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The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg | #BlogTour #BookReview @LeeMatthewG @ADRBooks @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #ARC #Thriller

Dark and haunting

Today, we are thrilled to be the stop on the Blog Tour for The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg.

Our thanks to the author,  Down and Out Books, and Damppebbles Blog Tours for the advanced reader’s copy. 

The Ancestor is a dark and haunting dual-time thriller set in freezing Alaska.

Book Details

Title: The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg
Publisher: All Due Respect, an imprint of Down & Out Books (August 21, 2020)
Print Lenght: 372 pages
Language: English

Book Description

A man wakes up in present-day Alaskan wilderness with no idea who he is, nothing on him save an empty journal with the date 1898 and a mirror. He sees another man hunting nearby, astounded that they look exactly alike except for his own beard. After following this other man home, he witnesses a wife and child that brings forth a rush of memories of his own wife and child, except he’s certain they do not exist in modern times–but from his life in the late 1800s.

After recalling his name is Wyatt, he worms his way into his doppelganger Travis Barlow’s life. Memories become unearthed the more time he spends, making him believe that he’d been frozen after coming to Alaska during the Gold Rush and that Travis is his great-great grandson. Wyatt is certain gold still exists in the area and finding it with Travis will ingratiate himself to the family, especially with Travis’s wife Callie, once Wyatt falls in love. This turns into a dangerous obsession affecting the Barlows and everyone in their small town, since Wyatt can’t be tamed until he also discovers the meaning of why he was able to be preserved on ice for over a century.

A meditation on love lost and unfulfilled dreams, The Ancestor is a thrilling page-turner in present day Alaska and a historical adventure about the perilous Gold Rush expeditions where prospectors left behind their lives for the promise of hope and a better future.

The question remains whether it was all worth the sacrifice…

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The Ancestor is a dark and haunting dual-time thriller set in freezing Alaska.

A man woke up not remembering who he was. He was so cold, yet he somehow knew he could survive it. Slowly he started to thaw.

Lost and alone in a freezing place, he wandered around and hunted to survive.

When he finally reached a village, he had the surprise of his life, meeting his doppelganger: a man that looked exactly like him.

The story was very entrancing, and I could not put the book down. I could feel the cold seeping into my bones.

Wyatt Barlow slowly recovers his memory, but the knowledge did not bring the peace he was hoping for.

I especially liked how Wyatt’s personality shifts and darkens as the story advances.

It was interesting to see the contrast between Wyatt’s evil and the goodness emanating from Travis, his lookalike.

The side characters were very varied and layered. The author took the time to develop and expose them to the reader, enriching the narrative and enhancing the sense of connection to the story.

The end is not exactly surprising, but it is very well put together. This book is all about the journey.

Despite not being my usual kind of book, I enjoyed it immensely.

The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg is a well-written, dark, and haunting dual-time thriller.

Highly Recommended!

Warning: Violence, murder, hunting, prostitution, and drugs.

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of THE DESIRE CARD, SLOW DOWN and THE MENTOR from St. Martin’s Press. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second novel in The Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming. THE ANCESTOR will be out from All Due Respect books in 2020 along with a reissue of his debut novel. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series ( He lives in New York City.

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11 thoughts on “The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg | #BlogTour #BookReview @LeeMatthewG @ADRBooks @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #ARC #Thriller”

  1. I found many aspects of this story difficult to believe, but if you can pretend that it happens, you can enjoy it. Fascinating to see how easily Wyatt inserted himself into the Barlow’s inner circle.

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