#bookreview Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin published by Penguin

My Sister disappeared.

I know who took her.

Now I’ve taken him.


Carl Louis Feldman is an old man who once took photographs.

That was before he was tried for murder and acquitted.

Before dementia and his admission to a Texas care facility.

Now his daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip.

Only she’s not his daughter, and, if she has her way, he’s not coming back . . .

Because Carl’s past has finally caught up with him. The woman driving the car is convinced he’s guilty, and that he’s killed other young women. Including her sister Rachel.

Now they’re driving across Texas, following his photographs, his clues, his crimes. To see if he remembers any of it. To discover what happened to Rachel.

Has Carl truly forgotten what he did or is he just pretending? Perhaps he’s guilty of nothing and she’s the liar. Either way, in driving him into the Texan badlands she’s taking a terrible risk.

For if Carl really is a serial killer, she’s alone in the most dangerous place of all . . .


My reading experience:

This is a beautiful, thrilling, suspense story of a girl grown up after losing her sister when she was twelve years old. There are many threads to this story but strangely the crime is the not really one of them. Grace and Carl are intricate and intriguing characters and the journey she takes him on is full of mixed emotions – hope, hate, and murder. As a reader I found it confusing to read at first as the back and forth is slightly overwhelming. However I was soon caught up in the atmospheric nature of the mystery.

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publishers for my free ARC.


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