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Paper Ghosts

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Having lived his life suspected of being a serial killer, Carl Louis Feldman begins his journey into old age at a nursing home in Texas. Though he was never charged with any crimes, the staff aren’t sorry to see him go when his estranged daughter arrives to take her father on what could be his last road trip. 

When Carl protests that this is not his daughter at all, the nurses are all too ready to excuse it as a product of his steadily deteriorating mind. But were those old suspicions about him true? And if he is an honest man, who has just driven him away from safety? 

©2018 Julia Heaberlin (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Simon
  • 04-20-18

Paper Ghosts That Enfold You With Their Story

Two people, one full of passion for the truth tinged with the possibilities of vengeance, the other slowly emptying of all that defines him. Are the fragments slowly leaking out of Carl through the holes of dementia the memories of an evil serial killer or simply the essence of creativity from a photographic artist? It's a great setup.

I enjoyed the narration, the strong Southern accent and exuberance felt like it fitted Grace the young lead very well. That local flavour helped me get into her mind which was an interesting place to be as the story developed. It wasn't perfect though because while Antonia Campbell-Hughes uses some good changes of pace her default setting was a little more rapid than the norm. You might wish to check the audio sample prior to purchase on this one to be sure you are okay with the accent and the pace of the narration.

After the rather excellent setup I found the story and the two main characters very engaging. The concept of paper ghosts is particularly appropriate and sums the book up vividly. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a slow-burning mystery with a bit of action and suspense thrown in to the mix.

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  • Alexandra (Audible Editor)
  • 06-04-18

Heaberlin does it again

Black Eyed Susans was a standout listen for me a few years ago so anticipation and expectations were high for Julia Heaberlin's next offering. And there was absolutely room for disappointment as I sped through Paper Ghosts. The central characters - one man abandoned in a decrepit retirement home and a young woman hell-bent on avenging her sister's presumed murder - present us with an interesting initial set-up and are also completely unique protagonists (a rare thing for a commercial thriller). I loved the turns this audiobook took, the fierce independence of young Grace and the deep American South setting.

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  • karen
  • 06-11-19

interesting Take on the serial killer genre

clever way of telling a serial killer story with a twist at the end. whilst the narrator's accent was probably right for the setting, I found, as a Brit, that the southern drawl started to grate quite quickly and impacted my enjoyment of the story. perhaps a little too long. I would recommend you read the book rather than listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-19

interesting plot

enjoyed it......wish we could have found out a little more about Carl's past before the road trip

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  • Mark
  • 02-12-19

Brilliantly written

The way the story unfolds with the two main characters makes this a great read.
Great partnership with narrator...

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  • T
  • 08-28-18

An Enjoyable Book

Really did like this book it was entertaining though not scary at all. Wont buy the next book based on reviews.....

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