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The Ghost Tree

Narrated by: Vivian Helbrun
Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Before you follow the path into your family’s history, beware of the secrets you may find....

The new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author.

Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage and career and now the death of her father, from whom she had long been estranged. She is faced with the daunting task of clearing his house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the 18th century, Thomas Erskine. 

As the youngest son of a noble family now living in genteel poverty, Thomas always knew he would have to make his own way in the world. Unable to follow his brothers to university, instead he joins first the navy and then the army, rising through the ranks, travelling the world. When he is finally able to study law, his extraordinary experiences and abilities propel him to the very top, and he becomes Lord Chancellor. Yet he has made a powerful enemy on his voyages, who will hound him and his family to the death - and beyond.

Ruth becomes ever more aware of Thomas as she is gripped by his story and slowly senses that not only is his presence with her, but so is his enemy’s. Ruth will have to draw upon new friends and old in what becomes a battle for her very survival - and discover an inner power beyond anything she has imagined.

©2018 Barbara Erskine (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jacqui
  • Largs Bay, Australia
  • 05-10-19

Excellent

This was such a great book, interesting and enjoyable to listen to. It’s up there with the other great Barbara Erskine books.

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Loved it!

Loved it! the character/author keeps dropping Dr Who references in asking how to get rid of a ghost that is stalking her. I’ve always enjoyed Barbara Erskine novels; now I love her just that little bit more

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  • Robbie the Barker
  • 11-13-18

The Ghost Treee

This book is of the couldn't put down variety Most enjoyable and on par with the autheress's others I've read

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  • Happy Shopper
  • 10-03-18

Different and gripping

This is quite different to Erskine's normal normal but still gripping and exciting. I felt a little let down by the ending, there was so much more I wanted to know, I won't spoil it by describing what I would have liked to know however, but still a really good story that I found myself listening to at every opportunity for hours at a time when I lost track of real life! The narrator was really good and the story had so many twists and turns. Fans won't be disappointed

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  • Mrs B
  • 03-20-19

Just fabulous

I love fiction and history mixed. You almost live back in time with the story and description.
It is a long listen but absolutely worth every minute. How wonderful to be able to publish a book based on ones family history!

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  • Mrs Pam Ashdown
  • 03-16-19

I’m hooked

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to of Barbara Erskins and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The storyline was excellent and kept you wanting more and the narration was spot on. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It must have been good I’ve just downloaded 2 more.

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  • Amanda
  • 10-21-18

Brilliant

I'm a huge fan of Barbara Erskine's books and this is one of the best. Following closely the life of Thomas Erskine, the author's great great several times grandfather.

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  • ronnie wright
  • 08-18-19

The Ghost Tree

Really struggled to finish this, not up to her usual spine chilling standard ,very disappointed .

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  • Juls202
  • 07-16-19

Another great read from Barbara Erskine

Excellent book kept me hooked until the last page. Well worth taking the time to read!

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  • Kassa
  • 07-11-19

Totally Gripping

Make sure you’ve got plenty of time to listen to this EXCELLENT book. Once you start listening you won’t want to stop. Barbara is a brilliant storyteller and Vivian Helbrun is a superb reader. The combination of the two together is spectacular. Please give yourself a wonderful gift and buy this audiobook. Five stars for each category is not enough to say how good this is.

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  • Melissa
  • 07-08-19

<br /><br /><br />bought on a whim

interesting, but ended abit too abruptly for me, not to say wasn't enough or enjoyable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-28-19

a little disappointed...

Having read and enjoyed all the other Barbara Erskine novels, I was looking forward to The Ghost Tree. I was a little disappointed though. The historical part of the book was a really compelling tale woven around Thomas Erskine, however I didn't really feel absorbed by the rest of the story as I had done with previous books. I felt the modern day element of it was a bit of an afterthought and didn't really develop at all. The characters in this part of the story were a bit one-dimensional, I had no real picture in my mind about what any of them looked like. I was also left feeling a bit dissatisfied by the ending which I won't spoil. Having said that though, this was just my opinion and I would still recommend it. The narrator was excellent and made listening an absolute pleasure.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-11-19

fantastic!

What a journey! love love love it! Had me hooked in the first few minutes and didn't want to stop listening. very engrossing storytelling thank you Barbara Erskine

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  • Carol Anne Harvey
  • 01-04-19

Not for me

Barbara Erskine has always was been one of my favourite authors but this book missed the mark for me. I struggled to keep listening but, for the sake of past books I persisted. Sadly I could not continue knowing that there was another 14 hours to go. It was too long winded and repetitive for me.

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  • Catherine
  • 12-20-18

Captivating

It is addictive, so hard to put down. I was sad to have it end but pleased with the prolog which has Intrigue me to do some Google search. I totally love this book it was awesome. Yet another fantastic book from Barbara this is why she is my favorite author.

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  • patricia
  • 11-14-18

Enjoyable

Lovely story to listen to. I binge listened. Sometimes the story line was a little rambling, but overall enjoyable.