The Perfect Ghost

The Perfect Ghost

Book - 2013
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Mousy and shy to the point of agoraphobic, Em Moore is the writing half of a celebrity biography team. Her charismatic partner, Teddy, does the interviewing and the public schmoozing. But Em's dependence on Teddy runs deeper than just the job--Teddy is her bridge to the world and the main source of love in her life. So when Teddy dies in a car accident, Em is devastated, alone in a world she doesn't understand. The only way she can honor his memory and cope with his loss is to finish the interviews for their current book--an "autobiography" of renowned and reclusive film director Garrett Malcolm.

Ensconced in a small cottage near Malcolm's Cape Cod home, Em slowly builds the courage to interview Malcolm the way Teddy would have. She finds Malcolm at once friendlier, more intimidating, and much sexier than she had imagined. But Em soon starts hearing whispers of skeletons in the Malcolm family closet. And then the police begin looking into the accident that killed Teddy, and Em's control on her life--tenuous at best--is threatened.

In The Perfect Ghost , a stunning breakout novel from the beloved author of the Carlotta Carlyle mystery series, Linda Barnes slowly winds the strings tighter and tighter, leading the reader ever more deeply into the lives of her characters with pitch-perfect pacing and mesmerizing prose.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250023636
Branch Call Number: F BAR
Characteristics: ix, 310 p. ; 25 cm

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miaone
Feb 01, 2017

I have enjoyed the Carlotta Carlisle series for years and years. But this book was a disappointment. I read only the first chapter and was ready to toss it even before I finished that much. All the other reviewers who didn't like this one have said what I thought. Basically, there is nothing there.

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Zyx
Jan 19, 2017

Very early on figured out the mystery around Malcolm, but it took the narrator/detective/ghost writer the whole book, so she was hard to 'follow' as a detective. Plus 'her' writing style (as first person narrator) was so stilted and precious -- mixed metaphors, adverbs everywhere, and who in this day and age says 'hither' without irony? -- that it was hard to believe she (the narrator/ghost writer) had won writing awards for her partner. Linda Barnes is one of my favorite authors, but give this one a miss.

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llwboston
Nov 18, 2016

I am a fan of the Carlotta Carlisle series so was eager to read this Barnes novel. Very evocative setting and an interesting narrator, and good pacing. I did find the "Shakesperean" elements to be more a distraction than an enhancement to the story, and toward the end the plot got quite convoluted, though I began to correctly suspect "whodunnit". Too bad this is a stand-alone-I think there was potential to develop a series along the lines of "Murder She Wrote" given the narrator's occupation.

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LadyJaneBrais
Jul 04, 2015

This mystery novel was very strange, but at the same time, very compelling. I couldn't put it down. I liked the style of writing, the characterizations and the knock-out climax at the end.

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desid11
Sep 10, 2014

i enjoyed this book a lot. but, i am a big fan of the author, and have all her carlotta carlyle novels. this book is unlike the author's others, yes.... part of the set up (emails, accident reports, etc) are a bit unorthodox, but so what! did i figure out whodunnit before the end, well... yes and no. an interesting main character too, haven't read one with an agoraphobic before. quite impressed overall!

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ashleywalter
Aug 09, 2014

Gotta admit this book really didn't strike a cord with me. I was just expecting a little bit more out of it than I got. Overall not impressed.

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Mothercat
Mar 08, 2014

Really enjoyed this book, first one by this author that I've read. Has a great twist at the end of the story that I didn't see coming! I will definitely look out for more by her.

mrsgail5756 Nov 08, 2013

A good mystery that will keep you guessing.

ehbooklover Jul 07, 2013

To be blunt: I didn't love this book. Much of the narration involves one-sided conversations between the protagonist and her dead writing partner, which I didn’t find very effective. The book is full of unlikeable characters with whom I was unable to connect with. Emails, interview transcripts, and news articles were placed throughout the book to provide clues and red herrings which did help to keep me interested in the outcome. I did actually finish the book, only to be disappointed in the end with the big twist. I figured it out myself. What a letdown.

ChristchurchLib Jun 10, 2013

By the author of the Carlotta Carlyle series. June 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=642594

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