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The dead cant seek justice can they? - Gideon Lake, a successful composer, is immediately smitten by Kate Solway, who lives below him. They begin a passionate affair, and Kate invites him to Europe so that they can be together without her husband finding out. But when Gideon witnesses all kinds of strange and terrifying events, he soon realizes that nothing in Kates world The dead cant seek justice can they? - Gideon Lake, a successful composer, is immediately smitten by Kate Solway, who lives below him. They begin a passionate affair, and Kate invites him to Europe so that they can be together without her husband finding out. But when Gideon witnesses all kinds of strange and terrifying events, he soon realizes that nothing in Kates world is what it seems. Gideon must work out who, and what, Kate really is, and what she wants from him . . .


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The dead cant seek justice can they? - Gideon Lake, a successful composer, is immediately smitten by Kate Solway, who lives below him. They begin a passionate affair, and Kate invites him to Europe so that they can be together without her husband finding out. But when Gideon witnesses all kinds of strange and terrifying events, he soon realizes that nothing in Kates world The dead cant seek justice can they? - Gideon Lake, a successful composer, is immediately smitten by Kate Solway, who lives below him. They begin a passionate affair, and Kate invites him to Europe so that they can be together without her husband finding out. But when Gideon witnesses all kinds of strange and terrifying events, he soon realizes that nothing in Kates world is what it seems. Gideon must work out who, and what, Kate really is, and what she wants from him . . .

30 review for Ghost Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marnie Zorn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I agree with others with regards to this book being frustrating and annoying at times. Gideon falls for Kate and I don't even understand why as he hardly knows her or spends any time with her before he is flying all over the place to meet people he doesn't know, having terrible experiences and then she won't explain or answer any questions..? I also found it kind of lame/cheesy that there were these "ghost rules" like the ghost can show you what happened but not tell you or the ghost has only 3 I agree with others with regards to this book being frustrating and annoying at times. Gideon falls for Kate and I don't even understand why as he hardly knows her or spends any time with her before he is flying all over the place to meet people he doesn't know, having terrible experiences and then she won't explain or answer any questions..? I also found it kind of lame/cheesy that there were these "ghost rules" like the ghost can show you what happened but not tell you or the ghost has only 3 years to set things right, etc.. I think we were meant to know the twist about Kate as it certainly wasn't a surprise but overall I did enjoy this book. :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    One word describes my overall reaction to this book: frustration. The story was interesting, even intense and involving at times, but the overuse of foreshadowing, the refusal of one of the main characters to answer any questions for nearly 200 pages of a 247-page book, and the almost stubborn denseness of the other main character all detracted from this novel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    I guess nothing annoys me more than when a reasonably intelligent and observant character behaves like an incurious, oblivious idiot just because the author needs him to in order to sustain the suspense of the narrative. I got so far ahead of the narrator of GHOST MUSIC that I lost all respect for –and subsequently interest in – him. Among other things, he seems to be unaware of the existence of computers or the internet until the last 15 pages of the story, when he finally does some Googling an I guess nothing annoys me more than when a reasonably intelligent and observant character behaves like an incurious, oblivious idiot just because the author needs him to in order to sustain the suspense of the narrative. I got so far ahead of the narrator of GHOST MUSIC that I lost all respect for –and subsequently interest in – him. Among other things, he seems to be unaware of the existence of computers or the internet until the last 15 pages of the story, when he finally does some Googling and needless to say makes all the connections straightaway. (Seriously, if you arrived at an address you’d been given in a strange city, and there was no name on the bell and no answer when you rang it, and the taxi driver said to you, “if you knew what had happened in that house you wouldn’t want to stay there, I can recommend a good hotel” – how fast would you get to a computer and start digging?) Masterton is an accomplished horror novelist in a kind of ripping-yarn style, the premise of this story was engaging enough to keep me reading (if not wholly original), and it does have what I have to acknowledge is a satisfyingly high-octane fifth act – after the googling, things really take off. Unfortunately, the copy edit on the edition I read was really shocking: the text is riddled with typos, continuity problems, and fact-check failures - Academy Award winning composer John Williams would I’m sure be startled to find his famously memorable soundtrack for JAWS credited to Lalo Schifrin!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Gideon Lake is a musician who writes commercial jingles. He has just moved into a new apartment and looking forward to starting his life when he meets Kate Solway. It’s love at first sight, with the only problem being Kate’s husband. Kate invites Gideon on a European vacation where things start to go slightly off kilter. Gideon is slowly drawn in to Kate’s life and her plans for revenge on her husband. I have a soft spot for a chilling ghost story and this was one of the best I’ve read since HEA Gideon Lake is a musician who writes commercial jingles. He has just moved into a new apartment and looking forward to starting his life when he meets Kate Solway. It’s love at first sight, with the only problem being Kate’s husband. Kate invites Gideon on a European vacation where things start to go slightly off kilter. Gideon is slowly drawn in to Kate’s life and her plans for revenge on her husband. I have a soft spot for a chilling ghost story and this was one of the best I’ve read since HEART SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jason McGathey

    This is the first thing I've read from him, but thought it was really good. Well written yet moving along with a brisk, unpredictable plot. After about 20 years of plowing through highly acclaimed, critically pedigreed modern "literature," I've had an epiphany of late and realized that most of it sucks. Instead, during a recent trip to the library, I grabbed this from the horror section at random, and would consider it the best thing I've read in months.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Geoff Battle

    Is she a ghost? Isn't she a ghost? Is it a plot twist or just Gideon Lake's blindness to the situation? Once you get past the fact that the Sixth Sense type ghost story isn't actually all about such matters you realise that this tale of horror, suspense, terror and love is a very well written and plotted tale. Those initial questions won't be answered until the end, however if you get tied up in them - you've missed the point. Masterton has been here before, and recently too, yet the aim here is Is she a ghost? Isn't she a ghost? Is it a plot twist or just Gideon Lake's blindness to the situation? Once you get past the fact that the Sixth Sense type ghost story isn't actually all about such matters you realise that this tale of horror, suspense, terror and love is a very well written and plotted tale. Those initial questions won't be answered until the end, however if you get tied up in them - you've missed the point. Masterton has been here before, and recently too, yet the aim here is not to produce just a horror story, it's a clever and intricate love story, with some well defined scenes that will make your skin crawl. The balance is well maintained, if a little forced at times (the requirement of novels which do not answer the questions until the end, unfortunately). Masterton is great at putting supernatural elements on to paper and Ghost Music is an excellent example - captivating and haunting - a must read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    comfort

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Gideon sees dead people, lots and lots of them A freelance composer- he writes commercial jingles amongst other things, falls in lust with the married woman who lives in the flat below, with her thug of a husband. She invites Gideon to Europe with her so they have a chance to be away from her husband. It is whilst they are overseas that the strange sightings begin to happen. Gideon begins to see violent acts against his hosts and Kate, the girlfriend tells him not to interfere. He can't understand Gideon sees dead people, lots and lots of them A freelance composer- he writes commercial jingles amongst other things, falls in lust with the married woman who lives in the flat below, with her thug of a husband. She invites Gideon to Europe with her so they have a chance to be away from her husband. It is whilst they are overseas that the strange sightings begin to happen. Gideon begins to see violent acts against his hosts and Kate, the girlfriend tells him not to interfere. He can't understand why he can't help, but it is useless to fight against Kate's wishes. This is only the start of Gideon's hauntings.

  8. 4 out of 5

    AnarchyReads

    Ghost Music was the very first Graham Masterton book I'd ever read.. Ive read so many of his books now that I've lost count but every time I hear his name, above all the books of his I've read, my first thought is Ghost Music... beautiful story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    I actually figured this Masterton offering out quite early on in the story but by then it had me gripped!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Chamberlin

    "One door opens and another closes. But don't forget that doors never open and close by themselves. There are people walking through them, even if there aren't always people to be seen." A refreshing take on the age-old theme of revenge and justice extracted from beyond the grave, GHOST MUSIC ticks all the right boxes for me. The protagonist, Gideon Lake, is a musician - a composer who works mainly in the commercial sector, creating jingles for advertising. However, his musical sensitivity has gi "One door opens and another closes. But don't forget that doors never open and close by themselves. There are people walking through them, even if there aren't always people to be seen." A refreshing take on the age-old theme of revenge and justice extracted from beyond the grave, GHOST MUSIC ticks all the right boxes for me. The protagonist, Gideon Lake, is a musician - a composer who works mainly in the commercial sector, creating jingles for advertising. However, his musical sensitivity has given him a gift he is unaware of, until Kate, a woman he believes to be married to the unpleasant neighbour in the apartment below, takes him on a journey of horror and self-discovery. From New York to Sweden, to London and then Venice, before back to the USA, Gideon is subject to disturbing events that are as baffling as they are terrifying. It is not clear what type of hauntings he is witnessing - even if they are hauntings at all. The families he visits are secretive and wary, seeming to hide some terrible secret; later he sees them in the process of dying. Future events? Precognition? Dopplegangers, even? His mysterious companion is of no help - she cannot tell him, she can only show him, and he must draw his own conclusions. This "resonance" that the mysterious Kate is benefiting from is a double-edged sword, as the elderly Pearl who lives above him warns. "They covet every breath you take. They even covet the sunlight that shines into your eyes. They wants it, like Gollum wanted the ring." The book is a compulsive read, a real page-turner which keeps its secrets right until the last few pages. This doesn't mean atmosphere is in short supply; far from it. The European locations are brilliantly evoked and are superb backdrops to the chilling visions Gideon endures, particularly the events in Sweden and Venice. There is little violence and gore, although two scenes in particular are extremely disturbing: what Gideon sees happen/about to happen/already happened to the children in Venice. Footballs and sewing - I'll say no more. As always with a Graham Masterton book, the characters are believable, likeable (in some cases, anyway!) and well-drawn with Masterton's trademark realistic dialogue, right down to the minor characters and walk-ons. My only gripe is that there's a bit too much exposition in the last twenty pages, but to be fair there is a lot to be resolved; it's the mystery which drives the story forward and fuels the plot, so it's only to be expected that there's a lot of information to be imparted at the end. When the secrets are revealed, you will not feel cheated, and will be glad you went along for the ride. Highly recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Prolific horror novelist Graham Masterton veers away from his usual style of graphic, stomach-wrenching terror with Ghost Music, presenting readers with a haunting, yet faintly charming ghost story. Jingle-writer Gideon Lake experiences love at first sight when he sees Kate Solway gazing at him through the window. Despite the fact that Kate lives in the apartment downstairs with her husband Victor, Gideon can't help but embark on a passionate affair with the gray-eyed beauty. When Kate begins tak Prolific horror novelist Graham Masterton veers away from his usual style of graphic, stomach-wrenching terror with Ghost Music, presenting readers with a haunting, yet faintly charming ghost story. Jingle-writer Gideon Lake experiences love at first sight when he sees Kate Solway gazing at him through the window. Despite the fact that Kate lives in the apartment downstairs with her husband Victor, Gideon can't help but embark on a passionate affair with the gray-eyed beauty. When Kate begins taking Gideon on a series of romantic vacations in Europe, he begins to witness strange, spooky behavior from her friends -- and from Kate herself. Phantom images, violent nightmares, and ghostly apparitions follow Gideon wherever he goes and Gideon is forced to question his relationship with Kate. Taking the advice from his upstairs neighbor Pearl -- an eccentric old woman who forever waits for her true love to come back after a years-long absence -- Gideon must tread carefully before he becomes a ghost himself. Ghost Music is very unique from the rest of Graham Masterton's work in terms of tone, style, and theme. Whereas Masterton will usually initially catch you off-guard with a violent bang to set the tone, the style of Ghost Music is very lyrical and romantic, though slow to pull readers in. Readers who pick up Ghost Music will need to be extremely patient, as the novel is oftentimes monotonous and we've figured out what's going on way sooner than Gideon does. The novel carries an air of mystery; after all, we've figured out why Gideon is the only person who can see all the ghosts, but the real question is, what do all the ghosts have in common and how will the novel climax? The horror element is very much in full effect after the first half of Ghost Music -- but it's not the nauseating blood and guts Masterton usually presents to us. However, the terror that is ultimately projected is well worth the wait. Devoted fans of Graham Masterton may struggle with Ghost Music and I would say the odds of readers enjoying the book is 50/50. I believe the novel just further stresses Masterton's versatility as far as his talent his concerned, and of course I'll always remain a loyal fan. The next novel we'll be seeking by Masterton is Descendant, which involves vampires, Nazis, and the Cold War. Fun! For more book reviews visit http://dreamworldbooks.com.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    3.5 stars Moving into a new and very expensive apartment, Gideon Lake (known as Lalo), glimpses his neighbor leaving the building with her husband and is immediately smitten. Upon meeting her face to face he invites her to lunch in his apartment and their affair begins, quickly moving onto a trip to Europe together. And this is where it all started to get a bit unreal for me. I’m sure there are some fools in the world that would just jaunt off to Europe (alone, they don’t travel together) and go 3.5 stars Moving into a new and very expensive apartment, Gideon Lake (known as Lalo), glimpses his neighbor leaving the building with her husband and is immediately smitten. Upon meeting her face to face he invites her to lunch in his apartment and their affair begins, quickly moving onto a trip to Europe together. And this is where it all started to get a bit unreal for me. I’m sure there are some fools in the world that would just jaunt off to Europe (alone, they don’t travel together) and go straight to a random address and let themselves in, but most of us just wouldn’t. Whether it is the author’s intention or not, right from the beginning I knew what Gideon didn’t – and it made me want to reach through the pages and throttle him. And when he finally ‘got it’ in the middle section of the book, he didn’t exactly react in the way I thought he should. That said, Ghost Music is a well written book - Gideon as a character is well-drawn even if he is a little slow on the uptake and the events that Gideon sees are spooky and more than a little disturbing. The dialogue is convincing and the story kept my attention the whole way through the book. The ending of Ghost Music may not be to everyone’s tastes, it is quite quick and may feel a little rushed to some readers but if you’ve already guessed all the twists and how it’s going to end there’s no need to have it drawn out further, so perhaps that was the author’s intention all along. A good, solid read. Full review on my blog: theaussiezombie.blogspot.com

  13. 4 out of 5

    ExLibris_Kate

    Ghost Music has a certain Gatsbyesque quality to it, at first; the delicate woman who is married to the violent and boorish man and the thoughtfully quiet man who loves her from a distance. You soon find out that the book is much more than just a love story. Gideon is drawn to Kate in a way that confuses him and their bond is strong. However, things in his new building get stranger and stranger until it become apparent that something odd, even ghostly is going on. As Gideon's affair with Kate pr Ghost Music has a certain Gatsbyesque quality to it, at first; the delicate woman who is married to the violent and boorish man and the thoughtfully quiet man who loves her from a distance. You soon find out that the book is much more than just a love story. Gideon is drawn to Kate in a way that confuses him and their bond is strong. However, things in his new building get stranger and stranger until it become apparent that something odd, even ghostly is going on. As Gideon's affair with Kate progresses, their trip to Europe makes things even more bizarre and horrific. It is then that you slowly learn what is really happening. I don't usually read horror, but I must say that I really enjoyed this book. It is perhaps not as traditional as most horror books because there is not a lot of gore, but it is creepy and the horror itself is much more psychological. I noticed that those more practiced in this genre commented that Graham Masterton's books are usually filled with a lot more blood and guts, but that's what made this book much more appealing, in my opinion. There doesn't have to be stomach turning gore for it to be scary. Masterton takes his time setting up the mystery and when the last half of the book arrives, you are trying desperately to figure out what could be happening. I thought the story was spooky and emotional with just the right amount of action, blood and plot twists that keep you guessing. I really enjoyed it and would reccomend it for horror fans and non-horror fans alike.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Smith

    Gideon Lake is a composer of advertising jingles and the occasional film score. It’s not quite as prestigious as the connotations you generally get from the word “composer”, but his work has been very lucrative and he’s just moved into a swanky new apartment. When he meets his neighbour Kate they’re instantly drawn to each other and waste no time in starting an affair, despite the fact that Kate’s extremely temperamental husband Victor owns the apartment below Gideon’s. Kate is suspiciously keen Gideon Lake is a composer of advertising jingles and the occasional film score. It’s not quite as prestigious as the connotations you generally get from the word “composer”, but his work has been very lucrative and he’s just moved into a swanky new apartment. When he meets his neighbour Kate they’re instantly drawn to each other and waste no time in starting an affair, despite the fact that Kate’s extremely temperamental husband Victor owns the apartment below Gideon’s. Kate is suspiciously keen on Gideon – soon after their first time in the sack, she invites him on a trip to Stockholm, where they’ll be staying with Kate’s friends. It’s the first of three such trips: each time the couple stays with a family in a beautiful home, but none of them turn out to be the romantic getaways Gideon expects. When he’s around Kate’s friends and their children, he sees terrible visions of them dead, dying or tortured, or he has encounters with them that are later revealed to be impossible. Kate, however, isn’t the least bit fazed when he tells her what he sees; in fact, she seems to have expected it. But why does she want him to see this? And what do all these people want from Gideon? It's fairly convention and often contrived, but it was creepy and enjoyable nevertheless. Unfortunately the author really cocked up in the ending. Read the full review on my blog Violin in a Void

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    3.5 I think it is extremely hard to write a ghost story that doesn't seem completely inane especially since by its very nature you are asking the reader to expend a measure of disbelief. Masterson has managed to do just that, once the reader manages to get over the fact that Gideon would have an affair with someone who he believes is his neighbors wife and than after only 2 meetings decide to fly to Switzerland with her, the rest of the book is scary and entertaining. Loved the premise, the char 3.5 I think it is extremely hard to write a ghost story that doesn't seem completely inane especially since by its very nature you are asking the reader to expend a measure of disbelief. Masterson has managed to do just that, once the reader manages to get over the fact that Gideon would have an affair with someone who he believes is his neighbors wife and than after only 2 meetings decide to fly to Switzerland with her, the rest of the book is scary and entertaining. Loved the premise, the characters and the search by the dead for justice, the scenery and the spooky screams.

  16. 4 out of 5

    LaQuita

    From the first page you’re taken into a gruesome and sometimes frustratingly bizarre story. For more than half of the book you’re truly unsure of what is going on. Every time you think you’ve figured it out something happens that blows your theory out of the water. Everything is eventually pieced together and a clear and disturbing picture presents itself. I probably wouldn’t categorize this story as horror (although there was some very disturbing content) but more of a mystery. All-in-all, I’d From the first page you’re taken into a gruesome and sometimes frustratingly bizarre story. For more than half of the book you’re truly unsure of what is going on. Every time you think you’ve figured it out something happens that blows your theory out of the water. Everything is eventually pieced together and a clear and disturbing picture presents itself. I probably wouldn’t categorize this story as horror (although there was some very disturbing content) but more of a mystery. All-in-all, I’d say it was a good read. http://www.justusgirlsblog.com/2011/1...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I love a good ghost story but this particular one felt a little over long and a little predictable. Normally that doesn't bother me. I read ghost stories because I like to see how the author will change it up. There just wasn't enough new to keep my interest. I fought to finish this book and it was a struggle but I made it to the end and I did enjoy the ending.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fred Klein

    Masterton sets up a creepy ghost story, but the strange occurrences that keep happening to the protagonist become exhausting, and the reader has figured out the "mystery" of why his girlfriend is so strange way before he does. (It only takes a cursory familiarity with modern horror to figure it out.)

  19. 5 out of 5

    April Dawn

    Like the Ghost Music that Gideon plays, this book moves along melodically, leaving you haunted, but satiated at the end. This book is a psychological thriller that will leave you with chills down your spine, and a must read for anyone who has ever wondered what it's like to have sex with a ghost.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    Another great story by Masterton, this one is much more of a whodunit, sorta like a haunted ghostly romantic whodunit. The always fleshed out characters and realistic detailed settings really make this work and though at times the mystery aspect of it felt a bit frustrating, it all made perfect sense in the end. I highly recommend this one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Perhaps because I figured out the premise and ending of this book within the first couple chapters, but I just generally wasn't all that excited about this book. It wasn't particularly thrilling or suspenseful.

  22. 4 out of 5

    M.

    The premise was interesting, but I found the main character to be too shallow for my tastes and it was hard to understand why he would allow events to happen as they did with so little emotional reaction. I do like Masterton's work, but this one, for me, felt like a miss.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chip

    Guy falls in love with girl. Ordinary, happens everyday. Woman speaks in riddles, man does not understand. Happens every freaking day. Throw in some ghosts and a mystery. This book was really slow, but the payoff was there.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Chrapliwy

    Not wild about this one. Graham Masterson gives an interestig ghost story here, but ... ghosts that cook real meals? Also, the book seriously sagged in the middle and nearly lost me. I did push myself to finish it. It had an interesting concept, but didn't ultimately satisfy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    The ending could have been a lot better ... there was so much buildup to get the ending and it fell so short ... it's like he got tired of writing or something and it leaves you kind of mad and wanting something better than what was written.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Colin Watts

    The second of Graham Masterton's works that I have read. He has a marvellous way of describing things and weaving a tale that sends shivers down your spine.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    Maybe it's about my mood rather than the author or book :(

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim Smith

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pat Hurley

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ninjakicalka

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