Laying the Ghost
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Laying the Ghost

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  5 reviews
When Nell was a student, she and Patrick were a serious item. They were inseparable, and she really thought he was The One. But then Alex came along - the safer, more restful option -and thanks to her over-controlling mother, she opted for him instead. But now, Alex has left her to live in New York with a younger, blonder woman. Escaping to the Caribbean for a recuperative...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Transworld Publishers (first published July 1st 2007)
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3 1/2 stars. Felt like something light, this wasn't a bad choice. Author has a nice way with words, and this flows along well.
Couldn't overly relate to the main character, who is a newly single mum with a teenage daughter, but I liked her. Was really interested to see how Patrick ended up - to this 80's fan, his description was very attractive. I was disappointed he never actually appears!
I also thought something more could have been done with the Mimi and Tess subplot.
Overall, this was a nic...more
I don't read much of this kind of thing but needed a break from violent death and this has been on my bookclub pile for ages and looked like a quick easy read, which it was. Nell returns from holiday with her teenage daughter after her husband has left her for another woman, is mugged at the airport and decides to take a self-defense class and look up her ex. Most of the book is about the trials of having a 15-year old and feeling sorry for yourself, but it's obvious from the first paragraph he'...more
I liked Nell from the start. I felt sad for her becuase I feel like I'll end up going through the same thing. It's strange that you never actually get to meet Patrick in the book as he's mentioned loads. I clocked Steve as being a bit off straight away. Good read :)
Enjoyable enough quick read.
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Judy Astley started writing in 1990 following several years of working as a dressmaker, illustrator, painter and parent. Her sixteen novels, the most recent of which are Laying The Ghost and Other People¹s Husbands, are all published by Transworld/Black Swan. Judy¹s specialist areas, based on many years of hectic personal experience, are domestic disharmony and family chaos with a good mix of love...more
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