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The Ghost Tree

by Barbara Erskine

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Family Drama Historical Fiction Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories Sagas and Romance

LoveReading View on The Ghost Tree

A feverishly seductive story, it whispers, cajoles, beckons from history until the past forcefully assaults the present. When Ruth’s estranged father dies she returns to Edinburgh and discovers the hidden diary of her ancestor Thomas Erskine. Fascinated by his story Ruth finds herself in extraordinary danger when she starts to delve into the past. The prologue offers a warning, while the first chapter thoroughly sets the scene in 1760 as 10 year old Thomas witnesses a murder and sees the shadow of the dead man as it leaves the body. Barbara Erskine has based the story on her own family history, she paints a picture with a beautiful delicate balance and inner strength as the drama starts to unfold. Ruth’s story stands resolute in this time, and with a delicious shiver of fear I let the story take me where it willed. I always knew where I was, even as the past pushed ever closer. Spellbinding and gorgeously readable, as all becomes clear The Ghost Tree really is the most perfect title - highly recommended.

Liz Robinson

The Ghost Tree Synopsis

Before you follow the path into your family's history, beware of the secrets you may find... The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author. The past is about to become the present... Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile. Left rootless by the death of her estranged father, she is faced with the daunting task of sorting through his possessions. Amidst the dust of her old life, Ruth discovers a hidden diary from the eighteenth century, written by her ancestor, Thomas Erskine. As she sifts through the ancient pages of the past, Ruth is pulled into a story that she can't escape. As the youngest son of a noble family Thomas' life started in genteel poverty, but his extraordinary experiences propel him from the high seas to Lord Chancellor. Yet, on his journey through life, he makes a powerful enemy who hounds him to the death - and beyond. Ruth has opened a door to the past that she can't close, and meets a ghost in her family tree who wasn't invited. She will have to draw upon new friends and old in what will become a battle for her very survival... The inspiration for The Ghost Tree lies in Barbara Erskine's own personal history - branching back to the days of Thomas Erskine, her great grandfather, five times removed. Once again, the Sunday Times bestselling author brings the past to life in vivid, spellbinding colour.

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The Ghost Tree Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Ghosts, pirates, criminals and voodoo ... All are waiting between the pages of this amazing book. Hold on tight as Erskine takes us on an amazing journey between 18th century England/Scotland and the present day. An absolute must for loyal readers, and if you are new to Barbara Erskine's books this is a great one to start with! Unputdownable. Full review

Lizzy Dingemans

Another excellent book from the number one time-slip novel author. The present day and the 18th century running side by side in an extremely interesting approach to sharing ancient family history with the populace! Full review


Once again Barbara Erskine has written a novel that will keep the reader enthralled and reading into the early hours. This time, her inspiration has come from her own family history. A perfect book for the long Winter nights. Full review

Angie Rhodes

The past is already written. Is it safe to read or will you find more than you bargained for? Full review

Lynn Johnson

Another superb book from Barbara Erskine guaranteeing a superb read Full review

Catherine Bryce

The Ghost Tree Press Reviews

Praise for Sleeper's Castle -

`Sleeper's Castle is a haunting tale, confirming that Barbara Erskine remains the mistress of the time-slip novel' Acclaimed historian and novelist, Alison Weir

`Captivating . . . Beguiling ghosts that whisper to us from the past and seek to stamp their will upon the present' Richard and Judy bestseller, Rachel Hore

`Evocative and haunting, [I was] every bit as captivated as I was when I was swept away by Lady of Hay' Sunday Times bestselling author, Elizabeth Chadwick

More praise for Barbara Erskine -

`Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson' Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times

`Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable' The Times

`Marvellous escapist stuff' Woman and Home

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008195847
Publication date: 07/03/2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008195816
Publication date: 23/08/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780008195830
Publication date: 23/08/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Format: Ebook

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008195816
Publication date: 23rd August 2018
Author: Barbara Erskine
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance,

About Barbara Erskine

Barbara Erskine was our Guest Editor in July 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. An historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of thirteen novels, at once demonstrating her interest in history and the supernatural, plus four collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Barbara’s first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over three million copies worldwide to date. She lives in Hay-on-Wye.   Author photo © Karolina Webb

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