US Publication – January 7, 2020
Deep beneath the Paris Opera House, a masked man lives in silence…
Every night at the Palais Garnier, hundreds of guests sit on the edge of velvet-covered seats, waiting for prima donna La Carlotta to take the stage. But when her voice fails her, La Carlotta is replaced with unknown understudy Christine Daaé, a young soprano whose vibrant singing fills every corner of the house and wins her a slew of admirers, including an old childhood friend who soon professes his love for her. But unknown to Christine is another man, who lurks out of sight behind the heavy curtains of the opera, who can move about the building undetected, who will do anything to make sure Christine will keep singing just for him…
This curated edition of The Phantom of the Opera, based on the original 1911 English translation by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos, brings an iconic story of love and obsession to today’s readers and illuminates the timeless appeal of Leroux’s masterpiece.
The first Broadway show I saw was Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera. I’ve gotten tickets numerous times since, and love seeing new actors in the roles. For someone slightly obsessed with this show, you would think I’d have read the book. Alas, that was not the case until now, but having rectified that issue, I thoroughly enjoyed the differences and similarities between the show and the book.
Spending some quality reading time with the Phantom, Christine, Raoul, and all the supporting characters was time well spent. I look forward to purchasing a hard copy on publication day, as I imagine the book will be beautiful. If you’ve seen the show or movie, you should enjoy this book and if not, it is a great introduction to The Phantom of the Opera!
I received a DRC from Poisoned Pen Press through NetGalley.