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Audiobook Review


Adalyn Grace
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average rating is 5 out of 5
average rating is 5 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


A Seductive Mystery, A Spellbinding Performance


🧡 Phantom of the Opera meets Bridgerton meets Agatha Christie in this dark, glittering romantic mystery.

💚 This story had me in its grip from prologue to closing credits. Romance and gothic mystery isn’t even my literary stomping ground, but I was hooked by the premise and writing style in equal measure. Poetic prose is not easily done well. Most of the time, it’s indulgent and verbose. Not so here. The writing is evocative yet restrained. Not a word is wasted.

A quick thanks: This honest review was written after listening to a Netgalley ALC from NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton Audio.


🎧 A captivating performance by Kristin Atherton makes this a must-listen. Every character is beautifully fleshed out, every voice distinctive and fitting. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the overall tone of gothic foreboding and drama occasionally gave way to humour, making it feel more authentic.


Signa's character development was one of my favourite things. She grows up over the course of the story, graduating from dreaming about gowns and balls to standing on an equal footing with death.

On a separate note, I spent ages thinking Silas was the poisoner. Got it completely wrong.
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For as long as Signa Farrow has been alive, the people in her life have fallen like stars . . .

Orphaned as a baby, nineteen-year-old Signa has been raised by a string of guardians, each more interested in her wealth than her well-being - and each has met an untimely end. Her remaining relatives are the elusive Hawthornes, an eccentric family living at Thorn Grove, an estate both glittering and gloomy.

Its patriarch mourns his late wife through wild parties, while his son grapples for control of the family's waning reputation and his daughter suffers from a mysterious illness. But when their mother's restless spirit appears claiming she was poisoned, Signa realizes that the family she depends on could be in grave danger, and enlists the help of a surly stable boy to hunt down the killer.

Signa's best chance of uncovering the murderer, though, is an alliance with Death himself, a fascinating, dangerous shadow who has never been far from her side. Though he's made her life a living hell, Death shows Signa that their growing connection may be more powerful - and more irresistible - than she ever dared imagine.
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