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The Ghost Orchid

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

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    Not quite my favorite Goodman, but still a great mystery.

    Carol Goodman always has an unparalleled way of transforming a location in a book into a beautifully haunted atmosphere. Her descriptions jump from the page, and every time she sets her novel in a new location I know it's going to be lush, decrepit, gothic, and wonderful.

    Her location in The Ghost Orchid is no different. Set at the upstate New York sprawling aged and crumbling Bosco Estate, Goodman unites an intriguing cast of characters amid the ivy-covered statues and dry fountains. Novelist Ellis Brooks has hoped her acceptance into Bosco's notorious writing program would allow her the freedom to pursue her novel in peace. But the past pursues her instead, and she soon finds that the residents of Bosco were not brought together by chance.

    At times a romantic mystery, at times a suspenseful thriller, Goodman deftly weaves between an ages old missing child case, and the present day sleuthing Ellis is forced to undertake into the people and places around her. Always intriguing, I never want to finish a Goodman novel. Though the writing in this, her fourth novel, occasions into the trite and predictable, I was still engrossed by the scene set before me.

    I had one issue with the end of the novel and a short side-tracked path that Goodman decided to briefly explore, but it was not the focus of the novel so I can set it aside as author-folly. Overall, I still love her novels and find them to be uniquely mysterious and haunting. I haven't read many other authors that can successfully pull off a mystery while still making it literary. In this day of mass-market quick-publications, I delight in the fact that there are authors like Goodman who take suspense to another level.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

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    Enjoyable

    I purchased this book as an impulse buy during one of B&N's sales so it has been on my shelf for sometime. I'm sorry I didn't read it sooner. Even though I was able to figure out some of the plot fairly early on, I still found the plot and characters to be captivating. I was also suprised on how often I found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn't reading. The Gost Orchid is an easy and enjoyable book to get lost in.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    Entertaining

    Even though I guessed the ending half way through, it was still worth reading through to the end. A few twists that I didn't see coming. A great way to spend a rainy afternoon, I read it in one sitting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

    History, romance and mystery all rolled into one!!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this combination mystery, historical fiction and romance novel all rolled into one. I loved the vivid descriptions of the crumbling Bosco estate with it¿s own beauty of overgrown gardens and crumbling statues. The ill-fated séance was an interesting twist. I did however have a bit of trouble at times with the rambling plot. I always enjoy novels set in the late 1800¿s to early 1900¿s and this was a good one. I would recommend this book to my friends and am going to read The Lake of Dead Languages, which has been on my list for some time now. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 for great writing and interesting plot

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