Book Review: The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

The Ghosts of Heaven

Goodreads synopsis: A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.

Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book’s final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time. Merging Sedgwick’s gift for suspense with science- and historical-fiction, Ghosts of Heaven is a tale is worthy of intense obsession.

Author: Marcus Sedgwick

Pages: 380 pages

My rating: 3/5 stars

My Thoughts

Firstly I’m going to gush on about the beautiful book cover 🙂 isn’t it just beautiful. When I first saw the cover I knew I had to get it. Judging from the cover I had a feeling that the book was going to be about some sort of mystery about the stairs to heaven. Or something to do with ghost stories up in heaven? Like something based on the title. Then once I started reading the book I was like:


It was totally different to my own judgement. This book is divided by quarters? 

Is that some sort of mystery? Why is the first quarter written differently to the others? 

Are these 4 different stories in 4 different times? But they all link together by these so called “spirals” or “helix”?

The first time I’ve heard of the word helix is from the TV Show that screens on Syfy I think. I use to watch that show until Season 2 came and got bored of it. O mainly because I was confused as well like how I was confused with this book. But anyways, honestly this book was beautifully written. But I don’t think its my sort of book. This book has deep meaning to it though. I mean it gets you thinking and sometimes you don’t understand what Marcus is trying to say so you keep questioning yourself over and over like a spiral until you get to the core of everything. But sometimes you don’t and so you’re lost at see like Caroline.

I only liked two stories out of the four which was Quarter 2 & 3 (Anna & Perseverance). Quarter 3 made me cry so much.

It was sad in its own way because I could relate to it. My uncle suffers from a mental illness and I could understand how Doctor James felt. There was no justice been done in the asylum which really pissed me off so much. But Charles was magnificent, his mind is like a wanderer 🙂 it’ll explore old and new places and still be able to continue his journey. 

The other 2 quarters bore me a bit, even though they both had good stories, I just couldn’t feel interested enough to have any emotion.

But the male and the female don’t sing the same song. They each sing one half of the song. Two parts that make a whole.


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