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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 54 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 24 Feb. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IL0PB6O
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In spite of this novel's thematic seriousness, Rickman manages to weave subtle strands of wit and humor throughout, and his astounding facility with character and dialogue only gets better with each book. Through his superb crafting of narrative perspective, the personalities of Rickman's characters' seem to hijack their way from chapter to chapter with an amazing fluidity that makes the book very hard to put down.
If you're a regular reader of Rickman's novels, this newest one will not disappoint. If you're new to the novels of Phil Rickman, you're in for a treat. Either way, The Smile of a Ghost will leave a reader smiling.
The characters are fabulous - Merrily, the sometimes hapless vicar; Jane, the pagan daughter; Gomer, the archetypal local; Lol, the fragile folk-rock mystery. Any and all of these will fix your attention and concern, to say nothing of a wide array of secondary characters and ghosts. OK, the ghosts sound hard to take, but Rickman carefully constructs Merrily's vocation, making the line between spiritual work and work with spirits very faint indeed. The vicar's faith is remarkably practical and so are most of the problems she faces.
The plots grow out of the settings on the Welsh border, exquisitely detailed in all the books. In Smile of a Ghost, the town of Ludlow becomes another character, in some ways the principal victim. Of all the books, this one has the most subtly integrated element of the supernatural: you can take it or leave it.
If the exorcist plot makes you nervous, start with this book and see if your concerned affection for Merrily, Lol, Jane and others doesn't over-come your hesitation.
As ever the author has his finger on the pulse of contemporary society, exploring uncomfortable themes with a deftness of touch:-the dangers of internet chat-rooms; the fate of active policemen forced into retirement;teenage depression and the role of religion in an increasingly secular society, prone to turn more to New-Age self-help books than to God. And the framework is all there, proving as always that truth is often stranger than fiction.....
This story is mainly based in Ludlow around some mysterious deaths which have taken place; however as usual the paranormal and the criminal is interjected with commonplace problems that Merrily Watkins, vicar, exorcist, lover of musicion Lol Robinson and mother of tempestuous teenager Jane, faces at work and in her private life, which brings the reader back to earth with a non-instrusive bump. The characters are, as always, fantastically drawn and the dialogue is so real you can hear it in your head. The twist at the end is both horrifying and deeply saddening. Don't miss it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm biased being a great Phil Rickman fan - but - another book I couldn't put down. Prepare yourselves to ignore everything until you finish reading!Published 3 months ago by Hetty F.
Arrived on time excellent condition very happy with the book as I enjoy reading books by Phil Rickman.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The usual strengths - place, character, light and shadow. I cannot believe that the nobs who own Ludlow Castle would not co operate with the author and wanted him to set it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Silver Moon Sailor
I could not put this down! Brilliant ideas kept me hooked. The charactors are so good, I feel like I miss them when I have finished a book. Lots of great twists.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer