Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ghost Writer by Alison Bruce

Ghost Writer
by Alison Bruce

GENRE: Paranormal Suspense


She has to deal with two kinds of spooks: spies and ghosts.
But which one is trying to kill her?

Jen Kirby has seen ghosts since she was a teen, but she can’t talk to them or help them cross over. And, after a violent death in the family, she doesn’t want to see them anymore.

In her role as ghostwriter, Jen joins a Canadian Arctic expedition to document and help solve a forty-year-old mystery involving an American submarine station lost during the Cold War. The trouble is, there are people—living and dead—who don't want the story told, and they’ll do anything to stop her.

Now Jen is haunted by ghosts she can’t avoid or handle alone. That means confiding in the one man she doesn’t want to dismiss her as “crazy.” But can he help? Or is he part of the problem?


That night, I dreamed of the station again. This didn't surprise me. All my life, whenever something big was looming on my horizon, I would dream about it the night before. I rehearsed exams, job interviews, even giving birth although the last one had little bearing on reality.

The station dreams felt like my pre-birth dreams, filled with anticipatory anxiety. There was a lot of blood in those dreams too.

I had a repeat of the first dream, woke up, walked around a bit and went back to sleep only to have it repeat again. When I saw which way the dream was going, I decided I needed to wake up. Usually I can do this when I know I'm dreaming. This time, it was like waking up and discovering that reality was scarier than the dream.

Six men sit around the table playing poker. They are drinking coffee, though as I watched, one man pulls a flask out of his pocket and hands it around. A few are smoking. Contrails of cigarette smoke drift towards the exhaust fans.

A seventh man enters. The flask disappears and two of the smokers stubbed out their butts. The game continues, but there's no laughter. Then comes the blood and the screams. There is a murderer aboard the station. He has killed all the others and is now coming for me.


4 Stars

This is an exciting and suspenseful book set in the cold, remote North Arctic.  Jen Kirby has been hired to ghost write a documentary about a decades old mystery surrounding an old scientific submarine station. Jen is uniquely qualified for her investigative role and is doggedly determined to uncover the truth.

In addition to the descendants of the long dead submarine crew, several countries have an interest in the expedition and have inserted their own representatives into the mix; some overt, some covert.  As the story progresses certain hidden agendas are unveiled, further complicating the mission and the documentary’s production.

The writing is fluid and easy to read.  The pacing is steady, and I really enjoyed the Gothic feel woven throughout the book.  I liked Jen’s passionate dedication. It soon became clear how her unusual talents made her perfectly qualified for this assignment.  The political elements and inter-agency infighting added depth to the narrative. Someone or some force wants the truth to remain hidden; Jen’s unflagging determination to find answers leads her directly into mortal danger. The characters and their interactions along with the well-wrought plot made this a read I recommend to mystery readers of any age.

Reviewed by Laurie-J 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Alison Bruce writes history, mystery and suspense.  Her books combine clever mysteries, well-researched backgrounds and a touch of romance. Her protagonists are marked by their strength of character, sense of humor and the ability to adapt (sooner or later) to new situations. Four of her novels have been finalists for genre awards.

Copywriter, editor and graphic designer since 1992, Alison has also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher and web designer. Currently she is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Alison E. Bruce said...

Thanks for hosting me and for the great review. I love the way you hit the high points without giving anything away.

Alison E. Bruce said...

Oh, and I love your "Say no to piracy" badge.