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The narrator of Robert Harris's gripping new novel is a professional ghostwriter - cynical, mercenary, and with a nice line in deadpan humour. Accustomed to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities, he jumps at the chance to ghost the memoirs of Britain's former prime minister, especially as it means flying to the American resort of Martha's Vineyard in the middle of winter and finishing the book in the seclusion of a luxurious house.
But it doesn't take him long to realise he has made a terrible mistake. His predecessor on the project died in circumstances that were distinctly suspicious, and the ex-prime minister turns out to be a man with secrets in his past that are returning to haunt him - secrets with the power to kill.
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By Donn Edwards on 07-05-15
Makes me think again about the British PM
This is an excellent book, well read by Michael Jayston, who does a superb job.
The plot is plausible, in spite of the involvement of the usual american three letter agencies, and the story unfolds in a natural, unforced way. The ending is particularly poignant. Thoroughly enjoyable.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Simon Zohhadi on 10-05-16
Just Short of Excellent
Just read The Ghost by Robert Harris. This is the first of seven of his novels I have read that falls short of the standard of excellence. Why ? The novel is too close to recent events; I know this was intentional and the fictional Ex-Prime-minister is based on Tony Blair but the reader will not be able to remove this thought from his / her mind and it becomes more a comment on recent events than the work of a master storyteller which is what Robert Harris is. Nevertheless, the theory unfolded at the end is an interesting one and once again, I highly recommend a Robert Harris novel to potential readers.
My rating: 4/5.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful