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Published by Independent by Author Genres: Contemporary, Fiction
Source: Author, Publisher
By Alessandra Torre
Genre: Psychological Suspense / General Fiction
Standalone, 316 pages
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. 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.
About Alessandra Torre:
Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews.
She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.
Connect with Alessandra:
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And now it is time for my review:
My first thoughts after finishing The Ghostwriter was I really liked this book. It is almost surprising how much I liked this book. It’s not a romance though it is about a romance author. I don’t know if I would call it a suspense thriller either though it has thrilling aspects. I think I would actually say this story is about atonement. It is a story about love. It is a story about hate. But most of all, what make this story so interesting, it is a story about real people and all that entails. Because, people are ugly and beautiful all at the same time.
I would definitely classify Helena as the anti-hero. She does not sugar coat who she is. She is judgmental, tyrannical, and I might even go as far as saying she is sexist. She likes things her way. She has reasons for it but she does not trust or even like men. She is also grieving. She is also dying. She is also in her way trying to do the right thing in her last days on earth. At first I didn’t really like her. I was sad she was dying but Helena is such a hard character to like.
But, I was curious so very curious about what she did that was so wrong. I devoured the pages of this book. I stayed up all night because I just couldn’t put it down. I just had to find out what terrible thing could have happened that would make Helena do what she did and become the person she is at the beginning of this story. This story is a story of boy meets girl. They fall in love, have a baby and are supposed to live happily ever after, right. Wrong. Because, Helena lets you as the reader know right up front in the first couple of chapters this not a romance because there is no happily ever after. Instead this story of a woman atoning for her sins. I had to know what those sins where. After finishing this book, I am still not sure if I like Helena but I can say one she did end up making feel. Why? Because, Helena is what we humans all are and that is flawed individuals. Humans are not perfect. Humans make mistakes. Sometimes, humans are at the end of the day selfish. Humans do love and need companionship. Nobody should have to die alone. I definitely shed some tears for this tough as nails character that in the end really did feel like a real person to me. I can say this book is one those stories that will stick with me. I highly enjoyed reading it!