Ebook ➠ Ghostwalk Author Rebecca Stott – 1sm.info

Ghostwalk I did not finish this book and my only regret is that I spent way too much time trying to like it I found nothing to like It claims to be a haunting literary thriller and a historical mystery involving Isaac Newton s alchemy Why I thought anything involving Isaac Newton and his alchemy would be interesting is beyond me now Turns out I have no interest in Isaac Newton or alchemy or the 17th century At least not as portrayed in this book The entire framework of the book is awkward it is told in the 1st person by a woman who attends a funeral for a woman who died while writing a book on Isaac Newton not exactly an attention grabber introduction The narrator apparently had an affair with the dead woman s son and throughout the story she refers to this ex lover as you she seems to be writing a memoir of what is happening or has happened as the reader knows virtually nothing about the narrat One of my ghostly reads for October, Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott was enjoyable It is uniquely written, a story within a story unfortunately, the inside story involves Sir Isaac Newton, the great scientific discoverer I do not have a scientific heart Sorry.There is a love story an affair with a married man, if that is a love story , suspicious deaths, scientific use of animals, a mystic seer, and many When Elizabeth, A Reclusive Historian, Is Found Drowned In A Tributary Of The River Cam, She Is Clutching A Glass Prism And Has Left Behind Her Unfinished Magnum Opus, A Book On Isaac Newton S Alchemy Her Son Turns To Lydia Brooke, A Young Writer And Friend Of Elizabeth S, And Asks Her To Complete The Last Chapter Of The Book. It s not often that I think a NYT book reviewer gets it totally wrong, but that s the case with Rebecca Stott s novel, Ghostwalk I should have been tipped off by the trite final sentence of the review Stott s home terrain, however, is the river riven landscape of the human heart What does the river stand for in this sentence Besides, river and riven have the exact same etymology Pure blather.But enough nit picking on the review The novel takes place in contemporary Cambridge, where Lydia Brooke s intermittent lover, a controversial neuroscientist, asks her to finish his mother s book after she mysteriously drowns in the river The book is a study of Newton s alchemy that purports to explain how he resorted crime to attain a fellowship in his college Yes, this is kind of a spoiler, but you d figure this out quickly on your own Meanwhile, an animal rights group is launching terrorist attacks against the neuroscientist and his associates, and ghosts are trying to communicate with Lydia THis is the best book that I have ever read that I could only rate two stars I loved Neal Stephenson s Baroque Cycle, and I couldn t wait to pick up another book that might take a deeper look into Isaac Newton s alchemical experiments The research that was done before this book was written is incredible, and the passages in which Elizabeth Vogelsang s The Alchemist the fictitious biography of Newton at the center of Ghostwalk is excerpted are very good We learn about glass making in seventeenth century Europe, the plague in England, the vast networks of alchemists operating in Europe at the time One of the major themes of the novel is that the past bleeds into the present, but the author can t seem to get her many plot devices set in the present to bleed into one another, making t I expected a fascinating ghost story, literary, with mysterious murders, and the past coming back to haunt Intelligent and historical, yes And it s full of atmospheric descriptions that I liked However, the main character Lydia Brooke, speaking in the first person point of view I ve been back four times, I said but then telling the other main character, Cameron her ex lover , what he said, presenting his dialogue by using the pronoun you to name the speaker So instead of he said or Cameron said, the author writes you said meaning you, Cameron, said it This device was not only distracting but a really screwy way to write I got so annoyed after a while with Lydia telling Cameron and the reader what he said And then somewhere around page 230 we have Lydia in third person point of view Lydia Brooke walked into the dark her head ached that s when she first heard the footsteps The story became The research in this book is great, as well as the writing in the book about Isaac Newton within this story In fact, the Newton book should have been this story That would have made a great book with all these elements alchemists, secret formulas, brilliant, young Newton beginning to figure out, among other things, calculus and differential equations lovely stuff , patronage, factions, nepotism, a se I enjoyed the start of this book, and was intrigued by the idea of a mix between a ghost story and detective story, with 17th century events woven in with present day ones I was also attracted by the fact that it s set in Cambridge, a city I know.However, I soon got fed up and I ve seen some reviews of Rebecca Stott s Ghostwalk compare it to The DaVinci Code, but it s an extremely superficial comparison Books about modern day people who investigate mysteries from the past existed long before Dan Brown hammered out his infamous novel he did not create a new genre.In Ghostwalk, Lydia Brooke is asked by her ex lover to ghostwrite the final chapters of an Isaac Newton biography that his late mother was writing As she completes the work, Lydia finds the seventeenth century creeping into the present as mysterious deaths mirror the deaths of Newton s contemporaries.It s not exactly a murder mystery Ghostwalk focuses on Lydia s own entanglements with her ex lover and his dead mother than it does on the victims The narration is lyrical the entire novel is Lydia speaking to her ex lover, referring to him in the second person The result is dark, moody, and dreamy There are also chunks of the Newton biography included After reading this book, I am sorry to say that I was severely disappointed The synopsis for it sounded great, and I normally love books that involve a historical mystery to solve, but there really wasn t much about this book that I liked A historian and writer of screenplays, Lydia Brooke, is hired by her former married lover, Cameron Brown, to ghostwrite a book, after the author his mother Elizabeth Volgelsang, is murdered The unfinished manuscript involves Isaac Newton and a group of seventeenth century alchemists, and Elizabeth s notes and manuscript show that she believes that a series of seventeenth century deaths are entangled with current happenings While working on his mother s book, Lydia becomes involved with Cameron Brown again, and she quickly becomes aware that he is caught up in a dangerous situation with animal rights activists groups because of his work in a pharmaceutical lab As mysterious and dangerous events start to unfold, Lydia isn t certain whether they are a result of a connection with the seventeenth century alchemists or Cameron s work This sounded like and could have been a really great

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