(Not a Romance)
I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.
My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance, no Happily Ever After in place. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.
This final book?
It’s my confession.
In what might be (read: is) her most gripping novel yet, Alessandra Torre departs from her normal genre with soulful ease and sinks her teeth into a fleshy, heartbreaking tale of a dying novelist whose last wish is to write her confession in The Ghostwriter. What follows is a harrowing tale of regret, grief, and closure, both ironic and bittersweet. Sweepingly poetic and haunting, it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat as it builds and builds with its stark vividness.
Employing the use of a hardened protagonist, one who is both easy to understand and love (most especially because she admits to things most women/mothers wouldn’t dare to utter but have thought), Torre gives us a complex, unique heroine to root for; one that has an unwavering strength and a staunch eye forward. Her flaws are glaring, widely open to criticism, but there’s an ease with which it is to love this unlovable woman. This character is unabashed in her past and the decisions she’s made up to this point. And yet, as the story evolves and shapes, both in her confessional book and in the story, slowly she finds herself within the words–she finds her humanity, the humanity of others, and the heart she’s long walled off.
The Ghostwriter is a beautiful, soul-moving story that any woman can find pieces of themselves in. The writing was eloquent, its story bold and consuming. Not many books move me to sob-like tears, but this one snuck up on me and ripped me apart. It will leave you bereft of words, floating within its carefully constructed world, and not knowing if you’ll ever come down from its high. This is Torre at her best, her words their most beguiling and enchanting, all so very remarkable in their job to tell you an unstoppable force of a story.
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle, Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.