Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff
She listens to everyone else’s story, but can she find her own?
Perfect for fans of Tenko and The Railway Man
A childhood mistake. A lifetime of regrets.
Jenni is a ‘ghost’: she writes the lives of other people. It’s a job that suits her well: still haunted by a childhood tragedy, she finds it easier to take refuge in the memories of others rather than dwell on her own.
Jenni has an exciting new commission, and is delighted to start working on the memoirs of a Dutchwoman, Klara. As a child in the Second World War, Klara was interned in a camp on Java during the Japanese occupation – she has an extraordinary story of survival to tell.
But as Jenni and Klara begin to get to know each other, Jenni begins to do much more than shed light on a neglected part of history. She is being forced to examine her own devastating memories, too. But with Klara’s help, perhaps this is finally the moment where she will be able to lay the ghosts of her own past to rest?
Gripping, poignant and beautifully researched, Ghostwritten is a story of survival and love, of memory and hope.
When I first saw Ghostwritten I couldn’t stop staring at the beautiful and slightly haunting cover, never before has a cover seemed so appropriate for a book.
Through this beautiful story Isabel Wolff manages to pull you into the lives of two women, both struggling with traumatic memories and both in need of a chance to share their story,
Through every page, every word you are drawn into a story that is filled with details and emotion. This isn’t just a work of fiction, it’s also full of facts, full of truth. For me it was a learning experience, I never even knew camp Java existed (even with studying History for years)
The characters came to life as they shared their stories and experiences.
I had so much admiration for Klara, her life was incredible, the obstacles that she overcame, the strength that she showed and the way in which she wanted her memoirs written. I just connected with her instantly,
It almost felt that at time Ghostwritten was her memoirs for all to read, that through this story her essence would live on,
Through this beautifully compelling story of fiction I was sent on a journey of emotions, a journey that shared in love and hope but most of all a journey that you will stay on, as the memory lives on ….. Ghostwritten