¼ The Ghost Orchid ↠´ Download by Û Carol Goodman

¼ The Ghost Orchid ↠´ Download by Û Carol Goodman In Her Enthralling Novels Of Literary Suspense, Carol Goodman Writes Stories That Resonate With Emotion Set In Lush Landscapes That Entice The Senses Now, With The Ghost Orchid, A Narrative That Seamlessly Weaves Together The Past And The Present, Goodman Creates Her Most Lyrical And Haunting Work To Date For Than One Hundred Years, Creative Souls Have Traveled To Upstate New York To Work Under The Captivating Spell Of The Bosco Estate Cradled In Silence, Inspired By The Rough Beauty Of Overgrown Gardens And Crumbling Statuary, These Chosen Few Fashion Masterworks And Have Cemented Bosco S Reputation As A Premier Artists Colony This Season, Five Talented Artists In Residence Find Themselves Drawn To The History Of Bosco, From The Extensive Network Of Fountains That Were Once Its Centerpiece But Have Long Since Run Dry To The Story Of Its Enigmatic Founder, Aurora Latham, And The Series Of Tragic Events That Occurred Than A Century AgoEllis Brooks, A First Time Novelist, Has Come To Bosco To Write A Book Based On Aurora And The Infamous Summer Of , When Wealthy, Powerful Milo Latham Brought The Notorious Medium Corinth Blackwell To The Estate To Help His Wife Contact Three Of The Couple S Children, Lost The Winter Before In A Diphtheria Epidemic But When A S Ance Turned Deadly, Corinth And Her Alleged Accomplice, Tom Quinn, Disappeared, Taking With Them The Lathams Only Surviving Child The Time She Spends At Bosco, The Ellis Becomes Convinced That There Is An Even Darker, Sinister End To The Story And She S Not Alone Biographer Bethesda Graham Uncovers Stunning Revelations About Milo And Corinth Landscape Architect David Fox Discovers A Series Of Hidden Tunnels Underneath The Gardens Poet Zalman Bronsky Hears The Long Dry Fountain S Waters Beckoning Him And Novelist Nat Loomis Feels Something Lingering Just Out Of ReachAfter A Bizarre Series Of Accidents Befalls Them, The Group Cannot Deny The Connections Between The Long Ago And Now, The Living And The Dead As Ellis Realizes That The Tangled Truth May Ensnare Them All In Its Cool Embrace From The Hardcover Edition Loved Loved LOVED This book Could not put it down for a second Old secret gardens, old house, old status, old wealthy families OMG loved it There is something different about listening to a story versus reading it for yourself Sometimes those differences can be the difference between enjoying a book and not I often have a problem with tone of voice when I m reading If you get the wrong tone of voice in your mind it completely changes the meaning of the written word One of the things I like about listening to an audio book is that you don t have to figure out the tone of voice for each character, the reader does it for you I really enjoyed Jen Taylor s reading of this book, she brought all the characters to life with a variety of voices and hit the exact right tone.
Ellis Brooks is working on a novel at the artist s retreat, the Bosco Estate, in upstate New York Several other writers are staying in the mansion as well Ellis is working on a historical novel based on even Reading a book you don t like but can t put down is a peculiar form of torture As with the last book I read by Goodman The Drowning Tree, which I really enjoyed The Ghost Orchid is a little heavy on the symbolism and stuffed with allusions to 19th century art and literature Both books hinge on a suitably creepy mystery from the past But while The Drowning Tree seemed refreshingly intelligent, The Ghost Orchid is just overblown, and most of the characters particularly the protagonist are vaguely annoying and not very well developed Generally, I d assume that a book with ghost children, seances, magicians, a house with secret passageways, ancient Indian burial grounds, and haunted scotch would be awesome, but you know what they say about too much of a good thingThe Ghost Orchidsinks beneath the weight of its own dramatically creepy ambiance.
A past mystery, an artists retreat, a huge rambling mansion, romance,suspense and paranormal effects, doesn t it make a staple for a surefire thriller Then Carol Goodman has essentially done that The Ghost Orchid is an engaging thriller, there s seances, physics, ghost children, underground tunnels, fountains,statues and what not The past comes alive thru the eyes of Cornith and in the present Ellis begins unraveling the mystery of the deaths of the children and about the actual events that takes place at the seance conducted by Cornith The writing flows effortlessly and the twists and turns keeps the reader engaged so much that it is hard to put down this book But I would have loved to have little depth in the reasons for the haunting of children.
I read this as I was on a writing residency and it s set at a writing residency Mine had a significantly lower quantity of sexy affairs, secret mysteries and hidden grottoes In fact it was mostly just awkward dinner conversation, trying to time morning showers so you didn t have to pass anyone in the hall wearing a towel, staring out of windows, going for walks while trying to avoid speaking to anyone, and occasionally writing stuff Sorry to disappoint you if you hoped writing residencies are really like the one in this book Anyway the book was fine though it got a bit silly.
Solid 3 StarsSuspense Twists.
5Characters.
5Ending I thought this was a thriller and a mystery about the death of three children and the disappearance of one It turns out to mainly be a ghost story This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the build up does not deliver in the end I was very invested to find out what happend to all those children To find the answer and think That was it All of it It also became quite repetitive and I really think that however this book is already not very big it could have done without a 100 pages or so.
The third Carol Goodman book I ve read, this wasn t as good as The Lake of Dead Languages but redeemed the author in my eyes significantly after the uninspired Arcadia Falls, and it was actually original than both The alternate chapters moving between past and present worked well as they kept me interested in both strands of the story I was also both surprised and pleased at the inclusion of a genuine supernatural element I think it all dragged on a bit too much towards the end though there were far too many twists on top of twists, which were probably intended to make the plot seem deeper and complex but actually just made the whole thing confusing it could have ended much sooner and still have been a great story As a side note, I was really happy Ellis end This time around, Carol Goodman serves up a ghost story with her signature solving mysteries from the past plot The chapters alternate between the past and the present, and I really like the way they re linked together The setting, a mansion with a sprawling garden populated by statues and a maze, comes to life with Goodman s descriptions and the gardens almost become a character themselves I think The Lake of Dead Languages remains my favorite Goodman novel, but this one comes in at a close second.
I read this book on the recommendation of a co worker I bought it used for one cent and I m glad I didn t spend a penny This is not to say that the book is horrible not by any means.
It is simply that my expectation far exceeded the actual story itself I am not a big fan of ghots mysteries which is essentially what this book is There is not a lot of character development before you are launched into the boo plotline I didn t find myself caring about any of the characters at all The protagonist is a young woman who we find out is a psychic but doesn t like to talk about it B Is the daughter of a hippie mother who she resents and C who is thin and tall That s about all we ever reaslly know about her and the story suffers for it I never discourage anyone from reading something they are interested in so I say go for it if you d like

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