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What Lies Around Us Hardcover by Andrew Crofts

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: Random Things
Ratings: 4/5

About The Book

It is possible that since this book’s publication you will have heard that I have died in ‘suspicious circumstances’. Obviously I hope that will not be the case, but I believe it is worth taking the risk in order to get this story out there.
Why would one of Silicon Valley’s most powerful billionaires offer a British ghostwriter a million dollars to write the autobiography of Hollywood’s biggest star?
Only once he is living and working among the world’s richest and most beautiful people does the ghost realise that there is way more than a publishing deal at stake.
The ghostwriter must face the dark underbelly of the tech industry. He must face corruption and manipulation, come to blows with people who will do anything to remain at the top of their game and uncover the dark truth behind what it really means to be an influencer . . .
What Lies Around Us takes the reader into a world of myth-makers and power-brokers and reveals who is really running the world. Who is telling the stories and controlling the way we all think with a mixture of old media, social media and fake media?

My Thoughts

This had been a quick but interesting read. With a very intriguing beginning; the story has more layers than you can imagine.
Andrew Crofts is a ghostwriter, he has written so many famous books; the problem is his name is never on his books, he is always on the dark side. That’s why one of the richest man on earth contacts him to make a biography on a famous star. He can not know the name till every confidentially paper has been signed, but it is big! I am sure in this case you would like the advice of a lawyer, but Andrew is so overwhelmed in the situation that is ready to sign anywhere to be involved in the project. Possibly his worst choice ever; because you, the reader, have a book in your hands, his diary, and since the beginning you know that maybe he is dead. So what type of biography did he involve himself to fear for his life? You just have to read the book to know more!
This is not a very thick book, you’ll finish it within a day, I can assure you. And because it is so intriguing and original you’ll keep reading till the last page.
I was really pleased with this story, you know there’s something more since the beginning, what you don’t plan at all is the end! Totally a surprise!
Really, I don’t want to make any spoilers, simply read the book and enjoy the story!

About The Author

Andrew Crofts is a ghostwriter and author who has published more than eighty books, a dozen of which were Sunday Times number one bestsellers. He has also guided a number of international clients successfully through the minefield of independent publishing.
His books on writing include "Ghostwriting", (A&C Black) and "The Freelance Writer’s Handbook", (Piatkus), which has been reprinted eight times over twenty years.
Throughout his bestseller, "The Ghost", Robert Harris quotes Andrew’s seminal book, "Ghostwriting". Harris’s book went on to become a major movie by the same name, directed by Roman Polanski and starring Ewan McGregor as the eponymous ghost. The opening lines in Robert Harris’s book sum up Andrew’s philosophy: "Of all the advantages ghosting offers, one of the greatest must be the opportunity that you get to meet people of interest".
Andrew was on the Management Committee of the Society of Authors from 2012 to 2015. He lectures on the subject of making a living from writing at Kingston University, presents Masterclasses on the subject at The Guardian and frequently guests at writing workshops, literary festivals and in the media. He blogs regularly on matters pertaining to publishing, self-publishing and writing.