When Larsen meets River’s mother, Arielle, and learns she is overseeing the renovation of the Desert Theater, he shares his dream for a career on stage. Soon, Arielle offers Larsen a job as her assistant, but Raylene is dead set against the idea of her son doing what she considers “gay work.” After Raylene gets a new boyfriend, Reggie, the bad situation at home worsens and Larsen has no choice but to leave.
Now working at the Desert Theater, Larsen feels the unearthly presence of someone in the long-abandoned theater. Meanwhile, as the theater nears completion, a talent show is scheduled for opening night. As it becomes more evident that the theater may have a ghost, it also comes to light that someone may be sabotaging the renovation and the show. Is the ghost real or just the handiwork of someone with a grudge?
Opening night at the Desert Theater sets the stage for a crime, never-imagined reunions, long-awaited explanations, and otherworldly miracles.
Character wise, this one was better than book 1. It didn't feel so cluttered because most of the characters had been established already, so I didn't feel confused while I was reading it. Although the recurring character's development from the first book was unrealistic, and the new ones felt like they were just added for token minority. I was offended a few times at the author's portrayal of some of the characters.
The dialogue was worse in this book. I cringed many times. I would not have finished this one if it wasn't gifted to me and I didn't feel obligated. Again, I had no issue with the grammar and didn't catch any typos.