I’m taking part in the Blogging From A-Z Challenge April 2017.
Today’s letter is G and the book I’ve chosen is Ghost of Gallipoli by Margaret Whittock. A ghost story and a thriller told in dual time frames.
“Two young people leave Ireland for Turkey, eighty years apart: for one, Private Jack Callaghan, newly enlisted in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, a bitter parting from his fiancée; for the other, Jack’s great-niece, Ellie McKnight, the promise of an exciting new life.
1915: a world engulfed in war. While Jack, in the carnage of Gallipoli, dies violently on V Beach, his spirit survives. For decades this vengeful revenant has bided his time, determined to avenge the needless deaths of himself and his comrades.
The 1990s: a rapidly modernising Turkey. Jack’s helpmate has finally arrived: his great-niece, travelling to Istanbul to wed her diplomat lover, Harry. As Ellie struggles with diplomatic life, her great-uncle gradually reveals himself in a series of chilling incidents. Initially disbelieving, Ellie finally accepts that Jack is not merely a figment of her imagination. Shocked by his story, she becomes his accomplice in his search for retribution.
Set against the fabulous background of Istanbul, Ghost of Gallipoli is part thriller, part ghost story … and part love story. Above all it is a tale of betrayal and revenge, and of how the sins of the fathers may be revisited on their descendants, regardless of time or place.”