I received this book for free for an honest review via Twitter. I knew nothing about the book or the author when I started to read it. The thought I had to find something in it to criticize accompanied me through the whole book, but I didn’t.
But I must say that the cover was quite intriguing to me. The single light bulb and the theatre in the back, are very original.
As not an English native, it was sometimes a little hard for me because of the Scottish dialect. But even though I really enjoyed this book. It’s not one of those books which consume you and you have to read it overnight but still, I was so curious about what will happen next and what will Fiona do.
Her affection for Patrick was cute at the beginning but then, when Sean appeared, it was more of a complication for her. Honestly, I liked Patrick since the first mention of him and I hated Sean. But as the story went, Sean got under my skin somehow. Not that I didn’t like Patrick, I just liked Sean as well. In the end, I was even pretty happy with the way things turned out.
I liked that even though there are about nine main characters in the book, the plot is told primarily by three of them. Fiona, of course, does most of the narrating. I just might have expected more involvement from that ghost. I didn’t find much mention of him in the story. Not that the story lacks it in any way, but I don’t think it would have hurt it either.
As I gradually grew to like the character of Sean, it was exactly the opposite with the character of Gavin, one of Fiona’s cast mates. I found it quite interesting that a lot of the characters were paired up as the story progressed. Some of them had sparked between them even before they left for Loglinmooth, and some of them were helped to ignite the spark by the atmosphere of the mysterious town, which changed each character’s behavior in its own way.
What earned the book another plus point for me? The ending. Because I don’t like it when a book (or even a movie) ends openly. Here, the author made me happy and wrapped up the plot nicely. Also, all the mysteries that came up throughout the story were explained. I really have nothing to complain about.
I hoped I will find something bad about this book, but I failed. It’s just perfect 😀 and I’m so pleased I had the opportunity to read it. LeeAnne did a marvelous job with this book.
On the one hand, I was pleasantly surprised that the whole book is written in such a way that not a single page bores you. Many times with different books I found myself just skimming some pages with my eyes because maybe they were too descriptive, unimportant, and kind of boring. But in this book, that didn’t happen to me even once. On the other hand, it did make the book a bit draining for me. There wasn’t a single page that I could rest my eyes on. I was always on edge as to how the plot would progress, how the various characters would act, and most importantly, who Fiona would end up with in the end.
Author: LeeAnne Hansen (born in Paris, grew up in Oklahoma, and now lives in sunny southern California with her husband and cats).
Published: September 20th, 2011
Fiona Corrigan and her troupe of actors are mysteriously summoned to a remote Scottish Highlands village in the dead of winter. Fiona is all too happy to be stranded with Patrick, her brooding co-star in this strange village until his caddish brother enters the picture and complicates everything. Set in the 1920s, this chilling romance is entangled with twisted family secrets, murder, and one, very persistent ghost.