Ghost of Cambria

All in all, Ghost of Cambria is a very well written suspense novel that holds hours of thrilling and compelling storyline. The author does a wonderful job in building an exciting narrative that leaves readers at the edge of their seats. From beginning to end, Ghost of Cambria causes the reader to question all that they know about its characters and the underlying mystery revolving the storyline. The author builds and eerily poetic atmosphere with its audience in which they feel oddly uncomfortable but yearn to know what comes next. This complex tale of twisting turns and horrific adventure is for any thriller reader. Yet, the writing is easy to understand and defined for those who are desperately seeking a well-written story to whisk them away.

Ghost of Cambria is a fantastic romantic thriller and mystery. It captured my attention from page one, and every time I put it down, I couldn’t wait to pick it up again! Interesting characters, an insight into the unknown world, the descriptive beauty of the location, clever double entendres, and words I had to “look up” kept me coming back for more. Good pacing, engaging characters, and best of all, a plot twist I didn’t figure out till the very end! I hope the author revisits these characters; I’ve come to care about them. The book is steeped in wickedness. The dark side of human nature is present throughout. Avarice, hypocrisy, snobbery, prejudice, betrayal, and plain old cruelty: all are prevalent and in the main are targeted at a grief-stricken woman whose romantic interests are contested in this mysterious novel.

The odds against the woman are long. Her father has passed. To be more precise, she buries him and is faced with the troublesome task of selling his home – unaware of the spiritual damnation inside. The setting is California’s sunshine coast, close by a popular but dangerous surfing spot – to which her father lived – where seriously big waves roar in beneath seriously high cliffs.
The book is well researched and well written with good characterization and an agonizing but generally feasible plot. As for the outcome, that’s not for me to tell. But I will say this, close to the end, the finale of which is perhaps just a touch too poignant for my taste; there comes a truly enormous shock.

Overall, this is a deliciously twisty mystery/thriller. The characters are beautifully drawn, and I was guessing right up till the end! Stone writes with a deep understanding of the darker side of the human heart and what may drive someone to extreme behavior. This beautiful book brought me to tears… the tragedy that the characters endured, and the beauty that came of the characters’ journeys. A unique blend of gorgeous descriptions/locations, enduring characters, and terrifying realities. I think that everyone can gain something from reading this story. Highly recommended if you like well-written, edge-of-your-seat storytelling!


BIO: Joseph Stone is a paranormal and historical novelist who lives in San Diego, California. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Genre: Paranormal, Romance