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Ghostwalk Hardcover – 8 Mar 2007

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First Edition, First Printing edition (8 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297851365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297851363
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An amazing work - a highly intelligent thriller that combines the supernatural with modern quantam theory; the current war on terror with Isaac Newton's work on light and gravity, and his delving into alchemy in the seventeenth century. At once mind-boggling and mind-expanding.' Nicholas Mosley, author of Hopeful Monsters and Time at War (Nicholas Mosley )

'A beautifully written book, mixing a compelling contemporary love story and a fascinating historical investigation, with Isaac Newton and alchemy playing a crucial role. The mystery at the novel's centre is audacious, convincing, and will make readers think anew about what history is.' (Iain Pears, author of An Instance at the Fingerpost )

'This daring mystery tangles occult and scientific knowledge with obsessive love and hidden world events. It is wonderfully down to earth, and genuinely eerie. Once in, you are not likely to leave off reading until after the very last twist.' (Dr Gillian Beer )

'If you like supernatural romantic fiction you'll love GHOSTWALK...[a] complex thriller.' (SAGA (April '07) )

'Most impressive' (Peter Guttridge The Observer (15.4.07) )

'Stott's prose has...poetic brilliance...Ghostwalk is a pacy...thriller with some creepy moments.' (Victoria Brookes THE HERALD (24.3.07) )

"Stott makes fine use of historical material" (Anthony Gardner MAIL ON SUNDAY )

'An eerily compelling read' (Claire Figuero TIME OUT )

'I found it deliciously slow, gradually racheting up the tension to final violent denouement.' (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW )

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A stunning literary ghost-story of entanglement and obsession; ambition and betrayal

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Blencathra on 29 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This has all the hallmarks of a great read for me - the mystery, the historical background, the intertwining of past and present, the scientific background and a different perspective on historical characters. I'm not overly struck on the supernatural, but it certainly wasn't a negative. However, whilst pleasantly enjoyable, it never really took off for me in the way that I had hoped and indeed expected after the opening chapter.

I thoroughly enjoyed the author's actual writing, occasional glitches that have been picked up by previous reviewers aside. It was the plotting and characterisation that didn't quite work for me. She tries to pack a lot in, but almost too much given the space, never really dealing with any of the themes in sufficient depth, never really developing the characters other than, perhaps, the main protagonist herself. As a result I reached the end still expecting things to develop, still waiting for that extra depth to give the novel real bite, but finding the ending all rather obvious and flat.

Interesting that at least one previous reviewer disliked the extracts from Elizabeth's books - they were the best parts to me, as they did go someway towards telling that part of the story in the very depth that was missing elsewhere.

This wasn't a bad book - indeed, surprisingly in the light of the above perhaps, I would say on balance that it was a good read. I just felt that this showed so much promise early on, that I had expected something great, and it just didn't live up to expectations. Keep the expectations low, and I suspect one will enjoy it enormously. It may sound awfully patronising given the author's credentials compared to mine, but it will be interesting to see how she develops.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GoJoGlitz on 9 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Personally, I enjoyed this book. While reading it I accepted the ghostly, suggestive shivers and it worked for me. I was irritated by Cameron, the lover, and slightly bored with the growing animal activist angle, but overall thought it pretty good. I also live near Cambridge and that certainly did add more interest. The historical facts were intriguing and it seems to me very clever to weave a fiction around them.

However ........the more time elapses since finishing it, the more holes I find! It says little of Newton's work - you don't learn much at all. Likely there are few records available at such detail as Stott wants so she didn't want to make that part up. Some of the characters, on balance, were frankly daft - you do have to suspend some disbelief. This was fine for me during the read but drawing back make it a less credible novel. And I'm afraid I was bored by the straight extracts of Elizabeth's book .....dull.

It's always a good idea to start the book with a low expectation: you are much more likely to be pleasantly surprised as there is less to satisfy!

So to sum up, it's not a rubbish work and is worth a read - imo :)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JB Angel on 12 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
I picked this up in the bookshop, having not heard of it or the author. And I loved it. The first chapter is one of the most gripping first chapters I have read and the author did well to hold my concentration for the entire book.

It is not a simple read, but the language is wonderful and the topic fascinating - basically it is about a current day love story and Newton's fascinating with alchemy. Set in Cambridge it is evocative of the city and even though I have not visited the city for many years I could imagine myself back there.

This is one of those books that captures the imagination and asks many questions. If you liked The Conjuror's Bird and The Time Traveller's Wife then you will like this too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lady K on 18 Aug. 2008
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Having read the first couple of reviews when this came up on my recommendations I was looking forward to this book with almost mouthwatering anticipation. What a let down it turned out to be. The prose is elegant and in some places very evocative of time and place- shame about the plot and characters. The main character, through whom everyone else is seen, seems to relish narrating in enigmatic half sentences. No one with whom she has contact seems quite real and several are obviously included only as plot devices to move things along without any real depth. I'm sure there will be plenty of people who will enjoy this literary mystery but for me it was empty of emotion and soulless- a metaphor for the characters perhaps or vice versa. Either way it left me frustrated and even rather bored with the whole thing by the end. Too contrived to be convincing, too self-consciously literary to have real depth it only gets three stars because I liked the the descriptive passages of Cambridge and the surrounding landscape very much.
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This beautiful, Ghost story about obsession and love will touch your heart and have you jumping in your seat when the lights are off. The absorbing narrative sent chills down my spine as I lost myself within this masterpiece with historical elements within, which is set in the backdrop of England's Cambridge in 2003. The finely woven, intricate web of details are exquisite as you immerse yourself in one of the most compelling and romantic love stories, that exudes a deep passion and mystery that makes the storyline even more intriguing - as character's become entangled in a complex labyrinth of hidden secrets and betrayal. Ambitious, the main character's curiosity and inquisitiveness gets the better of her as a great list of deaths from the seventeenth-centaury come to light that will shock and surprise you as the story turns on its head. With a historian's son finding his mother's dead body floating in the river one day clutching upon her person a glass prism, and leaving only half a book written about Isaac Newton the Alchemist behind her, it is not long before prying eyes unravel more than just an unwritten manuscript.

Full of scientifically splendid theories, ideas and experiments this is a novel that completely and utterly breaks the stereotypical trend for your usual Ghost story, as within the uncovered history many secrets and lies lurk beneath the surface which elapse into the modern day. I loved the merging together of different eras which makes this book a contemporary and current read, which unlike classics (i.e. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley) it is something which as a reader you are able to connect with easier, thus the characters you can relate to and empathize with.
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