When I saw Phantom of the Opera, I fell in love with the characters. Shortly after that, I moved to the Caribbean, a place ripe with legends of jumbees (West Indian phantoms who steal your soul). I knew right away what I had to do. Focusing on compassion and honor, I wove Caribbean history and my favorite Shakespeare dramas into one of the most compelling plotlines in modern literature.
When Esti starts school on Cariba Island, she's fleeing the shadow of her famous father. But on an island rife with superstition, Esti can't escape the darkness. In the black of the theater, an alluring voice becomes her drama tutor, while in the light of day Esti struggles to resist her attraction to the local bad boy. The islanders are sure that Esti is haunted by a jumbee. What will it cost Esti – and everyone she loves – to unmask the truth?
"A teenage actress falls for a mysterious stranger in this haunting romance, reminiscent of Phantom of the Opera.... The lushly described exotic setting breathes new life into the classic star-crossed story line." --Jennifer Hubert, Booklist