Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Review: Breathing Out The Ghost

Book: Breathing Out the Ghost
Author: Kirk Curnutt
Publisher: River City Publishing
Pages: 329
My Review Summary: Interesting Plot, Well defined Characters, Well Written, Socially Relevant Theme. 
My score: 4 stars!!

When I read the synopsis of "Breathing Out The Ghost", I knew at once that by agreeing to read this book, I was agreeing to venture out of my comfort zone. But something about the book made me want to take that step. I am glad I did. I surprised myself by actually enjoying the book and missing it when I was done with it.

"Breathing Out the Ghost" is not a simple book to describe. Colin St.Claire leaves his son AJ in the car for a few minutes when he rushes into Home Depot to grab a few things quickly. He returns to find the boy missing. Unable to sit at home waiting for his son to show up, Colin decides to hit the roads - in search of AJ or at least, the person who Colin believes is responsible. But Colin's is not an organized hunt. He wanders aimlessly,his reason getting more and more clouded by lack of sleep and amphetamines. He lands up in towns where little children are missing - helping them in his own way.

The book is not just about Colin. Robert Heim is also on a mission. A mission to save Colin St.Clair. And in the process, he is risking the stable marriage that he has. Heim is a private investigator who recently lost his license. One fine day, after hearing from Colin, he takes off without telling his wife the real reason why he was leaving. He leaves not knowing if his marriage would wait for him when he came back.

And then, there is Beverly Pruitt... "Sis Pruitt". Sis's daughter Patty was raped and murdered by a man for no reason. He had assumed that a smile at the ice cream parlor was an invitation to rape. Sis and her husband Pete are yet to get over what happened to Patty - even after 18 years of her death.

Kirk is a master story teller. He makes you feel the pain of the loss of a loved one. He makes Colin St Claire and Sis Pruitt so real that you feel you actually know them!

Breathing Out The Ghost is a well written book and I totally recommend it to everyone. hmm..actually, not for "everyone". The whole concept of child molestation and sexually explicit scenes involving Dickie and the foul language used in some places would make the book unsuitable for teens.

I read this book as part of Kirk's Book Tour with TLC. Thanks to Lisa for including me in this tour. Thanks to Kirk for sending me a copy of the book and for including a personal message.

To learn more about Kirk and about this book, check out other stops in this book tour . You can also visit Kirk's website here .

I will be posting a guest post by Kirk later today.. so please stop by again to read what he has to say about the setting of the book.


lisamm said...

Ramya, fabulous review!! I can't wait to see Kirk's guest post and to get my hands on this book! Thanks so much.

Dar said...

I've been seeing a few reviews of this one around the blogging world. It does sound like an interesting book despite the subject matter. Great review Ramya and I'm glad the book surprised you and you liked it.

Vaidya said...


Sorry but couldn't see the connection between guest and ghost (as specified in the topic of post as 'Breathing out the GUEST'), or er.. is it just a typo?

bermudaonion said...

I have heard that parts of this book are difficult to read, but I still think it sounds intriguing.

Serena said...

This is a great review. I haven't quite finished the book yet, but I'm already engulfed by the story and its setting.

Ramya said...

@lisa - thanks for giving me the opportunity to read this book.. loved it:)

@dar - nice to see you back here.:) missed your comments!:) you should try the book as well, I am sure you'll like it..:)

@Vaidy - oops! Good catch! thanks for letting me know.. have updated it now..:)

@bermudaonion - really? I didn't find any part that hard to read.. the parts involving Dickie were disturbing but not un-readable.. it is definitely a great book..:)

@Serena - It is an amazing book and the setting makes it even more real i guess..:)

Dar said...

Ramya, I left you an award on my blog. Check it out!

Goms said...

Ramya, great review! Definitely makes me want to pick this one up. But right after Lolita this might be a tough follower.. I will have it on my to read list.

Wendy said...

I just finished reading this today - amazing book...I won't be posting my review until the 19th (the date I'm touring it)...but it is one that will stick with me.

Literary Feline said...

The more I hear about this book, the more I want to give it a try. I am glad to hear you liked it. Thanks for the great review!

Anna said...

Great review! I agree that the book definitely jolts you out of your comfort zone, but it's worth it. Curnutt is a great writer.

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