Book Review: Ghost Light by LeeAnne Hansen

Ghost Light by LeeAnne Hansen
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis: Fiona Corrigan sometimes has difficulty discerning between the reality of stage and real life, especially when it comes to the attentions of her handsome co-star, the dark, brooding, Patrick Berenger.

Before they can depart for Edinburgh for their next performance, Patrick and Fiona’s acting troupe are mysteriously summoned to a remote village in Scotland, in the dead of winter. Once there, although stranded by a massive storm, Fiona is happy that she will finally have the time alone with Patrick that she needs to seduce him.

Unfortunately, Fiona couldn’t have anticipated Sean’s appearance, (Patrick’s equally handsome, drunken cad of an older brother) or his devastating effect on both her and Patrick. Nor could she have anticipated the true purpose of the strange summons by the eccentric landlord, the dark secrets he would reveal in twisted ways, or the identity of the phantom woman who haunted the stage each time the ghost light went dark.* 

As a newbie in the realm of mystery and romance novels, Ghost Light was a gripping introduction to the genre. I pride myself on being able to deduce the conclusions to most novels early on. Ghost Light, however, had me guessing until the last page—and I loved it. With this being one of the first revisions of Ghost Light, there were still a few grammatical errors, rare moments when the dialog felt unnatural or forced, and a few places where Hansen does more “telling” instead of “showing”. Barring these minor humps, Hansen did a fantastic job with her first published book. The storyline, set in 1920’s Scotland, was clever and well written. Hansen is a great storyteller—as I read, I could imagine the story being played out as a thrilling performance. Ghost Light does have a handful of rather heated moments, as expected from a part-romance novel. The characters were well developed, each having an engaging personality and distinct voice. It is clear that Hansen truly cared about the characters and story. Hansen—two thumbs up and four stars to you, my dear. Thank you for this hair-raising ghost story, unpredictable mystery, and riveting romance. I am excited to read your newest book, Yonder—look for that review in the near future! I recommend this novel for any mature reader, looking for an enchanting, mysterious read.

Check out Ghost Light and Yonder on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and Google Play. You can read about author LeeAnne Hansen on Goodreads.com.



*Synopsis provided by AmazonKindle

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