When the curtain falls by Carrie Hope Fletcher

“In 1952 two young lovers meet, in secret, at the beautiful Southern C ross theatre in the very heart of London’s West End. Their relationship is made up of clandestine meetings and stolen moments because there is someone who will make them suffer if he discovers she is no longer ‘his’. But life in the theatre doesn’t always go according to plan and tragedy and heartache are waiting in the wings for all the players . . .

Almost seventy years later, a new production of When the Curtain Falls arrives at the theatre, bringing with it Oscar Bright and Olive Green and their budding romance. Very soon, though, strange things begin to happen and they learn about the ghost that’s haunted the theatre since 1952, a ghost who can only be seen on one night of the year. Except the ghost is appearing more often and seems hell bent on sabotaging Oscar and Olive. The young couple realise they need to right that wrong from years gone by, but can they save themselves before history repeats itself and tragedy strikes once more?”

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I am a huge Carrie Hope Fletcher fan, especially after reading her first two books last year so when I heard she was bringing out a new book I was really excited. I did enjoy this book overall. I loved Olive as a character and that it was based around the theatre. I also enjoyed that we got to see two worlds, one being the present day and the other being in 1952. I enjoyed the story overall and I just love Carrie’s writing as a whole. I also loved some of the secondary characters, particularly Doug, Howard and Sammy.

However, there were a few things that I wasn’t a fan of. I had mixed feelings about Oscar. I found him annoying in parts, particularly with his whole woe is me act about not wanting to be in a relationship. However, I am glad that him and Olive worked out. I also found that although I loved the overall story, I thought it was a bit slow. I would have loved the ghost part of it to be more of a prominent theme than I found it to be.

Have you read when the curtain falls? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Abbie. X

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