The Ghost of Gracie Flynn by Australian debut author Joanna Morrison is a mystery fiction full of tragedy, friendship, loss, and secrets.
Gracie Flynn, the narrator, tells the tale from someplace or other. There were four of them attending university in Perth, WA, with Gracie and Cohen, Robyn, and Sam. Even though they were couples the four of them were inseparable, that was until Gracie died in baffling circumstances.
After Gracie’s death, Cohen, Robyn, and Sam were left in disbelief and pain. As the years progressed, they adapted to life forging their own paths and living separate lives but never forgetting the memory of Gracie. Little did they know Gracie was keeping a watchful eye on them.
Eighteen years later, the three remaining friends are fortuitously reunited. Robyn has returned home to Australia after her journalism post overseas, Cohen is in financial trouble and his heart constantly remains with Gracie, Sam is an author, married with a daughter Isla.
When misfortune happens again, and Sam is found dead on his boat questions are raised; is this a coincidence or an accident? Will Gracie’s death be revealed.
For her debut novel, Morrison exhibits a great style of writing. She gives the narration a subtle tone, building enough suspense yet at the same time slowly giving clues to unfold the storyline.
She then released me from the suspense by plunging me into her world of imagination filled with thrills, tension, and action, which felt satisfying. Her depictions of scenes and characters are vivid which added colour to my imagination and made the reading experience fun.
The characters are well-developed as the author highlights their emotions and thoughts impressively, making it easy to connect with them. The novel provides a good measure of human nature. It was impossible not to feel Gracie’s pain and Cohen’s anguish after losing her. A different aspect I enjoyed in the novel was Gracie telling her story and moments in time to Isla.
I was drawn in by the story from the beginning. Delightful and quirky are the two words that I describe The Ghost of Gracie Flynn. Readers are taken right along in the mystery until the answers are finally revealed. I highly recommend.
Thank you, Beauty and Lace and Fremantle Press for the opportunity to read and review.
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