Ghosting

  • by Marc Johnson
  • Narrated by Megan Mackie
  • 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As a stay-at-home programmer living with her loving boyfriend, Mia lives a simple but good life. Like most people, she dreams, but unlike most, she has vivid dreams about her neighbors' lives. One day, she realizes that they aren't dreams - what she's been experiencing is real. Mia's able to "ghost" into anyone she chooses, take control of their body, and make them do what she wants.
Frustrated by the injustice and abuse she sees around her, Mia begins using her power to try to right the wrongs she sees. Her boyfriend, Amir, does his best to stop her, believing that no one person should have that much power, and that the system - or God - will bring justice to the perpetrators. Mia, on the other hand, has seen too much corruption in her life to believe in such naïveté.
However, the best intentions don't always work out as planned. The power begins to affect Mia in ways she didn't expect - and turns out to have consequences she never imagined.

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There are predictor and prey.I will never be prey

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'm honestly not sure of what to make of this book.I don't know if my expectations were clouding my judgement as I listened but I would recommend it to one friend as he is in to the darker thing as oppose to a true super hero story which I was expecting from the blurb .It was a good story now that I have listened to it for the second time with my expectations tamped down.What I would say going in to this book is have an open mind,not everything is as it seems and not everything is black and white.If you are a fan of the DC comic or the Movie adaptation of Watchmen I think you will like this book very much.Mia is like a body jumping vigilante,Robin Hood style.But with a dark edge.


What does Megan Mackie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Megan Mackie,kept me engaged ,interested and eager to see where on Mia's twists and turns and actions would take her. Megan's performance is excellent. Characters have distinctive voices (i.e differentiable), the pacing and speed of the story was well done. The production was excellent also.


Was Ghosting worth the listening time?

Yes it was . I listened to it twice.There may be some spoilers in this section ( Just a friendly heads up)The book starts of with Mia not knowing what is happening and thinking her Ghosting is just a dream ,like when she ghosts in to her elderly neighbor Max at a strip club with a stripper named Maria she thinks that it was just a really odd and realistic dream. When she discovers that her ghosting in to people is real and not a dream at all ,she cant ghost in to people at first when she is awake but once she does she jumps in to Kate.Kate who is cold and abusive Ali ,her young daughter,and Mia both wish they were family Ali wants Mia to be her mother and Mia feels the same way.When ghosting in to Kate she sees how abusive Kate is to Ali.She loves the little girl and balks at the injustice so much so that she takes it in to her own hands,she ghosts in to Kate and turns herself in to the police she(as Kate in Kate's body) admits to abusing Ali but this does not have the desired effect because Bill who is the abused husband of this cold wretched woman confesses that it was him who abuses Ali,which is not true.His abuse is the neglect in getting his child to safety from the cruel Kate .So this leaves poor little Ali back with Kate with her only respite being when Mia ghosts in to Kate's body.Obviously this is confusing to Ali though as she has no idea why her Mother all of a sudden is nice at times with no memory of it.So Kate takes things to the next level by ghosting in to Kate ,confessing her atrocitys in a letter and committing suicide effectively murdering Kate. Amir is crushed and no longer knows who this woman is that he shares a bed with .between this and Mia ghosting in to others and getting them to do things even if she is doing the"right thing" like what she did to James Kalvin .How far is too far?,did Mia cross the line? can she keep her powers in check?like Spider man says " with great power comes great responsibility"...and great loss .Spider man didn't say the last part but it rings true in this book .A weary and upset Amir meets Zelda who tells him that there are two more like Mia and she knows about her powers.Amir wants to help his love,his Mia but Zelda's intentions are not pure and an unsuspecting Amir leads an even more unsuspecting Mia in to a trap that neither will ever forget.The scene on the bus was amazingly written and so fantastically narrated ut was heart wrenching .For me so far in the book I have seen through Amir's idealistic but naive eyes and Mia's determined, Self justified eyes and I agree with what she did to Kate.It's instinct to protect an innocent child at any cost in my eyes but I cant condone what she did to the lovely school teacher Kesnia in order to get back in to Amir's life.The author used the phrase "Soul eater " and I think it is perfect for what Mia became .we all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions.Does the hero become a villain? Did she even notice it happening?This reads like an origin story for a comic book hero like Wolverine from X-Men but for the life of me I'm not sure if this is an origin story for a hero or a villain.As Mia is practically immortal now this could jump years ahead and I for one will be interested to see which way this goes.


Any additional comments?

If I could I would have given this book a 3.5 so I have tried to even that out by giving the story a 4 and the overall a 3.I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. As always This review is my honest opinion.

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- Amy

I Want This Power

Mia loves her life, its simple but its good, she has vivid dreams, but doesn’t everybody? She soon discovers that her vivid dreams are not just vivid, they are actually real, what she experiences is real. Mia is able to ‘ghost’ into other peoples bodies and watch from the sidelines. Soon watching isn’t enough for Mia and she has to become involved, she can’t watch horrible things happen and just let it. She starts to develop her Ghosting skills, could developing these ghosting skills impact her simple good life?

This book was not what I expected. I mean really. I was expecting something completely different. I don’t know what, but not this. Looking back on it now I see quite a few parallels with Jane Austen’s Emma, it may just be because of similar leading characters, but I can draw quite a few similarities.

Both Emma and Mia, jump into things before thinking. Emma with relationships and others peoples relationships and Mia with trying to do what she feels is justice. Both characters have their flaws but they are good at heart and are doing what they think is needed in order to reach an ideal outcome.

These character flaws, especially in Mia’s case make the reader question, when is it right to interfere in something and think about the outcome of your actions. Does anyone have the right to play God in the way Mia did with Ali and her mother. Who decides what justice is? Johnson manages to discuss this issue perfectly through Mia’s character and her surrounding characters. If you enjoy a book that makes you question the actions a character takes, but you can fully understand the motives, this is a book for you.

The relationships that develop for Mia are vastly important to her growing character. Again with the development of her relationships with Amir and Ali and even Max from down the hall you can begin to understand more of her motives. I was excited to see the relationships grow between the characters until the end that it.

Although I enjoyed this book, in a completely different way than I expected, I was disappointed not with the ending and resolution of the book, but the length and the ‘action’ part of the book. I found that after Mia had become involved with numerous cases of injustice, it suddenly rushed to a resolution instead of developing her relationships and her power.

I enjoyed the ending vastly, I felt that it was the perfect way to end the book, however the issues and incident that led up to the ending was rushed and could have been developed more. In many ways I feel that Johnson did this in order to demonstrate how our actions can snowball drastically with results not being what we expected and if this was his plan this was done expertly, yet it could have been so much more. This could even have been developed into a series with the development of Mia.

With the ending of this book, I do not know what to think. I was slightly open ended so there may be a chance of a further book but I was satisfied with how everything came together. If you enjoy books surrounding characters developing powers and coming to terms with what they can do and their actions then definitely give this book a go.

I have only one issue with this book and this was due to me listening to an audio version and that was the audio additions to the book. When Mia slipped into another person there was a jingly noise that I personally thought was pointless, for people that maybe struggle to differentiate between scenes I can understand the addition but for me, it became tiresome and slightly annoying. I also wasn't a fan of the narrator. Nothing against Megan as her narration was done expertly I am simply very picky with who narrates stories I listen to and I wasn't a fan of her voice. Again this is purely a personal preference.

I am giving this book like 3.95 stars out of five because I seriously do not know where I stand with the ending and the incident.


“I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator
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- Bethany McCann

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-04-2017
  • Publisher: Marc Johnson