At the flat in Weatherall Walk there was no milk in the
fridge, no ice in the tiny freezer unit. The better furniture was hung over
with drop cloths, the leather-bound books evacuated from their shelves. Unconnected
wiring threaded from walls, and a smell of lazy drains, something rotting,
unfurled from the sewer all the way up to this flat. Winnie wrenched open a
window. But no sign of John?
Winifred Rudge, a bemused writer struggling to get beyond
the runaway success of her mass market astrology book, travels to London to
jump-start her new novel about a woman who is being haunted by the ghost of
Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her stepcousin and old friend
John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his
apartment in the nineteenth century rowhouse once owned by Winnie’s
great-great-grandfather. Is it the spirit of this ancestor, who, family legend
claims, was Charles Dickens’s childhood inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge? Could
it be the ghostly remains of Jack the Ripper? Or a phantasm derived from a more
arcane and insidious origin?
Winnie begins to investigate, but John’s erstwhile
girlfriend, Allegra, is aggressively unhelpful, and his downstairs neighbor,
the cat-obsessed Mrs. Maddingly, is growing stranger by the day. Gripped by
inspiration and desperation alike, Winnie finds herself the unwilling audience
for a drama of specters and shades, some from her family’s peculiar history and
some from her own unvanquished past.
In the spirit of A. S. Byatt’s Possession, with dark overtones echoing from A Christmas Carol, Lost presents
a rich fictional world that will enrapture Gregory Maguire’s eager audience. Download and start listening now!