The lost history of dreams : a novel / Kris Waldherr.

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      First hardcover edition.
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      Summary: 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. Kris Waldherr effortlessly spins a sweeping and atmospheric gothic mystery about love and loss that blurs the line between the past and the present, truth and fiction, and ultimately, life and death.
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      WALDHERR, K. The lost history of dreams : a novel. First hardcover edition. [s. l.]: Atria Books, 2019. ISBN 9781982101015. Disponível em: Acesso em: 29 set. 2020.
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      Waldherr K. The Lost History of Dreams : A Novel. First hardcover edition. Atria Books; 2019. Accessed September 29, 2020.
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      Waldherr, K. (2019). The lost history of dreams : a novel (First hardcover edition.). Atria Books.
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      Waldherr, Kris. 2019. The Lost History of Dreams : A Novel. First hardcover edition. Atria Books.
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      Waldherr, K. (2019) The lost history of dreams : a novel. First hardcover edition. Atria Books. Available at: (Accessed: 29 September 2020).
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      Waldherr, K 2019, The lost history of dreams : a novel, First hardcover edition., Atria Books, viewed 29 September 2020, .
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      Waldherr, Kris. The Lost History of Dreams : A Novel. First hardcover edition., Atria Books, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      Waldherr, Kris. The Lost History of Dreams : A Novel. First hardcover edition. Atria Books, 2019.
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      Waldherr K. The lost history of dreams : a novel [Internet]. First hardcover edition. Atria Books; 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 29]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 March #1

Waldherr's gripping debut mystery takes its inspiration from gothic-romance classics like Wuthering Heights. Famous Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne has died. His last wish was to be buried next to his wife and muse, Ada, in the strange glass chapel he built for her. His cousin Robert Highstead, a postmortem photographer haunted by his dead wife, sets off to honor Bonne's wishes, but Ada's niece Isabelle refuses to allow him to do so, thinking it will fuel the Bonne-obsessed pilgrims who already dishonor Ada's memory. Finally, she agrees to let him bury Hugh by Ada—but only if he first writes Ada's side of the story, which Isabelle claims only she truly knows. This novel is an unexpected delight that grows steadily more compelling as its pages fly by. Waldherr plays with gothic tropes, from the plot devices of misty moors, unexpected fires, and uncovered letters to the gendered conventions of tragic romance. The novel builds into a surrealist, haunting tale of suspense where every prediction turns out to be merely a step toward a bigger reveal. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 February #4

Waldherr's lackluster fiction debut (after a number of nonfiction works, including 2008's Doomed Queens)concerns historian-turned-daguerreotypist Robert Highstead, who wants to carry out the last wishes of a famous poet and cousin that he never knew. In Victorian England three years after losing his wife, Robert must attempt to persuade a stubborn distant relative, Isabelle Lowell, to open the doors to a long-sealed chapel made of glass in order to bury his cousin, the famous poet Hugh de Bonne, beside his wife, Ada. Isabelle is also Hugh's heir. Mrs. Dido, one of Ada's former guardians, claims that Isabelle is not actually Hugh's heir, while a group of Hugh's fans, led by his publisher's wife, Tamsin Douglas, are invasive and pushy, further complicating matters and demanding access to the glass chapel. Meanwhile, Isabelle agrees to allow Robert to complete his task of burying Hugh in the chapel if he writes a book about Ada based on a story Isabelle tells him over the course of five nights. All the back-and-forth in the story comes across as rather flat—Robert is fascinated by Hugh and Ada's love story, as well as who Isabelle may or may not be, but Waldherr can't quite land it. Fans of Victorian mysteries should look elsewhere for their fix. (Apr.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.