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Summary

When Lily Bell is sold by her father to a 'Professor of Ghosts' to settle a bad debt, she thinks she is about to hit the London stage as an actress. 

But little does she know that the professor intends her to be his very own ghost, part of an elaborate illusion for a fascinated audience. Obsessed with perfection, the professor covers all bases to ensure his illusion is realistic - and when Lily comes across her own obituary in the paper, and then her own headstone in the cemetery, she soon realises that she is trapped, her parents think she is dead - and soon her fate is to become even darker.

A story of the traps of fame, magic and the power of illusion in Victorian London.  

©2019 Rose Black (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Fantastic writing - sinister and suspenseful." (Rosie Boycott)  

"A disturbing story which resonates with our times. Beautifully written." (Rachel Hore)  

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Great story spoiled by the narration

At the core of the story is one man's obsessive need to commune with the dead and the lengths that he will go to to achieve his ambition. As the self-proclaimed 'professor of ghosts' Erasmus Salt needs a girl to fulfil his desires and buys Lily Bell from her step-father. What follows is a dark and sinister tale of greed, power and hubris interspaced with the voices of the women who are directly impacted by his selfish dreams; Lily, his sister Faye and Lily's mother Ruth Bell. It is gripping and full of emotion with the fabulous backdrops of the Victorian theatre and circus life.

I listened to the audio version of the book the narrator was somewhat monotone and when she voiced the character of Lily adopted an awful childlike voice that just didn't work for me as a listener.

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UTTERLY BORING STORY & NARRATION

So disappointed with this book, we have returned it for a refund.
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sounds fed up like she is reading a never ending shopping list. After half an hour we could no longer stand listening to this as it became irritating.

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perfection

I loved this well researched book.the narration is excellent and the story is gripping.i particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Victorian Kent.