Ghost Writer by Rene Gutteridge (Bethany House, 2000), 396 pages
Senior Editor Jonathan Harper has been the golden boy of his publishing house for years. But now his last several proposals have bombed, his star author has retired, and his marriage has grown distant. And then he starts getting anonymous snippets of a story — his own life story. Pieces he’s never told anyone, and everyone else who knew them is long dead. How can this be?
Ghost Writer (I’m sad it doesn’t have a more unique name, but at the same time, the title does fit.) is set inside a publishing company. Or, rather, its main character is a senior editor at a publishing house. This makes me happy.
While this isn’t Rene Gutteridge’s best writing, I felt that she had to write it, it was a story she had to tell. And in that, it contains more of the author’s heart, soul, than her other books I’ve read had. And this is a touching, deep feeling — I love it when I feel I connect with the writer through their story. So in some way, it’s her best book (that I’ve read).
This is my sixth Gutteridge book, and it won’t be my last (I have 3 more on my shelf, actually):
- Scoop (Occupational Hazards, book 1)
- Snitch (Occupational Hazards, book 2)
- Skid (Occupational Hazards, book 3)
- Never the Bride, which is co-authored by Cheryl McKay
About the author
Rene Gutteridge is a comedy writer and novelist. She is the author of more than a dozen novels including the Boo series, My Life as a Doormat, the Occupational Hazards series, and the novelization of the motion picture The Ultimate Gift. She lives in Oklahoma with her family.
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