Who was that shape in the shadows? Whose is the face in the mask? - The Phantom of the Opera, the Musical (1986)
the line between art and life blurs and evolves into something threatening and violent for a group of teenagers involved in Phantom, a high school play. something or someone is lurking in the shadows and Rebecca Hope's life is put in terrible danger as she performs the role of Christine Daae.
weaving together suspense and teen romance, author Laura DeLuca's novel is a worthy addition to the lore of the Opera Ghost. the writer's passion for and knowledge of Gaston Leroux's masterpiece is evident in the storyline and she gives it a refreshing and unique contemporary twist.
the characters are well fleshed out and the dialogues brim with wit, humor and teenage angst. i was more than impressed to find within the pages bits and pieces of original lyrics penned by the author which even Andrew Weber and his lyricists would be proud of.
the novel is also a fast-paced read. there was never a dull moment and the denouement was both chilling and unexpected.
anyone familiar with The Phantom of the Opera will delight in this story and anyone who is not will still be mesmerized by it.
*Phantom is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. for more information about Laura DeLuca and her work, please visit http://authorlauradeluca.blogspot.com/ and her review blog New Age Mama.
my personal rating:
Phantom contains material not suitable for younger readers 13 and under.
Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of Phantom from the author. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.