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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Ghostwriters by Mickey J. Corrigan (Book Review)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book review tour event for The Ghostwriters by author Mickey J. Corrigan!

Book Review

The Ghostwriters by Mickey J. Corrigan
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: September 2, 2016
Format: Paperback - 194 pages
               Kindle - 472 KB
               Nook - 206 KB
ISBN: 978-1509209255
BNID: 2940156979257
Genre: Psychological Thriller w/Romance 

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book review tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

Book Description:

She's funny, cynical, and kinda crazy, but she knows how to tell a story.

A struggling writer living in Manhattan, Jacy McMasters is the first to admit she's a terrific liar and a screw-up. Then the ghost of the famous novelist JD Balinger asks her to "channel" a follow-up to his classic coming of age book, The Watcher in the Sky. Along with her new boyfriend, a bear of a man who has no patience for mind games, the ghost in Jacy's head forces her to confront a lifetime of secrets—dark secrets. Secrets she's been keeping from herself.

My Book Review:

The Ghostwriters is an intriguing psychological tale that follows Jacy McMaster's journey of self-discovery and recovery.

Written in the first person narrative, Jacy takes the reader along for the ride on her gritty and raw journey as she unravels the complicated layers of her past, and confronts the reality behind the toxic family dysfunction that has haunted her life.

Set in New York City, the author weaves an intricate and tragic story that will provide the reader with much food for thought. Jacy is a struggling writer and part-time waitress at a microbrewery, who has been haunted by her troubled past, and avoids the reality of her toxic and dysfunctional family dynamic and history of mental illness. Her life has been in a downward spiral and on a dangerous and self-destructive path of dark depression, drinking, substance abuse, numerous one-night stands, hallucinations, and black outs. When Jacy channels the ghost of recently deceased author JD Balinger, who requests her assistance in writing a sequel to his novel, The Watcher in the Sky, little does Jacy know that she is embarking on a journey of self-discovery that will save her from the vicious cycle of wanton and destructive behavior and lifestyle choices. And along the way Jacy will finally find a good man in Firth, a NYC Social Worker, who will be her rock and help her to put the past behind her and move forward with her life.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this riveting story. Jacy is a straight-talking, street smart girl who easily draws the reader into her story with an edgy dark sense of humor. I loved the gritty and realistic spin that author Mickey J. Corrigan weaves, there is a sense of reality to the issues of mental illness and the dysfunctional family dynamic of Jacy's life that was slowly revealed, it kept me captivated and provided much sobering food for thought. I loved the balance of dark humor, gritty drama, and suspenseful mystery that is interwoven in the story, it keeps you engaged, and the unexpected twists and turns makes this story that much more thrilling a read that will leave you wanting more. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I enjoyed the rich description of the familiar landmarks of my favorite city, New York City, it made me want to hop on the train and visit the city that never sleeps.

The Ghostwriters is an edgy psychological thriller that is a must read!


About The Author

Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan hides out in the lush ruins of South Florida. She writes pulp fiction, literary crime, and psychological thrillers. Her stories have been called "gritty realism," "oh so compulsive" reads, and "bizarre but believable." Recent books include the literary suspense novel The Ghostwriters, the neo-noir satire The Blow Off, and the crime caper Ex-Treme Measures from The Wild Rose Press (US). Songs of the Maniacs was published by Salt Publishing in 2014 (UK). Salt will release her new crime novel in 2017.

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Virtual Book Review Tour

Tour Schedule:

September 19 – Chick Lit Plus
September 20 – Polished & Bubbly
September 21 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews
September 22 – Book Lover in Florida
September 23 – Varietats

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