Ghostwalk

  • by Rebecca Stott
  • Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
  • 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Cambridge historian, Elizabeth Vogelsang, is found drowned, clutching a glass prism in her hand. The book she was writing about Isaac Newton's involvement with alchemy, the culmination of her lifelong obsession with the 17th century, remains unfinished. When her son, Cameron, asks his former lover, Lydia Brooke, to ghostwrite the missing final chapters of his mother's book, Lydia agrees and moves into Elizabeth's house: a studio in an orchard where the light moves restlessly across the walls. Soon Lydia discovers that the shadow of violence that has fallen across present-day Cambridge, which escalates into a series of murders, may have its origins in the troubling evidence that Elizabeth's research has unearthed. Filled with evocative descriptions of Cambridge, past and present, Ghostwalk centers around a real historical mystery that Rebecca Stott has uncovered involving Newton's alchemy. Time and relationships are entangled - the present with the 17th century and figures from the past with the love-torn 21st century woman who is trying to discover their secrets. A stunningly original display of scholarship and imagination, and a gripping story of desire and obsession, Ghostwalk is a rare debut that will change the way most of us think about scientific innovation, the force of history, and time itself.

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What the Critics Say

"British historian Stott makes a stunning debut with this hypnotic and intelligent thriller....Much more than a clever whodunit, this taut, atmospheric novel with its twisty interconnections between past and present will leave readers hoping Stott has many more stories in her future." (Publishers Weekly)

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More of a stroll

Hard to explain this one. Liked: the sinister mood it evoked. It reminded me of the film "Don't Look Now", and not just with the red-cloaked figure of evil lurking about in the shadows. It carefully built a really sustained mood of spookiness.

But the characters were very hard to like; I had almost no sympathy for any of them, least of all for the main character....but I am also not sure I was really meant to have any sympathy for her.

The story focuses in part on lab animals who are sacrificed for medical research, and it really felt like the characters in this novel all got sacrificed for some greater purpose...but I am not sure what that purpose was.

This novel got me thinking, and I am still thinking about it. But...if you like your spooky stories straightforward and not too cerebral, stay away from this one.
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- txkimmers

Such potential...

The woman reading the book gave it an air of mystery and intrigue--her voice echoed the lyrical prose of the author and gave it the correct amount of suspense. Sadly, the story itself, was a jumble of ideas, genres, characters, and perspective. I kept listening, due mainly because I could sense and imagine where the book could have gone. There was such wonderful potential for this book--an ending that could have left me surprised and energized, but failed. I thrill to the prospect of finding a new story from an author new to me. When I read a book that leaves me wanting to immediately order every book by that author, I am in book reader heaven. This book, for me, did not do that.
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- Kathy Anne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-30-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape