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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Unseen by Katherine Webb

The Unseen
By Katherine Webb
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-207788-2
Buy from Indigo
Release Date: May 22, 2012

Description: England, 1911. The Reverend Albert Canning, a vicar with a passion for spiritualism, leads a happy existence with his naive wife Hester in a sleepy Berkshire village. As summer dawns, their quiet lives are changed for ever by two new arrivals. First comes Cat, the new maid: a free-spirited and disaffected young woman sent down from London after entanglements with the law. Cat quickly finds a place for herself in the secret underbelly of local society as she plots her escape. Then comes Robin Durrant, a leading expert in the occult, enticed by tales of elemental beings in the water meadows nearby. A young man of magnetic charm and beauty, Robin soon becomes an object of fascination and desire. During a long spell of oppressive summer heat, the rectory at Cold Ash Holt becomes charged with ambition, love and jealousy; a mixture of emotions so powerful that it leads, ultimately, to murder

The Good Stuff
  • Absolutely, positively engrossing - you are hooked from the very first chapter
  • Author is brilliant at setting the mood and setting of the story - you really feel like you are part of the story
  • Loved the switching back and forth from 1911 to 2011 - gives it a unique twist
  • Fabulous well rounded characters both in the past and the present
  • Lots of suspense, murder and secrets with just a hint of the occult
  • Cat is a truly fascinating character - full of strength and fire, trying to fight back against the constraints of being a women in the early 1900's
  • Kept me up late at night reading I so badly wanted to know what happened
  • Will definetly be looking for a copy of the Legacy by the same author
  • A perfect story for a cold winters night or to lose yourself in at the cottage (or beach)
  • Loved how the two time period plots intersect without being unbelievable
  • Could see this one being turned into a movie - has it all love, sex, murder, women's rights, past and present intersecting - fabulous stuff
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Drags a wee bit half ay through - some stronger editing would have made this into a perfect 5 Dewey's
  • Wanted to smack Hester quite a few times, but her character is very true to the women of the time
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Cat serves the dinner, digusted by the luxury, the excess; the way the theosophist turns down the meat, his expression blase, sanctimonious. How many others in the world have need of meat? Cat wonders. When now it will go back to the kitchen and spoil, and be thown away and wasted because the cold store is full of this thoughtless young mans' toys."

"Would you have been content if you had been told, when you were still a child; you shan't be a poet, or a minister, or a politician. You shall be a cleark in a bank. Would you have been content, never to have been allowed to try other things? Never allowed to find out what you wanted to do, what you wanted to be?"

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Mystery/Suspense lovers will thoroughly enjoy this one
  • Fans of historical fiction will also be fascinated by this
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from WilliamMorrow in exchange for an honest review


  1. I like the look of this one, the cover and your thoughts.

    1. It is so good Stacy - you will enjoy