The Ghost and the Railway is one the first independent books I'd ever set both hands and eyes on. My first venture, if you will, into what the indie author community has to offer a reader like myself. Yes, I am a writer, a published author, but like most, that stems from a love of books; of the written word.
The Ghost and the Railway by A.C. Hutchinson delivers on so many levels. It's a story of undying friendship, of love, of life itself and the many turns our lives take throughout our personal history. It's a ghost story yes, but so much more. The span of the timeline for John, our main protagonist, is handled with great poise. Never once are you lost in the narrative which switches from John's youth, to his adult years, and again, later in life. The characters he surrounds himself with, Stanley, his best friend, Ed, his dog, and Natalie, his love, are the lynchpins which bind one man's life to the realities (and superstitions) that exist in all our lives.
There's a great little twist near the middle (I won't give this away)... a few unexpected turns and though it is often not said, where A.C. excels, is offering a satisfying ending.
Do I recommend The Ghost and the Railway? ABSOLUTELY!
I give this books a solid 4 1/4 stars.