Monday, April 23, 2018

Blog Tour: Ghost

Today, we are on a blog tour for Ghost by Helen Grant with the Love Books Group Blog Tours.

Ghost


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Book Blurb:

Langlands House is haunted, but not by the ghost you think.


Augusta McAndrew lives on a remote Scottish estate with her grandmother, Rose. For her own safety, she hides from outsiders, as she has done her entire life. Visitors are few and far between - everyone knows that Langlands House is haunted.


One day Rose goes out and never returns, leaving Augusta utterly alone. Then Tom McAllister arrives - good-looking and fascinating, but dangerous. What he has to tell her could tear her whole world apart.


As Tom and Augusta become ever closer, they must face the question: is love enough to overcome the ghosts of the past?


In the end, Langlands House and its inhabitants hold more secrets than they did in the beginning...



Ghost

Book Review:

I received this ARC from the author and publisher. Thank you to Love Books tour for having me. This is my honest opinion.

*Ghost* is a thriller that has some romance and a touch of horror. And it really does have some horror.

The reader is introduced to the old Langlands House set out in the beautiful countryside of Scotland. This old house has seen lots of secrets. It's 1945 when we meet Ghost (Augusta) who lives there with her grandmother as they hide out from WWII. The story is told in first person through Ghost's 17 year old eyes. The author artfully describes their daily life on the old manor. I could see myself walking around the grounds with Ghost.

One day, Grandmother has to go to the village to get provisions and never comes back. This is turning point of the story. Tom is introduced when he goes to check out the old house. Then he meets Ghost and turns her world upside down. This is where it gets tricky. There are mysteries from the past to unravel, new feelings to explore, and the future is unknown.

This review was a tough one for me to write as I don't know how I feel about *Ghost*. To me, this book is like a relationship that is really going well but then you get dumped unexpectedly.

I was drawn into the plot as it twisted and turned throughout the story. There were so many surprises that I didn't know what to expect. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was one of those that I thought about it when I wasn't reading!
I fell in love with Tom. He was so normal and unassuming. His character was vibrant, and I felt that I got him.

Now here's the rub. I just couldn't get into Ghost's character. I felt that Ghost was being irrational throughout the story. I wondered if there were underlying mental illness in Ghost, her mother, and grandmother. I just couldn't get myself to like her or her decisions. It was one of these "decisions" that wrecked the ending for me. I just didn't see it coming and then bam! The whole story changed direction. Some people may like it but it wasn't my type of ending.


This book really kept me thinking about the plot and characters long after I finished the book. I just didn't care for the MC or the ending. But you may feel differently!?


Helen Grant
Helen Grant writes thrillers with a Gothic flavour and ghost stories. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and won an ALA Alex Award in the US. Her other books include the exciting Forbidden Spaces trilogy.

Helen's latest novel Ghost (Fledgling Press 2018) is set in Perthshire, where she has lived since 2011. When she is not writing, Helen loves to research the lost country houses of Scotland and to visit the sites where possible. Her experiences of exploring these fascinating places inspired her to write Ghost. 

15 comments:

  1. I know exactly how you feel - you want to keep reading to see what happens - but feel annoyed and exasperated by the characters

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    1. Yep Totally! The plot just sucks you in!

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  2. I really enjoyed your analogy about being dumped unexpectedly. I've read a few book like that lately, so frustrating.

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    1. Thanks... I was so upset I threw my Kindle. Not the best move!

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  3. I think I'd like this one. I hope you enjoy your next read more.

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  4. Reminds me of a lifetime movie sans the horror. There was a Christmas one where a woman fell in love with a ghost...please tell me I wasn't the only one who watched it! ;)

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    1. I remember watching it but could recall the name. You are not the only one!

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  5. Sounds like a good book. I think I might have to check this out- especially since it is set in Scotland. :)

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  6. I get that. I hate it when everything the characters do is horrible but I can't stop reading the book as well.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

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  7. Annoying main characters are a pain in the butt and sometimes can ruin the whole book for me. I love books about world war two...but hate horror books....choices choices

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  8. Great review, sorry this book didn't quite work out for you, it sometimes happens to the best of us when we can't connect with the main lead character and that the ending was not how you image it to be. I hope your next read is a much better one, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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