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The Perfect Ghost af Linda Barnes
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The Perfect Ghost (original 2013; udgave 2013)

af Linda Barnes

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Agoraphobic Em Moore is the writing half of a biography team. Her partner, Teddy, does the schmoozing. When Teddy dies, Em is devastated, alone in a world she doesn't understand. The only way she can honor his memory is to finish their current book, an 'autobiography' of director Garrett Malcolm. She finds Malcolm friendlier and far sexier than she had imagined. But Em senses trouble between Malcolm and one of his former stars, and she hears whispers of skeletons in the Malcolm family closet.… (mere)
Medlem:ebengtson
Titel:The Perfect Ghost
Forfattere:Linda Barnes
Info:Minotaur Books (2013), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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The Perfect Ghost af Linda Barnes (2013)

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4.5 stars. With The Perfect Ghost, Linda Barnes delivers a flawless mystery that is full of unexpected twists and turns. The characters are meticulously detailed and full of hidden depths. The clues are subtle and even in retrospect, the jaw dropping and stunning conclusion is impossible to predict. Please click HERE to read my review in its entirety. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
The Perfect Ghost is my first experience reading anything by Linda Barnes, so I have no idea what her normal mystery stories involve. However, whether you’re familiar with her writing or not, I wouldn’t recommend going into this book looking for a blatant mystery novel. Until about mid-way through the novel, I was not even conscious of the mystery element at all.

Regardless, I enjoyed the novel and found it to be a rather quick read. When I initially picked it up, I swear I blinked and had already read thirty pages. That said, the writing style was strange at first – which is in the format of Em’s inner dialogue, being told as though she is talking to her former friend and co-worker Teddy, the dead man that is a catalyst for Em’s predicament and the overarching mystery. However, it was an easy transition and, by the end of the first chapter, it seemed natural.

For her part, Em Moore, the main character, is supposedly severely shy and timid, but other than her self-descriptions informing us of that timidity, it’s not something that we see from her interactions. From the first chapter, she asserts herself to get what she wants – belying the “timid” persona we’re expected to buy into. Of course, as everything begins to fall into place, much of her strange personality begins to make sense for the story.

In all, The Perfect Ghost is a great read with a surprising twist, and if you’re looking for a good book to take along on a beach trip this summer, I recommend giving this one a shot.

**Original review posted on TalkNerdyWithUs.com** ( )
  ItEntertainsMe | Oct 4, 2016 |
Huh. Didn't see that ending coming, but it want so much a gasp-shocker as an, "Oh. That's why things got cagey and word." Awkwardly written in places. Several f-bombs right near the end. Meh.

More on this and other reviews on fefferbooks.com! ( )
  fefferbooks | May 12, 2014 |
Really good mystery that kept me guessing until the end. Interesting, flawed characters and none of them are quite what they seem. Highly recommended. ( )
  dd196406 | Mar 16, 2014 |
This is the first novel that I’ve read by mystery writer, Linda Barnes. As a sufferer of panic attacks and agoraphobia, main protagonist, Em, is content to be the silent half of a biographical ghost writing team. When her writing partner, Teddy, is killed in a car accident, she must make the choice to give up on their current project or fight through her fears and anxiety. Refusing to give up, she gathers Teddy’s materials and heads to the Cape to finalize the biography of a famous director.

We learn of Em’s story through recorded interviews, police emails and her own journalistic thoughts to Teddy. Linda Barnes introduces characters gradually, building up the mystery and the confusion for the reader. She weaves everything together with such a slow reveal that although I had a good guess at the ending, I was still surprised with how Barnes had it all play out.

I enjoyed the slow meandering pace that the majority of the novel took. There was a section somewhere near the middle that I didn’t particularly love and that seemed out of place in the novel. Thankfully this section did not last too long and I was soon back to enjoying the writing of Linda Barnes and the story of The Perfect Ghost. ( )
  jsamaha | Mar 14, 2014 |
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Agoraphobic Em Moore is the writing half of a biography team. Her partner, Teddy, does the schmoozing. When Teddy dies, Em is devastated, alone in a world she doesn't understand. The only way she can honor his memory is to finish their current book, an 'autobiography' of director Garrett Malcolm. She finds Malcolm friendlier and far sexier than she had imagined. But Em senses trouble between Malcolm and one of his former stars, and she hears whispers of skeletons in the Malcolm family closet.

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