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Publisher's Summary

Jason Arnopp - author of acclaimed cult hit The Last Days of Jack Sparks - returns with a razor-sharp thriller for a social-media obsessed world. Prepare to never look at your phone the same way again....

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 recognize. 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 realizes just how little she really knows about the man she loves.

For more from Jason Arnopp, check out:
The Last Days of Jack Sparks

©2019 Jason Arnopp (P)2019 Orbit

Critic Reviews

"The best cross-genre thriller I've read in a long, long time. Twisty, creepy and absolutely absorbing." (Sarah Pinborough)

"A helter-skelter collision of social media and the supernatural. Hugely enjoyable." (Chris Brookmyre)

"A fiendishly smart exploration of obsession and social media addiction, Ghoster, will haunt you in more ways than one. Compulsively readable, terrifying and laced with Jason Arnopp's trademark wit, you'll never look at your phone in the same way again." (Sarah Lotz)

"A magnificently twisted and utterly unnerving tale that taps the rawest of our collective fears about social media.... Genuinely unsettling and oddly provocative, this is a weird and worthy addition to Arnopp's growing canon." (Publishers Weekly)

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Such a Departure

I grabbed this book immediately after it was released, having absolutely loved The Last Days of Jack Sparks. Unfortunately for me, the thing which drew me in to that last novel by Arnopp seems to have been something other than his writing.

The only way I can think to describe this book is this: I'm bored. As I write this review, I've got about an hour left, and I honestly don't know that I'll finish it. The plot is so meandering and seemingly unfocused, it's eleven hours of back and forth without much progress forward. After all that buildup, the "big reveal" is anything but. I literally scoffed like a lunatic while listening at my desk at work. Just terribly, horribly disappointing. Very little of this book even spooked me, let alone made me feel uneasy or scared, while Arnopp's previous work gave me nightmares.

If you're looking for more Jack Sparks, I'm afraid you're not going to find it here. Just a lame attempt at horror screaming "CelL PhoNeS aRE BAaaDdD!!1!".

Edit: Got through the last hour and I wish I hadn't, because I'm never getting that time back. The ending is the nail in the coffin, biggest disappointment I've had in a long while.

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Good book

Good book but not as good as his other book The Last Days of Jack Sparrow.

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Jason arnopp is my favorite author of all time!

Seriously the best! 'He's inspired me to write my own book which has been so amazing. couldn't thank him enough for being such an inspiration. Jack sparks and this book had me scared for days and the writing and creativity is outstanding in all of his work. Thank you Arnopp, awaiting for your next work ❤️❤️❤️😘🙏🙏🙏

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What a Colossal Let Down

This book is total garbage. Not sure how this came from the same mind as the scary, hilarious, and brilliant Last Days of Jack Sparks but here we are. The reader must suffer through the entire novel knowing basically what is happening while the protagonist must agonizingly work through everything we figured out from an hour in.

I understand that protagonists must be flawed in some way, otherwise books would tend to be wrapped up far too soon. But here we have a flabbergastingly idiotic protagonist who continually lies to every other character- with the result being that the story is drawn out...and out...and out....

For the love of god, run away from this novel. Check out Last Days of Jack Sparks, though.

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Awesome

I realize that there are some parallels with Last Days of Jack Sparks, and all I can say is what an ending! definitely worth the wait. the way that the author plays with space and time is amazing. in LDoJS, I experienced some real terror with "Mimi", but in Ghoster, "The Master" was just as terrifying.