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The Ghost Notebooks
The Ghost Notebooks: A Novel | Ben Dolnick
27 posts | 14 read | 31 to read
A supernatural story of love, ghosts, and madness as a young couple, newly engaged, become live-in caretakers of a historic museum. When Nick Beron and Hannah Rampe decide to move to the tiny upstate town of Hibernia, New York, they aren't running away, exactly, but they need a change. Their careers have flatlined, the city is exhausting, and they've reached a relationship stalemate. Hannah takes a job as live-in director of the Wright Historic House, a museum dedicated to an obscure nineteenth century philosopher, and she and Nick move into their new home--the town's remoteness, the speed with which she is offered the job, and the lack of museum visitors barely a blip in their considerations. At first life in this old, creaky house feels cozy--they speak in Masterpiece Theater accents, they take bottles of wine to the swimming hole. But as summer turns to fall Hannah begins to have trouble sleeping and she hears whispers in the night. One morning Nick wakes up to find Hannah gone. Now, in his frantic search for her he will discover the hidden legacy of Wright House: a man driven wild with grief, and a spirit aching for home.
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MatchlessMarie
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Mehso-so

Finished my #DoubleSpin book for October. This book is kind of different in that it‘s not quite a ghost story but not quite a thriller either. There are random interludes of letters/documents from the past and future which made it a little hard to follow until right at the end. But I really like the overall message of the book. I‘d recommend referencing the kindle version if you listen on audio.

Another book with a Halloween mention. +26 pts

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MatchlessMarie
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Sorry not sorry 👻 💨 #Haunted #Poison #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter +1 pt

Eggs 👏🏻😂🖤👻 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 14mo
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MatchlessMarie
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Ghosts are coming for me this month 👻 #BookSpin #DoubleSpin #Screamathon #Spookoween #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter +1 pt

TheAromaofBooks I'm loving that comic! 😂 1y
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bexreadsbooks
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I love when the cover of a book starts to make sense!

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bexreadsbooks

“A mind made up is a formidable thing.”

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ckonicek
Mehso-so

I thought this book was very creative.

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Rachelkerr
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But we‘re all fragile, some of us just take slightly more shaking to break.

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DoonTheGoon
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Pickpick

Reading this book was as effortless, satisfying, and essential as breathing air. Exceptionally well written, profound, and hauntingly beautiful - I loved it.

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DoonTheGoon
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This struck a chord with me as I started this book tonight.

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Bexicans
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Weekend reading at my new house (it has a library!!!)

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Skyrimir
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Just started! I‘m enjoying it so far. Some babysitting tonight, so once the kids are in bed I may be able to get a chunk finished!

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toofondofbooks
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Panpan

Something about this book just didn't connect. it started out ok, and then kind of turned into a train wreck.

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Jokila
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Manoshgirl51
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Pickpick

Belletrist March Pick

One thing some people find strange about me is that I am fascinated with ghosts/spirits. With my parents both not here with me, I believe that they are always watching me and I can feel their presence. I really connected to Nick, who wrestles with questions about death and finding answers as to why he had to lose the love of his life. I was cheering him on to find his closure. I know I found mine after finishing this book.

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Debiw781
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Pickpick

I finished this #ghost #horror novel a while back. It‘s more cerebral than I expected but I thoroughly enjoyed the meandering pace. The narrator is somewhat unreliable and I like how the author makes ya wonder if it‘s ghosts or mental illness. This one won‘t appeal to everyone but I enjoyed it and will read more by this author.

Reviewsbylola Cool cover! 5y
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sumaiyya.books
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This was such an incredible read! I read it in one day, and that‘s 100% because of the engaging storytelling and the stunning writing style. This follows Nick, a young man whose girlfriend gets a job as the director of a Historic House. Things start to go wrong after they move in, followed by her eventual disappearance. Nick tries to make sense of the mystery and the role the house‘s previous inhabitants play in it. SO BLOODY GOOD.

wanderinglynn What a cute fur-baby! So floofy! ❤️🐱 5y
Gissy Sounds interesting! 5y
radhikeey This sounds like a nice suspense book. Gotta stack it! 5y
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sumaiyya.books @wanderinglynn thank you! Her name is Gatsby ☺️♥️ 5y
sumaiyya.books @radhikey I loved it!! It was so goood 😻 5y
sumaiyya.books @radhikey definitely! I loved it so much ☺️♥️ 5y
Cedricsmom @sumaiyya.books I just started it this week and it is very good. Well written sentences and a good story to boot. I wasn‘t aware of this book but I read a review of it in this week‘s New York Times Review of Books. 5y
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IndianaRed
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There's nothing better than bringing a brand new ghost story on your spring break camping trip

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echalpan
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Mehso-so

Ehhh. I read this since it was Belletrist‘s BOTM. Supernatural elements aren‘t my favorite, but I decided to give this book a try anyway. It was intriguing at the start, but I didn‘t love the way it wrapped itself up.

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rather_be_reading
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Belltrist's March pick. Ill have to add this to my tbr

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amiekreger
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JenniferJR
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Do you believe? #hogarth

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echalpan
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Just started, and I‘m hooked so far!

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Miznanner

What an odd but ultimately satisfying book. I almost gave up on it about halfway through, frustrated by unlikable characters and a murky plot. Picked it back earlier tonight and did not put it down until I had finished it. I can tell it will not leave me alone for a bit. I give it a 👻👻👻 rating.

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LitLogophile
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Loved it. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

If the person you love seems to have a supernatural experience, do you believe? What if that person has a history of mental illness? And you‘re a pretty average mid-twenties guy who works in the music industry, living in New York, who finally met a girl he really loves?

Wouldn‘t you want to believe that there was some explanation for everything going wrong?

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LitLogophile
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LitLogophile
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I could sleep ... or I could finish the last 95 pages ... how much do I really have to do at work tomorrow anyway ... and who needs breakfast 🤔

Cathythoughts 😀😀😉 5y
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LitLogophile

This is a thing that I‘m sure is obvious to everyone else but is never-endingly astonishing to me: that every change, every life, consists of nothing but a series of days. The shaky old wheelchair-bound man with a blanket on his lap, being hoisted out of the Access-A-Ride, was once a bulging-biceped, turnstile-leaping twenty-year-old, and the vessel that carried him all the way from there to here was no bigger than a box on a calendar.