Two-Thirds of a Ghost

Nancy Parsons
The Cheshire Press (2013)
ISBN 9780985368975

Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (6/13)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘Two-Thirds of a Ghost’ by Nancy Parsons on Blogcritics. 

“Two-Thirds of a Ghost” by Nancy Parsons is the story of Nell Bane, a divorced, middle-aged woman. She is a freelance ghostwriter working for different people as the jobs come along.  Richard, a friend of hers, puts Nell in contact with an acquaintance in order to start the process in writing his book. David Kernow (Deke) is her new client. Nell meets with him several times throughout the book and records his story of watching the Twin Towers fall in New York that fateful September 11th.

Nell happens to be a soup lover. There are several scenes that have her making different soups. The reader can also enjoy some new recipes complete with instructions all built in to the story. This is a unique touch to the book as it brings out your senses almost like you can smell it cooking while you read.

Nell sits down to put the story together but finds she needs to dig a little more to fill in the blanks. Deke is expecting a Hollywood-worthy film and wants Nell to make him famous. So to make this happen, she must find out some more information to complete her mission. Nell seeks out old friends and co-workers to get their opinion about Deke and more insight about the man he was and has become.

Deke has a reputation of being a wonderful, generous man. He has started a foundation in support of children of those who died in the 9/11 horror. As Nell makes her rounds and attends fancy fundraisers, she finds more info than she would like to have known and begins to question what is true and what is not. Could she complete her mission to write this story and live with herself after finding out more of exactly who Deke is, or was?

Nancy really puts together a nice, clean suspense that many will enjoy. I do not recall many, if any, curse words or foul language. Nancy creates the lively characters that make this book stand out. I really enjoyed “Two-Thirds of a Ghost.” To be completely honest, I thought this was going to be a ghost story. I was wrong but I was not disappointed!

I read this book in two sittings. The flow is nice and the pace is perfect. I can imagine “Two-Thirds of a Ghost” by Nancy Parsons can be enjoyed by many different age groups.

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