The Phantom of the Opera
The classic Gothic horror novel of haunted cellars, opera, murder and unrequited love that inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical
Christine is a beautiful young singer at the Paris Opera. She is watched by the Opera's 'phantom' - a mysterious masked figure who terrorises the Opera's management and players. With the Phantom's help, Christine rises to become the Opera's star performer, but when the Phantom demands her heart in return, Christine is torn between gratitude and pity for her strange benefactor, and love for her childhood sweetheart, Raoul.
"A Gothic novel of romance, honour and tragedy with a creepy, obsessive underbelly" - Daily Telegraph
"A venerable, much-adapted story of grand, delicate feelings and gothic creepiness" - New York Times
"Mixes horror and romance in equal measure" - Guardian