Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin

Dementia, a photographer, murders...do they all point to and describe Carl?   Is Grace wrong about still thinking that Carl murdered her sister and other women even though he was acquitted of murder?

Grace has been looking for her sister and the person who took her and killed her since she disappeared on her way to her babysitting job.

Grace believes Carl took her sister, and she had a plan on how to trap Carl into confessing and leading her to where her sister is by taking Carl on a ten-day trip across Texas trying to jolt his memory.

Carl is smarter than Grace had anticipated, and her job is more difficult than she expected.  Grace also seemed a bit disorganized for all the research and planning she did.

Carl was frightening simply because he didn’t seem stable, but did he act the way he did and treat Grace the way he did because he really did have dementia or was he two steps ahead of her for some other reason? 

I would have been afraid to be alone with Carl had I been Grace.

Not knowing what to expect next would have had me taking Carl back immediately or not even attempting this trip in the first place.  :)

PAPER GHOSTS is very well written, a bit evasive, and chilling.  Ms. Heaberlin weaves an absorbing tale with intriguing characters.  Her detailed writing is marvelous.

If you think you would enjoy a stressful, not sure why Grace is doing what she is doing “ride,” you won’t be disappointed in the twists and turns and situations that come up.

PAPER GHOSTS is my first book by Ms. Heaberlin, but she definitely knows how to pull you along and keep the suspense going.  Dementia was also addressed.

ENJOY if you read this book.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.


  1. I would have been nervous too!

    1. It was nerve wracking.

      Thanks for commenting, Mystica.

  2. Great review!

    I enjoyed this book, but I wouldn't have gone on that road trip either! LOL

    1. Thanks, Laurel.

      That trip was something to NOT do. :)

      Thanks for commenting, Laurel.

  3. I have read another book written by this author - Black Eyed Susans - and am very intrigued by this newest title. Glad to hear you had a good first experience reading Julia Heaberlin.

    1. It was good.

      I have heard of BLACK EYED SUSANS.

      Thanks for commenting, Reading With Jade.