Book Review Of “The Lost History Of Dreams” By Kris Waldherr @Atriabooks


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 Hugh’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 Bonne’s last book, The Lost History of Dreams.

However, Ada’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 Isabelle’s story of Ada and Hugh’s ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights.

As the mystery of Ada and Hugh’s relationship unfolds, so does the secret behind Robert’s own marriage–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 shouldn’t–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.

Thank you Atria Books for gifting me an E-ARC in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.

Where to start? This book is beautiful, and tragic, eerie, atmospheric, and just full of characters who are haunted, and so richly written. I would have never have thought to pick up this book myself, So I am happy that Atria approached me about it.

I found myself totally gripped by this prose, and fully entranced with the story of Ada and Hugh, and even Robert and the secrets in his own marriage. This was such a unique ghost story, so dark and gothic, and romantic. I found myself speed reading because I needed to see how this book could possibly end.

The formatting was executed well too, the back and forth, the timelines, everything flowed seamlessly, and I felt like I breezed through this book.

All Love Stories Are Ghost Stories In Disguise

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38597783-the-lost-history-of-dreams?ac=1&from_search=true

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