The Ghostwriters by Mickey Corrigan
She’s ghostwriting a book for a famous author–a recently deceased one. 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.
Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan writes sexy thrillers and kooky romances. Recent books include the edgy novellas in The Hard Stuff series (Whiskey Sour Noir, Vodka Warrior, Tequila Dirty, and RealLife Rum); the thriller Sugar Babies; and the spoofy crime novelsThe Blow Off and Ex-Treme Measures. Salt Publishing will release Project XX, a crime novel, in 2017.
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Jacy is an author that never got far. She has a lot of baggage and copes by denial, drinking and sleeping with guys she picks up in the bars. One day she is approached by a man that wants her to channel him and write a follow up to his book, The Watcher in the Sky. The man is JD Balinger, recently deceased author and once of Jacy’s favorites. Besides writing the story, JD is also helping Jacy deal with her past. But her present boyfriend can’t understand the idea of the ghost in her head and doesn’t want to play her games, even if she is trying to have a fresh start.
This is my first book of Mickey Corrigan’s that I have read and I just loved it. There is so much detail that you can’t help but feeling right there in the scene. Jacy clearly has some serious issues along with horrible coping skills. It was easy to get drawn into Jacy’s story with the little bread crumbs sprinkled about that come together nicely.
This is a dark contemporary romance with a gritty look at lives we don’t normally think about. It is a great story. I will definitely be reading other books by Mickey Corrigan.
I received The Ghostwriter for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.
When I woke up the next day, I felt awful. My eyes were swollen shut so I had to tumble out of bed and crawl through clustering dust-devils to the bathroom. I’d suffered worse hangovers after overindulging, but there was a real sharp edge to this one. When I steamed my eyes open with a hot wash cloth, I noticed it right away.
I was still hallucinating.
“You look bad, Jacy my girl,” JD said from his cross-legged perch on my wicker laundry hamper. “First thing we need to do is ease back on the hard core boozing.”
I screamed once or twice before he uncrossed his spidery limbs and said, “Don’t be a ninny. You know who I am, that I come from you. From your own deranged mind. So what’s the sense of yelling, disturbing your neighbors?”
He had a point. I calmed a little and said, “You may be an illusion, my illusion. But that does not mean you can stay in my bathroom while I shower.”
He shrugged, brushed by me on his way out. “I’ll make coffee. And when you come out, all fresh and bright-eyed, we’ll discuss how I can save you. Help dislodge you from your habitual cycle of wanton, destructive choices. No more dabbling. Time for you to shed your loser image, child. It is high time. Take my word.”