★★★★★ (5 out of 5)
Ghost Talkers takes place in an alternate version of World War I in which the British are utilizing mediums to communicate with the dead in order to learn military intelligence. The protagonist is Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress serving as one of these “ghost talkers” in London with her fiancé, a British military intelligence officer. The members of this Spirit Corps are being targeted by the Germans and they may even have a traitor hidden amongst them. After a catastrophic loss, Ginger must set out to save the day — and the war!
(More or less) Spoiler-Free Review
As it happened, I finished reading Mary Robinette Kowal’s wonderful Ghost Talkers the day after what would have been Alfred Hitchcock’s 117th birthday. I mention this here only because this novel would have made for one hell of a Hitchcock film! Here are just a few similarities:
- Like a majority of Hitchcock’s films, Ghost Talkers is, at its heart, a mystery.
- It is chock-full of red herrings. For example, I really thought that another one of Ginger’s co-workers was the traitor!
- Spies! Hitchcock loved putting spies and counterspies in his films. There are plenty of them in Ghost Talkers.
- Ginger and her team work behind the scenes, against the odds, to defeat the Germans. Like the characters in many Hitchcock films, they are the unsung heroes of the war effort.
- Lots of snappy dialogue — especially between Ginger and her fiancé, Captain Benjamin Harford. They form a (cough, cough) solid team that you can’t help but root for.
To be honest, Ghost Talkers took me by surprise. I have never been a fan of books about war and I find even the idea of mediums to be downright silly. Regardless, Mary Robinette Kowal makes it all work. After the opening few pages, I was hooked and quickly made my way through the book.
According to a comment the author left on Goodreads, there is a possibility that Ghost Talkers could wind up being the first in a series of books about Ginger and her team, “if the response to this one is good.” As far as this reviewer is concerned, the response should be overwhelmingly positive and I hope to read more about this kick-ass heroine in the future!
Ghost Talkers was released today and can be purchased HERE.