The Anatomy of Ghosts
By Andrew Taylor
$24.99, 432 pages
Hyperion, January 25, 2011
The description from the publisher of Andrew Taylor's The Anatomy of Ghosts says:
1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge
The ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumored to be haunting Jerusalem ever since student Frank Oldershaw claimed to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds and was locked up because of his violent reaction to these disturbed visions.
Desperate to salvage her son’s reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts—a stinging account of why ghosts are mere delusion—to investigate. But his arrival in Cambridge disrupts an uneasy status quo as he glimpses a world of privilege and abuse, where the sinister Holy Ghost Club governs life at Jerusalem more effectively than the Master, Dr. Carbury, ever could. And when Holdsworth finds himself haunted—not only by the ghost of his dead wife, Maria, but also by Elinor, the very-much-alive Master’s wife—his fate is sealed. He must find Sylvia’s murderer, or else the hauntings will continue. And not one of this troubled group will leave the claustrophobic confines of Jerusalem unchanged.
This sounded like a book right up my alley, chock full of ghosts in an old English setting. Imagine my disappointment when I just couldn't stick with the book. So I put it down, I walked away. Tried again, walked away. I pretty much abandoned this book. I hate it when that happens and I don't know why as it is a well written book with an interesting sounding subject. I gave it several tries, but couldn't get past the first chapter.
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