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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre - Feature and Review


Four years ago, I lied. I stood in front of the police, my friends and family, and made up a story, my best one yet. And all of them believed me. 

I wasn't surprised. Telling stories is what made me famous. Fifteen bestsellers. Millions of fans. Fame and fortune.

Now, I have one last story to write. It'll be my best one yet, with a jaw-dropping twist that will leave them stunned and gasping for breath.

They say that sticks and stones will break your bones, but this story? It will be the one that kills me.

This book is not a romance. It is contemporary fiction, but very suspenseful in nature. It is about a famous romance author and a dark secret she keeps.



The GhostwriterThe Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre is a 2017 publication.

Helena, a novelist, has terminal cancer and is given only months to live. She lost her husband and child tragically and feels little need to fight hard against the disease. But, she does have some unfinished business she needs to take care of – her last book. Due to her illness, she will need help writing it. To that end, she employs a Ghostwriter- but not just anyone, mind you. The writer she insists on, is an author whose career she helped to derail and one she has traded barbed emails with over the years. But, once Mark agrees to write the book with Helena, the animosity between them wanes as Helena unveils a shocking truth about her life, her husband and child, and the circumstances surrounding their death, for which she has claims complete responsibility- guilt being the only factor driving her to complete her final book- but there is much more to her story than anyone could possibly imagine-

This book was nothing like I had anticipated. As I dove into my lovely beach books and more light -hearted summer reading, this book immediately tossed cold water on my sunny mood. It was dark, depressing, and I wasn’t really in the mood to read about such heavy topics at this time, but then Helena drops a massive bombshell, I never, ever could have seen coming, and suddenly I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

I think the author did a great job of portraying the character’s strengths and weaknesses, told a riveting story, and reminds readers that authors are not like the characters in their books. The squabbles between two authors is also one that is entirely plausible, but I enjoyed the way Mark and Helena worked together despite their differences. It’s a testament, too, that someone would go to the lengths Mark did when he had every reason not to. This is something we could all learn from. This story has no happy endings, per se, but some inspiration does spring forth, wrongs are righted, as best as they can be, and peace is found, which is all I could have asked for.

Despite the somberness of the story, I found it to be compelling and more suspenseful than I bargained for initially, and I’m glad it was recommended to me by several of my Goodreads friends.





Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels. 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. In addition to writing, Alessandra is the creator of Alessandra Torre Ink, a website, community, and online school for aspiring authors. 

Learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or her Facebook fanpage.

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