Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.
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.
*Request approved via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I've wanted to read something by Alessandra Torre for a long time because I've heard great things about her writing. When I saw The Ghostwriter on Goodreads, I decided to check if it was available on NetGalley and low and behold, it was. So, of course, I requested it, and I'm happy to say that I ended up really liking this story a lot.
The Ghostwriter is certainly a dark read. Even if the blurb kind of set you up for it, right off the bat you can tell something is up with the main character from the opening chapter. Her personality just isn't likable or as sweet and fluffy as many female characters. She's harsh and sugarcoats nothing, and didn't even change after learning terrible news. And you know what? I liked her. There are things about Helena that I relate to, not the mean parts lol, but just the fact that she's an author and often wants to just have some peace to write. I knew there was something in her past or the way she grew up that made her this way, and I feel like my questions were answered throughout the story and more so toward the end.
As for the premise and what Helena had lied about four years ago, I had kind of figured things out from early, but I never expected that part about her husband and wouldn't have guessed her involvement where her daughter is concerned. When all was revealed by the end, I actually cried for Helena. In fact, I think that was the only time I felt sympathetic toward her character. For most of the story, I would cringe or chuckle at her attitude or the things she'd say to the two people who truly cared for her. But when she finished her book, the truth gripped me so much that I connected with her on an emotional level and could understand what she was going through.
It's hard to get my thoughts together to write a better review. All I can is that The Ghostwriter really is suspenseful in nature because you know Helena did something and lied about it, but you also want to know about her life leading up to that. The overall atmosphere is just gloomy and troubled, like Helena's character. And while I'm sad for her and with the way things ended, I found her to be quite strong to have swallowed her pride to an extent and ask a writer she doesn't get along with to help her write a story of that magnitude. Not only that but what she did afterward for certain people affected was kind on her part. With the way she was you never would have expected her to do that but in my opinion, deep inside Helena is a good person, just troubled.
To conclude, wonderful writing and interesting plot. It made me put myself in the story and see things through Helena's eyes. I'm happy that I've finally given Alessandra Torre a read and am looking forward to picking up her other books.
About the Author
A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Alessandra Torre has written thirteen novels, three of which have become New York Times bestsellers.
Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was a breakout hit, rising to the top of the ebook charts on Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses and garnered Torre her first print deal with Harlequin HQN. Less than twelve months later, Torre signed a second print deal, this time with Redhook (Hachette) for the Deanna Madden series, an erotic suspense trilogy.
From her home on the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.
I enjoyed a book by this author there but I haven't tried more. I really should.ReplyDelete
Which book was it? Hope you read this one and enjoy it too :)Delete
I have heard so many great things about this book! It sounds like such a good read and I am thrilled to see that you enjoyed it as well. I will be adding this one to my tbr.ReplyDelete
Ooo how have I not heard of this book before?! It sounds like one I'd love! Helena seems like a complex main character. There used to be a time where I'd avoid unlikable characters like the plague, but they're starting to really grow on me - it spices things up a bit. I'm also curious to know what Helena lied about now. Great review! I'll definitely be checking this one out now :)ReplyDelete