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The Ghost Tree

Narrated by: Vivian Helbrun
Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Before you follow the path into your family’s history, beware of the secrets you may find....

The new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author.

Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage and career and now the death of her father, from whom she had long been estranged. She is faced with the daunting task of clearing his house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the 18th century, Thomas Erskine. 

As the youngest son of a noble family now living in genteel poverty, Thomas always knew he would have to make his own way in the world. Unable to follow his brothers to university, instead he joins first the navy and then the army, rising through the ranks, travelling the world. When he is finally able to study law, his extraordinary experiences and abilities propel him to the very top, and he becomes Lord Chancellor. Yet he has made a powerful enemy on his voyages, who will hound him and his family to the death - and beyond.

Ruth becomes ever more aware of Thomas as she is gripped by his story and slowly senses that not only is his presence with her, but so is his enemy’s. Ruth will have to draw upon new friends and old in what becomes a battle for her very survival - and discover an inner power beyond anything she has imagined.

©2018 Barbara Erskine (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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fantastic!

What a journey! love love love it! Had me hooked in the first few minutes and didn't want to stop listening. very engrossing storytelling thank you Barbara Erskine

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Not for me

Barbara Erskine has always was been one of my favourite authors but this book missed the mark for me. I struggled to keep listening but, for the sake of past books I persisted. Sadly I could not continue knowing that there was another 14 hours to go. It was too long winded and repetitive for me.

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Captivating

It is addictive, so hard to put down. I was sad to have it end but pleased with the prolog which has Intrigue me to do some Google search. I totally love this book it was awesome. Yet another fantastic book from Barbara this is why she is my favorite author.

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Enjoyable

Lovely story to listen to. I binge listened. Sometimes the story line was a little rambling, but overall enjoyable.

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  • Jacqui
  • 10-05-2019

Excellent

This was such a great book, interesting and enjoyable to listen to. It’s up there with the other great Barbara Erskine books.

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  • Heather
  • 15-12-2018

Loved it!

Loved it! the character/author keeps dropping Dr Who references in asking how to get rid of a ghost that is stalking her. I’ve always enjoyed Barbara Erskine novels; now I love her just that little bit more

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  • Robbie the Barker
  • 13-11-2018

The Ghost Treee

This book is of the couldn't put down variety Most enjoyable and on par with the autheress's others I've read

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  • Happy Shopper
  • 03-10-2018

Different and gripping

This is quite different to Erskine's normal normal but still gripping and exciting. I felt a little let down by the ending, there was so much more I wanted to know, I won't spoil it by describing what I would have liked to know however, but still a really good story that I found myself listening to at every opportunity for hours at a time when I lost track of real life! The narrator was really good and the story had so many twists and turns. Fans won't be disappointed

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  • Mrs B
  • 20-03-2019

Just fabulous

I love fiction and history mixed. You almost live back in time with the story and description.
It is a long listen but absolutely worth every minute. How wonderful to be able to publish a book based on ones family history!

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  • Mrs Pam Ashdown
  • 16-03-2019

I’m hooked

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to of Barbara Erskins and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The storyline was excellent and kept you wanting more and the narration was spot on. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It must have been good I’ve just downloaded 2 more.

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  • Amanda
  • 21-10-2018

Brilliant

I'm a huge fan of Barbara Erskine's books and this is one of the best. Following closely the life of Thomas Erskine, the author's great great several times grandfather.

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  • Daylilytulip
  • 27-05-2019

On the whole an intriguing tale but

as usual from this author a great story woven with interesting and sympathetic characters but the ending just seemed to fizzle out leaving me irritated and unsatisfied.

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  • Julie1965
  • 17-04-2019

The ghost tree

Have enjoyed all of Barbara’s work and I really enjoyed this one to first time to listen on audible and it really works look forward to the next one.

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  • Cathompson
  • 06-03-2019

Enjoyable but poor ending!

I really enjoyed the book, loved Thomas and his family. Not to Kermit on Ruth found her character rather dull. The story kept you gripped and wanting more and after a story full of little turns and twist it ended really poorly. Almost felt like the writer ran out of ideas..or didnt know where else to go with it so just ended it! like it was built up and then nothing! really disappointed. Its put me off reading anymore of her books.

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  • Helene Juniper
  • 16-02-2019

The Ghost Tree a fantastic read

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book (like all Barbara Erskine's books, I do a lot of walking so I listen on audio,

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  • Maggie
  • 15-02-2019

Excellent!

I am a fan of Barbara Erskine and this latest story does not disappoint.
Long, but interesting to the end. Really great.