Book & Author Details:
Chopin’s Ghost by Cary Grossman
Publication date: July 20th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Fryderyk Chopin has been haunting Robin Hanley. The master composer offers more than just music lessons; he shows Robin images of the future, and of a fire that will claim his life. Immersing himself in the wildly successful rock band he forms with a friend from school, Robin is unable to explain his ability to change the weather with his moods, predict the impending death of loved ones, or hide from dreams of a mysterious woman. And Chopin won’t leave him alone.
Suze can’t understand why her father ignores her all the time, but suspects it has to do with more than just her strange power over cats. Her troubled cousin, Angie, is Suze’s best friend and the only person she tells of the young man she meets in the pretty forest in her dreams, the darkly enchanting figure with the amazing guitar.
Controlling it all is the man in the cape, the genius of the Romantic Period behind the immense piano. Once Robin and Suze meet, they compare notes on Chopin. Using the power of the ghost that has haunted them all their lives, would it be possible for them to survive the fire and finally find happiness?
Chopin’s Ghost is Cary Marc Grossman’s first novel, and the first of a three-part series. Fans of Graham Joyce will love it.
I didn’t want to finish 2016 with a bad review. Not least because I don’t like writing them. And yet… here we are.
I would like to temper this review somewhat, by commenting that all other reviews for this book are (at the time of writing) 4 or 5*. However, it didn’t achieve that rating for me.
I didn’t struggle to get into the story at first. Unfortunately, that initial connection faded, leaving me with a story, which for me, was too slow and had too many characters. I’m afraid that, because I was struggling to immerse myself in the narrative, I had to resort to making notes about the various character interrelationships. Whilst that helped me keep track of who was who, it didn’t reignite my interest.
I managed to make it to about halfway through the story. But by this stage, the buildup had only just morphed to the meat of the story, and I’m sorry to say that I was no longer interested in finding out how the story unfolded. Which is a shame, because the synopsis held promise of a good tale. That promise just didn’t translate to an engaging tale.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
After dabbling in half a dozen rock bands on the Jersey shore, Cary Marc Grossman returned to his native region of northern New Jersey, where he spent over three decades in retail management. He wrote much of his first novel, Chopin’s Ghost, on a pad kept in his shirt pocket. Chopin’s Ghost and Honey, Grossman’s second novel, have each earned five-star reviews.