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The Ghost Writer by John Harwood
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Mar 06, 2010

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Read in April, 2006 — I own a copy

John Harwoods first novel. It was a fun/good ghost story, but it did not make me get creeped out.

It is a story about Gerard Freeman, from Australia, who used to snoop through his mothers things after she would tell him stories about her 'childhood'. His mother was a paronoid lady, who grew more stressed as she aged. Then, wanting something of his own, Gerard gets a pen-pal named Alice, from England (the country his mother grew up in).

The story is crossed with letters between Gerard and Alice; who was left disabled after an accident that took her family. Alice lived in an orphange of sorts. After a few letters they profess their love, however, Alice says they must never meet. -- Mixed in the story of Gerard and Alice, as they grow up, are 'stories' of Gerard's great grandmother... and...

I do not want to give any more away...
It's a good read. Not a 'bump in the night' but a good read.
If you enjoy ghost stories; stories within stories; and a little bit of love and light creepiness, gothic story, you will Enjoy this book.

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