Nocturne by Cheryl Mahoney

The Phantom of the Opera is one of my favorite books, plays, and movies. My husband took me to watch the play at The Fox Theater in Atlanta when we were dating. It holds a special place in my heart. When I was given the opportunity to read this retelling I knew I had to.

We all know the story of the Phantom. We have witness the encounter through the eyes of Christine Daaè, but Meg Giry has a different perspective. She met the Phantom when she was twelve. He really was not as frightening as they say, or so she thought. After Erik falls in love with Christine, she sees a side of her friend that doesn’t add up. Maybe she doesn’t understand Christine or the Phantom as much as she thought.

My first thought is that I am glad someone finally acknowledged that the Phantom’s name is Erik. It bothers me that it isn’t a well know fact. The author did a great job of capturing the same feeling that the original book had. She did soften it a bit though. Erik finally got the redemption plot he deserved.

There are a few minor details that have been changed in this retelling. There is also one major one. Christine is not very likable in this. In the beginning she seems very naive. Toward the end her actions become selfish. It makes you wonder how Erik and Raoul both fell in love with her.

This book was lengthy. I think it probably could have been shortened, but it did set up for the next book. My favorite part of the whole book was at the end. Erick tells Meg, “You realize, of course, that I am the villain of this story?” Meg replies, “I won’t hold it against you. If you don’t hold it against me that I’m only a supporting character.”

My Rating: 3/5

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