The Seance

Just finished reading this and it’s a book I’d recommend. It’s by John Harwood, is set in the Victorian era and is written in a very authentic period style without being too stilted. He creates an intense and atmospheric feel to the whole thing, and there is certainly a page-turning quality to it. There is a boast on the cover taken from a review which says that readers will want to finish it in one sitting. I don’t usually take  much notice of stuff like that, but in this case it proved accurate because I think that would be the ideal way to read it.

I do have some fairly minor gripes though. It’s not actually about a séance even though one features, and in fact it’s not quite the spooky, ghostly novel it appears to be but is ultimately more of a psychological/murder mystery. The authentic Victorian style also entails the story being divided up into several ‘narratives’ written by different characters, and at times I found it hard to remember who was who and quite how they were connected  – but maybe that’s just me.

On the whole a good read, and I’ll certainly give his other novel a try.


About ramblesofawriter

Writer, thinker, tea drinker.
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2 Responses to The Seance

  1. Chloe says:

    That sounds like my kind of book. I might check it out…

    Have you read the new Sherlock Holmes – The House of Silk? Written by Anthony Horowitz, it’s the only Holmes novel to be authorised by the Conan Doyle estate and it’s cracking. So well-written with that same authentic Victorian style. Really like Conan Doyle and yet not a pastiche (sp?) and, in my opinion, better!

    • I’m a big Conan Doyle fan but I’ve never been drawn to any of the Holmes books written by modern authors. However, you’ve got me intrigued now so I will add it to my all-too lengthy list of thing to read!

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