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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

The Ghost of Isaac Newton Still Haunts the Cobble-Stoned Streets of Cambridge

A spate of killings terrorize Cambridge, and an extremist animal rights group is blamed. However, one woman who seeks the truth has fallen so deeply into this mystery that she can predict, to the day, when each murder will take place and the circumstances in which the v...
A spate of killings terrorize Cambridge, and an extremist animal rights group is blamed. However, one woman who seeks the truth has fallen so deeply into this mystery that she can predict, to the day, when each murder will take place and the circumstances in which the victim will be found. Writer Lydia Brooke returns to Cambridge to attend the funeral of her dear friend and mentor, Elizabeth Vogelsangs. While there, she is asked by Elizabeth¿s son to complete what would have been Elizabeth¿s crowning achievement: an in-depth portrait of Isaac Newton the Alchemist. Although reluctant, Lydia agrees and becomes involved in a murder mystery that has spanned over three hundred years. Can Lydia solve the mystery before someone she truly cares about is killed, or will she realize that these events must take place and there is nothing she can do to stop them? Ghostwalk is a ghost story without the cheap thrills, with an intriguing plot that steadily builds pace throughout the story and characters who are interesting and equipped with enough human frailties that the reader can empathize with them. As stated previously, this book lacks the cheap thrills or dramatic scares that usually riddle this genre (it will not keep you up at night listening to every creak wondering if it is the ghost of Isaac Newton out to get ya.) Instead, it is a very subtle book ¿ there is no haunted mansion residing on a cliff¿s edge and no obvious or visible monsters, but surely subtlety is something which should be commended in this genre. I recommend Ghostwalk to anyone who enjoys good literary fiction with a touch of history thrown in. I do not recommend it to anyone who likes a nice, neat ending with all their questions answered. This novel will leave you wondering about the final outcome, and everyone¿s interpretation of the story will be different.

posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2007

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12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Not what I expected

I guess I may be different from the other reviewers on my take of the book. While I thought it was well written, to me it was just all about this woman's obsession with a married man and her affair with him. I was hoping for a good ghost story involving Newton with some...
I guess I may be different from the other reviewers on my take of the book. While I thought it was well written, to me it was just all about this woman's obsession with a married man and her affair with him. I was hoping for a good ghost story involving Newton with some science and history mixed in, but it just keep going over and over this woman's fixation with this man - how dull. To me there was very little science, some history, and only a smidge of a ghost story. If I wanted to read something about an affair and how it affects a woman's life, I would pick up a Daniel Steele book or something - which I won't. Great idea for a book just this one fell well short.

posted by 136448 on August 2, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2008

    A Gripping Psychological Thriller

    We listened to the audiobook version on a long trip, made short by the suspense, and yes, science. Even now, 72 hours after the the conclusion, I am still caught in the light of the studio, waiting for Cameron's footstep on the garden path. I cannot wait for Dr. Stott's next novel to appear.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    gripping

    As a huge fan of historical fiction, I couldn't put this book down. It was beautifully written and compelling all throughout.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    Gripping Mystery

    I found this book extremely difficult to put down. The characterization was vivid and the story riveting. Every time I thought I had the story figured out, I turned a page and discovered I was wrong. This is well worth the read!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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