Damn Helena. Becoming a human in her final moments of life.
I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-galley of this book.
I didn’t know how to rate this book. I finished it last night, somewhere around 2 a.m. and I had no idea if I liked the book or loved it or disliked it. It’s such a strange book that you’re left wondering how you feel about all these unlikeable characters, all these guilty people. Who do you like, who do you hate?
This book is about a romance writer, who has lost everything in her life, and now she has only three months left. Three months in which she wants to write a book, her confession to all her sins. Helena is a very intriguing character, she is so cynical that it gets funny, at times. What was a bit nerve-wrecking to me was how long it took us to find out what the big deal was. What were Helena’s sins, why were they so huge that they tormented her so much?
I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.
My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance, no Happily Ever After in place. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.
This final book?
It’s my confession.
I think one of the best things about this story is that it includes no unnecessary romance. It has beautiful and healing friendships (between a man and a woman, too!). Can you actually believe it? I feel like friendships between men and women are so rare in media and in books, having the friends always falling in love in the end and never presenting an actual healthy friendship that has no physical part. Which is very damaging to real life expectations, causing stupid concepts like the ‘friend-zone’ or guys getting very angry when a girl only wants to be friends because hey, that’s not how things are done with the movies… ‘I was supposed to be your friend for some years and then you’d have fallen in love with me, because you owe me that.’
Anyway, enough with my rant on social issues. Let’s get back to the actual plot of this book. What is the most frustrating thing about reviewing The Ghostwriter is that I can’t tell you anything about the big thing. The huge thing that changed Helena’s life forever, it’s an awful thing, but it’s totally not Helena’s fault, which makes me happy that in the end she had found resolution, she had found forgiveness in the people that were next to her.
The only reason why I took a star off this book is that the action is very rushed, in my opinion, there’s a lot of time spent on the process of writing Helena’s autobiography (I’ll call it that) and a very small time spent on what actually happened, what shook her family. When it happened, I felt like the writing got very frantic, it felt like you were in a carousel that only went up, up, up and you couldn’t help being overwelmed.
I liked Helena and how honest she was, sometimes so honest that she came across as cruel. I could relate to her thinking it’s a waste of time to be fake, to pretend you’re something you’re not. I loved her redemption arc, I loved how Torre didn’t shy away from writing a flawed character with issues, that people most of the time overlook.
Definitely try this book if you’re a fan of mystery, unlikeable character and unlikely friendships, the writing is quite simple, so you’ll fly through it. But be aware of the fact that this book can be triggering, since it’s very dark towards the end.
If you lie enough times, no one believes your truth.