John Harwood ( epub ) The Seance


The Seance

DOWNLOAD Ñ LO-MAPS.RU  John Harwood John Harwood  1 FREE READ FREE READ Õ The Seance A haunting tale of apparitions a cursed manor house and two generations of women determined to discover the truth by the author of The Ghost WriterSell the Hall unseen; burn it to the ground and plow the earth with salt if you will; but never live there ” Constance Langton grows up in a household marked by death her father distant her mother in perpetual mourning for Constance’s sister the child she lostDesperat. 45 insightful melancholic and atmospheric stars 2015 Honorable Mention Read Mr Harwood has written a very very fine book hereThis book will appeal to those readers that love a Victorian Gothic that has elements of mystery the supernatural romantic and familial love and deeply etched characters that think thoroughly feel deeply and reflect on their own and others actionsAt first I thought this book was a series of interconnected novellas and then they merge into a story that is dark sad and full of an atmosphere of deep fog and chills both in the physical and psychological senses Despite this characters are drawn to each other with a deep hunger for connection despite many losses prolonged grieving and feelings of inferiority for some and malignant superiority in othersI read this on a beach at 90 degrees Fahrenheit and yet I could honestly say I would shiver when reading this The writing was that authenticI feel that the author truly understood the motivations of all his characters and despite their deep flaws could have them all come together to create a story so multilayered complexly interesting and full of suspense and interesting parallelsThis book was only a few inches short of perfect I won t state the slight flaw in it as I don t want to detract to how excellent I found thisMr Harwood you have found yourself a new fan I look forward to adding another one of your novels to my to be read list

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DOWNLOAD Ñ LO-MAPS.RU  John Harwood John Harwood  1 FREE READ FREE READ Õ The Seance E to coax her mother back to health Constance takes her to a séance perhaps she will find comfort from beyond the grave But the meeting has tragic conseuences Constance is left alone her only legacy a mysterious beuest that will blight her lifeSo begins The Séance John Harwood’s brilliant second novel a gripping dark mystery set in late Victorian England It is a world of apparitions of disappearances and unnatur. This definitely satisfied my urge for a gothic mystery


DOWNLOAD Ñ LO-MAPS.RU  John Harwood John Harwood  1 FREE READ FREE READ Õ The Seance Al phenomena of betrayal and blackmail and black hearted villains and murder For Constance’s beuest comes in two parts a house and a mystery Years before a family disappeared atWraxford Hall a decaying mansion in the English countryside with a sinister reputationNow the Hall belongs to Constance And she must descend into the darkness at the heart of theWraxford Mystery to find the truth even at the cost of her lif. There is a good story here but it is buried beneath the tedium of excessive Victorian pleasantries and feints too clever for their own good The late Nineteenth Century setting is perfect for this sort of story as superstition and mystery are still commonplace although being gradually worn away by the advance of science and technology The characters attempt to provide rational and scientific explanations for phenomena but retain the hopes or beliefs that something supernatural may account for the goings on providing a fertile ground for charlatans and showmen to prey upon their imaginations Things we take for granted today and even those we don t yet understand were easy pickings as avenues for knowledgeable people to control those with less inuisitive mindsThe story is told from the eyes of three different speakers each one depressing than the last They are layered like an onion abcba in such a way that by the time the reader returns to Constance s time a in the onion it is very easy to forget who she was The sheer number of meaningless characters introduced in each section makes following who did what a chore This can be desired in a mundane whodunit but the promise of something fantastical renders them annoyances Couple this with a thoroughly unsatisfying ending and I m afraid I cannot recommend or appreciate this work in its current formThis is an enticing early draft of what could have been a solid homage to Doyle s Holmes Another pass or two including a weaving of the narratives rather than the current bookending of Constance s current timeline would have created a much immersive and enjoyable read

  • Paperback
  • 336
  • The Seance
  • John Harwood
  • English
  • 01 August 2017
  • 9780547247823