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The Seance - John Harwood
The Seance
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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 Writer Sell 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... show more
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 Writer Sell 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 lost.Desperate 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 consequences. Constance is left alone, her only legacy a mysterious bequest that will blight her life.So 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 unnatural phenomena, of betrayal and blackmail and black-hearted villains—and murder. For Constance’s bequest 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 reputation.Now 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 life.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780547496979 (0547496974)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
3.5
This would make a good movie. The romance at the end is a bit, well not forced, but it is somewhat out of the blue. Still it was a good book.
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
3.5
This would make a good movie. The romance at the end is a bit, well not forced, but it is somewhat out of the blue. Still it was a good book.
Caffeine Reviews
Caffeine Reviews rated it
3.0
I love Victorian settings! Harwood does a superb job of creating a creepy, gothic atmosphere, and I'm also a fan of literary style of writing. I enjoyed the mystery up until the ending was revealed, and then I was a bit disappointed. A good read never the less.
Overloaded Bookshelf
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3.0 The Seance
I enjoyed Harwood's previous novel, "The Ghost Writer", but thought it was let down by a rather unimpressive ending. "The Seance" is much more satisfying; an old-fashioned gothic-influenced mystery, slightly over-the-top but highly atmospheric. It would make a great Christmas BBC drama. Very enjoyab...
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Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
Dedication: For RobinThere is a little 'how-to' section before the book starts in earnest:To manifest a spirit, take twenty yards of fine silk veiling, at least two yards wide and very gauzy. Wash carefully, and rinse seven times. Prepare a soulution* of one jar Balmain's Luminous paint; half a pint...
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