Spring is slowly finding its way into our lives, and new books are finding their way onto library shelves. Many pleasant surprises await. Linda in our Winkler Branch discovered The Perfect Ghost by Linda Barnes and thoroughly enjoyed it.
In this novel, Em Moore’s world wasn’t all that stable to begin with, and now it’s falling completely apart. Teddy, her mentor and co-writer, has been killed in a car crash. If the celebrity biography they were working on is going to be finished, Em will have to overcome her almost pathological shyness and take on the publishing company, Teddy’s hostile widow, and the famous subject of their book, director Malcolm Garrett. Em slowly discovers she is more capable of coping than she had expected. Then she begins to hear the rumors that friendly and charming Malcolm Garrett may have some devastating secrets to hide, and that the police are investigating Teddy’s death. Although she is shaken, confused, and frightened, Em is not going to let this go, no matter the cost.
The book is full of intriguing characters who may (or may not) have an axe to grind, and the plot takes a twist whenever you think you might have an idea of what is going on. In the end, no one, not even Em, knows what a shy mousy girl is capable of when her back is against the wall.