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A Review

3 out of 4 stars for Cauldstane by Linda Gillard

This is a book about ghosts and haunting but it is also a story about love, loss and what it means to be a part of something, whether a home or a family. It takes place mostly in the Highlands of Scotland in an old castle that is not in good repair. The main protagonist is a woman, a 'ghost writer'. And the themes are about her and about the ghost who has taken over the lives of the people who live in the castle. Jenny Ryan has come to the castle to ghost write the owner's memoirs, a former traveler who is world renowned. What happens during her time there is the gist of the story. It is a page turner, interesting until the end. I did enjoy it but...for some reason I am only giving it three stars. Why is that? I think possibly it's because it's a slow starter. I can't give every book I enjoy four stars, can I? The ones that I give four stars are those that captivate me and are unusual and strange, like The Invisible LIfe of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab. So, I've given myself away as to my preferences! In any case, if you like a good ghost story you will enjoy this book.


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