to help write her story.

However, she never thought that possibly contemporary fiction with heart, may not sell as well as the smut.

She cannot imagine an author hating the novels they spend months writing. Ones they do not respect. Kate, nor anyone would understand why this book was so important. The most critical book of her career. She cannot die with this book unwritten. Word count is her everything. The truths buried among her bones. It needs to come out. She is fearful of how her final novel will come across. She is terrified, yet almost giddy with liberation. Soon her final story will come out, and everyone will know the truth.

However, her ghostwriter may prove to be the one person to get her through her dying days. In the process, they may learn something from one another. Her agent may see a side of her she has never seen. Instead of "entertaining" like her usual books. This final book would be both her punishment and her absolution.

Intense, riveting, and suspenseful. You know Helena carries guilt. She has pushed everyone away, until now. Get out the Kleenex. The writing is superb. I would not change "one" word. A must-read for every writer, author, publicist, and reader out there today. Readers, you will have a new respect for authors. I cannot imagine how difficult this was to write.

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