Author: Rebecca Stott Published: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (2007) - Words By: Nikki Pearson The novel opens with the mysterious death of Elizabeth Vogelsang, a Cambridge university scholar, whose body is found floating in the river by her son Cameron Brown. On her desk lays her unfinished book, a controversial biography of Isaac Newton. Cameron recruits his ex-lover, Lydia Brooke to finish the final chapter. Absorbed in Elizabeth’s work and environment, Lydia discovers Elizabeth has made profane connections between a string of suspicious deaths at Trinity College, when Isaac Newton was a fellow, and his advancement towards the fellowship he needed in order to continue his studies at Cambridge. However, when strange flickers of light appear on the walls with untraceable sources, Elizabeth’s cat is ritually murdered, and things are not as they should be, it appears someone, or something… doesn’t want Lydia to uncover the secret truths of the 17th century. Meanwhile, in present day Cambridge, a separate series of deaths take place appearing to target those who have offended a radical animal rights group… or so it seems. Blending fact and fiction Ghostwalk is a highly inventive, intelligent thriller weaving science and the supernatural, past and present. Stott takes a modern approach to the gothic novel, incorporating material about the plague, glass making, alchemy, optics and quantum physics, blurring the boundary where the rational ends and the irrational begins. The novel is interesting because it is an entanglement of love, history and revenge. Although the second person narration didn’t personally work for me because it reflects a sad, dark, love story when Lydia is addressing Cameron, it is easy to identify with her and her struggles of rekindling an old flame as she attempts to piece everything together. Even though the novel is well researched to include such a breadth of detailed history, the mixing of fact and fiction didn’t appeal to me; the use of footnotes in a novel is just too academic for my taste! On the other hand, the open ending leaves the ghosts unexplained and very much still present leaving the reader to draw their own conclusions… A theme consistent throughout the novel, when you think a problem has been solved, more problems open up! Although the combination of genres does make one feel disorientated it adds to the fast paced movement of the book ensuring there is some aspect to suit everyone, whether you like a love story, a gothic novel, a historical thriller or a crime thriller… if you like solving mysteries this is a must-read for you… Find out more about Rebecca Stott on her website - HERE