Book Review – The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

by Maryse on October 8, 2017 · 16 comments

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The Ghostwriter
One of my favorite authors in the world (I have read – and LOVED – almost EVERYTHING she’s written) and she’s hit this one out of the ballpark again. She sent me a review copy and warned me that it wasn’t a romance (instead, it was a psych-thriller) and I suppose she may not have realized that psych-thrillers are my catnip!

I WAS ECSTATIC. And while this may not be a “romance”, it definitely follows a love story, or two, that just may tear your heart out anyway. ;)

But more than anything, it was the journey getting there… getting to the “what the heck happened?!?!?!!!” that had its own life.

In fact, I wondered to myself…  didn’t she tell me this was a psych-thriller? I’m feeling more of a … wonderful, sweet friendship (with a difficult-to-love character), and a sad history developing?

Maryse: Speaking of awesome books, I finished Alessandra Torres latest psych-thriller (The Ghostwriter) and I LOVED it. I was so freaking into it, and it surprised me TWICE!!!! I didn’t see it coming, my friends. Oh I knew SOMETHING was coming… I just didn’t know it would be THAT. …IT’S A MUST READ! …it’s a very… hmm… “smooth” and almost heartwarming/heart-wrenching read at first (first 50-60% in fact) so you really begin to wonder where the “psych-thriller” fits in? Oh but it does. ;)

Theresa: Stayed up last night and finished Ghostwriter. Wow. Author is just unbelievable. She has to be one of the most creative authors of subject matter around. Her storylines are like no one else. I had almost all pieced together except one detail which you do not get until end. Just cant get myself to read Deanna for some reason but have read every other book. A must read

Rebecca: I was totally coming to ask you if you had started Ghostwriter yet before I clicked the link! I’m at 70% and my husband is driving me crazy expecting me to do things like answer questions, stop to eat, nonsense like that. It is SO good!

Maryse: LOL!!! Isn’t it??? My jaw dropped!! I love when that happens!!!

Rebecca: I swear she could write the alphabet and it would be the best ever. I don’t think there is anything she cannot do and do it exceptionally well.

Donna: This was so good…unreal…

Jean: I want to read The Ghostwriter asap!

Amy:  I’m only at about 25% I’m still LOVING it.

In fact, if I was to try and compare this to another psych-thriller book that had this almost “slow-burn” emotional feel, I’d say this had that awesome… eerie-sweet and SO clever K. Larsen “Jezebel” feel, in regards to the reader’s journey. BUT!!! NOT AT ALL like Jezebel (not at all the same story, so don’t think you’re going into THAT one again ;) ), but SO cleverly addictive, in a similar way.

Heartwarming, life-encompassing, a journey of love, life, regrets, heartbreak and… *ahem* stuff…  and a newfound friendship that warmed my heart… and yet had me on the edge of my seat knowing *something* was coming.

A perfect morning. A perfect husband. A perfect daughter. A perfect lie.

And boy did it. I thought of all sorts of scenarios, thought I knew, thought i had some pretty clever, gasp-worthy reveals that I had solved on my own, but I was WRONG on all fronts. WRONG. And I LOVED IT! Well no. I hated it. You’ll see.

I’ve waited four years for something like this. For someone to pull a loose thread, a gentle tug that turns into more, everything unraveling until our secrets are bare to the world.

But it was incredible, especially with how it gently lead us there. Just a few hints, here and there, a back-and-forth look into what was… and what is. That something wasn’t right. Now. Then. Who? Her? Him? Them? Something was wrong, and it could have been ANYTHING. And it was.

So what’s it about?

Okay wait… lemme go re-read that intense blurb to make sure I don’t give away any more than it does… BRB.

Oh. neutral




I can’t say ANYTHING.

That blurb pretty much leads you into reading this, going in “blind”. Yep. Cleverly-so mind you. You know she has a BIG story to tell. It’s her confession.

But I’m gonna let it do it’s thing.

…that terribly simple clue that clicks all of the puzzle pieces into place. In the brief moment it takes Kate’s heart to seize, she understands.

Mind you, I will say, the “heroine” (she’s a HUGELY famous best-selling author, and the one *mostly* writing this story – you’ll see what I mean later).

I’ve written fifteen novels, but this one terrifies me. I fear that I won’t have the right words, the right arc, that I will aim too high, hit too hard, and still not properly affect the reader. I fear that I’ll tell everything, and still no one will understand.

She’s… hard to like/love, I suppose. But I “felt” her from the start. Connected. She’s so angry, so bitter… and yet so vulnerable. So many reveals as to what made her that way… and the fact that there’s so much more to her than she lets anyone into. In fact, I don’t know that SHE knows who she is… at least… not yet.

A part of me fears how, in the final novel, I will come across.

A part of me is terrified. The rest feels almost giddy with liberation.

Soon… my final story will come out, and everyone will know the truth.

It’s heartfelt. And devastating. Shocking. And healing.

I, more than anyone, understand secrets. I understand how one person, one whisper of truth, can crumble empires, destroy lives, reveal monsters.

There was a day that I was a monster. And this man… he will soon have to carry that truth, hold that secret, guard that pit.

Go. READ THIS NOW!!! Devour it. No. Let it devour you. Because it will.

5 stars!!

P.S. Thank you to Alessandra Torre for sending me this review copy. Yet again, you blew me away. All I can ask for is… MORE!!!!! Please continue ANY story you have going on in your head. This one… or any one for that matter. I love them all.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Cheryl October 8, 2017 at 7:28 PM

Maryse you have me intrigued with this review. I LOVE this author and everything she writes, but I must say I’m hesitant because of the no romance and I’m not a big fan of psych-thrillers.

Maryse October 8, 2017 at 7:35 PM

But there’s love. There is.

No *ahem* “sexy-times”, no… but there’s so much here, you won’t miss it. <3

Mallory October 8, 2017 at 9:19 PM

You’ve got me sold on this one!!! I’ve been looking for a good psy-thriller, but am reluctant to venture too far out of the Romance genre. This sounds like it could have just enough of a romance “presence” to keep me in my “comfort” zone – thanks for the review!!! :)

Maryse October 8, 2017 at 9:50 PM

YAY MALLORY!!!! :D Let me know what you think if you read it.

Jan October 8, 2017 at 10:02 PM

Cheryl I second your words exactly! But you sure seem to have enjoyed it, Maryse. (Hey, autocorrect tried to call you marcuse WTH??????)

Leslie M October 9, 2017 at 6:51 AM

Cheryl & Jan, I was thinking same exact thing! I don’t even like pysch-thrillers but Maryse makes this sound soooo good!!

Great review Maryse. :)

Maryse October 9, 2017 at 7:35 AM

Thanks guys!!! This one was a great one. :)

Jean October 9, 2017 at 9:13 AM

Ok, you’ve convinced me…. didn’t read your review yet, but just 1-clicked! This one is next for me! Love Alessandra Torre!

Kooloo October 9, 2017 at 10:36 AM

Oh Maryse why are you making my Canadien Turkey Day OFF from work so complicated…. I was going to start Unloved, a love story BUT then read your awesome review and Nowwwww?!?! What Do I Do What Do I Do What Do I Do

Jean October 9, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Kooloo, you are hysterical and a great addition to our group of girls here! Are you on Goodreads? We are all pretty much hooked up there too!

Jean October 9, 2017 at 10:50 AM

I just have to read Ghost Writer next!

As soon as I finish Viper (Night Shifts Black #3) which I AM LOVING!! Seriously, I didn’t expect another book in this series and I love that they are so different and hook me right in from the start!

Kooloo October 9, 2017 at 11:42 AM

Ooooooo Viper book cover boy is yummmmmy
Put on my “to be read list” on my Goodreads profile *blows off dust* “so that’s what this thingy is for!!!!” Thanks Jean and please find me lol

Jean October 9, 2017 at 12:22 PM

Kooloo, you must read Night Shifts Black and Tracing Holland before Viper.

I just sent you a request on GR. It’s a great way of tracking books you’ve read, want to read, getting everyone’s updates as to what their reading, and recommendations. We also formed a “Maryse” group on there for buddy reads and challenges. I’ll see I if i can invite you to that too.

Kooloo October 9, 2017 at 1:11 PM

Jean I’ll add the first 2 books to TBL on GR teeeeheeee
Look at me good

Jean October 9, 2017 at 1:14 PM

You are an expert now! Lol!

linh October 10, 2017 at 1:45 AM

I am still thinking of this book hours after reading it. It was more than my poor heart and mind can take. 5 stars for sure!

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