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 south bank, was one of the city's glittering night-spots, with song-and-dance man Toby Chance heading the bill. But Toby disappeared in 1914 and the Tarleton has been locked ever since. With property prices soaring, an investment group hires Robert Fallon to survey the place. Fallon is charmed by the…  See more details below

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A hundred years ago, the Tarleton Music Hall, on London's south bank, was one of the city's glittering night-spots, with song-and-dance man Toby Chance heading the bill. But Toby disappeared in 1914 and the Tarleton has been locked ever since. With property prices soaring, an investment group hires Robert Fallon to survey the place. Fallon is charmed by the project and the rumors that the Tarleton is haunted by a Singing Ghost. The deeper he delves, though, the harder it gets to shake the notion that he is being menaced by the past.

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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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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
504
Sales rank:
706,993
File size:
954 KB

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The author of seven terrifying novels of psychological suspense, Sarah Rayne lives in Staffordshire. Visit www.sarahrayne.co.uk

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Ghost Song 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bookworm60 More than 1 year ago
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.