The Séance

The Séance

eBook - 2010
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London, the 1880s. A young girl grows up in a household marked by death, her father distant, her mother in perpetual mourning for the child she lost. Desperate to coax her mother back to health, Constance Langton takes her to a séance. But that seance has tragic consequences. Left alone, her only legacy is a mysterious bequest that will blight her life. That bequest comes in two parts: a house, and a mystery. Set in the world of apparitions, of disappearances and unnatural phenomena, of betrayal and blackmail, black-hearted villains and murder, Constance must find the truth behind the mystery of Wraxford Hall - even if it costs her life.
Publisher: London :, Random House,, 2010.
ISBN: 9781409001188
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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WhidbeyIslander
Sep 01, 2017

Not a traditional ghost story along the lines of the Haunting of Hill House or The Uninvited, more like old fashioned books such as The Woman in White. It's okay but sometimes a little ponderous and I thought it could have been trimmed a bit as well. It's broken into different parts as written by a number of people spread out over a number of years, all brought together by the first narrator who closes the story with her wrap-up.

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JohnF99
Jan 05, 2017

A great read! A bit complicated at first to keep track of who's talking, but it's worth it. A wonderful atmosphere, reminiscent of Wuthering Heights or Jamaica Inn (less than those, but still great!). He builds suspense wonderfully -- I was on the edge of my seat at one point, as each moment unfurled almost visually with his great descriptions! Very enjoyable and worth reading.

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finn75
Sep 21, 2014

An engaging story based in Victorian England - my favourite! A complicated story that left me satisfied in the end.

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meyoubou
Apr 12, 2013

A compelling read. Not scary, but intriguing.

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mangoberri
Jul 31, 2011

brilliant read if you are into Victorian era. this novel is a hauntingly delicious read, the mysteries and suspense keep the storyline in place with its sense of foreboding.

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KarenW
Dec 20, 2010

Eleanor has grown up with a strange gift - she has visitations from the dead. Her family finds this disconcerting, but interesting as well. While she tries to find the answers to her strange power, Grace also has to beware the charlatans that prey on the innocent with their phony operations. This book provides a portrait into the past century when people believed that spirits were a part of the everyday world.

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ready2read
Apr 19, 2010

A Victorian mystery complete with a haunted estate mansion, rumours, and creepy characters. I found it a little slow and hard to get into at first but it picked up and was worthwhile.

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redwallflower
Apr 01, 2010

A good read that kept me far more engaged that the author's previous novel, "The Ghost Writer." I found that I could imagine the setting, especially Wraxford Manor, in great detail.

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FredC
Dec 21, 2009

Although the heart of this Victorian novel is the search for identity and the quest for love, it is distinctly a mystery novel about a haunted mansion in the English countryside and the imaginary (or are they real?) goings-on of a secluded gentry. Don't be put-off by its slow start, let it envelop you in the era with engaging writing, looming suspicions and a wish for some dastardly and fiendish activity to satisfy your inner ghost-seeker, you. The first half is quasi-Sherlock Holmes as the plot is generously laid out, the story develops and the tale is fleshed out. The heroine struggles to find a reason to explain her love-less life as we are easily manipulted by her tragic childhood and riches to rags story, but then she reads a strange notice in the Times, and her fortunes are soon to change or get worse? The second half is the inevitable exploration of the mansion. There's the imposing house with guarded secrets that begs to be explored. It is haunted, it is huge, it is draughty, it is ugly with a series of strange deaths and disappearances to add to its creepiness. An expert party of do-gooders try to de-mystify it, but wind up stirring up more dust than they intended. The heroine is a pretty keen observer and reaches conclusions worthy of Mr. Holmes. The shattering climax and the surprising dénouement will satisfy and make you yearn for more from author Harwood.

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