Ghost Song [NOOK Book]

Overview

The old Tarleton music hall is the subject of a mysterious building restriction that has kept it closed for more than 90 years. When Robert Fallon is asked to survey the structure, he finds clues indicating that its long twilight sleep may contain a sinister secret. Joining forces with researcher Hilary Bryant, Robert discovers the legend of the Tarleton's ghost, a mysterious figure that was first glimpsed during the era of Toby Chance, a charismatic performer who vanished suddenly and inexplicably in the early ...

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Overview

The old Tarleton music hall is the subject of a mysterious building restriction that has kept it closed for more than 90 years. When Robert Fallon is asked to survey the structure, he finds clues indicating that its long twilight sleep may contain a sinister secret. Joining forces with researcher Hilary Bryant, Robert discovers the legend of the Tarleton's ghost, a mysterious figure that was first glimpsed during the era of Toby Chance, a charismatic performer who vanished suddenly and inexplicably in the early 1900s. After almost a century the Tarleton's dark silence is about to end, but there are those who find its reopening a threatening prospect. As Robert and Hilary delve into the macabre history, they both become menaced by the secrets of the past.

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Editorial Reviews

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937384111
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 624,091
  • File size: 932 KB

Meet the Author

Sarah Rayne is the pseudonym of a well-known British author. She is the award-winning author of several suspense novels, including A Dark Dividing, The Death Chamber, and Spider Light.

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

    Terrific!

    Having read all of Ms. Rayne's previous novels, I had to purchase her latest. I have to say that this has to be her best to date. Her two main characters, Robert and Hilary, are thoughtful, interesting and not too rattled by pretty much anything (including wandering ghosts and insane coworkers). They also find themselves drawn to each other but it's very subtle and is a very prescient portion of the storyline. Ms. Rayne weaves basically two story lines together to introduce the Tarleton theater to the reader and to impart why the theater has been closed for almost ninety years. Her storytelling is ingenious and well plotted. Can't wait for her next novel to appear.

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