The Ghostwriter’s Wife (Book 2) by Douglas Debelak

Summary

In author Douglas Debelak’s second novel, Jonathan Fry is still reeling from having his life taken over by an unknown force- possibly the Creator, Himself, in order to tell an incredible story. Just as things seem to be falling back into place, Jonathan’s wife, Annie, begins to experience strange influences, herself. It seems that whoever this unknown force is, they have much more to say.

The Ghostwriter’s Wife’s tale of life, love, tribulation and passion weaves together the supernatural with the natural, the impossible with fact, and finality with immortality. Its simplistic, everyday tone makes it both fun to read and believable. A reader is likely to get the sense that they are listening to a storyteller relate extraordinary secrets of the universe and of life, itself.

Join Annie in the awe and wonder of experiencing Jonathan’s story for herself, and the pain and joy of dealing with the consequences of her actions in The Involuntary Ghostwriter. Join the omniscient storyteller, himself, in his awesome journey to becoming who he truly is.

Characters

Jonathan is back but it is his wife, Annie who is in the spotlight. It was interesting to switch perspective like this for a second book. To see her reaction and account of the last year or so we’ve been with Jonathan, while also moving forward from that piece. It was also awesome to be back and see the rest of the story with the ‘creator.’ Gosh did this novel and its characters pull at the heartstrings!

Plot

Like before there are alternating stories. However, this one was not burdened by Jonathan’s writing and therefore flowed better. Instead it was wrapping up the creator’s story and resolving Jonathan/Annie’s story. It was great to see Annie get involved and begin to grow and change as she found herself again. Or at least something influenced her to let go and live a little. Either way, the two stories never truly intertwine, but are meant to leave one wondering.

Overall

The book flowed well thought it wasn’t as polished as the first novel. It had a punch to it that grabbed on and didn’t let go. Unlike the first book that took me a while to get into this one picked up right where the other one left off and you jog into the first book. My only real drawback was there were so many pieces left unanswered. There were major plot points from the first book that I thought died off in the second book and were never answered. Either it was too subtle or missing.

That being said I was very moved by the ending of the book. In many ways it wasn’t a true ending but a new beginning for all the characters involved, and there was beauty in that. Wondering what I mean by that? You’ll have to read them to find out. Also the ending was thought provoking, leaving me wondering what the author was implying (although I can guess I won’t so say so here).

Rating

4.5 stars (rounded up)

Wow! This had me hooked and I read it super fast. Then I was left to soak in what I’d just read, reflecting for days afterwards.

Where did I get it?

I thank the author for providing a copy to me. This is a voluntary review.

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The Involuntary Ghostwriter (The Ghostwriter Series #1) by Douglas Debelak

Summary

Jonathon Fry, begins his lifelong dream of writing a novel, a fictionalized memoir of his own early life. But, he awakes from an erotic dream of a beautiful woman he has never seen before, with his thoughts filled with memories that are not his own, and the story that began as his own becomes the root stock upon which to graft the story of…

A boy, who was told, when he grew up, He could be anything He wanted to be. Little did they know He’d take them so seriously.

“In the beginning… I was born,” whispers a voice in Jonathon Fry’s head, a voice that claims to be that of our Creator.

Author or conduit, the life, sanity and marriage of Jonathon Fry become unhinged, sending him into a free fall, uncertain of the source of the words he has written – his own imagination or The Word of God – while battling his core values with his need to still be a man and hang on to his love for a wife who has pushed him away, because he told her about his dreams of another woman.

Characters

This book is very driven by the main character. It does after all have an autobiographical feel to it. There is ugliness and beauty. Bad and good choices. It is a life lived. If you read the first 20% you will get hooked on his life. You’ll want to know more, and the chapters/pages just fly by. The supporting characters are all from his point of view. Although one is in first person and another in third person, which could be a little confusing at times, once you get over the hump it flows seamlessly.

Plot

The focus of this story is on the life of Jonathan Fry. The plot ping pongs back and forth between a younger and older Jonathon  It is like watching life unfold at two different points in a man’s life. Watching decisions turn into rewards or consequences. Be warned this is clearly the first book in a series as the first chapter, it ends rather abruptly and with multiple issues looming and unresolved.

Overall

After a slow start I was sucked in. It read like a diary or journal of a man recounting his life and the choices he made. I cringed, I gripped my phone in worry, I gasped, and I was enthralled. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I started this book but I was impressed. It is a unique writing style that sometimes feels like the author is sitting next to you explaining what is going on.

One thing that did bother me was the disruption of the ‘creator’ chapters. That is usually where I took breaks. I read this whole thing off and on during a plane ride and it was the perfect book to pass the time. In a way the creator chapters were nice break points for me, but they were painful to get through because I was so invested in Jonathan Fry’s life. I’ll admit this book surprised more than once, and mostly for the better!

Rating

4 Stars

There is a raw and yet philosophical feel to the book that is engaging. A surprisingly pleasing read perfect for a long plane ride.

Where did I get it?

The author provided a copy.