To everyone who shares the cry of the Phantom’s heart:
“All I wanted was to be loved for myself.”
Another chapter in the life of the infamous Phantom of the Opera continues as he leaves Paris and moves to Malta in search of a new beginning. Clothed in secrecy, he purchases The Royal Opera House in Valletta, which has been destroyed by a devastating fire. The burned-out shell becomes his new obsession in an attempt to bury the pain of his past. He is determined to resurrect the structure from ashes and return it to glory.
To raise funds for his task, he holds a masquerade and encounters a strange woman who prophesies his destiny of undoing and death. Her words haunt the Opera Ghost, but he continues on his restoration path.
After two years of hard work, the gala reopening occurs. The Phantom is convinced he has reached the pinnacle of success in his life. He rests in peace over his accomplishments. He takes on a new student for sheer amusement, leading him down a path of romance, mystery, and danger.
His fortune unfolds before him, and he discovers he cannot hide from those who seek retribution for his former sins. He is forced to reap the consequences and comes face-to-face with his darkest demons and fears. Ultimately, his insatiable hunger for beauty is challenged to the core.
Will he survive the obstacles he encounters, or will this finally be his undoing and death? Find out in a Gothic suspense-filled tale set in the ancient city of Valletta on the isle of Malta, woven into the historical occurrence of the Royal Opera House once destroyed by fire.
“Vicki Hopkins has created a living entity; one that is beautifully haunting.”
“Hopkins’ depiction of our small island is masked in Gothic imagery. Valletta is painted as seeping with darkness, threatening to cover all semblance of truth so reality is hidden from view. ” The Malta Times
“Goodbye Paris, Hello Valletta” August 22, 2010
“Vicki captured Erik completely; from his dark brooding to his desire to be loved as a man.”
“I was pleasantly impressed, and I would highly recommend the book for those looking for a dark, mystery and romance.”