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Following the Paris opera house disaster, Erik, the charismatic and disfigured man known as the Phantom, settled into a secluded home on the outskirts of London. He resigned himself to a life of solitude, but two years later, fate introduced him to a young woman who reawakened his emotions. Although Mellie was a gifted composer, no one took her work seriously. She recogniz Following the Paris opera house disaster, Erik, the charismatic and disfigured man known as the Phantom, settled into a secluded home on the outskirts of London. He resigned himself to a life of solitude, but two years later, fate introduced him to a young woman who reawakened his emotions. Although Mellie was a gifted composer, no one took her work seriously. She recognized Erik's brilliance and was desperate for his help. Drawn to both the man and his talent, she made a bold proposition, and he accepted. Together, they forged a unique partnership that became the talk of London society. But when Erik's past returned to haunt him, he could lose everything he'd gained in his new life - including Mellie. Deception is a tale of loss, healing, and ultimately of love.


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Following the Paris opera house disaster, Erik, the charismatic and disfigured man known as the Phantom, settled into a secluded home on the outskirts of London. He resigned himself to a life of solitude, but two years later, fate introduced him to a young woman who reawakened his emotions. Although Mellie was a gifted composer, no one took her work seriously. She recogniz Following the Paris opera house disaster, Erik, the charismatic and disfigured man known as the Phantom, settled into a secluded home on the outskirts of London. He resigned himself to a life of solitude, but two years later, fate introduced him to a young woman who reawakened his emotions. Although Mellie was a gifted composer, no one took her work seriously. She recognized Erik's brilliance and was desperate for his help. Drawn to both the man and his talent, she made a bold proposition, and he accepted. Together, they forged a unique partnership that became the talk of London society. But when Erik's past returned to haunt him, he could lose everything he'd gained in his new life - including Mellie. Deception is a tale of loss, healing, and ultimately of love.

30 review for Deception: A Phantom of the Opera Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    In all probability, my friends here have likely noticed I have a minor obsession with "Phan" fiction. I apologize for this eccentric taste in literature but I can't help myself. In any case, cheers to this book, Deception, by Shirley Yoshinaka. Definitely one of the better "Phan" reads out there and it also completely blows my theory about independent publishing houses not doing a good job editing and revising books intended for a very small market. This book was not only well-written but I was p In all probability, my friends here have likely noticed I have a minor obsession with "Phan" fiction. I apologize for this eccentric taste in literature but I can't help myself. In any case, cheers to this book, Deception, by Shirley Yoshinaka. Definitely one of the better "Phan" reads out there and it also completely blows my theory about independent publishing houses not doing a good job editing and revising books intended for a very small market. This book was not only well-written but I was pressed to find any glaring grammatical errors. So kudos to Lulu for getting it right! With that said, a few things about this book may bother some people. 1.) The plot is somewhat conventional. Nicely thought out, but conventional all the same. Don't expect too many surprises along the way, although the closing sequence on the roof of the local theater is a nice nod to the original Leroux book and also a good action sequence. 2.) The lead woman character, Melodie, is almost completely blind. This irked me (although I point out it's a minor quibble). To me this seems somewhat disrespectful to Erik/Phantom...as in the only lady capable of caring about him can't really see him. It's true SHE CAN see him when he gets very close to her face - enough for her to be able to observe his scarred facial features - but all the same, this bothered me. A good point about Melodie's near-blindness? This renders her character less curious and rude about Erik's deformity, which is actually quite nice. At one point the narrator states, "And although Erik had presented her with the opportunity to do so, Melodie's hand had never strayed toward his mask, unlike the cruel prying fingers of Christine." 3.) Another issue some might have with this book is the almost-purposeful disregard for social conventions of the day. I know Leroux's book was guilty of this too, but somehow that didn't seem to make the plot less believable. When Melodie asks Erik if she can "move into" his cottage for example, I almost dropped the book on the floor. What?! No self-respecting woman in the early 19th century - even a nearly-blind one for that matter - would consider moving in with a man, unmarried. That was just the way it was back then. Eventually I got over my shock and just accepted it for the sake of accepting the narrative, but really, it was a bit of a stretch. 4.) This is probably the most subjective aspect of my critique. I didn't feel the author "got" Erik's voice right. Don't ask me to specify - I just didn't feel that it was the Phantom speaking and acting throughout the book. It didn't seem like him or the manner in which he would speak. Anyway, others may disagree with this. My final comment about this book is that the partnership between Erik and Melodie is quite nice - in terms of working together to compose musical pieces for the local theaters in London. I thought this was a decent idea plot-wise and a nod to the original Leroux. It's also a fast read. Check it out if Phan lit is your thing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Erik AKA the Phantom of the Opera had fled Paris and is attempting to rebuild his life. A life outside the opera house and a life without Christine. This is set after the opera house has burned down and Erik has escaped to London, England. The love interest in this is a young women called Melodie who is slowly going blind but who is a composer. Erik agrees to help Mellie write her music to try and save her failing eyes. The story progresses as their friendship grows.(Wow - this makes me sound semi Erik AKA the Phantom of the Opera had fled Paris and is attempting to rebuild his life. A life outside the opera house and a life without Christine. This is set after the opera house has burned down and Erik has escaped to London, England. The love interest in this is a young women called Melodie who is slowly going blind but who is a composer. Erik agrees to help Mellie write her music to try and save her failing eyes. The story progresses as their friendship grows.(Wow - this makes me sound semi-intelligent doesn't it?) I enjoyed this book. It is based form the musical version (as far as I can tell). We learn of Erik's background and just how he felt after Christine pretty much betrayed him. It is obvious from the musical that Erik has a temper that rears it's head a few times and this does not vanish in the book. It comes through, as does his violent tendancies. The one thing that stands out though is that he wants to change. he does not want to be the man that Christine called a monster, or the man who killed people without thought. When Mellie enters his life he strives to be a gentlemen and even though he slips up she accepts that there is that side to him and she does not run. Mellie and Erik end up sharing Erik's home when he is helping her with her music and writing. Though they are living in a purely business capacity people are under the impression that Mellie is Erik's niece. My favourite bit has to be when Mellie is attacked by a man and when she returns home she doesn't want to sleep alone so she shares a bed with Erik. "Do you make it a habit of sleeping in your clothes?" she asked, her tone teasing. "Only when there's a beautiful woman in my bed that I'm intent on not ravishing." I found that very cute, coming from the dark and charasmatic Phantom of the Opera. My other favourite part was during the last two pages. It is Mellie and Erik's wedding night and he admits to being 'terrified'. I found that lovely. The other major factor I enjoyed was that though there is a bad guy within the story Erik continually hold himself back from becoming the person he was in Paris and unleashing his violent side. This was a light and enjoyable read and didn't take that long for me to finish. A whole 2 days. OK so this is review number one for the books of 2010.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ashlynne Wilkerson

    I LOVE this novel - it’s my first-ever Phantom sequel that I’ve read. I love how kind Mellie was with Erik after he told her of his heartbreaking and wicked past. (“I’m not going anywhere” - oh, how beautiful such a simple sentence can be!). I also love how protective he was of her against David Wentworth. And what a satisfying ending! If you are looking for a clean and decent Phantom book to read (though I had to edit two kissing scenes that I thought was a little much), this is the one! Don’t I LOVE this novel - it’s my first-ever Phantom sequel that I’ve read. I love how kind Mellie was with Erik after he told her of his heartbreaking and wicked past. (“I’m not going anywhere” - oh, how beautiful such a simple sentence can be!). I also love how protective he was of her against David Wentworth. And what a satisfying ending! If you are looking for a clean and decent Phantom book to read (though I had to edit two kissing scenes that I thought was a little much), this is the one! Don’t miss the chance to read it! Mrs. Yoshinaka really did a wonderful job with this book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Jane

    I just finished reading this book for the second time, and I felt I had to come on here and write a review. It is an amazing book! I fell head over heels in love with Erik all over again. It's not a sequel to Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera - it's more of a sequel to the 1986 musical (and the 2004 movie version, which I love). It tells the story of Melodie (AKA Mellie), a young girl who is a gifted musician and composer but is going blind. When she receives a comission (using a I just finished reading this book for the second time, and I felt I had to come on here and write a review. It is an amazing book! I fell head over heels in love with Erik all over again. It's not a sequel to Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera - it's more of a sequel to the 1986 musical (and the 2004 movie version, which I love). It tells the story of Melodie (AKA Mellie), a young girl who is a gifted musician and composer but is going blind. When she receives a comission (using a male pseudonym), she hires Erik to help her compose the piece, as well as write the notes. But then Eriks past comes back to haunt him. It is an absolutely wonderful story, but I do have a couple of criticisms. In a way, it kind of says that no one who can see perfectly can possibly love someone like Erik, because of his appearance. That is completely wrong - appearances should not matter. That's my opinion. Also (I tend to think the same of most books, particularly if I've really enjoyed them), I wish it could have been longer - it's only 200 pages long. I love Mellie, she is such a good character. Anyway, I'm not sure I could say anything more about this book without risking giving away the entire story, so I'll stop now. Bye.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    My first book of the 50 Book Challenge is done. In Deception: A Phantom of the Opera Novel, by Shirley Yoshinaka, Erik; previously known in Paris as The Phantom of the Opera, flees France and escapes to England in search of a new life. While trying to find his new life he meets many obstacles he greatly overcomes and finds the things he's always deserved and longed for, and leaves his past behind him in many ways. I finished this last night and it was even better the second time reading it. I sti My first book of the 50 Book Challenge is done. In Deception: A Phantom of the Opera Novel, by Shirley Yoshinaka, Erik; previously known in Paris as The Phantom of the Opera, flees France and escapes to England in search of a new life. While trying to find his new life he meets many obstacles he greatly overcomes and finds the things he's always deserved and longed for, and leaves his past behind him in many ways. I finished this last night and it was even better the second time reading it. I still can't understand though why she chose to kill Henry in the story. But I was glad all over again to see Wentworth die by Erik's hand. I remember the first time I read this I wished Erik would just kill him, but of course he did not as he was trying to be a new man with a new life. I rather like Shirley Yoshinaka's phantom. He seemed more real and more human, she took away the whole opera ghost persona and made him even more likable and honorable which I very much enjoyed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Belladova

    Deception is probably by far my favorite Phantom sequel so far. Details were excellent. I loved Erik's progress and maturity throughout the story. Lovely plot and lovely ending. However, I would not recommend to someone who loves to read erotic. It's innocent and well written. Deception is probably by far my favorite Phantom sequel so far. Details were excellent. I loved Erik's progress and maturity throughout the story. Lovely plot and lovely ending. However, I would not recommend to someone who loves to read erotic. It's innocent and well written.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I'm marking it 4 stars but it's more like a 3.5 for me. I actually enjoyed this. Which is great because the last clutch of Phan-fiction I read I was none too keen on. Thank you, dear author for not writing this to just have Erik sleep with someone. I'm marking it 4 stars but it's more like a 3.5 for me. I actually enjoyed this. Which is great because the last clutch of Phan-fiction I read I was none too keen on. Thank you, dear author for not writing this to just have Erik sleep with someone.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    It was a pretty decent Phantom novel, however there was something to be left wanting when it contains a female character named "Melodie" and she is of course blind to see Erik. The book is worth reading, though not a classic. It was a pretty decent Phantom novel, however there was something to be left wanting when it contains a female character named "Melodie" and she is of course blind to see Erik. The book is worth reading, though not a classic.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Questo libro è un seguito del Fantasma dell'Opera, devo dire che è stata una lettura molto piacevole. L'autrice è riuscita a tratteggiare Erik in linea con il personaggio originale e anche se di solito preferisco le storie Erik - Christine questa mi ha conquistato. Questo libro è un seguito del Fantasma dell'Opera, devo dire che è stata una lettura molto piacevole. L'autrice è riuscita a tratteggiare Erik in linea con il personaggio originale e anche se di solito preferisco le storie Erik - Christine questa mi ha conquistato.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book was so bad I don't even remember reading it... well I remember reading it I just don't remember the plot it was that bad. This book was so bad I don't even remember reading it... well I remember reading it I just don't remember the plot it was that bad.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Briggs

    Wonderful, new take on a sequel (not for the E/C shipper). The only problem I had with it was that it seemed a bit too short. I'd be interested in a sequel. Wonderful, new take on a sequel (not for the E/C shipper). The only problem I had with it was that it seemed a bit too short. I'd be interested in a sequel.

  12. 5 out of 5

    K

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    Rae Marie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brieana Kepley

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Anne

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hilary Reed

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carlene Michalk

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Gomez

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chantelle

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carisa Rinne

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anne M.

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    Jen Sanchez

  25. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Whitney

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

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    Pat

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

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    Rebekah

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    Kate

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