- Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (5 April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099468131
- ISBN-13: 978-0099468134
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 3.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Ghost Orchid Mass Market Paperback – 5 Apr 2007
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Mediums, murders, seances, ghosts, you have it all in this book. As you read, the story unfolds in such an interesting and spooky way.
The characters from the past connect with those in the present until the past can be redeemed through the present.
Wonderful writing, brilliant plot and believable characters. I am ordering more of Carol Goodmans books right now!
The author then takes us through 2 stories that interweave Ellis' time at Bosco and her research into the mystery for her book (which leads to the ghosts haunting the place to start to possess the artists) with the story of the actual events and characters involved in the seances.
This is a good mystery and ghost novel with both stories linking together and complementing each other. The mystery is in no way straightforward and there are a lot of things to uncover which kept my interest up and meant that it is not easy to guess what happened.
Hence The Ghost Orchid was a surprising disappointment. Set in the present day, the Bosco Estate is a sanctuary for creative writers. Ellis (female) is writing a book on the strange events which occurred on the estate in 1893 which included deaths and the unexplained disappearance of Alice, the child of the house. Gradually these events come to dominate the present day as their secrets are revealed amidst a crescendo of spooky happenings.
I think that less is usually more with ghost stories and it is best to leave most to the imagination of the reader. Here the converse rather proves the point. It does not help that after a slow start, the central revelation is fairly clearly telegraphed by the middle of the book. I would rate the book as being at least 100 pages too long as the story, and indeed the reader, are submerged under a welter of revelations, hauntings and improbable coincidences.
Overextending books and having too much going on are often mistakes of novice authors so with three successful books under her belt it is really surprising that Goodman fell into these traps. She remains one of my favorite authors, but had The Ghost Orchid been the first of her works I had read it would likely have also been the last.
I didn't have anything else to read however, so I did persevere. I'm glad I did, because the style improved, and the plot was quite well put together. It's a moderately good ghost story, fairly engaging, and okay for a light undemanding bit of entertainment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So disappointing I didn't bother finishing it as by half way through I realised the author had not created enough interest in the plot or empathy with the characters to make you... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Chilton
I wish I had not bothered but I opened the book whilst on holiday in Germany and had access to nothing else. Stodgy, implausible, silly book.Published on 2 Mar. 2011 by gerry
Just finished this book- initially i found it hard to get into, but stuck with it. Glad I did actually, as once i did i couldnt put the book down! Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2011 by Amazon Customer
Found this book to be slow going at first but it soon picked up. A very atmospheric and chilling tale.Published on 26 July 2010 by Gill