When renowned opera singer Marta Hendriks sees her dead husband in a Paris street, she fears she’s losing her mind — or did she actually see him?
Marta Hendriks is onstage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York when she learns of her beloved husband’s death in a house fire. Overcome, she collapses and has to be carried off the stage.
Fast-forward two years and countless therapy sessions, and Marta is ready to resume her career. In a stroke of luck, she’s hired at the last moment to sing Violetta for the Paris Opera. She manages to keep her emotions under tight control and triumphs in the opening-night performance. During one of her rare days off, relaxing for the first time since her husband’s accident, something threatens her newfound peace. When Marta is caught in a sudden downpour, she dashes for the shelter of a subway station and spots someone doing the same. It is her husband. Marta fears she’s losing her mind – or did she actually see him? Back home in Toronto, she struggles with her need for the truth at the precipice of madness.
Classical music lovers will welcome this compelling mystery from Arthur Ellis Award finalist Blechta (A Case of You). While Canadian opera singer Marta Hendricks is performing her first leading role as Violetta in La Traviata at New York s Metropolitan Opera, the tenor playing Alfredo expresses surprise during the final act that she can continue to sing knowing that her husband, Marc, has just died. The distraught Marta later learns Marc perished in a fire at the site of the house he was building for them in eastern Ontario. Determined to resume her career after two years of therapy, Marta accepts an offer to play Violetta for the Paris Opera. Then on a stroll in Paris, during a sudden rain storm, she spots her supposedly deceased husband. Though Marta fears she may have lost her mind, she begins a long and perilous search for Marc. The suspense will keep readers turning the pages until the dramatic conclusion.