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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: Susan Duerden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Ghostwalk] has a scholarly authority and imaginative sparkle all too rare…Mesmerizing…Rebecca Stott…has accomplished something distinctively fresh.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A hypnotic brew of speculation, intrigue, and murder…You can’t help but feel swept away.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Fiercely intelligent.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “British historian Stott makes a stunning debut with this hypnotic and intelligent thriller…Much more than a clever whodunit, this taut, atmospheric novel with its twisty interconnections between past and present will leave readers hoping Stott has many more stories in her future.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Liz Dean | 2/20/2014

    " This book had a number of interesting elements: Isaac Newton's character, 17th century Britain, the scientific revolution, alchemy, time travel, ghosts, research ethics. It's a very good story with a satisfying ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nadia | 2/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. The mix of historical fact, mystery and the supernatural made it a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dottie | 2/5/2014

    " Interesting book, but don't think it lived up to the reviews. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathryn Holt | 2/2/2014

    " A good mystery. Easy reading and engaging. "

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