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The ghost notebooks
2018
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"[An] elegant, eerie new novel . . . Powerful." -- The Washington Post

A supernatural story of love, ghosts, and madness as a young couple, newly engaged, become caretakers of a historic museum.

When Nick Beron and Hannah Rampe decide to move from New York City to the tiny upstate town of Hibernia, they aren't exactly running away, but they need a change. Their careers have flatlined, the city is exhausting, and they've reached a relationship stalemate. Hannah takes a job as live-in director of the Wright Historic House, a museum dedicated to an obscure nineteenth-century philosopher, and she and Nick swiftly move into their new home. The town's remoteness, the speed with which Hannah is offered the job, and the lack of museum visitors barely a blip in their consideration.

At first, life in this old, creaky house feels cozy--they speak in Masterpiece Theater accents and take bottles of wine to the swimming hole. But as summer turns to fall, Hannah begins to have trouble sleeping and she hears whispers in the night. One morning, Nick wakes up to find Hannah gone. In his frantic search for her, Nick will discover the hidden legacy of Wright House: a man driven wild with grief, and a spirit aching for home.
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Laid off from her job at the New York Historical Society, Hannah Rampe applies to be the live-in director of the Edmund Wright Historic House in the Hudson Valley. Being hired suspiciously quickly by the small, remote museum doesn't trigger warning signs, and she and her fiancé, musician-composer Nick Beron, leave their life in the city and settle into a Masterpiece Theatre-type setting. Initially, Hannah is happy greeting visitors and school groups and planning events. Then she begins to hear whispering at night, and her sleep is increasingly disturbed, while Nick remains relatively oblivious to what is happening. But after tragedy strikes, Nick feels a responsibility to find answers, no matter what it takes, as townspeople provide information previously withheld and obscure philosopher White himself appears to hold the key. In his previous novels, Dolnick has examined meaningful episodes in his characters' lives; here, in this compelling mix of love story, detective story, and ghost story, he takes a haunting look at what might follow life.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2018 Booklist
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