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The Barter

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Most helpful positive review
I enjoyed this book. It kept me constantly thinking 'why the name?' which I didn't understand until the end of the book, which was a perfect ending. The story is about 2 different women, separated by a century. Both women are not the generally accepted 'woman of the times' personality, although Bridget's choice is one many many women choose, but a same number of many many women make the opposite choice. Rebecca makes a 'standard' choice of marriage but what happens after that was a big shock to the story. There's the part of the story from the turn of the 20th century that continues to grow and you can see how Rebecca is slowly evolving. Then there's the part of the story from today's times,and you see how Bridget is slowly made to feel she's going insane. Rebecca's story takes more than a year, while Bridget's story feels it's a fraction of that time. In the middle of these two stories you have a ghost story, which kept me awake until I decided I couldn't read it at night alone. Ms Adcock's ability to somehow weave the two stories totally separate but also together is a tremendous work of art. Being able to write a true ghost story in this is just one more aspect of a great author. The fact that you go from one century to the other, then back again with the ghost aspect thrown in unexpectedly, will keep you reading to see what is going to happen next. I'm not a very good review writer. I hope I am able to share the basics of the story, but leave questions waiting that a good read will answer. If you enjoy a good story, a good love story, and a good ghost story, The Barter has all 3 and is totally worth the time. You may want to think twice of reading it at night, by yourself. Enjoy!

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The Barter

Specifications

Publisher
Blackstone Pub
Book Format
Other
Original Languages
English
Author
Adcock, Siobhan
ISBN-13
9781483018591
Publication Date
September, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
6.75 x 6.25 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10
1483018598

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1 customers found this helpful
I enjoyed this book. I...
I enjoyed this book. It kept me constantly thinking 'why the name?' which I didn't understand until the end of the book, which was a perfect ending. The story is about 2 different women, separated by a century. Both women are not the generally accepted 'woman of the times' personality, although Bridget's choice is one many many women choose, but a same number of many many women make the opposite choice. Rebecca makes a 'standard' choice of marriage but what happens after that was a big shock to the story. There's the part of the story from the turn of the 20th century that continues to grow and you can see how Rebecca is slowly evolving. Then there's the part of the story from today's times,and you see how Bridget is slowly made to feel she's going insane. Rebecca's story takes more than a year, while Bridget's story feels it's a fraction of that time. In the middle of these two stories you have a ghost story, which kept me awake until I decided I couldn't read it at night alone. Ms Adcock's ability to somehow weave the two stories totally separate but also together is a tremendous work of art. Being able to write a true ghost story in this is just one more aspect of a great author. The fact that you go from one century to the other, then back again with the ghost aspect thrown in unexpectedly, will keep you reading to see what is going to happen next. I'm not a very good review writer. I hope I am able to share the basics of the story, but leave questions waiting that a good read will answer. If you enjoy a good story, a good love story, and a good ghost story, The Barter has all 3 and is totally worth the time. You may want to think twice of reading it at night, by yourself. Enjoy!
Most helpful negative review
Bridget is a stay-at-h...
Bridget is a stay-at-home mom. She worked for years as an attorney but now spends her time devoted to her daughter Julia. Bridget loves being at home with her daughter but her thoughts have recently turned to the macabre and she thinks about the unimaginable, death. Is it possible that her thoughts have manifested a ghost in their home? What makes the situation even more bizarre is that her husband, Mark, doesn't seem able to see the ghost. Their home is newly constructed, so how is it possible a ghost could appear in their home? What does this ghost want and even more importantly, can Bridget give this ghost what it wants? When we are introduced to Bridget, she comes across as a tired, yet loving mother. She is rocking her daughter to sleep and thinking about death when she first notices a strange smell. She then hears several thumps before finally seeing what appears to be a ghost. At first she is sure that she has imaged this vision until the ghost begins to move further into the room. As the days and nights go by, only Bridget and her infant daughter Julia are able to see the ghost. What scares Bridget the most is that the ghost always seems to appear around the baby. Just as the anxiety begins to build with Bridget and the presence in her home, the author switches perspective and voice by introducing the reader to Rebecca. Rebecca is a young woman, being raised in the city around the turn of the century. She is newly engaged to a young farmer and is thinking about becoming a new bride and life on the farm. Unfortunately Rebecca isn't quite sure she's cut out to be a farmer's wife and she winds up breaking her newly wedded husband's heart on their wedding night. After she gives birth to her son, Rebecca's perspective on life, family, and home seem to change but it seems to be too little too late to save her marriage. The Barter is an interesting blend of contemporary and historical fiction with a paranormal theme. It is told in alternating voices of Bridget and Rebecca. We're never quite sure if there is a connection between these two ladies other than the fact they are both young first-time mothers without a clue. Who is the ghost and what exactly does it want? What happened to Rebecca and her family in the past? What will happen to Bridget and her family in the present? All of these are questions that arose in my mind as I was reading this story. I'd love to say that I enjoyed reading The Barter, but there was just something about it that didn't quite do it for me. I was often frustrated with Rebecca's naïveté, as well as Bridget's "woe is me" mentality. Are the characters well developed? Yes. Is the story well crafted? Yes. I don't know if it was the paranormal aspect of the story or not, but I simply found it hard to connect. It is quite possible that since I don't read a lot of paranormal-horror I was just unable to appreciate the finer points of this genre. Now having said all of that the question that remains is can I recommend The Barter? My answer is yes. If you enjoy paranormal or ghost stories with a slight horror twist or if you're looking for something a little outside of your comfort zone, then I urge you to add The Barter to your reading list.
Most helpful positive review
1 customers found this helpful
I enjoyed this book. I...
I enjoyed this book. It kept me constantly thinking 'why the name?' which I didn't understand until the end of the book, which was a perfect ending. The story is about 2 different women, separated by a century. Both women are not the generally accepted 'woman of the times' personality, although Bridget's choice is one many many women choose, but a same number of many many women make the opposite choice. Rebecca makes a 'standard' choice of marriage but what happens after that was a big shock to the story. There's the part of the story from the turn of the 20th century that continues to grow and you can see how Rebecca is slowly evolving. Then there's the part of the story from today's times,and you see how Bridget is slowly made to feel she's going insane. Rebecca's story takes more than a year, while Bridget's story feels it's a fraction of that time. In the middle of these two stories you have a ghost story, which kept me awake until I decided I couldn't read it at night alone. Ms Adcock's ability to somehow weave the two stories totally separate but also together is a tremendous work of art. Being able to write a true ghost story in this is just one more aspect of a great author. The fact that you go from one century to the other, then back again with the ghost aspect thrown in unexpectedly, will keep you reading to see what is going to happen next. I'm not a very good review writer. I hope I am able to share the basics of the story, but leave questions waiting that a good read will answer. If you enjoy a good story, a good love story, and a good ghost story, The Barter has all 3 and is totally worth the time. You may want to think twice of reading it at night, by yourself. Enjoy!
Most helpful negative review
Bridget is a stay-at-h...
Bridget is a stay-at-home mom. She worked for years as an attorney but now spends her time devoted to her daughter Julia. Bridget loves being at home with her daughter but her thoughts have recently turned to the macabre and she thinks about the unimaginable, death. Is it possible that her thoughts have manifested a ghost in their home? What makes the situation even more bizarre is that her husband, Mark, doesn't seem able to see the ghost. Their home is newly constructed, so how is it possible a ghost could appear in their home? What does this ghost want and even more importantly, can Bridget give this ghost what it wants? When we are introduced to Bridget, she comes across as a tired, yet loving mother. She is rocking her daughter to sleep and thinking about death when she first notices a strange smell. She then hears several thumps before finally seeing what appears to be a ghost. At first she is sure that she has imaged this vision until the ghost begins to move further into the room. As the days and nights go by, only Bridget and her infant daughter Julia are able to see the ghost. What scares Bridget the most is that the ghost always seems to appear around the baby. Just as the anxiety begins to build with Bridget and the presence in her home, the author switches perspective and voice by introducing the reader to Rebecca. Rebecca is a young woman, being raised in the city around the turn of the century. She is newly engaged to a young farmer and is thinking about becoming a new bride and life on the farm. Unfortunately Rebecca isn't quite sure she's cut out to be a farmer's wife and she winds up breaking her newly wedded husband's heart on their wedding night. After she gives birth to her son, Rebecca's perspective on life, family, and home seem to change but it seems to be too little too late to save her marriage. The Barter is an interesting blend of contemporary and historical fiction with a paranormal theme. It is told in alternating voices of Bridget and Rebecca. We're never quite sure if there is a connection between these two ladies other than the fact they are both young first-time mothers without a clue. Who is the ghost and what exactly does it want? What happened to Rebecca and her family in the past? What will happen to Bridget and her family in the present? All of these are questions that arose in my mind as I was reading this story. I'd love to say that I enjoyed reading The Barter, but there was just something about it that didn't quite do it for me. I was often frustrated with Rebecca's naïveté, as well as Bridget's "woe is me" mentality. Are the characters well developed? Yes. Is the story well crafted? Yes. I don't know if it was the paranormal aspect of the story or not, but I simply found it hard to connect. It is quite possible that since I don't read a lot of paranormal-horror I was just unable to appreciate the finer points of this genre. Now having said all of that the question that remains is can I recommend The Barter? My answer is yes. If you enjoy paranormal or ghost stories with a slight horror twist or if you're looking for something a little outside of your comfort zone, then I urge you to add The Barter to your reading list.
1-5 of 8 reviews

A dual story of a lady...

A dual story of a lady who is haunted by a ghost and the story of how that ghost came to be. A very tense novel of two troubled women from different eras. What kind of loss did the ghost suffer to haunt and harass a young lady and her child and what must this woman do to protect her family? This is a story about coming to terms with loss an how we cope with it. A highly charged atmospheric novel that will draw you in and not let you go till you finish it. A must read for historically based ghost story lovers.

I enjoyed this book. I...

I enjoyed this book. It kept me constantly thinking 'why the name?' which I didn't understand until the end of the book, which was a perfect ending. The story is about 2 different women, separated by a century. Both women are not the generally accepted 'woman of the times' personality, although Bridget's choice is one many many women choose, but a same number of many many women make the opposite choice. Rebecca makes a 'standard' choice of marriage but what happens after that was a big shock to the story. There's the part of the story from the turn of the 20th century that continues to grow and you can see how Rebecca is slowly evolving. Then there's the part of the story from today's times,and you see how Bridget is slowly made to feel she's going insane. Rebecca's story takes more than a year, while Bridget's story feels it's a fraction of that time. In the middle of these two stories you have a ghost story, which kept me awake until I decided I couldn't read it at night alone. Ms Adcock's ability to somehow weave the two stories totally separate but also together is a tremendous work of art. Being able to write a true ghost story in this is just one more aspect of a great author. The fact that you go from one century to the other, then back again with the ghost aspect thrown in unexpectedly, will keep you reading to see what is going to happen next. I'm not a very good review writer. I hope I am able to share the basics of the story, but leave questions waiting that a good read will answer. If you enjoy a good story, a good love story, and a good ghost story, The Barter has all 3 and is totally worth the time. You may want to think twice of reading it at night, by yourself. Enjoy!

It has that non genre ...

It has that non genre thing where the ghost is just a little too symbolic for my tastes, but it was properly terrifying and I really enjoyed having a novel about two women, neither of whom were very nice.

Scary! But I couldnt ...

Scary! But I couldn't put it down.

I do not understand th...

I do not understand this story - can somebody please explain it to me? The two parallel stories, one taking place in the early 1900s and the other in the present time, are supposed to weave together at the end, but I am simply at a loss to figure out how that happens. The author does have a fertile imagination, I will say that for her. Perplexing, bewildering, unsatisfying . . . . and yet, absorbing enough that I finished it. Very bizarre.

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