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3.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 5 3.15 (26 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: May 2007 ISBN: 9780739343050
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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

  • “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)
  • Mesmerizing, intellectually challenging . . . Stott jumps dexterously between present and past, bringing the world of Newton and his alchemical colleagues to vivid life and offering tantalizingly believable explanations for the cojoining of time and space. No novel since Iain Pears’s Instance of the Fingerpost (1998) has so vigorously stirred the cauldron of conflict that was seventeenth-century England. Booklist
  • “A hypnotic brew of speculation, intrigue and murder…It’s outlandish and devilishly plausible….You’ll be enthralled… By the final chapter, Stott’s elegant subtlety has been transmuted into a violent swirl of reversals and revelations that would defy Newton’s calculus. You can’t help but feel swept away. Washington Post Book World
  • Mesmerizing . . . Ghostwalk has an all-too-rare scholarly authority and imaginative sparkle. . . . . Rebecca Stott has accomplished something distinctively fresh with what she calls ‘a grubby little set of murders in Cambridge.’ Along the way, she manages to invoke both the non-causal entanglements of quantum physics and the paranoid conspiracies of Pynchon and DeLillo. Her home terrain, however is the river-riven landscape of the human heart. New York Times Book Review
  • “Fiercely intelligent… You won’t have time to reflect on Stott’s metaphysics, at least not on the first read–you’ll be too eager to solve the murders. Ghostwalk works beautifully on both levels, leaving a lingering impression of a world richer, and more precarious, than we imagine. Janice P. Nimura, Los Angeles Times
  • Ghostwalk is a strange and improbable book that seduces you into the unbelievable….Rebecca Stott’s debut thriller weaves science and the supernatural into an eerie narrative. . . . a truly haunting literary thriller. New York Daily News
  • “Drawing on alchemy, neurology, animal-rights activism, and supernatural visitations, this debut novel is an ambitious, learned thriller. . . Stott deploys her research effortlessly and demonstrates great attention to detail. New Yorker
  • “[An] intelligent, literary approach to the modern gothic… Rebecca Stott masterfully delivers an intricate plot. South Florida Sun-Sentinel
  • “Spellbinding . . . Stott’s compelling style acts as a counterpoint to the scientific and historical components of this haunting literary mystery thriller. Stott skillfully binds fact with fiction in an insightful story that surprises and intrigues. Kirkus (starred review)
  • Past and present are exquisitely connected in Stott’s wonderfully written Ghostwalk. She uses some sorcery of her own in a novel as informative as it is entertaining. USA Today

    “Stott brings a nervy intelligence to her work, skillfully linking the war on terror, quantum physics, alchemy, serial murder, ghosts, and thwarted romance.
  • [A] posh romantic thriller. If you liked cracking the Da Vinci Code, you’ll love uncovering a secret 17th-century brotherhood that includes the young Isaac Newton. Good Housekeeping “Good Reads”
  • Especially delightful. Ladies’ Home Journal.com (LHJ.com)


    “Most impressive … a real literary mystery and also a novel of ideas.
  • An intricate tale of love, science, ghosts, history, secrets and lies … beautifully written and extensively researched … an eerily compelling read. Time Out (London)
  • Stott's prose has...poetic brilliance...Ghostwalk is a pacy...thriller with some creepy moments. The Herald (Glasgow)
  • I have been haunted by scenes from Ghostwalk … it certainly exercises the mind on many different levels. The novel is a very carefully measured blend of fact and fiction, skilfully prepared and presented in a form to beguile its readers. This is a book that lends itself to being talked about in intelligent circles. Jacqueline Kay, Bookbag
  • A beautifully written book, mixing a compelling contemporary love story and a fascinating historical investigation, with Isaac Newton and alchemy playing a crucial role.  The mystery at the novel’s center is audacious, convincing, and will make readers think anew about what history is. Iain Pears, author of An Instance of the Fingerpost
  • “Stott moves between past and present with the page-turning dexterity of a literary alchemist—a novel of intrigue as cleverly imagined as it is entertaining. Joseph Kanon, author of The Good German, The Prodigal Spy, and Los Alamos
  • “A dangerous love story and mystery, where after a time neither the reader nor the
    heroine can tell what is true. You slip through the shimmering prose and fall into the
    alchemy of Newton and certain unsolved crimes of his time until you begin to wonder if
    what happened then can affect what might happen now. Blending contemporary
    quantum physics with the winding streets of ancient Cambridge, Ghostwalk is a highly
    intelligent and original novel. Stephanie Cowell, author of Nicholas Cooke and The Physician of London
  • An amazing work - a highly intelligent thriller that combines the supernatural with modern quantum theory; the current war on terror with Isaac Newton's work on light and gravity, and his delving into alchemy in the seventeenth century. At once mind-boggling and mind-expanding. Nicholas Mosley, author of Hopeful Monsters and Time at War
  • This daring mystery tangles occult and scientific knowledge with obsessive love and
    hidden world events. It is wonderfully down to earth, and genuinely eerie. Once in, you
    are not likely to leave off reading until after the very last twist.
    Dame Professor Gillian Beer, Professor of Literature at Cambridge University

  • “[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 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 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 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 Kathryn Holt | 2/2/2014

    " A good mystery. Easy reading and engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/27/2014

    " My favorite type of historical fiction mystery. Bad shit goes down no matter what the century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Davis | 1/26/2014

    " What I liked about Ghostwalk is that the reader is left to interpret the problem either way-- corporate conspiracy or supernatural revenge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christia | 1/24/2014

    " The son of a woman who dies mysteriously while researching Isaac Newton's study of alchemy hires his former lover to complete the book his mother began. Interesting glimpse into the academic and social history of Cambridge, England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 1/18/2014

    " This is Rebecca Stott's first novel and what a novel it is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myra | 1/16/2014

    " An interesting fictional book about Sir Isaac Newton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 1/13/2014

    " Spellbinding tale of an author who is taking on the research of a woman mysteriously disappeared. Outstanding imagery and characterization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/8/2014

    " I liked the idea of this book better than the actual book. It was pretty confusing in places and required a little more willing suspension of disbelief than I was able to muster. The story is a good idea, but the writing didn't capture me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 12/18/2013

    " Interesting book, not quite what I expected "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine (AR) | 12/12/2013

    " Very interesting premise -- learned a lot about Newton and Cambridge. I figured out one of the twists beforehand, but was surprised by the other. The narrator was a little bit annoying, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/2/2013

    " Very different than what I expected. I liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 10/2/2013

    " This book was disappointing. After a slow start, it had a lot of potential in the middle but did not wrap up well. I would not recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tabetha | 7/29/2013

    " Good, not great. Less a ghost story and more historical fiction/romance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 2/14/2013

    " Not so great. The novel within the novel, about Newton, was more interesting to me than the main story line. Her historical fiction was great, unfortunately the main part of the story was set in modern times that weren't that interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miriam | 1/5/2013

    " The title and description of themes sounded fascinating, but when I tried reading it I felt no interest and gave up after the first couple chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah Persaud | 1/3/2012

    " If you are interested in Isaac Newton and ghosts this is a good one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 DiDi | 12/16/2011

    " Not as good as I was hoping after reading the cover. I found the parts about Isaac Newton really interesting--always love a bit of history and it was certainly well researched. Unfortunately the story she told was too strange and the ending left me cold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Jackson | 5/13/2011

    " This was an intriguing story and made me think about Isaac Newton in new ways. A fine literary thriller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 4/10/2011

    " I will never trust the recommendations of the woman at the Booksmith again. This book is a far cry from mesmerizing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 3/26/2011

    " Hmm...this book was pretty so-so to me. Unfortunately... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 2/24/2011

    " I liked the information provided regarding Isaac Newton. Was a surprise to me. The other story "Ghostwalk" was a little hard to follow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alastair | 2/7/2011

    " I might have to give this one another try... there's so much right about a murder mystery novel about Isaac Newton & glassblowing & the memory of places -- I just had too many cringe moments along the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 1/29/2011

    " Just as I finished listening to this, I finally noticed that it was an ABRIDGED version, horrors! But on second thought, I was just as glad--it was long enough. The reader was excellent, but I never got as interested in this story as I would have expected to... "

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About the Author
Author Rebecca Stott

Rebecca Stott is a professor of English literature and creative writing at the University of East Anglia and an affiliated scholar at the department of the history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University. She is the author of several books and lives in Cambridge, England.

About the Narrator

Susan Duerden is a critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. Her reading of The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht earned her an AudioFile Best Voice Award and a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.