Book Review The Whispering Muse by Laura Purcell

The Whispering Muse by Laura Purcell

Here’s the blurb…………

At The Mercury Theatre in London’s West End, rumours are circulating of a curse. It is said that the lead actress Lilith has made a pact with Melpomene, the tragic muse of Greek mythology, to become the greatest actress to ever grace the stage. Suspicious of Lilith, the jealous wife of the theatre owner sends dresser Jenny to spy on her, and, desperate for the money to help her family, Jenny agrees.

What Jenny finds is a woman as astonishing in her performance as she is provocative in her nature. On stage, it’s as though Lilith is possessed by the characters she plays, yet off stage she is as tragic as the muse who inspires her, and Jenny, sorry for her, befriends the troubled actress. But when strange events begin to take place around the theatre, Jenny wonders whether the rumours are true and fears that when the muse comes calling for payment, the cost will be too high.

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The Whispering Muse Cover

Set in Victorian London The Whispering muse is a gothic tale. It is full of suspense and chills with a splattering of blood to help set your nerves on edge!

I try not to provide any spoilers to my book reviews, so will comment that for me I was eagerly waiting to see what would happen next and watch how the scenes developed. There was a certainty to each act that still managed to surprise in it’s gruesomeness yet there was still love and kindness threaded through, sometimes using the thinnest thread and often huge swags.

Jenny has a huge sense of responsibility that has been forced upon her by circumstances but she never loses her humanity even with the hardships she faces. As the story unfolds she has to reconsider if her employer is actually the innocent she portrays?

The story does not disappoint and truly shows the bases of human behaviours along with the humanity most people have,

Deeply enticing, a tale for theatre lovers who love a bit of darkness with their plays!

Available to purchase from 2 February 2023

Monotone book mark

This dark and atmospheric tale deserves a bookmark to suit and this monotone thong with a silver engraved bead is perfect. There are dark shimmery greys and a black bead that is a bright crystal on the reverse. A perfect match for the feel of this book. Interestingly this one has a little silver wheelbarrow on which would help with moving all the dead around!

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