Ghost Trio by Phyllis Irwin and Lillian Faderman takes the reader on a wild ride full of mystery, intrigue, and suspense all wrapped up in an atmosphere filled with Gothic tension. Add in striking and unforgettable characters, and you have a great story for those who love Gothic mysteries.
This is truly a character-driven tale with folks who fit the dark and mysterious theme. We see the story through the eyes of Lee who has lost her wife Devorah to what she believes was a tragic fire in a tower of a pseudo castle in California. However, when Lee visits the site secretly in the depths of her grief, she is sure that she hears her wife singing in the castle. Gradually she comes to believe that Devorah may still be alive and being held against her will by the woman (Annajean) who lured her to California with the promise of a lead singing role in a new opera house.
Lee, as well as the secondary characters she enlists to help her find Devorah, if she is truly alive, are all well-developed and fit the roles they play in the story. Annajean is just creepy from the moment she first appears which also fits her role. The authors did a fine job with all of these people. The setting as well as the actions and atmosphere of the story make this a good read for mystery lovers.
I recommend this to all who love Gothic mysteries with lots of twists and turns.
I received an ARC from Bywater Books for an honest review.