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PUCCINI'S GHOSTS
by Morag Joss

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Thriller

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Spellbinding and psychologically disturbing, Joss' latest is a journey four decades back in time to an event that destroyed a family. While the main characters exhibit a certain oddity in their relationships throughout the novel, their dysfunction is truly manifested in the novel's nail- biting conclusion.

Lila Duncan,15 in the summer
of 1960, lives in a quiet Scottish village. When her charismatic Uncle George,
a music teacher from London, comes to town and stages an amateur production
of Puccini's Turandot, Lila's mother, Fleur, is cast as the female lead, and one of George's students, Joe Foscari, plays
the male lead. Lila is cast as Liu, a role
that perfectly showcases her budding soprano voice.

She develops an unrequited crush on Joe and believes he feels the same way about her. But as opening night nears, Lila makes a discovery that will forever change her life and the lives of those close to her. (Delacorte, Sep., 384 pp., $22.00)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Delacorte

Published: September 2006

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