I love Phantom- based novels and try to keep abreast of all new releases. One reason I love reading them is due to the vastly different viewpoints presented in interpreting the story of a disfigured man yearning for love. It is not often that a novel reduces me to tears, but Ms. Brickl has written a rich and powerful telling of an old tale so full of emotion I was literally sobbing through the last two chapters. Although I would have wished a different ending for Ms. Brickl's Erik and Christine, the last part of this novel is one of the most beautifully written I have yet to read.
Brava, Ms. Brickl.
If you are a Phan this is a must-read.
Erik - the man known to many as little more than a Phantom - reveals himself to Christine before Raoul de Chagny has the chance to claim her heart. But even once he wins Christine's affections, Erik finds himself yet again fleeing scorn and hatred. There's a new life waiting in Argentina in this romantic adventure that reimagines the characters and story of Leroux's classic novel.