The Lost History of Dreams
On Sale: April 9, 2019
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A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the
past that may hold the key to his future, in this
captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of
Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale.
All love stories are ghost stories in disguise.
When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead
of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert
Highstead, a historian turned post-mortem photographer, is
charged with a simple task: transport Hughâ€™s remains for
burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained glass folly set
on the moors of Shropshire, was built by de Bonne sixteen
years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and
muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and
abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de
Bonneâ€™s last book, The Lost History of Dreams.
However, Adaâ€™s grief-stricken niece refuses to open the
glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain:
before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record
Isabelleâ€™s story of Ada and Hughâ€™s ill-fated marriage over
the course of five nights.
As the mystery of Ada and Hughâ€™s relationship unfolds, so
does the secret behind Robertâ€™s own marriageâ€”including that
of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since
the tragic accident three years ago, and the origins of his
own morbid profession that has him seeing things he
shouldnâ€™tâ€”things from beyond the grave.
Kris Waldherr effortlessly spins a sweeping and atmospheric
gothic mystery about love and loss that blurs the line
between the past and the present, truth and fiction, and
ultimately, life and death.
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