The Perfect Ghost: A Novel

The Perfect Ghost: A Novel

by Linda Barnes
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The Perfect Ghost: A Novel by Linda Barnes

Mousy and shy to the point of agoraphobic, Em Moore is the writing half of a celebrity biography team. Her charismatic partner, Teddy, does the interviewing and the public schmoozing. But Em's dependence on Teddy runs deeper than just the job—Teddy is her bridge to the world and the main source of love in her life. So when Teddy dies in a car accident, Em is devastated, alone in a world she doesn't understand. The only way she can honor his memory and cope with his loss is to finish the interviews for their current book—an "autobiography" of renowned and reclusive film director Garrett Malcolm.

Ensconced in a small cottage near Malcolm's Cape Cod home, Em slowly builds the courage to interview Malcolm the way Teddy would have. She finds Malcolm at once friendlier, more intimidating, and much sexier than she had imagined. But Em soon starts hearing whispers of skeletons in the Malcolm family closet. And then the police begin looking into the accident that killed Teddy, and Em's control on her life—tenuous at best—is threatened.

In The Perfect Ghost, a stunning breakout novel from the beloved author of the Carlotta Carlyle mystery series, Linda Barnes slowly winds the strings tighter and tighter, leading the reader ever more deeply into the lives of her characters with pitch-perfect pacing and mesmerizing prose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250023643
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 344,143
File size: 836 KB

About the Author

LINDA BARNES is the author of sixteen previous novels, including her Carlotta Carlyle mystery series. Her work has won the Anthony and American Mystery awards, and received numerous nominations for the Edgar and Shamus awards. Born in Detroit, she now lives in the Boston area with her husband and son.

Linda Barnes is winner of the Anthony and American Mystery Awards, an Edgar Award finalist, and the author of the Carlotta Carlyle mysteries, including Heart of the World and Lie Down with the Devil. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and son.

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The Perfect Ghost 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
GulfGal1029 More than 1 year ago
This story really delivers! It is quite unique in theme, character development and format. I would say it is much more Girl With The Dragon Tatoo and beyond than the author's Carlotta Carlyle series. (I have read, own and love every one of them btw.) I encouraged you to step out of your comfort zone and embrace something different. Page by page you'll discover why Em suffers from panic attacks and other odd behaviors. And "Teddy" the last paragraph of Part One is stunning, brilliant, exquisite!! My advice is: If it comforts you to read the same-old, same-old, along with its requisite "no surprises," then this is probably not for you. As for me, I can't wait to reread the book and I hope someone has purchased the movie rights because THIS will make one blockbusting cinematic thriller!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book I have a big smile on my face because the ending was amazing! I did not see it coming at all! How refreshing! Mysteries are my books of choice but I didn't think this was really a mystery. I thought this was a character study. Delightfully it was both but in a most unusual way. Excellent book. Absolutely recommend it! Linda Barnes is now on my list of favorite authors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the cliche goes, I chose the book because of its cover. But it quickly became so much more than a pretty cover. The story is captivating, the characters are realistic and the prose is brilliant.  The Shakespeare references really enhance the story. It is definitely more than a casual beach read, but it captured my interest such that I couldn't wait to get back to the book when interrupted.  I also discovered the Charlotta Carlyle serries and am delighted to be reading more of Linda Barnes' work. 
Atthebeach More than 1 year ago
It's probably more of a 3 1/2 star book. But I liked it well enough. The narrator and main character sets up the reader's view of herself and you don't know until much later what to really think of her. It's light reading and a summer beach kind of book, but has a good deal of story with unraveling plot with some surprises and salty characters. Many of the story's complexities and surprises came very late in the book and I wish I had had more suspicion about a few things, but the clues didn't appear to me earlier. I felt that so much happened so fast in the end that it was a bit too abrupt. But a good story nonetheless.   
Houston6410 More than 1 year ago
This was a very boooring story. It was very discriptive for no reason. Discribing everything in the room throughout the whole book did not add to the story. Seemed like a page filler. This story could have been told in one chapter....I want my time back for reading this!!
islanderEC More than 1 year ago
I didn't care for this book very much. The style of writing and the presentation of the story didn't do much for me, but others may not find that true. There are some good twists to the story, but I had a hard time relating to the heroine of the story. It was a very unusual story line, however, that others might find enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fairly boring....
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