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Winifred Rudge, a writer struggling to get beyond the runaway success of her mass-market astrology book, travels to London to jump-start her new novel about a woman who is being haunted by the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her step-cousin and old friend John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his home. Winnie begins to investigate and finds herself the unwilling audience for a drama of specters and shades - some from her family's peculiar history and some from her own unvanquished past.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2002
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780061960574
Branch Call Number: Fiction Mag
Characteristics: 338 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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DBRL_KrisA Mar 28, 2019

Lost is the title of the book, and lost is how I felt through a large portion of reading it. The main character, Winnie, is a writer who travels to London to visit a cousin and to try and get inspiration and motivation for her current writing project. When she arrives at her cousin's home he's not there, and the book is partly about figuring out what's happened to him, and about the strange things happening in his building.

In addition to the main plot, there's a second story being told (printed in italics). At the beginning, we're led to believe it's Winnie's novel-in-progress, but as the story progresses our understanding of this second story changes, which adds to the confusion factor.

The conversations among different characters added to my confusion. Sometimes characters would say mean things to each other that I thought were serious, but they were in jest, and sometimes the opposite happened.

Finally, a caution for readers who picked this book up because they liked Wicked: this is not Wicked. While there are a lot of mentions of Dickens' Christmas Carol and Peter Pan, this is not a retelling (like Wicked) of a well-known tale.

Dec 21, 2017

Ugh, it's just way too easy to "lost" interest in this stupid book.


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