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Summary The Seance

The Seance

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. 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

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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. 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

John Harwood É 4 review

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 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

  • Paperback
  • 336
  • The Seance
  • John Harwood
  • English
  • 03 March 2019
  • 9780547247823

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



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 an

  2. says:

    okay it is high time i remove myself from the victorian gothic for a little while everything is blurring together this one w

  3. says:

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

  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 re

  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

  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 phe

  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

  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 rea

  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 dr

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