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Paper Ghosts de Julia Heaberlin
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Paper Ghosts (2018 original; edició 2018)

de Julia Heaberlin

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"A gripping thriller about a man who may or may not have dementia--and who may or may not be a serial killer--from a master of twists and turns, in the tradition of Laura Lippman and Gillian Flynn An obsessive young woman has been waiting half her life--since she was twelve years old--for this moment. She has planned. Researched. Trained. Imagined every scenario. Now she is almost certain the man who kidnapped and murdered her sister sits in the passenger seat beside her. Carl Louis Feldman is a documentary photographer. The young woman claims to be his long-lost daughter.He doesn't believe her. He claims no memory of murdering girls across Texas, in a string of places where he shot eerie pictures. She doesn't believe him. Determined to find the truth, she lures him out of a halfway house and proposes a dangerous idea: a ten-day road trip, just the two of them, to examine cold cases linked to his haunting photographs. Is he a liar or a broken old man? Is he a pathological con artist? Or is she? Julia Heaberlin once again swerves the serial killer genre in a new direction. With taut, captivating prose, Heaberlin deftly explores the ghosts that live in our minds--and the ones that stare back from photographs. You won't see the final, terrifying twist spinning your way until the very last mile. Praise for Black-Eyed Susans "A masterful thriller. brilliantly conceived, beautifully executed. [Julia] Heaberlin's work calls to mind that of Gillian Flynn. Both writers published impressive early novels that were largely overlooked, and then one that couldn't be: Flynn's Gone Girl and now Heaberlin's Black-Eyed Susans. Don't miss it."--The Washington Post "[A] gem of a novel. richly textured, beautifully written. The plot twists feel earned as well as genuinely surprising."--The Boston Globe "A tense, slow-burning, beautifully written novel of survival and hope."--William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob "Deliciously twisty and eerie, Heaberlin's third psychological suspense novel is intricately layered and instantly compelling."--Library Journal (starred review) "A breakout book."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Breathtakingly, heart-stoppingly brilliant."--Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders "A terrific plot, matched by the quality of the writing and superbly paced tension."--The Times (U.K.)"--"An elderly man with dementia, once acquitted of a terrible murder and suspected in many others, is removed from his assisted-living facility by a woman he does not recognize--a woman who claims to be his long-lost daughter. She takes him on a road trip across Texas, searching for answers to her own burning questions. Following the paths of vanished women, she attemps to discover the truth about this man. Does he really have dementia? Is he a murderer? What secrets lurk in the dark corners of his disintegrating mind?"--… (més)
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Títol:Paper Ghosts
Autors:Julia Heaberlin
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Lost in Texas

Heaberlin’s Paper Ghosts (which admittedly is a terrifically intriguing title) is part murder mystery and part travelogue, with your creepiest old uncle riding shotgun. Unfortunately, for some, this novel will require a bit more belief suspension than usual and for others the journey will just be too tedious. Maybe if the trip had been a hundred pages shorter, then at least you wouldn’t be tempted to nap, you know, like an old creepy uncle, from time to time.

Carl Feldman was a documentary photographer who may or may not have been a serial killer who roamed Texas murdering young girls, then documenting their deaths in his photography. He also may or may not be suffering from dementia in a halfway home, where he claims to have no knowledge of killing anybody. Grace doesn’t buy it. She suspects he murdered her older sister, Rachel, when she was seventeen and Grace was eight. Not only does she suspect him, she obsesses on the idea to the point of undergoing training against the day she finally comes up again Feldman.

That day arrives, when she executes her plan. She finagles him out of his halfway home by pretending to be his daughter, there to learn more about him, to see if she possesses any of his traits. Her plan calls for them to visit ten murder sites throughout Texas, her hope being any of these, but especially that of her sister, will issue an admission from him. What happens is that the whole affair devolves into a drive around, with Grace constantly expressing how afraid of him she is, of him being a sort of know-it-all creepy uncle, and of the pair being chased by mysterious bad dudes, all ushered along by some pretty dull writing.

It’s never a good sign when you resist the idea of giving up several times and when you fight off sleep while debating if you’re going to give up. There are better of this genre out there. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Lost in Texas

Heaberlin’s Paper Ghosts (which admittedly is a terrifically intriguing title) is part murder mystery and part travelogue, with your creepiest old uncle riding shotgun. Unfortunately, for some, this novel will require a bit more belief suspension than usual and for others the journey will just be too tedious. Maybe if the trip had been a hundred pages shorter, then at least you wouldn’t be tempted to nap, you know, like an old creepy uncle, from time to time.

Carl Feldman was a documentary photographer who may or may not have been a serial killer who roamed Texas murdering young girls, then documenting their deaths in his photography. He also may or may not be suffering from dementia in a halfway home, where he claims to have no knowledge of killing anybody. Grace doesn’t buy it. She suspects he murdered her older sister, Rachel, when she was seventeen and Grace was eight. Not only does she suspect him, she obsesses on the idea to the point of undergoing training against the day she finally comes up again Feldman.

That day arrives, when she executes her plan. She finagles him out of his halfway home by pretending to be his daughter, there to learn more about him, to see if she possesses any of his traits. Her plan calls for them to visit ten murder sites throughout Texas, her hope being any of these, but especially that of her sister, will issue an admission from him. What happens is that the whole affair devolves into a drive around, with Grace constantly expressing how afraid of him she is, of him being a sort of know-it-all creepy uncle, and of the pair being chased by mysterious bad dudes, all ushered along by some pretty dull writing.

It’s never a good sign when you resist the idea of giving up several times and when you fight off sleep while debating if you’re going to give up. There are better of this genre out there. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Grace is obsessed with her sisters’ disappearance and now she believes that she has found the man responsible…Louis Feldman. Problem is he’s been down this road before. Carl gained fame for having published a bestselling book of photographs some years previously…. and achieved notoriety as the suspected serial killer of several women. He was tried…but not convicted for one murder…then he went off the grid for a few years. Now he back and he claims to have dementia. Now here’s where the story begins to fall apart for me. Grace removes Carl from his care home where he is currently living and has decided that she can get him to confess to her sister’s abduction by taking him on a 10-day road trip through Texas. Really??? I kept waiting for someone to yell ”APRIL FOOL”. I’ll give it 3 stars for the writing style and a very creative idea... but it just didn’t seem in the realm of possibility to carry this theme out convincingly. ( )
  Carol420 | Sep 19, 2020 |
I was drawn to this book by the amazing cover and that the setting was Texas. This book started out really good to me but as it went on I got a bit bored with it. I did however listen partly to the audiobook so I don't know if that affected my opinion. I did like the original storyline but I think I just didn't really care much for any of the characters.

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  debbiebellows | Jun 1, 2019 |
This is a well written psychological thriller that had me practically inhaling it in one sitting. The plot was well written and the characters were so well developed they could be real people! I loved this book and look forward to this authors next book. ( )
  fictionalblonde | Apr 10, 2019 |
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"A gripping thriller about a man who may or may not have dementia--and who may or may not be a serial killer--from a master of twists and turns, in the tradition of Laura Lippman and Gillian Flynn An obsessive young woman has been waiting half her life--since she was twelve years old--for this moment. She has planned. Researched. Trained. Imagined every scenario. Now she is almost certain the man who kidnapped and murdered her sister sits in the passenger seat beside her. Carl Louis Feldman is a documentary photographer. The young woman claims to be his long-lost daughter.He doesn't believe her. He claims no memory of murdering girls across Texas, in a string of places where he shot eerie pictures. She doesn't believe him. Determined to find the truth, she lures him out of a halfway house and proposes a dangerous idea: a ten-day road trip, just the two of them, to examine cold cases linked to his haunting photographs. Is he a liar or a broken old man? Is he a pathological con artist? Or is she? Julia Heaberlin once again swerves the serial killer genre in a new direction. With taut, captivating prose, Heaberlin deftly explores the ghosts that live in our minds--and the ones that stare back from photographs. You won't see the final, terrifying twist spinning your way until the very last mile. Praise for Black-Eyed Susans "A masterful thriller. brilliantly conceived, beautifully executed. [Julia] Heaberlin's work calls to mind that of Gillian Flynn. Both writers published impressive early novels that were largely overlooked, and then one that couldn't be: Flynn's Gone Girl and now Heaberlin's Black-Eyed Susans. Don't miss it."--The Washington Post "[A] gem of a novel. richly textured, beautifully written. The plot twists feel earned as well as genuinely surprising."--The Boston Globe "A tense, slow-burning, beautifully written novel of survival and hope."--William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob "Deliciously twisty and eerie, Heaberlin's third psychological suspense novel is intricately layered and instantly compelling."--Library Journal (starred review) "A breakout book."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Breathtakingly, heart-stoppingly brilliant."--Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders "A terrific plot, matched by the quality of the writing and superbly paced tension."--The Times (U.K.)"--"An elderly man with dementia, once acquitted of a terrible murder and suspected in many others, is removed from his assisted-living facility by a woman he does not recognize--a woman who claims to be his long-lost daughter. She takes him on a road trip across Texas, searching for answers to her own burning questions. Following the paths of vanished women, she attemps to discover the truth about this man. Does he really have dementia? Is he a murderer? What secrets lurk in the dark corners of his disintegrating mind?"--

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