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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (6 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416522247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416522249
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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


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I could not put this down, it was full of drama and suspense from the very beginning and every twist and turn was fantastic! I loved the characters and how they were developed, and think this is the best Sarah Rayne I have read so far. Can't wait to read the next one!
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By A. Lucas VINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2010
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I just love Sarah Rayne's books. Her style of writing draws you right into the story, and this one is my favourite one so far. It's got everything - it's spooky and sad, exciting and interesting. The characters are wonderful, the storylines are original and the way the past and the present are intertwined is genius!

I don't want to give anything away about this book, it's so good I want everyone to enjoy it as much as I did.
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By Debra F TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Sept. 2014
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This book had me enthralled from start to finish. It is set around an old theatre in the Bankside area of London which has been closed since 1914. Two time periods run in parallel, 1914 and the present day. In the modern day we follow the lives of several people who are connected with the theatre - Shona the manager of the firm who looks after the theatre, Hilary who works for her, Robert the surveyor and Caley who is obsessed with the theatre's past. In the past, the action surrounds Toby Chance the music hall performer, his mother and Rinaldi the stage manager. These two eras are very cleverly interwoven as those in the present seek to discover what happened in the past.
I got very tied up with this book and struggled to put it down. The magic of the old theatre came to life in the pages and I was keener than the characters to discover what happened. Who is rather unhinged, whose bodies are found in various places and what happened to Toby Chance, did he just disappear in 1914 or is his body waiting to be found somewhere? Why has the theatre been closed since 1914?
I am not entirely sure that I would classify this as a ghost story, although there is a ghost running through both past and present. It is a book of atmosphere and suspense but the ghost is rather minimal. Please don't read this looking for the type of ghost story found in "The Woman in Black".
I would have given this book a five star rating. However, towards the end some of the characters did things that didn't quite fit in with their characters. I don't mean the person who is obviously derranged (I won't let on who) but the characters in general. People start racing off to Somerset on very thin pretexts and it caused me slight irritation.
So be prepared to get caught up in this story. Embrace the music hall atmosphere and fall in love with the magic of the theatre.....
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This is a good story - it's described as a "psychological thriller" - I certainly would not describe it as that, but it is a ghost/mystery story. And as a ghost/mystery story, it's not bad. The story is complex and intriguing enough to grab the reader's attention - the timeline moves from before the First World War to the present day; and the characters in the story are very diverse.

I did feel there was a rather large element of contrived coincidences in a number of the characters back stories - the way they neatly joined to fit into the overall story arc was all a little bit of an author's conceit, I thought. But if you suspend that niggle, then the story itself is entertaining, and has a validity and a certain sense of `rightness' that leaves you continuing to think about the story after you've finished it.

All in all, a good, entertaining ghost/mystery story - not a horror story, and most definitely not what I'd describe as a psychological thriller - but a good book, and well worth reading.
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This is the first book I have read by Sarah Rayne and I may well have found myself a new favourite author as now I want to read more! I will admit to not be sure about the book from the back cover synopsis but actually that synopsis doesn't do it justice in the sense it's far darker and more disturbing in parts than you could imagine. I can't say too much for fear of giving things away but the development of what you think is a minor character is genius, I honestly didn't see that coming. Her style of writing is great, the intensity just right in that it keeps you wanting to turn the page until you're all done, in fact you almost don't want the book to come to an end. I applaud Ms Rayne for a great book and I will certainly be reading some, if not all, of her others.
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By JM TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2009
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Sarah Rayne is one of my favourite authors so I looked forward to this new one with great anticipation. As usual she delivers the fantastic scene setting she always does, when I read of being alone in the theatre I actually felt quite scared myself, she is a master of bringing the eeriness of these deserted buildings to the reader. However, whilst it is still an enjoyable read I didn't think it was her best novel, I found some of the earlier parts about Toby Chance's involvement in the political group a bit dreary, although it was obviously necessary to the plot as I discovered later.
Overall, it's chilling and intriguing but not just as good as some of her other books.
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By Claire on 11 Feb. 2013
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Another scorcher by Sarah Rayne! I read Sarah's first book whilst waiting for Mo Hayder to publish her next and she is a great psycho author however she does tend to flit between past and present in her books and I know some people find this frustrating but her books are high pace and will keep you hooked from cover to cover.
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