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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Stott Narrator: Rosalyn Lando Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A Cambridge historian, Elizabeth Vogelsang, is found drowned, clutching a glass prism in her hand. The book she was writing about Isaac Newton’s involvement with alchemy–the culmination of her lifelong obsession with the seventeenth century–remains unfinished. When her son, Cameron, asks his former lover, Lydia Brooke, to ghostwrite the missing final chapters of his mother’s book, Lydia agrees and moves into Elizabeth’s house–a studio in an orchard where the light moves restlessly across the walls. Soon Lydia discovers that the shadow of violence that has fallen across present-day Cambridge, which escalates to a series of murders, may have its origins in the troubling evidence that Elizabeth’s research has unearthed. As Lydia becomes ensnared in a dangerous conspiracy that reawakens ghosts of the past, the seventeenth century slowly seeps into the twenty-first, with the city of Cambridge the bridge between them.

Filled with evocative descriptions of Cambridge, past and present, Ghostwalk centers around a real historical mystery that Rebecca Stott has uncovered involving Newton’s alchemy. In it, time and relationships are entangled–the present with the seventeenth century, and figures from the past with the love-torn twenty-first-century woman who is trying to discover their secrets.

A stunningly original display of scholarship and imagination, and a gripping story of desire and obsession,Ghostwalk is a rare debut that will change the way most of us think about scientific innovation, the force of history, and time itself.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Catherine | 2/16/2014

    " What should have been and intriguing concept was ruined by ridiculous plot development and eye roll-inducing prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Valice Raffi | 2/14/2014

    " audiobook; read well by Susan Duerden. Alchemy and Newton mixes the 17th century with 'real time'. In my book group, 1/3 liked it, 1/3 hated it, and the 1/3 didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Juli | 2/9/2014

    " This book was a little slow to get into, but if you are a lover of historical novels, it is a good book to get into. It goes into the secret societies and alchemy of the 18th century and is a modern-day novel with historical flashbacks and some interesting information on Sir Isaac Newton. I really enjoyed it once I got into it. Lots of twists in the plot that are not expected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sue | 2/6/2014

    " I alternated between being bored and enjoying this book. I still don't know what I think of it. "

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