- 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)
Ghost Song Paperback – 6 Jul 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.....
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.
Overall, it's chilling and intriguing but not just as good as some of her other books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book a couple of years ago and I had hoped for a nice ghost story, but although the book was ok so was it not as haunting and creepy to read as I'd hope it would be.Published 14 months ago by Marablaise
Loving it! Not finished it yet (pg 286) but I never want to stop reading it. It's the first I have read by this author and if the ending is as good as the rest I shall be back for... Read morePublished on 6 May 2013 by Mags
The title cover does not do this book justice- this engaging, exciting but easy read book is much more than a crime investigation novel. Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2012 by su through the looking glass!
This is the second book by Sarah Rayne that I've read and I'm already beginning to notice some strong themes in her writing - the main protagonists fancying each other, the... Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2012 by Michaela Drizhalova
After reading Property of a Lady, I was so impressed with this author I ordered a couple more of her novels. This is the first of her older books for me and all I can say is wow!! Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2012 by Wendy McFarlane
This is the first Sarah Rayne book I have read and it was excellent! I began reading one evening in bed, and I could not put it down. Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2011 by Lorna
I've just finished this book and must say how impressive it was. I was slightly annoyed at first when the book kept flitting between three different eras, but as the story... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2011 by M. Campo
This was my first Sarah Rayne book which seemed right up my street .Oh Dear ! My one star here is for the story which is quite a reasonable idea and as pointed out by others , the... Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2011 by Mr. Robin J. Wisniewski