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  • Paperback
  • 336
  • The Seance
  • John Harwood
  • English
  • 07 August 2019
  • 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 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


  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 harnessing lightning mesmerism the usual good rainy day book though


  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 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


  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 grieving mother At first it was my impression that “The Séance” 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


  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 took me a while to read this and it took a long time to get into it I found with each part my interest intensifying but it never got to that point where I couldn't put the book down In fact every time I did put it down it made it a lot harder to pick back up The story was interesting but I never felt drawn to the characters and although I was interested to see what twists and turns were ahead I put it down with a sense of 'meh' It was good but nothing special


  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 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


  8. says:

    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 some mystery about her heritage believing herself to be a foundling Through diaries and journals and the aid of a world weary solicitor called Mr Montague she discovers a frightening legacy linking her to a crumbling deserted manor Wraxford Hall with a dark and murderous history It's a brilliantly written homage to the Victorian mysteries and ghost stories of such classic authors as Wilkie Collins Dickens AC Doyle and MR James etc It's full of styles motifs little references names etc that will be familiar to fans of this area of literature My personal favourite segments are those featuring the testimony of John Montague; with such a name it shouldn't surprise anybody to discover the style during these segments is an almost perfect homage to the ghost stories of Montague Rhodes James It's a style I've seen attempted many times I've tried it myself but Harwood nails it flawlessly bringing to mind stories like Count Magnus The Mezzotint Lost Hearts and others If the book had been able to maintain its creepy portentous atmosphere throughout I'd have given it 5 stars but the last third as it attempts to resolve the various strands of mystery does become a little pedestrian in style It's still one of the best book I've read this year so far


  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 to the main plot at the very end It also have a very eerie haunted and dark gothic vibe too the book as well I just love and enjoy all these aspects in this book I also really love the writing style in The Séance I don't now how to describe it too you on why I love John Harwood writing style but I just love how John Harwood writes and I thoroughly love how he tells as an amazing haunting and very eerie story in The Séance to me I really don't want to go into too many details about the books because I don't want to spoil it for anybody But I will say if you love a good haunted very eerie and dark gothic book than this book is for you If you haven't read a book uite like The Séance before I still say give it a try who knows you might be surprise and love this dark gothic tale All and all I absolutely loved and enjoyed everything in The Séance that I will most definitely try too read books by John Harwood in the near future


  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 Victorian gothics of the 19th century without all the flowery and overly melodramatic dialogue Harwood's prose is almost flawless in it's execution and he is a master in drawing the reader into an implausible world and making them believers in itFrom the very first paragraph I was hooked on the story and could hardly bare to put it down late last night even though I was too sleepy to continue Yes it was that kind of good and deliciously spooky as well I would have given it a full 5 stars had the ending been as tightly woven as the restThanks to my GR friend Amy S for pointing me in the direction of this one It was certainly one of the better gothics I've picked up in 2011


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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 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 Séance” 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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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

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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 lostDesperat 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.