So today is my stop on the tour for Ghoster by Jason Arnopp, a big thank you to Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers for inviting me to take part.
Let’s get started…
Kate Collins has been ghosted.
She was supposed to be moving in with her new boyfriend Scott, but all she finds after relocating to Brighton is an empty apartment. 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 calls, 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 walls that she can’t explain. And the growing feeling that she’s being watched.
Kate refuses to leave the apartment – she’s not going anywhere until she’s discovered what happened to Scott. But the deeper she dives into Scott’s digital history the more Kate realises just how little she really knows about the man she loves. – Goodreads –
I have been left with complicated feelings about this book, I would just like to say before I start that somehow I missed the fact that this had supernatural elements, so when I reached the end I felt very unsatisfied. It seemed like I had been working my way through a fantastic fast-paced addictive thriller to then be thrown in a completely different direction and genre.
The structure of this book created so much tension as we are given snippets from ‘before’ and then present day each revealing more to us about who Kate and Scott really are. Did they both just happen to be at the retreat or was something else happening? I also enjoyed the use of the text messages between Izzy and Kate it provided a short rest-bite in between dark chapters.
The scene at the end of the book has really stuck with me, I obviously can’t describe it to you but it has made me look at my family and the way we use technology differently. My little boy is 3 and I don’t want him growing up as a zombie with his face stuck in a screen. I understand and appreciate the meaning behind this book I just wasn’t a massive fan of the supernatural elements used. This read like an episode of Black Mirror which makes sense as he recently co-authored the Black Mirror Tie-In with Charlie Brooker.
This book was so addictive and that is because of the authors ability to create suspense leaving me on the edge of my seat! I also loved trying to piece together the clues with Kate to find out who is the real Scott and why has he disappeared along with every scrap of furniture in the apartment? I wish I could rate this book higher but I just feel like I wanted a different ending to the one that is here, maybe if I knew beforehand that I would need to suspend my belief then I possibly would have enjoyed it more.
So who is Jason Arnopp?
Jason Arnopp is a British author and scriptwriter. His background is in journalism: he has worked on titles such as Heat, Q, The Word and Kerrang!. He recently co-authored the Black Mirror tie-in book with Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, and has also written comedy for Radio 4 and official tie-in fiction for Doctor Who and Friday the 13th. The cult hit The Last Days of Jack Sparks was the first novel which was entirely Jason’s own fault, and it is followed by the chilling supernatural thriller Ghoster.
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