Audiobook Review: The Lost History of Dreams
The Lost History of Dreams
by Kris Waldherr
Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies, Fiona Hardingham
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
Published April 9th 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio
I was provided a copy of this audiobook by Simon and Schuster Audio for review purposes. This in now way influenced my opinion of the book.
A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale.
All love stories are ghost stories in disguise.
When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turned post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh's remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained glass folly set on the moors of Shropshire, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne's last book, The Lost History of Dreams.
However, Ada's grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle's story of Ada and Hugh's ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights.
As the mystery of Ada and Hugh's relationship unfolds, so does the secret behind Robert's own marriage--including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since the tragic accident three years ago, and the origins of his own morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn't--things from beyond the grave.
The Lost History of Dreams had me from the summary. I love Gothic tales, and I couldn't let this one pass me by. This story within a story had me glued to the pages/earbuds the whole way through.
I listened to this book as an audiobook, and I'm so glad I did. It's narrated by Matthew Davies and Fiona Hardingham. Their voices had me enraptured the entire time. I'm sure if I had just read the story, I would have been completely satisfied, but listening to it as an audiobook added to my pleasure.
The story centers around Hugh de Bonne. He's a much sought after poet who died of a heart attack. His cousin Robert is tasked with transporting Hugh's remains to the moors of Shropshire to bury in the same chapel that housed the remains of his wife Isabelle. The chapel has been locked since her burial, and Robert is tasked with trying to convince Ada, Isabelle's niece, to open the chapel. That task is harder than he realized. Ada strikes a bargain with Robert, but first he must record Ada's story over the course of five nights. In recording the story, Robert starts to come to terms with his life and the life of his wife, not to mention the secrets of the past.