Tuesday, October 6, 2009

(Audiobook) Review: The Ghost Orchid, by Carol Goodman

The Ghost Orchid is a book that, while I had some doubts in the beginning, finished with such a crescendo that I immediately moved to another Carol Goodman audiobook (so keep an eye out for that review, as well).

The Ghost Orchid follows Ellis Brooks, a writer who arrives at Bosco, an artist's colony, to conduct research for her first novel which is set in the same locale.  A parallel storyline features Brooks' story of Corinth Blackwell, a spirit medium who arrived at Bosco one hundred years earlier.  The  mysteries surrounding Bosco's history move to front-and-center of the novel, and they are both interesting and engrossing and end in just the manner I was hoping they would.

Goodman's writing style tended to grate just slightly on my nerves throughout the 8+ hours I listened to it.  She seems to lean a little heavily on the ol' I'm-writing-in-present-tense-to-indicate-action-and-keep-you-in-the-moment, which, while it is completely appropriate for audiobooks, would probably get annoying if I were reading the book.

Everything considered, then, I would give this book a B+ and recommend it to people who enjoy historical mysteries.


dkchristi said...

If you're looking for a story about a real "ghost orchid;" take a look at the recently released Ghost Orchid by D. K. Christi, an author who stalked the ghost orchid of Corkscrew Audubon Sanctuary for three years while inspired to write the fiction novel, Ghost Orchid. A family's love, lies and redemption are surrounded by mystery as the ghost orchid watches and works its mytical magic form on high in the cypress canopy. One coincidence at a time, falling together like a puzzle, reveals an answer to the question: is love eternal? http:www.dkchristi.com

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

What we see above is shameless self-promotion, which all authors are forced to stoop to upon publishing a book (either through traditional or non-traditional publishing houses).

D.K. Christi would have done better, however, to have gotten a different google profile name, to lead into the shameless self-promotion with a little ass kissing, and eased into the subject with a little more finesse. Still, all in all, not a wasted effort as now I have at least heard of the book about a "real" ghost orchid.

My blog said...

A b+! Never again, Linds, never again.

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

It would have been an A (because I really loved the story), but Goodman wrote in present tense the WHOLE TIME. Present tense! I couldn't in good conscience give it an A.

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