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It’s the summer of 1976. Vince Moody is an unassuming projectionist at the run-down Empire cinema in the town of Langbridge in Somerset.
His life is a drudge, and he’s going nowhere. But his life is about to change dramatically when he sees and falls secretly in love with Laura Leach.
Laura lives all alone in an 18th Century folly known as Devereux Towers. Laura is something of a recluse. Children call her the ‘Witch of Devereux Towers’; some people call her ‘damaged goods’, a desperately troubled woman haunted by her dark, secret past. Haunted by what lies behind the locked door in Devereux Tower.
Then Laura meets Casper Younge. Handsome, well-spoken, gentle and falls in love. Vince Moody is devastated, but discovers that Casper Younge is not all he appears. He’s blackmailing the Empire’s manager, Martin Caldwell, for one thing; and who is the attractive woman Vince sees Casper meeting in Glastonbury? Martin Caldwell is having troubles of his own – an affair has gone horribly wrong. His world is falling apart. And a visit from Casper Younge dredging up a past he thought he’d left behind.
Then two people go missing, presumed dead.
Soon, everyone is caught up in a dangerous spiral of events that draws them inexorably into a world of jealousy, deceit, passion, blackmail and murder, where the hunter becomes the hunted, the mice turn on the cats.
Mouse is a chilling exploration of the corrupt depths people will sink to in the name of revenge, power and greed.
Hollywood, 1927, at the height of silent-movie production.
Down-on-his-luck movie actor Rick Mason meets Betsy Bellamy, a young struggling actress. She is accompanied by her older brother Davey, a sullen, insular man fiercely protective of his sister. But Betsy and Davey share a dark past which they’re hoping to escape by making a new life. A past that will have tragic, murderous consequences.
But Rick Mason’s life is about to change beyond his wildest dreams. He lands a contract with Metropolitan Studios, cast as the lead in a new horror movie. And out of the blue a Hungarian lawyer tells Rick Mason he isn’t who he thinks he is.
Mason's inherited an estate and fortune from his late father Baron Jozsef Dragutin and travels to Europe to sort out legalities. Here he is told the disturbing truth about his murdered mother and feared father – a corrupt and vile sadist hiding his horribly deformed face behind a white porcelain mask. A man, legend has it, who sold his soul to the devil, his family line cursed by Satan for all eternity.
Back in Hollywood, reviving his father’s evil character for the movie, Rick Mason gets movie success and the fame and fortune that go with it. But when elements of his on-screen monster persona begins to affect his real life, Mason fears that the role he was ‘born to play’ is taking over him. That the curse of Baron Dragutin lives on in him.
Rick Mason is drawn inexorably into a world of corrupt desires, superstition, corporate greed, unbridled ambition and murder, where the past refuses to die.
THE SOUL FIXER:
Susan and Paul Carmichael’s world is devastated when a small-time burglar and drug addict, Eddie Hull, brutally murders their only child, young student Becky Carmichael.
Consumed by grief, they both struggle to come to terms with their loss. Susan begins to have dreams about her daughter. She is convinced these are not ordinary dreams; Becky is calling out for help. She meets the mysterious Silas Blake. He tells her that Becky’s soul is trapped, and there is an island called Connalough Point where there is help.
Connalough Point is a very secretive place, every precaution is taken to ensure no one outside knows of its existence. There they meet the soul fixer.
But slowly they discover Connalough Point's shocking secrets. With events spiralling down into deceit, terror and murder, it becomes not only a battle for survival, but th