Winifred Rudge travels to London to jump-start her new novel
about a woman who is being haunted by the ghost of Jack the Ripper.
Upon her arrival, she finds that her stepcousin and old friend John
Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have
taken over his apartment in the nineteenth-century rowhouse once
owned by Winnie's great-great-grandfather. Is it the spirit of this
ancestor, who, family legend claims, was Charles Dickens's
childhood inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge? Could it be the ghostly
remains of Jack the Ripper? Or a phantasm derived from a more
arcane and insidious origin?
Winnie begins to investigate, but finds herself the unwilling
audience for a drama of specters and shades, some from her family's
peculiar history and some from her own unvanquished past.
Lost presents a rich fictional world that will enrapture
Gregory Maguire's eager audience.