Today i pass the blog back to Mandie who has a review of Ghoster by Jason Arnopp as part of the blog tour. A big thank you to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting us to join the tour, and also Publisher, Orbit, who provided an advance copy of the book for review. Here’s what it’s all about:
About the Book
Kate Collins has been ghosted.Available from: Amazon | Waterstones | Kobo | Googleplay | Apple Books
She was supposed to be moving in with her new boyfriend Scott, but all she finds after relocating to Brighton is an empty flat. Scott has vanished. His possessions have all disappeared.
Except for his mobile phone.
Kate knows she shouldn’t hack into Scott’s phone. She shouldn’t look at his Tinder, his texts, his social media. But she can’t quite help herself.
That’s when the trouble starts. Strange, whispering phone calls from numbers she doesn’t recognise. Scratch marks on the door that she can’t explain.
And the growing feeling that she’s being watched . . .
Jason Arnopp – author of The Last Days of Jack Sparks, a Radio 2 Bookclub pick – returns with a razor-sharp thriller for a social-media obsessed world. Prepare to never look at your phone the same way again . . .
So this year has really been the year that I have gone out of my comfort zone to read books that normally I would not have picked up. Ghoster is another one of those books and I will admit that at the beginning I wasn’t sure if this was the book for me. Going by the book blub alone you don’t necessarily get a true feel for what the book is about but I am glad that I kept reading however as although this is most definitely a ghost/horror story, it’s not one that goes over the top on the gore.
Kate Collins is a paramedic with a serious problem … she is addicted to her smartphone. After one particular incident sees her colleague and best friend suffer an accident, she decides to go cold turkey and do a digital detox at a retreat. Here she meets Scott and that’s when all her problems really start. After agreeing to move in with him, she finds his flat empty when she gets there … no furniture, no personal belongings and absolutely no Scott. This is where the reader may think that the “Ghoster” of the title refers to Scott’s behaviour, and in fact that is exactly what Kate first thinks. As she delves into the past of the boyfriend she clearly didn’t know as well as she thought she did, her beliefs quickly change and once again she is drawn back into the world of social media.
As I have already said this is not an outright scare fest horror story, the relationship between Kate and her best friend Izzy bring some fun throughout the book, but you are also brought right back to the gruesome with the antics of Kate’s new work partner Tyler…. Lets just say for a paramedic he is not always as professional as you would hope he would be. There is also the reality that just as Kate is obsessed/possessed by her smartphone and social media, this is the sad truth of most people today. Arnopp has just taken this obsession one step further and turned it into something creepy.
With the story flitting between when Kate and Scott met, and the time after he disappears, the author is able to control exactly what is revealed and when, giving the reader teasers of what might actually be going on. As for the ending…. Well that was certainly not something I was expecting but just added to the enjoyment of the book. Ghoster may not be to everyone’s taste as it crosses between a story about relationships, social media and ghost stories, but for me it was its different take on the horror genre that made it appealing.
About the Author
Jason Arnopp is the author of the new Orbit Books novel Ghoster, which Barnes & Noble’s SFF blog has said, “just might qualify as the first true horror novel of the 21st Century.” The Three author Sarah Lotz calls it, “a fiendishly smart exploration of obsession and social media addiction”, while Cross Her Heat author Sarah Pinborough reckons it’s, “twisty, creepy and utterly absorbing.”
Arnopp’s previous novel was The Last Days Of Jack Sparks (2016), which has been described as “a magnificent millennial nightmare” (Alan Moore), “scarier than watching The Exorcist in an abandoned asylum” (Sarah Lotz) and “The Omen for the social media age” (Christopher Brookmyre). Director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, The Da Vinci Code) optioned the film rights shortly after the book’s 2016 release.
Arnopp co-wrote the official behind-the-scenes book Inside Black Mirror with Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones.
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