- 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 (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,806,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ghostwalk Hardcover – 8 Mar 2007
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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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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.
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.
With Ghostwalk it feels like the novel never ended.
Living in Cambridge and cycling daily past these ancient buildings and around the streets and commons, I find that Rebecca Stott's novel continues to linger in my imagination.
In the same way that history never ends and we will only know a truth of the events in the news today, when our children's children are reading about them in the history books, the novel gives you a possible end, but leaves history to print its own accounts.
Ghostwalk is a very clever novel that takes the modern sense of conspiracies, weaves historical events, scientific knowledge and the presence of the past into a compelling story. What could be an awfully complicated and intellectual read is a wonderful journey into our possible entanglement with another dimension.
The task is huge. A murder mystery and love story unfold in tandem, shot through with meditations the nature of scientific inquiry, tangled with superstition in Newton's day and big business in ours. Alchemy, glassmaking and quantum physics sit alongside supernatural elements. With so many balls in the air I was ready to forgive a shaky resolution, but found instead a complete and surprising denouement.
What makes it work is authority. The voice has the conviction to sell an audacious plot, but also the brio of a writer carving out a new space. It has crime novel tension but skips most genre conventions - readers expecting the formulaic, or suspicious of elegant prose, will leave frustrated. Those up for something different will find a slightly decadent and thoroughly original treat.
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You wrote a ghost story, I was pleased as this what I wanted to read. Then I discover a few pages in that you have buried that story beneath the most tedious, clichéd and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ajfg
Interesting intricate story takes place largely in Cambridge (TrinityCollege) which I was required to read for a book club. Read morePublished 21 months ago by PVW
Loved this book, Ms Stott has way of writing that draws the reader in. Very atmospheric and an interesting storyPublished on 20 Jan. 2015 by N
I was spellbound by by this book from the start and didn't want it to end. Alas, all good things come to an end.Published on 1 Dec. 2014 by K. Russell
This book was so good I had to go and get some for my friends, as well.Published on 15 July 2014 by Lorraine C
I struggled through it. Poorly written and an unbelievable plot. The geography of Cambridge seems fairly accurate- for a change!Published on 8 Sept. 2013 by MXJ
This book was choosen by a member of our book club, I found it interesting, but not an easy readPublished on 18 Feb. 2013 by Jennifer
The book, which was secondhand, looks like new. It arrived promptly and I am thoroughly enjoying the story - intriguing and extremely descriptive.Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by JD