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The Ghost: A Novel Kindle Edition
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“Steel is one of the best!”—Los Angeles Times
“Few modern writers convey the pathos of family and material life with such heartfelt empathy.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Steel pulls out all the emotional stops. . . . She delivers!”—Publishers Weekly
“What counts for the reader is the ring of authenticity.”—San Francisco Chronicle
- ASIN : B001TMCFHE
- Publisher : Dell; Reprint edition (February 24, 2009)
- Publication date : February 24, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1742 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 434 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0440224853
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,415 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I realise she had written a lot more books and logged into Amazon reviews where this one had such rave reviews .
After ploughing through the first 25% of the book, I realised what a load drivel it actually was - just page after page of rambling rubbish about very little. Charlie was such a wimpy , one dimensional person I am sure that I would have left him much sooner than the 10 years that Carole suffered with him - hardly the dynamic architect - go getter , just dull, dull dull.
Then we get page after page of la-la-la more rubbish about driving through snow, holing up with an old lady who is so poor she has to take in paying guests but not too poor to keep a small chateau , repaired, insured and completely empty for several decades .
Oh, the Ghost "appears" once . Charlie finds her diaries in the attic and spends what seems like the next 10 years reading them - he must read terribly slowly with his finger under every word whilst moving his lips .
Then we trawl back in time via the Diaries to England, blah, blah, cruel Viscount , beats little wifey , looses babies , yack, yack - escapes to Boston , America , finds a Fake Red Indian who is a French Comte ( I suspect DS doesn't "do" poor people - not enough luxury ) who dies 4 years later leaving her with 3 kids and a nice waterfall to look at .
Beaten wifey lives to be aeons old, kids grow up etc. etc.
Charlie finds love with another woman who has an adorable ( precocious ) little girl and they fall in love and everyone is very pleased with themselves .
The End .
And the end for me too, I wont be buying anymore DS books - she's hit on a formula that sells but her writing style has got really bad - totally over indulgent and lacking character development . This book was almost like "Oh, I've never written about Native American Indians before - how can I squeeze some dough out of that I wonder ? I know, I'll 'do" a ghost !" .
Maybe I have just outgrown her ? I loved the earliest of her books but I think she might just feed information into a computer programme and it writes them for her, these days .
Sorry DS fans - this is really, really boring - I will go back to "proper" writers again.