First Chapter First Paragraph: The Ghost by Robert Harris

Every Tuesday First Chapter, First Paragraph/Intros is hosted by Vicky of I’d Rather Be at the Beach sharing the first paragraph or two of a book she’s reading or plans to read soon.

I’m currently reading The Ghost by Robert Harris, about a ghostwriter, not a tale of the supernatural.

The Ghost


The moment I heard how McAra died I should have walked away. I can see that now. I should have said, ‘Rick, I’m sorry, this isn’t for me, I don’t like the sound of it,’ finished my drink and left. But he was such a good storyteller, Rick – I often thought he should have been the writer and I the literary agent – that once he’s started talking there was never any question I wouldn’t listen, and by the time he had finished, I was hooked.


Britain’s former prime minister is holed up in a remote, ocean-front house in America, struggling to finish his memoirs, when his long-term assistant drowns. A professional ghostwriter is sent out to rescue the project – a man more used to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities than ex-world leaders. The ghost soon discovers that his distinguished new client has secrets in his past that are returning to haunt him – secrets with the power to kill.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

13 thoughts on “First Chapter First Paragraph: The Ghost by Robert Harris”

  1. I’d keep reading because I had this recommended to me several years ago by a friend and I never have got around to it. I’ll be very interested to hear what you think.


    1. I’ve had this book nearly 10 years! I wish I’d read it earlier as it’s really good so far – and much more to my liking than A Discovery of Witches. 🙂


  2. Oh, this is intriguing, Margaret. I’d heard good things about it, but not gotten to it. I really hope you’ll enjoy it, and I look forward to your thoughts on it.


  3. I always like a noel when the main character is a writer. Glad there are no real ghosts in it. I hope you enjoy it.


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