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.