Ed Peters dives into a junk shop in the Brighton Lanes after scattering his mum’s ashes during the oppressive heat wave of 1976. His eye is caught by an old photograph of an alluring dark-haired young girl. The shop owner tells him it is his sister, one of the first ever silent movie actresses. His journalistic instincts prickle and he heads over to the decaying cliff top house she is still clinging on to life in, the same house she once shared with Charles Beauvois, her director and lover, and where they created films using stage magic and trick photography were used to astonishing effect.
The one time ingenue agrees to talk about her past, including the dark secret more haunting than any of her films.
Everyone has books that they are complete suckers for and this one is one of mine! I delaythe gratification of reading it as long as I could because I had a feeling I was going to love it and the second I finished it I put it into my re-readables pile. I just loved everything about it, the time period, the physical locations, the glamour and the mystery.
It’s a very well written novel, well paced and the tension grows with the heat throughout summer. Simmering underneath it is the menace of unreality and Ed’s unresolved relationship with his recently deceased mother.
I am looking forward to reading it again and recommend you grab a copy!
NB I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review. The BookEaters always write honest reviews