Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin

Paper Ghosts

Carl Louis Feldman is an old man who was once a celebrated photographer. That was before he was tried for the murder of a young woman and acquitted. before his admission to a care home for dementia. Now his daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip. Only she's not his daughter and, if she has her way, he's not coming back . . .Because Carl's past has finally caught up with him. The young woman driving the car is convinced her passenger ...

Details Paper Ghosts

TitlePaper Ghosts
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Paper Ghosts

  • Susanne Strong
    4 Stars.One woman believes that former photographer Carl Louis Feldman is guilty. Of murder, including the murder of her sister Rachel. He was acquitted of murdering other young women he was accused of and now, he lives in a care home for dementia patients. Yet none of that matters to this young woman, as she knows that Carl is responsible and she is dead set on proving it so that she can finally find out what happened to her sister, twelve years...
  • Kendall
    Let's start off by admiring how beautiful the cover is of this book. I LOVE IT!! :)Our main character Grace was 12 when her sister Rachel went missing and was presumed to be dead but there was no body that was found. As you can imagine, Grace became obsessed with finding out what happened to her sister. Grace's obsession leads her to a man named Carl who used to be a photographer but is now living in a home with other convicts that have dementia....
  • Diane S ☔
    Original and clever. In the twelve years since her sister disappeared, she has been obsessed with finding her body and what happened to her. She has now targeted on a 61 year old, photographer, Carl, a man who took pictures of women she is certain have been his victims. Aquited of the murder of one of the women ,Carl now has dementia and is living in a halfway house. Pretending she is his daughter she decides to take him on a journey to different...
  • Debra
    "Bad people are to be found everywhere, but even among the worst there may be something good."Serial Killer or man afflicted with dementia???? That is the questionCarl Feldman is a documentary photographer who is living in a half way house and has been diagnosed with dementia. One day a young woman arrives and claims to be his daughter. She wants to take him on a road trip to see if the trip can jar his memory. She believes he has killed various ...
  • Liz
    Reading Paper Ghosts is like watching a chess game or a tennis match. Back and forth, back and forth. Both individuals have their own agenda and are trying to outwit the other. One, Grace, is the sister of a murder victim who thinks she’s identified her sister’s killer. That man, who may now be suffering from early onset dementia, was formerly a documentary photographer who was acquitted on the one case taken to court. She takes him on a road...
  • Lou
    I absolutely loved Julia Heaberlin's novel, "Black Eyed Susans", so reading this new release was a no-brainer for me. The premise of "Paper Ghosts" is an original and imaginative one, it grabbed me from the synopsis and continued to captivate me throughout the book. I particularly enjoyed the tagline - "My sister disappeared. I know who took her. Now I've taken him". Oh, and the beautiful cover! You can't underestimate the advantages that come fr...
  • Marialyce
    You can follow my reviews at: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... A map marked in red with three dots, a serial killer with dementia and a sister who has waited countless years to find her missing sister embark on an atmospheric journey. What could possibly go wrong?Imagine preparing for twelve long years, formulating plans, practicing, spending countless hours waiting to entrap the man you think kidnapped and murdered your older sister? No...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Dementia, a photographer, 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...
  • Emma
    This may well be one of the most batshit crazy books i've read recently, with both the dementia suffering potential serial murderer and his pretend daughter/investigator being contenders for the mad-as-a-hatter crown.At the outset, I thought this was going to be an easy 5 stars; it begins with a sly to-and-fro between the pair, a subtle and insidious testing of each other, with every conversation seeming to insinuate dangerous knowledge and hidde...
  • Sarah Joint
    This story is sly, has some unexpected dark humor, great quotes, and creeps along ever so slowly with some chills on the way. For some readers, it'll be too slow. I was fascinated the whole time. The two main characters are incredibly unique and interesting. The back and forth never ends. You'd assume the serial killer would be the cat and the young woman the mouse, but there were moments I wasn't quite sure. They keep you guessing. The games the...
  • Sheila
    5 stars--I greatly enjoyed this book.I really loved this book, which is an anthem to Texas disguised as a suspense novel. What made it stand out for me, in a saturated genre that I read a lot of, were the descriptions of the photographs--and actual black-and-white photos included in the book as well. I also loved trying to puzzle out Carl, who was a fascinating character--is he a killer? How progressed is his dementia? Why is he going along with ...
  • Christine
    Paper Ghosts is slightly odd. This makes it rather memorable. Julia Heaberlin gives us a slow moving relationship drama. This is a road trip, with a suspected serial killer.This story takes us into the life of Grace, a woman who is desperate for answers about her missing elder sister. Grace was a twelve year old child, when her sister went missing. This lead to her becoming totally obsessed with the case. She is prepared to conquer her fears and ...
  • Holly
    I knew from the very first chapters that I was going to enjoy this book. Grace was only 12 when her older sister went missing, presumed dead when no body turned up. So for years Grace's obsession was to find out what happened to Rachel and find her killer. Her obsession takes her to a man she believes is the killer, a renowned photographer, Carl. So she pretends to be Carl's daughter, because he is now living in a home where convicts with dementi...
  • Liz Barnsley
    I loved Paper Ghosts. When I finished it I wanted to cry and I wasn’t sure why or who for. It’s interesting that this is a crime novel that ends up, to my mind, being about nearly everything but the crime.Paper Ghosts is a dual-edged character drama, two people caught up in a mental game of cat and mouse, in Grace’s case not only with Carl but with herself. She believes he killed her sister, she is not sure if his illness is real or an atte...
  • Jennifer
    ★★Paper Ghosts had sooooo much potential. I was super excited to start this book and I stayed excited throughout its solid beginning. Then, the flow became a bit monotonous in my opinion and I personally found the ending quite underwhelming given what this premise was capable of. I had so many theories running in my head as the story progressed, just waiting it out because I was certain the ending was going to make it all worth it. Regardless...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Grace was only 12 when her older sister Rachel disappeared.  One moment she was riding her bike down the street to babysit and the next Grace received a phone call that she never made it.  Her entire life is suddenly dedicated to finding Rachel; she spends years learning what she can about the case and researching serial killers who operated near their town.  In high school, her art teacher has a photography book that students are allowed to c...
  • Emily
    "When the camera sees happy smiles, I imagine the worms wriggling underneath." Paper Ghosts was my first Julia Heaberlin book, and I loved it so much. This is a serial killer novel set on a road trip through Texas, and this is perfect for me. I live in (and love) Texas, and you can always hook me with a serial killer storyline. This book is a slow burn, and I would probably call it more of a suspense novel than a thriller. However, I was so intri...
  • Kristy
    Carl Feldman was a famous photographer whose photos were well-known and whose books sold around the country. Then, he was tried--and acquitted--for the murder of a young mother. Now he lives in a home for wayward folks and criminals with dementia. Supposedly his mind is going, and there's much he doesn't remember about his past. There are tremors in his arm and gaps in his past. But each week a young woman visits, claiming to be his daughter. Eve...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    3.5 stars, rounding to 4 for Goodreads. (Also, please note the publication date is extended to 5/15/18)Grace's older sister, Rachel, goes missing, is presumed dead and the person who likely is responsible for this, Carl, has dementia, barely remembers where he is and so is acquitted and put into an assisted-living facility. Grace spends years training and researching. Researching all the missing girls that may be tied to Carl. Training to make su...
  • Tracy Fenton
    Firstly I need to say that I read this on the suggestion of a blogger I follow and I didn’t actually read the blurb before reading the book and I haven’t read Julia Heaberlin’s first book Black Eyed Susans either.So, my thoughts… well reading through the various comments and reviews it appears this is a marmite book, which is great as I love marmite, but did I love this book? Having now read the book and finally reading the blurb above I ...
  • Jayme
    Paper Ghosts is not a thriller. Per the cover, it is a novel of suspense. I think it’s a UNIQUE, clever, slow burn novel of suspense. Before: Rachel disappeared. Her body never found. Younger sister, Grace has never fully recovered from her loss. She begins keeping a journal: (entries peppered throughout the book)“My Survival Notebook, age 8, How to be as brave as my sister”Present Day: Grace has shown up at home for patients with dementia....
  • Karen
    This inventive and creepy cat and mouse game had me wavering about who was the cat and who was the mouse. Was it Carl, the serial killer with dementia or Grace, still mourning the loss of her sister who disappeared years ago and who believes Carl to be her abductor.Grace pretends to be Carl’s daughter and takes him on a 10-day road trip hoping to get answers. Does Carl really have dementia or is he faking it. Has Grace just put her own life in ...
  • Janel
    Grace is only pretending to be Carl’s daughter, is she driving across the state with a man with dementia, or with a serial killer? Perhaps the scariest option of all, both, because what unknown danger is she in if she triggers a memory and Carl’s serial killer instincts kick in? The need to know if Carl killed Grace’s sister was the driving force that kept me reading this book.The pace was much slower than I anticipated, and the plot didn...
  • Brenda Ayala
    Decidedly underwhelming.It says it’s a novel of suspense, but what it really is is a constant deluge of internal monologuing by our protagonist. Lots and lots and lots of internal monologuing. We ultimately find out the answers to the burning questions of who murdered the girls, but frankly I was so dull-eyed by the time we got there I was indifferent. A shrug of the shoulder and a, “meh,” was all it got out of me. This is also due to Carl ...
  • KC
    Documentary photographer Carl Feldman suffers from dementia. One day, he meets a young woman who claims to be his long lost daughter and pleads with Carl's guardian to take him on a road trip to get acquainted. During their travels, Carl discovers that she is not his daughter and accuses him of killing her sister as well as numerous other women across the state of Texas. Carl has no memory of murdering anyone. Is he a pathological liar and serial...
  • Laura Rash
    No bookmark needed with this one! A crazy, unique story with photos & survival guide entries & short chapters make it a quick read. You start out feeling one way about these characters & view them in a new light by the end. Slightly dark but very suspenseful & addicting to the very last page. Be sure to read the authors note at the end bc it adds some incredible insight to the story.
  • Pamela
    A young woman's obsession with finding her sister's killer leads her to Carl, a photographer in a half-way house. Pretending to be his daughter, the two go on a journey to see if she can get Carl to confess. I liked this even though there really isn't a whole lot of action, it's more of a character study to me. A couple of twists helps keep the pages turning. Absolutely great cover got me to pick this up!**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galle...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.comHaving hugely enjoyed Black Eyed Susans, I was really excited to read Paper Ghosts, and though it took a little longer to get into, I found this to be an interesting and, at times, quite creepy novel.Main character Grace has her own aims when she offers to take her 'father' on a road trip - her sister Rachel disappeared years ago and the Police's main suspect was (is?) her supposed grandfather, Carl. She wants t...