A delicious thriller all wrapped up in a queer romance? In a theatre? Sign me up.
Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it’s easy to say yes. But it’s hard not to be distracted when there’s a death at the theater—and then another—especially when Zara doesn’t know if they’re accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes. It’s hard not to be distracted when assistant lighting director Eli Vasquez, a girl made of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara. It’s hard not to fall in love. In heart-achingly beautiful prose, Amy Rose Capetta has spun a mystery and a love story into an impossible, inevitable whole—and cast lantern light on two girls, finding each other on a stage set for tragedy.
Oh my god. Can I sing the praises of this book enough? 2017 is a year of great thrillers and this one is right up there with Little Monsters. I was on the edge of my seat to the very end of this one and I did not see the twist coming.
Zara Larson is one of the most real characters I’ve read in ages. I felt like she could be my best friend but also another facet of me. Her journey to and on the stage is a journey of self-discovery and how far one is willing to go to achieve their dreams.
Zara’s relationship with Eli is wonderful and real. I loved watching how their feelings unfolded and how they finally came together. Queer girl romances are the best. There is on page labeling, which makes it even better. Plus I loved the little struggle of “is she really gay or am I reading too much into this?” I have plenty of those moments.
The play was a beautiful backdrop for this novel and what the author was trying to achieve. A doomed love story set in a cursed theatre? Yes, please.
The writing on this one is probably the best I’ve read all year. It was lush and fantastic. I couldn’t put it down. Honestly, it’s magic. You get swept up into the magic of the theatre, of the love story, and of Zara Larson herself.