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. Download and start listening now!