BookBrowse Reviews The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin

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The Ghost of the Mary Celeste

by Valerie Martin

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2014, 320 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2015, 320 pages

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Sarah Sacha Dollacker

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Based on a real historical event, this haunting and atmospheric tale interweaves three disparate plot elements into a novel that is immensely readable.

Orange Prize-winning Valerie Martin creates a haunting tale of love in The Ghost of the Mary Celeste. Working with historical accounts of the accident, which occurred in 1872, Martin inhabits the world of spirits, sea voyages, and familial separations to discover how we process the pain of death. Though not a ghost story per se, the narrative is full of haunting elements, such as seances, that help create a chilling atmosphere.

The novel is built around three storylines, which revolve around and intertwine with each other, creating suspense. After the Mary Celeste, an American cargo vessel is found abandoned and floating near Spain, the world is seized by the mystery of what happened. The ship is in good seafaring shape, and there is no sign of forced entry or violence on board. Nonetheless, the crew and passengers - including the captain, his wife, and their two year-old daughter - ...

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