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  • Paperback
  • 336
  • The Seance
  • John Harwood
  • English
  • 07 August 2018
  • 9780547247823

10 thoughts on “The Seance

  1. says:

    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 ro

  2. says:

    okay it is high time i remove myself from the victorian gothic for a little while everything is blurring together this one was fine not great there was just something a little cartoony about it big house hidden passages suits of armor harnes

  3. says:

    THE SEANCE by John Harwood is a gothic Victorian style mystery I have to say that I really enjoyed the author's writing style and wi

  4. says:

    I just finished this as part of a book group read and is not my usual type of read As a fact it’s my first “ghost” story I readbesides kids spooky Halloween comicsSet in the later eighteen hundreds Constance lost her sister and her grievi

  5. says:

    This book was a strange one I went into this with low expectations as I'd seen a review prior to picking this up which emphasised how little of the supernatural was present in the storyline I honestly think The Séance as a title is incredibly misleading implying ghosts and visions This book is not that It is a story set during the Victorian period and is of a mystery than anything else The tagline is a apt titleIt too

  6. says:

    This definitely satisfied my urge for a gothic mystery

  7. says:

    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

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    Review from BadelyngeThe Seance by John Harwood is set in the 1880s and is the story of Constance Langton She becomes involved in spiritualism in an effort to lift her mother from the crippling grief of losing a child Constance due to the lack of regard and love from her parents has always had the nagging feeling that there is so

  9. says:

    I know this book was not for everybody and I totally understand way but I absolutely loved and enjoyed it so much I actually pick this book up from the library for a book club group that I joined on goodreads that there were going to read in the month of Oct I know some readers from the book club group didn't really like this one Because it does have different pov's and subplots within the story that it all connects t

  10. says:

    I rated John Harwood's debut novel The Ghost Writer 2 stars but this second novel is definitely a big improvement and kept me interested and creeped out the entire time I was reading it The Seance is certainly a send up of all the classic Victo

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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 unnatural. I just finished this as part of a book group read and is not my usual type of read As a fact it s my first ghost story I readbesides kids spooky Halloween comicsSet in the later eighteen hundreds Constance lost her sister and her grieving mother At first it was my impression that The S ance would take off as Constance takes her mother to see one to make her feel better about her lost daughter But that wasn t so The book is divided into many parts timelines and person s views It really gets confusing So according to the jacket of the book it reads a gripping gothic thriller set in late Victorian England It is a world of apparitions of disappearances and unnatural phenomena of betrayal and blackmail and black hearted villains murder I can attest to the gloomy atmosphere with fog candlelight dusty libraries dark cellars creaking floorboards tombs and creepy churchyards That all came well across by way of Harwood s writing style We think of the mind as enclosed within the narrow compass of the skull but we could eually imagine a cavern filled with dark water and connected by some subterranean passage to the limitless depths of the ocean and think of each individual mind as a droplet of one great oceanic Mind which contains everything all the gods and demons the paradises and underworlds of every religion on earth all history all knowledge everything that has ever happened A mind upon which it could truly be said that nothing is lost not so much as the fall of a sparrow John Harwood The Seance It was so confusing I had a hard time reading it But I finished it Maybe someone else enjoys this kind of writing or I really just did not get it I found the story to be not gripping me and somehow I must have missed the climaxcause for me there was none

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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 life.. 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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 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 lostDesperate. THE SEANCE by John Harwood is a gothic Victorian style mystery I have to say that I really enjoyed the author s writing style and will be searching out other books by him in the near future Using the techniue of telling the tale with a series of narratives written by various people we are taken further back in time to the legends and stigma surrounding Wraxford Hall This decaying manor is somehow traced back through the lineage and left to a young woman Constance Langton recently orphaned by parents that she never really felt bonded toThrough the various diaries and narratives we are given pieces of a puzzle going back decades entwining many lives through its mysterious pagesThe menacing air hits immediately and we are mere witnesses as Constance delves in deeper determined to get at the root of what happened in that manor to make its reputation so bleakA great slow burning story for those who like to build upon the atmosphere and characters while leading to the ultimate conclusion of a tale that has never been known beforeRecommended


About the Author: John Harwood

John Harwood is the author of two previous novels of Victorian Gothic suspense Aside from fiction his published work includes biography poetry political journalism and literary history His acclaimed first novel The Ghost Writer won the International Horror Guild's First Novel Award He lives in Hobart Australia.