Graphic Novel Review: Ghost Writer by Rayco Pulido
Author: Rayco Pulido
Published: August 18, 2020
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: September 27, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Barcelona, 1943. As a scriptwriter for a popular radio advice column, Laia is embroiled in the romantic entanglements of others. Each day, she reads letters from troubled wives and girlfriends recounting their partners’ abuses and tries her best to counsel them. In contrast, her own life seems perfectly ordered, with a devoted husband and a baby on the way. But when the city is terrorized by a vengeful killer, who leaves behind cryptic messages in blood alongside the mutilated bodies of married men ― while at the same time, Laia’s husband goes missing ― her world begins to come apart. Desperate to find her husband, she turns to Mauricio, a private eye practiced in hypnosis. During the course of his investigations, Mauricio soon suspects that there may be more to this unassuming young woman than meets the eye. Rendered in a clean-line chiaroscuro style and masterfully paced, Ghostwriter takes the reader on a wild ride full of twists and turns right through to its thrilling conclusion. Black & white illustrations.
Ghost Writer is a graphic novel, so it is a different type of read for me. It was a dark, disturbing read…. And I really enjoyed it!
This graphic novel is 96 pages of black and white illustrations divided among 18 ‘acts’. This is a crime noir story/thriller that won Spain’s National Comic award in 2017, and it is well worthy of that win! This is also Pulido’s English debut.
Ghost Writer is not for the ‘little ones’ as it is aimed for ages 16+. As one that doesn’t usually read graphic novels, I wasn’t sure if I was ‘getting the reading’, and then BAM: We get an unexpected twist. From that point I knew I was ‘getting it’ and really enjoyed this ‘different form of reading. I don’t think most readers will realize the twists, unless they read crime noir, then they might (well maybe….????)
If you like graphic novels and stories with a noir-ish detective story with some dark humor then Ghost Writer will be for you! Read Ghost Writer and meet a new to the USA author!
Many thanks to the publisher for granting me a copy via Amazon Vine.