The Ghost in Love: 02/24/19
The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll is put mildly, a weird book. Every person is assigned a ghost to take over when they die. When people die, they die but people expect there to be ghosts — so ghosts have come into being.
The whole process of life and death is automated. But any system has its glitches. Ben should have had a gruesome death but survives. That sets into place an odd set of circumstances — one where Ben's house is haunted, Ben is alive, but Ben isn't himself.
In this world, only one kind of creature can see ghosts — dogs. Not only can they see them, they can talk to them. But the ghost doesn't want Ben in her life — she want's Ben's ex-girlfriend. That is who she is love with — who she cooks for.
Long story short, The Ghost in Love reminds me of a single novel compilation of the Griffin and Sabine books. There's also a bit of I Thought You Were Dead mixed in.
But for me, the book didn't gel. It's too random and too matter of fact in its randomness. It feels like the plot points were pulled form a grab bag as part of a writing exercise.