We have all wished we had some hidden talent. How many have wondered what it would be like to be an all-star athlete? A writer that has readers that number near a million. A musician that has their music played all over the world. All are things that I’m sure we have all dreamed about at one time in our life.
There are few that are able to have talent in one or more thing and thankfully I know a harpist who likes to write. Her book The Conservatory is now out and being published by STFU Publishing. The person I’m referring to is Michele Roger who comes from my Michigan.
The Conservatory could almost be called a true story as it takes Michele’s love for music and put’s it front in center in the book. The story takes you into the world of music as you get to learn about Hilford Conservatory, a school for gifted musicians.
Those who attend Hilford are of two types in society. It is a mixture of those who have money and those who attend the school on a scholarship. It is a place where if one of those scholarship children shows up the rich there could be some trouble. However, at Hilford it’s not trouble from their classmates they must fear but there is a, curse.
The book will introduce you to a newly hired teacher, Melody Steinwick, and others at the school. There are two very gifted young men who become close friends as both are scholarship kids. They have the misfortune of living in a resident’s hall that is for those on a scholarship. The hall is a building that can be seen as drafty and could easily lead to illness for those who stay in that hall. Unfortunately for one of those boys (Alex) he gets so sick his roommate (Tom) seeks the help from Doctor Martin Lewis.
As Doctor Lewis attempts to help the ailing young man Melody finds out about another factor of the school. Its dark nights can lead to more fear than a walk within Detroit, her old home town. It has another thing that will lead to scares and that is the building is haunted.
The Conservatory is a quick read, and I do not mean that from its length, but from the great writing style that Michele uses. Fans of horror will enjoy this book as there are plenty of plot turns, and those who enjoy some suspense will also like the book. As you follow along with Melody, and Dr. Lewis, as they try to solve what is happening at Hilford, and what has happened to some of its “departed” students.
The book is filled with little nuggets of information that you will pick up on just as you read about their discovery and make you feel like you are there. There are points in the book that this harpist/writer will paint a scene that you get an idea of the macabre discoveries as they are being found. The cover for the book will give you an idea of what could be behind this schools curse but as a reader you will enjoy finding out all there is to know.