When Ghosts Come Home

When Ghosts Come Home

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The eagerly awaited novel from the New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home, a tender and haunting story of a father and daughter, crime and forgiveness, race and memory.

When the roar of a low-flying plane awakens him in the middle of the night, Sheriff Winston Barnes knows something strange is happening at the nearby airfield on the coast of North Carolina. But nothing can prepare him for what he finds: a large airplane has crash-landed and is now sitting sideways on the runway, and there are no signs of a pilot or cargo. When the body of a local man is discovered—shot dead and lying on the grass near the crash site—Winston begins a murder investigation that will change the course of his life and the fate of the community that he has sworn to protect.

Everyone is a suspect, including the dead man. As rumors and accusations fly, long-simmering racial tensions explode overnight, and Winston, whose own tragic past has followed him like a ghost, must do his duty while facing the painful repercussions of old decisions. Winston also knows that his days as sheriff may be numbered. He’s up for re-election against a corrupt and well-connected challenger, and his deputies are choosing sides. As if these events weren’t troubling enough, he must finally confront his daughter Colleen, who has come home grieving a shattering loss she cannot fully articulate.

As the suspense builds and this compelling mystery unfolds, Wiley Cash delves deep into the hearts of these richly drawn, achingly sympathetic characters to reveal the nobility of an ordinary man struggling amidst terrifying, extraordinary circumstances.

Title:When Ghosts Come Home
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062312662
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    When Ghosts Come Home Reviews

  • Angela M

    I’m not a fan of mysteries or crime stories, but I’m a big fan of Wiley Cash. I loved his fabulous story telling in his other three novels, so I had to read this one even though not a genre I typi...

  • MarilynW

    When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash, J.D. Jackson (Narrator)From the beginning of this book, I felt sad, and that feeling continued to the end. At least that feeling had me somewhat prepared for the e...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    I have never read Wiley Cash but I will be reading all of his past books now!!!Every time I thought I knew what was going on —something different happened and took the plot in a different direction!...

  • Susanne

    Review posted on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...Simple Brilliance.The night Sheriff Winston Barnes and his wife Marie are awoken by the sound of a plane flying low overhead, both he and...

  • Diane S ?

    Starts with Sheriff Barnes being called out when an airplane, now abandoned, is found along with the body of a young black man. The novelty for me was the setting, which was Oak Island, a show on TV t...

  • Julie

    When Ghosts come Home by Wiley Cash is a 2021 William Morrow publication. Sheriff Winston Barnes, and his wife, are awakened by a low-lying plane, prompting Barnes to get dressed and head out to the a...

  • Marilyn

    When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash was a gripping murder mystery with several sub plots that simultaneously presented themselves within the story. It took place in 1984 on Oak Island which was locate...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    One of my favorite North Carolina authors. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Quick thoughts: Wiley Cash is one of my very favorite authors. He’s a brilliant storyteller, and When the Ghosts Come Ho...

  • Brenda ~Traveling Sister Book Reviews

    Hot Dang!!! Wiley Cash is one fantastic storyteller, and I have loved all his books. He has changed things up a bit by adding a crime and mystery with When Ghosts Come Home and delivers us a gem of a ...

  • Barbara

    3.5 starsIt's 1984 and 63-year-old Winston Barnes is the sheriff of Oak Island, North Carolina, a narrow isle just off the mainland. The region experienced violence and riots during school desegregati...