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This review is from: The Ghost of Lily Painter (Paperback)
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It takes a really gifted writer to get atmosphere right in a novel. Atmosphere is that unquantifiable element that can make or break a story especially if that story is a mystery or a ghost story. Atmosphere is something more associated with the visual arts especially the theatre with its smoke and mirrors.
Caitlin Davies is a really gifted author who treats us to atmosphere in spades in this dual time novel, "The Ghost of Lily Painter". In the earlier decade of the Edwardian period you can almost smell the Empire Music Hall especially Will Fornby and his box of performing rats!!
The house at the centre of the story ~ 43 Stanley Road ~ has survived two wars, decades of cultural change and is now the home of deserted mum and daughter Annie and Molly (all the time I was reading the book I saw them as the mum and daughter from the telly series "Outnumbered"). It is also a house with a memory. Like all old houses (and I know this as I live in a 19th century terraced town house in Brighton) it seems the inhabitants never really leave for good and traces of their occupation are often in evidence. Annie copes with her loneliness by researching the occupants of the 1901 census, which were a police inspector and his wife and their lodgers, the Painters, the daughter of who is the eponymous heroine.
But I must reveal no more this book is so good it should be on everyone's summer booklist.