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'What a peculiarity it is, that domino effect. One incident, one decision, and perhaps several subsequent disasters.' After the mysterious disappearance of her mother Marella, Imogene Fuller is left as the sole carer of her younger sister, Clementine. Forced to give up her dreams of becoming a photographer, Imogene vows to support her sister's ambitions of becoming a profess 'What a peculiarity it is, that domino effect. One incident, one decision, and perhaps several subsequent disasters.' After the mysterious disappearance of her mother Marella, Imogene Fuller is left as the sole carer of her younger sister, Clementine. Forced to give up her dreams of becoming a photographer, Imogene vows to support her sister's ambitions of becoming a professional dancer, taking a menial job at Johnny's Mega Market, in the girls' hometown of Miller Creek. Discontented and unfulfilled, Imogene meets Henry Bishop by chance, and his sister Aggie, the embodiment of everything Imogene wishes she could be. However, when Aggie goes missing unexpectedly, Imogene and Henry come across her journal, which sheds light on Aggie's fragile state of mind in the months leading up to her disappearance. Imogene and Henry then embark on a perilous journey to find her, while beginning to uncover dark and frightening secrets hidden in the rugged outback, and also answers about what really happened to Marella Fuller, the day she disappeared.


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'What a peculiarity it is, that domino effect. One incident, one decision, and perhaps several subsequent disasters.' After the mysterious disappearance of her mother Marella, Imogene Fuller is left as the sole carer of her younger sister, Clementine. Forced to give up her dreams of becoming a photographer, Imogene vows to support her sister's ambitions of becoming a profess 'What a peculiarity it is, that domino effect. One incident, one decision, and perhaps several subsequent disasters.' After the mysterious disappearance of her mother Marella, Imogene Fuller is left as the sole carer of her younger sister, Clementine. Forced to give up her dreams of becoming a photographer, Imogene vows to support her sister's ambitions of becoming a professional dancer, taking a menial job at Johnny's Mega Market, in the girls' hometown of Miller Creek. Discontented and unfulfilled, Imogene meets Henry Bishop by chance, and his sister Aggie, the embodiment of everything Imogene wishes she could be. However, when Aggie goes missing unexpectedly, Imogene and Henry come across her journal, which sheds light on Aggie's fragile state of mind in the months leading up to her disappearance. Imogene and Henry then embark on a perilous journey to find her, while beginning to uncover dark and frightening secrets hidden in the rugged outback, and also answers about what really happened to Marella Fuller, the day she disappeared.

57 review for Ghosts

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sharah McConville

    'Ghosts' is a intriguing story about a woman named Imogene Fuller and the mysterious disappearance of several people close to her. I enjoyed this debut novel by Tess McLennan and won this book through Goodreads Giveaways. 'Ghosts' is a intriguing story about a woman named Imogene Fuller and the mysterious disappearance of several people close to her. I enjoyed this debut novel by Tess McLennan and won this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    I recieved Ghosts by Tess McLennan for free after entering a Goodreads Giveaway. First of all, let me just say, this book got to me ridiculously quickly. I assumed it would take a good 4 weeks to arrive and within a week it was on my doorstep. I really liked the idea of this book - the story has a great deal of potential and I liked...I'm going to say I liked where the story went I just don't know if I like how it got there. In the beginning the story started off at a leisurely sort of pace and I I recieved Ghosts by Tess McLennan for free after entering a Goodreads Giveaway. First of all, let me just say, this book got to me ridiculously quickly. I assumed it would take a good 4 weeks to arrive and within a week it was on my doorstep. I really liked the idea of this book - the story has a great deal of potential and I liked...I'm going to say I liked where the story went I just don't know if I like how it got there. In the beginning the story started off at a leisurely sort of pace and I could kind of imagine it being a sort of TV movie type scenario - that always works well for me, if a book can play out like a movie in my head then I'm quite happy. The characters were very 'alive' and didn't feel 1-dimensional, I really liked Imogene, Clementine and to an extent their Mother, Marella, and I feel like they have a whole story of their own, which I know sounds ridiculous, but the drama of their lives is so interesting. On the flip side, there is a bit too much going on in the book and not enough time; I feel like there are so many ideas crammed into 228 pages and it isn't that the book should be longer, I just think there was a really strong story line in-amongst other potential stories. I didn't hate how the story ended, I seem to like books that sort of drop off at the end and leave you wondering what happened - books like that don't bother me - this book doesn't really have that abrupt ending but I can certainly sense that the ending will have people a bit confused...maybe. I think overall, I liked aspects of the story-line, I just didn't like the flow of the story-line. I want to read this book again but when I do, there are certainly things that I am going to skip over because I think the story would work better in my mind and would definitely appeal to me more but for her first novel I think Tess McLennan did well, I like this book - I like the story line - I think it has potential. I wanted it to have more and less; more of the realistic mystery/drama novel and less of the science-fiction/ghost-story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Rating : 3.5 stars I received this book for free from entering into the giveaway. I found this book interesting. Beginning of the book was going on great but thought the middle of the book went a bit slow yet picked up later. Ending part however felt rushed which left me questions unanswered. Overall this was a good book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lee Parker

    I received a copy of this for free through Goodreads First Reads This was a quick easy read. The character progression was a bit confusing at times, but the story itself was very good. I really like the sections about the cult. That was such an unusual route to take with the story and I thought it was really original.

  5. 5 out of 5

    J.J.

    I enjoyed the first part of this book, the second part not so much. In the second part the author completely changed tack. She picked up the characters and events of the first part and put them into a completely new story. I was left with the impression that this work was really two books. The first part reminded me a little of Candace Bushnell's Carrie Bradshaw - a kind of sex in the suburbs but with a super natural twist. The second part was all mystery/thriller. It reminded me of Margaret Atw I enjoyed the first part of this book, the second part not so much. In the second part the author completely changed tack. She picked up the characters and events of the first part and put them into a completely new story. I was left with the impression that this work was really two books. The first part reminded me a little of Candace Bushnell's Carrie Bradshaw - a kind of sex in the suburbs but with a super natural twist. The second part was all mystery/thriller. It reminded me of Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' and the movie 'Wolf Creek'. The consequence of attempting to cram two distinct works into only 228 pages meant that neither was developed fully. I felt that the author was much more comfortable writing the first part. The main character rang true and made me wonder how much the author was drawing on her own experiences. There was a real sense of place which drew me in. The second part just felt rushed. The author wrote an unnamed character into the first part - the voyeur - which struck me as more of a dramatic device which didn't work for me mainly because it was never resolved, being absent from the second part. As a first novel, the author definitely shows promise. There are a lot of annoying little errors - a typo on page 175, the author using 'I' instead of 'me' on two occasions, a car that starts out belonging to the mum and then, a few pages later, to the narrator and the line 'a recent storm a few days earlier' all grated. The author could also have been more original in the use of similes. These issues could all have easily been fixed by a good editor/proof reader. Overall this book was OK and I look forward to the author's next work being published.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jason Schneider

    There were some things I liked about this book including the characters and the main story line overall. It's a plucked from real life scenario we've heard about before in the news. What I was challenged by was the very quick pace/progression of the story and the lack of background detail. It went from 0 to 60km/h in no time flat into a very unbelievable climax that tried to be one part science fiction and one part Kill Bill. I really wish the book was longer, filling in some of the gaps and carr There were some things I liked about this book including the characters and the main story line overall. It's a plucked from real life scenario we've heard about before in the news. What I was challenged by was the very quick pace/progression of the story and the lack of background detail. It went from 0 to 60km/h in no time flat into a very unbelievable climax that tried to be one part science fiction and one part Kill Bill. I really wish the book was longer, filling in some of the gaps and carrying me along the adventure rather than throwing me into it from page to page. The ending particularly disappointed me, there was no resolution. I was also confused about the seemingly supernatural episodes near the beginning of the story that had no further exploration or connection with the final summary. It's almost like a mashup of several genres that could have worked if they were woven together better with further development. In general, it was an easy read and the pop culture references sprinkled throughout gave it a universal appeal that will also serve as a time stamp for future readers. Even though I received Ghosts via Goodreads Giveaways, it's not a book I will reread or keep on my bookshelf, but one that I found to be an entertaining way to cleanse the pallet. I must also point out the technical error on page 175 where a word/sentence/paragraph is interrupted by the numbers 169. That would have been interesting if it was a theme throughout and made reference to something in the story, somehow I think it was only an editing oversight.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sue Raymond

    I received this novel 'Ghosts' by Tess Mc Lennan in exchange for an honest review. Tess McLennen did a wonderful job keeping the reader guessing as the story opens with the main character Imogene Fuller coming home to Miller Creek to her strained relationship with her mother from a three month photographic stint abroad. She pulls up and cannot believe her eyes. The house and yard is in total disrepair. She enters in the house to find her fifteen year old sister, Clementine, sitting in a pit. Her I received this novel 'Ghosts' by Tess Mc Lennan in exchange for an honest review. Tess McLennen did a wonderful job keeping the reader guessing as the story opens with the main character Imogene Fuller coming home to Miller Creek to her strained relationship with her mother from a three month photographic stint abroad. She pulls up and cannot believe her eyes. The house and yard is in total disrepair. She enters in the house to find her fifteen year old sister, Clementine, sitting in a pit. Her mother, Marella, has done a complete 180 degrees on her obsessives compulsive disorder of cleanliness. Once home, Imogene starts having nightmares about a cult with her mother active member. She wakes to find those terrors coming trues starting with Marella's mysterious visit two men. Then comes multitudes of strange soulless people walking down the street then disappearing. Imogene can feel the two strange beings watching her every move. Marella turns up missing without a trace so Imogene now must put aside her life's plans to care for Clementine. In spite of a nationwide search they cannot find their mother. Imogene takes a job at a supermarket deli to support Clementine and herself. She meets Henry Bishop and his pregnant sister, Aggie. Imogene begins to think things are look up just before falling off the cliff into the abyss as Aggie is kidnapped by the religious cult. now they must infiltrate the cult to rescue Aggie before the cult she delivers the baby. Tess throw in a great twist at the climax of the story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Lee

    Tess very generously provided a copy in exchange for an honest review. I did enjoy the book and thought the voice of the author flowed well. It was an easy read. I liked the development of the characters, but for my simple brain, felt too many were introduced too early. Well done for conceiving and executing a huge piece of work as a first novel. The text needs editing. I found several typos, and at one point a random 3-digit number in the middle of a word, followed by a paragraph break, then th Tess very generously provided a copy in exchange for an honest review. I did enjoy the book and thought the voice of the author flowed well. It was an easy read. I liked the development of the characters, but for my simple brain, felt too many were introduced too early. Well done for conceiving and executing a huge piece of work as a first novel. The text needs editing. I found several typos, and at one point a random 3-digit number in the middle of a word, followed by a paragraph break, then the rest of the word. Further improvement could be made by aligning expectations from the title of the book to the content. Early on I got confused (remember my simple mind?) fingers tapping on window, from first person point of view; unsure who was doing that, and lost track of who it might be, or even if it advanced the story. By the end of the book, I was still unsure who or what were ghosts. Were there dead people communicating with our world, or was it a metaphor for cult-zombies? The diary mini-book was interesting, but rather long, and the English far too precise for a diary-format. This made me doubt its reality and so it felt a little like an easy way to provide back-story rather than through active voice. Again, well done! I know it's very brave to unleash so much work and put it all up for critique.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I won this book from the giveaways on Goodreads.com. I enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and a quick read. The second half of the book was kind of shocking as in I wasn't expecting that at all and it's hard to say much about it without giving away any spoilers. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future. I won this book from the giveaways on Goodreads.com. I enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and a quick read. The second half of the book was kind of shocking as in I wasn't expecting that at all and it's hard to say much about it without giving away any spoilers. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I received this book in a GoodReads book giveaway. It was an easy read, interesting characters but it left me with a lot of unanswered questions.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    I won this book in a giveaway. I found it interesting and good. Probably a little bit predictable, but it was a good start for this autor. Sorry my bad English.

  12. 4 out of 5

    William Mehl

    Won on goodreads. This book started out great and held my interests. Toward the middle it started to fade, then the last few chapters it picked up again. Overall it was a good read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chanosaure

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather Flaigg

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Jacks

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tess McLennan

  21. 4 out of 5

    IfrahHreads

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mike Kabira

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  25. 5 out of 5

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    Adam Thomson

  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  31. 4 out of 5

    Greg McLennan

  32. 4 out of 5

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  34. 5 out of 5

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  54. 4 out of 5

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  55. 5 out of 5

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  56. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Stefani

  57. 4 out of 5

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