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❶A well-written, well-paced novel about secrets, betrayal, guilt, lies, and confession. Unfortunately, her illness is coming quicker than expected, so she is forced to hire a ghostwriter to help her.

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However, she was going through something very real, life-changing, relatable, and hard-hitting. Her lines are rigid, to the point, and honest. Her style really added to the mood of the story, and when it meshed together with the unfolding complications of the plot, I was met with a beautifully tragic and emotional ride.

What I absolutely adore about Torre is the variety you get with her stories. When so many stick to one genre which is also fine , she dares to branch out and I find myself getting something different every single time I pick up one of her books. The Ghost Writer is contemporary fiction and filled with suspense. The Innocence series is pure drama and erotic romance. The Deanna Madden series falls under thriller. I could go on and on. I never read the same scenario twice when it comes to her work.

Please read this one and thank me later! By Dette on April 15, This may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I bought it because of so many positive reviews. I could not stand the main character from the beginning and that never changed throughout the book. I finally started getting a little excited toward the end of the book when she began to write the big "what happened" because, obviously, that is what the book is about, as well as her journey to this cathartic moment.

I would not recommend this book but I would be willing to read other books by this author mainly because she seems to have quite a following. Top rated Most recent Top rated. All reviewers Verified purchase only All reviewers All stars 5 star only 4 star only 3 star only 2 star only 1 star only All positive All critical All stars All formats Format: Paperback All formats Text, image, video Image and video reviews only Text, image, video.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. There was a problem loading comments right now. Listen to me, dear reader. Listen to me very closely and very attentively. You must read this book. You must read it because Alessandra Torre tells a story that will grab you by the jugular and not let you go, even after you turn the last page.

She will hook you from the first page. She will make you gasp and cry and even laugh a little. She will lead you down a path, dropping occasional hints, yet still shock you with a plot twist that will both horrify you and make you feel so incredibly sad. The Ghostwriter is a book made for a book club discussion. What would you do if you were Helena? What if you were Kate or if you were Mark? What would you do? This is the story of a woman trying to both fight and make peace with the ghosts in her life with the help of a ghostwriter.

I urge you to not read any blurbs other than the one Torre provides. Go into this book as cold as possible, knowing as little as you can. Be aghast and appalled and hopeful. Torre says in her notes at the end of this book that she struggled with writing it and almost quit. Be so very thankful that she wrote this story. Gilman on October 2, My first thoughts after finishing The Ghostwriter was I really liked this book.

It is almost surprising how much I liked this book. I think I would actually say this story is about atonement. It is a story about love. It is a story about hate. But most of all, what make this story so interesting, it is a story about real people and all that entails.

Because, people are ugly and beautiful all at the same time. I would definitely classify Helena as the anti-hero. She does not sugar coat who she is. She is judgmental, tyrannical, and I might even go as far as saying she is sexist.

She likes things her way. She has reasons for it but she does not trust or even like men. She is also grieving. She is also dying. She is also in her way trying to do the right thing in her last days on earth. I was sad she was dying but Helena is such a hard character to like. But, I was curious so very curious about what she did that was so wrong. I devoured the pages of this book. I just had to find out what terrible thing could have happened that would make Helena do what she did and become the person she is at the beginning of this story.

This story is a story of boy meets girl. They fall in love, have a baby and are supposed to live happily ever after, right. Because, Helena lets you as the reader know right up front in the first couple of chapters this not a romance because there is no happily ever after. Instead this story of a woman atoning for her sins. I had to know what those sins where. After finishing this book, I am still not sure if I like Helena but I can say one she did end up making feel.

Because, Helena is what we humans all are and that is flawed individuals. Humans are not perfect. Sometimes, humans are at the end of the day selfish. Humans do love and need companionship. Nobody should have to die alone. I definitely shed some tears for this tough as nails character that in the end really did feel like a real person to me. I can say this book is one those stories that will stick with me. I highly enjoyed reading it! What a journey Helena takes us on through her punishment and absolution.

By AlohaD on October 7, This is a journey of a story. That wants to get their truth out there. I feel like this was a story where someone held out a cookie to me and asked if I wanted it. Of course I do, as I go to snatch the cookie from their hand. Not so fast, my dear. You will get it in very small pieces. And each piece will be ooey and gooey and leave you wanting more and more with each morsel we are oh so slowly fed.

Helena is the one with a truth to tell and Mark is the one to help her get her truth out. But their journey is a painful one and one where we see Helena opening up herself to people. Something she has closed herself off of for most of her life. She is the epitome of a writer that keeps to herself and no-one else. More to it than meets the eye.

Will she redeem herself? Will she let those around her in? Will she get to tell the story in time? My suggestion would be if you a ready for a journey that may be slow going at first But just punches you to the gut at the beginning but hands you huge clues and huge morsels with each piece of "cookie", then go in blindly.

Which way will the coin drop when all is said in done? I fell in love with him right away. Opposites in nearly every way, but connected by words and worlds they created for a public that put them on a pedestal. But who really knows either one of them? The secrets they hide may be darker than any of us can imagine.

Collins on October 26, Alessandra Torre has found her groove! Please, more of this genre-contemporary fiction. A ripping riveting drama, domestic suspense, thriller, literary fiction, plus much more.

Bestselling romance author, Helena Ross age 32 is dying. She has three months to live. She has no friends and no family to speak of. One which she has avoided for the last four years. Helena does not have decades. She does not have years. The deadline is the tightest she has ever faced. Three months to write a story that deserves years. No more outstanding deadlines. She wants to walk away from all her commitments.

She wants to write a new book with a different editor. The hottest editor in publishing. Helena has no outline. Everyone will need to trust her. She needs a ghostwriter. Not just any ghostwriter. She wants her arch-enemy, Marka Vantly pen name. She would almost rather die than ask her. She is terrified of her. This will be no normal manuscript. Once the story is written it will be real. She will be exposed. Two thousand words a day.

However, Helena is determined. She knows the writer who writes smut; deep down, a highly talented author and one which will be able to help write her story. However, she never thought that possibly contemporary fiction with heart, may not sell as well as the smut.

She cannot imagine an author hating the novels they spend months writing. Then it turned into an amazing love story… and not the one you might think of that is played during the horror. It was far from unpredictable. So many times I was left thinking how it was going to work. Ah, but leave it to this wonderful author to make it all work. Then I thought… okay it worked so it should be over, right? Even though I never wanted it to end, I just figured it would have. Well, she resolved all of the issues beautifully and still surprised me with the MOST romantic ending.

That man was the most romantic man ever!! He was old fashioned, tortured, sweet, generous beyond deserving, and probably the most luscious man ever. Oh and wait until you meet Houdini!!

The side characters were great and well built. I found myself wanting to see them more often sometimes, and others not at all.

Lissa wrote a wonderful, intriguing story!

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