Mousy and shy to the point of agoraphobic, Em Moore is the writing half of a celebrity biography team. Her charismatic partner, Teddy, does the interviewing and the public schmoozing. But Em's dependence on Teddy runs deeper than just the job—Teddy is her bridge to the world and the main source of love in her life. So when Teddy dies in a car accident, Em is devastated, alone in a world she doesn't understand. The only way she can honor his memory and cope with his loss is to finish the interviews for their current book—an "autobiography" of renowned and reclusive film director Garrett Malcolm.
Ensconced in a small cottage near Malcolm's Cape Cod home, Em slowly builds the courage to interview Malcolm the way Teddy would have. She finds Malcolm at once friendlier, more intimidating, and much sexier than she had imagined. But Em soon starts hearing whispers of skeletons in the Malcolm family closet. And then the police begin looking into the accident that killed Teddy, and Em's control on her life—tenuous at best—is threatened.
In The Perfect Ghost, a stunning breakout novel from the beloved author of the Carlotta Carlyle mystery series, Linda Barnes slowly winds the strings tighter and tighter, leading the reader ever more deeply into the lives of her characters with pitch-perfect pacing and mesmerizing prose.
Linda Barnes has done it again in this stand alone novel of love, anxiety and deceit. Emily Moore is the ghost writer half of famous TE Blakemore. Her fear of being in public places has kept her well hidden with her writing partner Teddy Blake being the front man of the duo so well it is publicly assumed he is THE solo author of their work. When Teddy has a fatal auto accident Em must step up and show their publisher and client that she can complete the assignment. Despite the issue of her agoraphobia, the clients mistrust of this unknown writer and his busy schedule, and the interference of the police who are investigating the accident that killed Teddy, Em must succeed or be held liable for the cash advance. This novel is another fast paced, chacter driven gem. Ms Barnes has the great ability to paint her settings, populate them and give her characters enough background that you get a well fleshed out read.55
Linda has amazing talent at bringing you into the story, the texture, the look, the feel.45