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The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman
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really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-thriller-etc, read-abroad, contemporary, magical-and-macabre, 2000-09-release, feelgood
Read in August, 2010

The third Carol Goodman book I've read, this wasn't as good as The Lake of Dead Languages but redeemed the author in my eyes significantly after the uninspired Arcadia Falls, and it was actually more original than both. The alternate chapters moving between past and present worked well as they kept me interested in both strands of the story. I was also both surprised and pleased at the inclusion of a genuine supernatural element. I think it all dragged on a bit too much towards the end though - there were far too many twists on top of twists, which were probably intended to make the plot seem deeper and more complex but actually just made the whole thing confusing; it could have ended much sooner and still have been a great story. As a side note, I was really happy Ellis ended up with Nat.
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