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The Ghost Tree

Narrated by: Vivian Helbrun
Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)
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Summary

Before you follow the path into your family’s history, beware of the secrets you may find....

The new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author.

Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage and career and now the death of her father, from whom she had long been estranged. She is faced with the daunting task of clearing his house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the 18th century, Thomas Erskine. 

As the youngest son of a noble family now living in genteel poverty, Thomas always knew he would have to make his own way in the world. Unable to follow his brothers to university, instead he joins first the navy and then the army, rising through the ranks, travelling the world. When he is finally able to study law, his extraordinary experiences and abilities propel him to the very top, and he becomes Lord Chancellor. Yet he has made a powerful enemy on his voyages, who will hound him and his family to the death - and beyond.

Ruth becomes ever more aware of Thomas as she is gripped by his story and slowly senses that not only is his presence with her, but so is his enemy’s. Ruth will have to draw upon new friends and old in what becomes a battle for her very survival - and discover an inner power beyond anything she has imagined.

©2018 Barbara Erskine (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Different and gripping

This is quite different to Erskine's normal normal but still gripping and exciting. I felt a little let down by the ending, there was so much more I wanted to know, I won't spoil it by describing what I would have liked to know however, but still a really good story that I found myself listening to at every opportunity for hours at a time when I lost track of real life! The narrator was really good and the story had so many twists and turns. Fans won't be disappointed

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The Ghost Treee

This book is of the couldn't put down variety Most enjoyable and on par with the autheress's others I've read

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Brilliant

I'm a huge fan of Barbara Erskine's books and this is one of the best. Following closely the life of Thomas Erskine, the author's great great several times grandfather.

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The Ghost Tree a fantastic read

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book (like all Barbara Erskine's books, I do a lot of walking so I listen on audio,

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Excellent!

I am a fan of Barbara Erskine and this latest story does not disappoint.
Long, but interesting to the end. Really great.

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Gripping book

lots of oohs ahhs and gasps. Great stuff ending was abrupt but I didn't want it to end.

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a wonderful interesting tale not to be missed.

A wonderful well written book as you would expect. the ending is very open which leaves you with many possibilities.

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unputdownable!

I literally listened to this at every opportunity.
In my opinion her best book yet

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Erskine the ghost writer.

This is a brilliant book Barbara is brilliant with here Ghost stories. I am listing when putting up the Christmas, when driving and any time I have time to listen. This is the second of her books I have read. The book is well set up and you always know who she is talking about, which makes the story easier to follow. I really recommend this story if you want to be captivated throughout.

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Brilliant

gripping story line, a real page turner metaphorically speaking. Like a rollercoaster ride with all its twists and turns.

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Loved it!

Loved it! the character/author keeps dropping Dr Who references in asking how to get rid of a ghost that is stalking her. I’ve always enjoyed Barbara Erskine novels; now I love her just that little bit more