Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin

Title: Paper Ghosts
Author: Julia Heaberlin
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date:
 April 19th 2018
Pages: 368
Format: Ebook
Service: Netgalley
Buy: Waterstones

I am in love with a good mystery at the moment, so when I saw this title pop up on Netgalley I had to request it. I was so excited when I got accepted for it. I started reading it straight away and suffice to say, I found it hard to put down after that.

This murder mystery follows a young woman as she tries to put the pieces together after her older sister’s disappearance quite a few years ago. It’s something that always played on her mind and she finally managed to get her prime suspect to go on a road trip with her. She’s determined to get any and all information our of him that she is sure he has on her sister.

I did love the mystery part of this book. I was in a constant argument with myself as to whether Carl was actually a murderer or whether he genuinely had no clue as to what was going on. It was a really well paced book I thought. Nothing was dragged out too much and I didn’t get bored reading it. There were small pieces to the puzzle that you were given in each chapter but I still couldn’t help wondering what was going to happen.

It was a race for me to get to the end of the book. Not because I didn’t enjoy it but because I really needed to know what the truth was. There were so many things that pointed towards Carl being a killer and then some thing that didn’t;t make any sense at all. However, one thing I did find was that it was hard to connect all of the characters. They seemed so cold and detached from everything and it made it hard to empathise. It was the main thing that did put me off of this book.

The plot as a whole was great though. The only thing that I think ruined it was the ending. I really didn’t like the epilogue at all. I  felt like it was a little bit of a cop out. There were things that I felt were a little too unrealistic at the end and it didn’t make sense to me. I just feel like it let down the book a little.

Overall, this wasn’t my favourite mystery/suspense book that I’ve read but it wasn’t too bad. I guess I just had higher hopes for it was all.

Rating: 3 stars

I was given this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my review of this book.

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1 Comment

  1. Emily August 3, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    Great review! I hate it when I feel really indifferent towards characters in a story, especially if the story itself is good. It’s a shame that that part of the book didn’t live up to expectations. At least the plot was gripping enough to keep you going! Shame about the ending though. 🙁

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