Ghost Song

Ghost Song

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by Sarah Rayne
     
 

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A hundred years ago, the Tarleton Music Hall, on London’s thrillingly bohemian south bank, was one of the city’s most glittering night-spots, with song-and-dance man Toby Chance heading the bill. But Toby disappeared in the murky run-up to the first world war, and the Tarleton has been locked ever since. With property prices soaring, an investment group… See more details below

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A hundred years ago, the Tarleton Music Hall, on London’s thrillingly bohemian south bank, was one of the city’s most glittering night-spots, with song-and-dance man Toby Chance heading the bill. But Toby disappeared in the murky run-up to the first world war, and the Tarleton has been locked ever since. With property prices soaring, an investment group hires researcher Robert Fallon to find out who owns the place. At first, Fallon is charmed by the project and its swank Edwardian nostalgia, the rumors that the Tarleton is haunted by a mysterious Singing Ghost. The deeper he delves, though, the more frightening those songs become, and the harder it gets for Fallon to shake the notion that he is, somehow, being menaced by the past. For fans of Barbara Vine at her most chilling and of Sarah Rayne’s A Dark Dividing.

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Publishers Weekly
Powerful atmospherics compensate for plot contrivances in Rayne's period thriller, which centers on a London music hall whose story unfolds as the narrative toggles between 1914 and "the present." When Robert Fallon is hired to inspect the Tarleton Music Hall on behalf of a group of investors, he encounters an odd additional wall in the basement, an anomaly that piques his curiosity and prompts him to delve further into the building's past. With the help of Hilary Bryant, an employee of the management company responsible for the property, Fallon sneaks into the theater. Once inside, the pair fears that a shadowy figure is watching them from the balcony, but they persuade each other that their overwrought nerves are to blame. Nevertheless, they nurse suspicions that whatever secrets lie behind the ominous wall may be connected to the sudden closing of the Tarleton in 1914.Their probe into the hall's mysteries mirror reminiscences from Bryant's boss, Shona Seymour, who at a young age witnessed her mother and grandfather burying a woman's body in the basement of their home. Rayne (Property of a Lady) maintains the spookiness throughout and adds some nicely ghoulish touches, although some readers may feel cheated her use of a major instance of deus ex machina to tidy up the story line. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937384111
Publisher:
Felony & Mayhem Press
Publication date:
12/15/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
504
Sales rank:
495,540
File size:
1 MB

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