Ghost Song

Ghost Song The old Tarleton music hall is the subject of a mysterious building restriction that has kept it closed for than years When Robert Fallon is asked to survey the structure he finds clues indicating

  • Title: Ghost Song
  • Author: Sarah Rayne
  • ISBN: 9781847373175
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The old Tarleton music hall is the subject of a mysterious building restriction that has kept it closed for than 90 years When Robert Fallon is asked to survey the structure, he finds clues indicating that its long twilight sleep may contain a sinister secret Joining forces with researcher Hilary Bryant, Robert discovers the legend of the Tarleton s ghost, a mysteriThe old Tarleton music hall is the subject of a mysterious building restriction that has kept it closed for than 90 years When Robert Fallon is asked to survey the structure, he finds clues indicating that its long twilight sleep may contain a sinister secret Joining forces with researcher Hilary Bryant, Robert discovers the legend of the Tarleton s ghost, a mysterious figure that was first glimpsed during the era of Toby Chance, a charismatic performer who vanished suddenly and inexplicably in the early 1900s After almost a century the Tarleton s dark silence is about to end, but there are those who find its reopening a threatening prospect As Robert and Hilary delve into the macabre history, they both become menaced by the secrets of the past.

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    1. 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.

    2. Ghost Song by Sarah Rayne4.5★'sFrom The Book:The old Tarleton music hall is the subject of a mysterious building restriction that has kept it closed for more than 90 years. When Robert Fallon is asked to survey the structure, he finds clues indicating that its long twilight sleep may contain a sinister secret. Joining forces with researcher Hilary Bryant, Robert discovers the legend of the Tarleton's ghost, a mysterious figure that was first glimpsed during the era of Toby Chance, a charismati [...]

    3. Another reasonable Sarah Rayne novel.This time the setting is in an abandoned music hall in Southwark.I'm beginning to get the feel for Ms Rayne's writing. Abandoned buildings, mysterious pastsd raving lunatics.I haven't read a book of hers that DOESN'T have a completely insane, murderous, psychopath in it.If the story is good, it's enjoyable, but if the story isn't gelling properly, then it starts to get irritating, and, in this case, bloody unbelievable.Suspension of belief required for this o [...]

    4. This novel centres on a mysterious music hall. The story jumps from the past (1914) when it was a vibrant place full of noise and people to the present when it stands empty and abandoned, nursing its secrets, with an eerie and haunted atmosphere. The gradual telling of these secrets and the effect of this place on the characters makes for an enjoyable and page turning read.

    5. Actual rating is 3.5 stars.I am slightly torn on how I feel about this book. On the one hand, it was an intriguing historical mystery centred around an old theatre in London in which two storylines, 1914 and the present day, intertwine and combine to create a page turning read. Despite being close to 500 pages in length, I flew through this book in four days. I just couldn't put it down and was desperate to see how things would pan out. The characters, with a couple of exceptions, were well draw [...]

    6. Not one of my favourite Raynes at all! The storytelling was lazy and the core premise was utterly ridiculous! Disappointed!

    7. I had a hard time getting through the first chapter with its too-detailed descriptions of the old, closed music hall, but the story picked up for about a hundred pages before it got too complicated and nonsensical. It jumps around in several peoples' timelines, unnecessarily introduces a historical event (dumb), brings in a strange creeper of a guy, and one character's plotline takes a bizarre turn that also adds nothing to the story. I read the first half of the book because I was enjoying it, [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this book. A departure for me again, not for the first time in the past two weeks, but I have been feeling the need to pull back a little from my usual reading choices of high body count/gory murders/serial killers. The thrust of the story is, a Surveyor is appointed to take a look at a disused Music Hall in Bankside, London. He discovers a wall in the basement that doesn't fit in with the structure and the building itself and what may be behind the wall, become almost an obsess [...]

    9. This is my first Sarah Rayne novel and whilst Ghost Song is managing to keep me going back for more, I must admit at times Ghost Song a bit of a hard slog. I love the old music hall scenario, the descriptions of the characters that once graced the Tarleton's stage, its hallways and dressing rooms and its ghosts, you can almost smell the mustiness after its been shut up for so long.Ghost Song is one of those books that crosses from one story and era to the next (three in fact) which I understand [...]

    10. I really wanted to give this five stars, I've read all of Sarah Rayne's previous books and I thought they were much better than this one. Not that it was bad, it was a good story and well-written, but I just got the feeling as I was reading that there was something missing.Normally, her books have a twist that you can't see coming a mile away, but with this one I guessed it long before it was revealed and I felt disappointed. I loved the character of Toby Chance and I would have been quite happy [...]

    11. This had a great plot and was full of complicated joins, similar to 'Dark Dividing'. She is so clever at mixing time and creating real characters. I was never bored. And a ghost!

    12. Taking place in London, Ghost Song focuses on the Tarleton, an old music hall that closed in 1914 and has remained unopened for almost a hundred years due to a clause in the last owner’s will stating that the theater should not be opened for at least 50 years after his death.Robert, a surveyor hired to inspect the theater, and Hilary, who works for the Harlequin—an Historical Preservation society that maintains the Tarleton—are both drawn in to the theater’s history when Robert makes an [...]

    13. Even though the central story revolves around the theater and it's ghost there are MANY side stories. I was a little perturbed at first, like, here we go again, another character and their story. But that quickly subsided because each side story was fascinating in itself and eventually tied into the central story.I will definitely be looking into other books by Sarah Rayne.

    14. Enjoyed this psychological thriller which delves into the creepy past of an old theatre. The first half of the book is a bit slow and feels quite heavy with back story. About half way through it picks up the pace as all the threads of the various historical periods begin to join together. The present day action also speeds things up in the second half. The story ties all the elements of the plot together very neatly. A great read once it gets going.

    15. A surveyor finds something unusual in an long-disused London Music Hall. Nearly one hundred years earlier, rumours abound that a ghostly figure haunts that same theatre. Nearly fifty years later, there are a series of unexpected deaths in one family in the north of England. These different stories unfold simultaneously and their protagonists are inextricably linked. First, let me say that I finished the book - the ideas were compelling enough that I wanted to know what happened to resolve all th [...]

    16. Ahhh. Finally. I'm done with it. Not that I didn't enjoy the book, it's just that it seemed to take forever to finish it. I'd started the books months ago but never really got around to finishing it. The story was really good and I really loved the plot and the twists. I did have issues with the first half though, where plot seemed to be slow, too many timelines and characters, but the second half, I loved. The second half had the plot going at a good pace and twists and you'd gotten used to the [...]

    17. I have read several of Rayne’s intricately layered mysteries, but unfortunately, this is not one of her best. The atmosphere here isn’t as dark or genuinely creepy as some of her other novels (A Dark Dividing, Spider Light, Roots of Evil). The plot here revolves around the mystery of an abandoned theater, the Tarleton. This lends the book a cozier air, since, as we are frequently reminded, every theater has its own ghosts. There are some exciting moments to the story (and a genuinely shockin [...]

    18. Rayne gives the reader more than a hundred years of British history focussed on the Tarleton Music Hall. In the present the stars are a building surveyer, a theater researcher, and an enterprise devoted to promoting the history of London's music halls. As well, she gives us Victorian performers, Edwardian song writers, an extremely long-running ghost, and the outbreak of WWI. There are, of course, characters that you know must fit in somewhere, although you have to wait a good long time to work [...]

    19. (3.5 stars) The Tarleton Music Hall in London has been closed since 1914 and has been held in trust, with the maintenance managed by the Harlequin Society. When surveyor Robert Fallon finds a mysterious walled off section of the hall under the stage, his curiosity is engaged. While the woman in charge at the Harlequin Society, Shona refuses to allow him to investigate, her assistant, Hillary is more open and curious herself about what may be going on and offers to help Robert. The book covers th [...]

    20. Mysterious events as they unfold in the present, the near past, the past and the deep past. It begins with society that acts as a guardian of an old theater. A theater with ghosts and mysteries.The past storyline follows the life of Toby Chance and the reason for the sealed up area, and the dictate for the theater to remain closed for the past 100 years. Without giving too much away, the book weaves stories from various points of times and characters. It begins with great momentum but I would be [...]

    21. A fun read with the surprisingly rare premise of the haunted theatre; I thoroughly enjoyed this engrossing, fast paced thriller. It was clever enough to keep me guessing while remaining an easy, light read. I can't say much for the characterisations, Rayne introduces certain main characters as boring, then constantly has them behave "out of character" and while other characters go to great lengths to tell us what a dish Toby Chance is, (words like charming, mischievous, raffish get thrown around [...]

    22. This book was amazing! One of the best books I've read in a very long time. I was no expecting this at all. Its starts off dark and mysterious with a vibe of Jack the Ripper meets Phantom of the Opera - an abandoned theatre with a mysterious background, a ghost story and strange orders from an unknown owner. But then the story progresses and we begin to learn more and more about the characters and their backstories and how their lives intertwine. There are parallels between characters and betwee [...]

    23. London's old Tarleton music hall has a mystery, and surveyor Robert Fallon along with researcher Hilary Bryant, are going to find out what it is.There is a long tradition of a ghost attached to the Tarleton; a ghost who hums an old music hall tune. Whose ghost is it, and does it have anything to do with the blocked trap door in the stage, the false wall in the cellar, and the fact that the Tarleton has been closed since 1914?Sarah Rayne's novel is an intriguing blend of mysteries then and now, a [...]

    24. Very, Very GoodI had read one other book by Sarah Rayne ( 'Property of a Lady') and loved it. The only thing holding me back from buying others were the prices so when I saw this book on sale along with some others I scooped them up.And I am so glad I did so. Sarah Rayne tells great English ghost stories. And this one had so much more to it. Intrigue, assassinations, scandal and mystery. It is a little light on the actual ghost part and one of the subplots stretches credulity a tad but Ms. Rayne [...]

    25. Having read 'Death Chamber', I recognised right away that this was a similar formula. A building with a mystery - an atmosphere - with present day sections interweaved with those of former times.It was an ok read and I zipped through it but I never felt the characters really came alive for me. The theatre was very vivid and Rayne does have a strong sense of place, also demonstrated in 'Death Chamber'. It did tip over into melodrama at times but given one character does remark on this, I do wonde [...]

    26. This is clearly not one of Sarah Rayne's best work. I am normally a big fan of her books and have rated most of them 5/5 stars but this one was a bit of a disappointment. First of all, I didn't particularly like any character apart from the Richard, and I only mildly liked him. Hilary seemed like a over enthusiastic tween. I did not like her at all. The whole Tarleton mystery turned out to be such a total squib in the end that it was almost ridiculous! Shona's story was the best and most disturb [...]

    27. Ghost Song is a ghost story unerringly devoid of what its main attraction should be: ghosts. More historical in nature than mere mystery, Ghost Song had all the promise of telling a great story, but fell flat and created a disappointing string of events that ultimately took off in too many different directions. It was intriguing in what it could have been, but not in what it became. I'd say Ghost Song would be less for haunting enthusiasts and more appropriate for those interested in historical [...]

    28. Ghost Song has quite a few flaws, but for all of them I found myself enjoying it quite a lot. It's the Rayne book I appreciate the most, perhaps because The Tarleton and its history is the most richly embroidered of all her back stories. It's not the most suspenseful or the creepiest, but it's probably the most interesting. Rayne swings towards the purple end of prose, and she can't resist a twee twist here and there, but Ghost Song is still a rollicking bit of fun to read, and definitely a page [...]

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