After being laid off from the newspaper where she worked as a journalist, and losing her boyfriend in rapid succession, Sara Howell is looking to downsize before her dwindling savings run out. Things are finally starting to look up when she lands a job ghostwriting the biography of a popular politician and rents an isolated island house which turns out to have once been the home of her favorite author, Seth Fortner, who mysteriously disappeared in 1925.
But when strange things start happening, as objects break, or go missing, and terrifying visions appear, Sara begins to wonder if Seth ever left, or if she is losing her mind.
What happened to Seth is a secret closely guarded by the family to this day, a family that seems to exist under a terrible curse. Through an old trunk of letters she discovers in the attic, Sara unravels the mystery and becomes caught up in a tale of greed, lost love and the horrors of WWI.
When Sara realizes she is not going crazy and that Seth Fortner’s spirit still haunts her new home on the isolated island, she begins to draw him out of his shell bit by bit. She will discover what happened to the idealistic young writer who went to the battlefields of France to save lives, and to his beautiful bride to destroy the love between them, and what led Seth to make a terrible choice which would have consequences that would echo for generations.
They gradually fall in love in their world of dreams, dreams which swiftly become more attractive than reality, as Sara learns from a ghost how to truly live. Will she be the one to break the “Fortner Curse” by helping Seth conquer his demons, and heal both of their hearts in the process?
If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. I put off finishing Ghostwriter because I didn’t want Seth and Sara’s story to be over but I couldn’t stop reading. Ghostwriter has everything it needs to be a truly excellent. Romance, Mystery, happiness, sadness, and terror.
When I first started reading this book, I was a little hesitant. Ghosts (among other things) scare me to pieces so when Seth is terrorizing Sara when she first arrives on the island, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to continue reading without it being in the middle of the day and at very short intervals. But I pushed through and couldn’t put the book down. Sara and Seth, although one is living and one is not, are one of those epic love story couples. Sara is there for Seth to help him move on from his previous life and teaches him to let go of the past and learn to love again. In return, Seth teaches Sara what it means to really live and love.
I really can’t recommend this book enough. The writing was hauntingly beautiful, even thinking of it brings tears to my eyes. I seriously wish this book was made into a movie, I would watch it over and over again. I am so sad that the book is over but can’t wait to read other stories by Lissa Bryan. I will definitely be reading Ghostwriter again as well.
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