Book signing at Barnes & Noble 1/16/16
What the critics are saying about The Ghost Writer:
As a writer myself, I was drawn to this book because of the title. I learnt from the synopsis that it was about a man determined to write even though he was dead and thought it sounded right up my street. What I ended up with was a charming and heart-felt story about pursuing your dreams no matter what the cost and, at the end of the day, standing up for what is right.
The plot is straightforward, but considering the novel is only short, it needs to be. Arnold is satisfied with his lot in the after-life but finds the corporation he works for isn’t as clean as it seems. Joining forces with other ghosts, he seeks to get the word out to ghosts and humans alike.
The characters were charming. Arnold is your typical nice-guy, who was down on his luck while he was alive but has the chance to make something of himself once he has passed on. Arnold is determined to succeed and is driven for success. But he is also friendly, letting himself be befriended by both Clarisse and Manny. Unfortunately, it’s just hard to know which ghost you can trust these days.
Despite being a lovely story, there is still tension and a fast pace to the plot. When Arnold finds himself under investigation, his subsequent hide-outs (in a wall and in a deer) add to the chase and Arnold himself finds his bravery when the deer are confronted with danger. For a character who is dead for the whole novel, he progresses and grows and the reader wants Arnold to be able to make a difference just because he is trying so hard to understand.
The Ghost Writer was an engaging and enjoyable story that leaves the reader with a feel-good vibe and a smile on their face. It is a story full of messages, mainly about never giving up and pursuing your dreams even if you are, in fact, dead. It is also a tale of friendship and loyalty and doing the right thing regardless of the risk to yourself. For a short story, this one packed a powerful punch.
The Ghost Writer is great whether you are a writer or not. The perfect book for a rainy day, a definite recommendation from here.
-- Lindsay, Rambling Reviewer
I couldn't help but to re-read the book a second, and even a third time to flirt with the idea of a productive after-life that can truly make an impact on this life. If you're ready for a fresh, and original approach to the paranormal, then I highly suggest the Ghost Writer.
Analytical, thought provoking with a taste of regret, the Ghost Writer will challenge those who read it to live their lives to the fullest. Then again, using your after-life to fulfill all those things you took for granted while still alive, Damon Norko presents his readers with a unique spin on what exactly is waiting for you when your time finally runs out.
This is a novel written by a ghost, more specifically
Arnold, wannabe writer in life, actual writer in death. We follow him in a journey of self rediscovery initiated by another very young ghost Clarisse. The whole tale is poignant and strangely comforting, my only criticism is that it was over too quickly. An interesting take on life after death.
This was a great story line and the concept of a ghost writer is fantastic I really enjoyed it and didn't want it to end well done.
- Net Galley