ARC Review: The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

Title: The Ghostwriter
Author: Alessandra Torre
Genre: General Fiction/Suspense
Type: Standalone
POV: Shifting, Multiple
Publication Date: October 2, 2017


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.

This book is not a romance. It is contemporary fiction, but very suspenseful in nature. It is about a famous romance author and a dark secret she keeps. 


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ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Helena Ross had a very important task to complete with only three months to do so. As a popular and successful romance author, writing was as natural as breathing. But her latest book proven to be the hardest because it wasn’t fiction, rather it was a confession.

I was intrigued by this book since I first found out about it. I love mystery/suspense book especially the one with potential heartbreak, so this one is like a Siren’s song for me.

I’ve always been a liar. Maybe that’s why writing came so naturally.

Helena was not an easy character to love, and I love this kind of characters. I guess because they remind me of myself haha! She was a cold and insensitive workaholic who repelled people from her life.

The reader needs to understand the emotions I felt, the catalysts and reasoning behind the decisions, and the mistakes I made. They’ll still judge me, despite the three hundred page explanation. But, maybe some of the millions of readers will understand me.

I like the story and even though certain things were revealed outright, I still enjoyed the journey of uncovering the truth. It was interesting watching her both her coping and breaking.

Throughout the book there was a mildly depressing feel to it – which is something I like in my books. However, for most of the book, the pace was slower than I usually like. There was always a question in the air that kept me flipping the pages, but it was somewhat linear. Good thing the last 20% or so was very engaging and made up for the earlier pace.

They say confession cleans the soul. I should have confessed a long time ago.

The Ghostwriter is a story of a woman’s journey in re-examining her life. I would appeal to readers who like non-romantic mystery/suspense.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.


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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Her next release, THE GHOSTWRITER, releases on October 2nd.
Additional pseudonym: AR Torre

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