Saturday, May 28, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: The Unseen
Author: Katherine Webb
Publisher: Orion Fiction
Release Date: May 2011
From the author of the acclaimed debut THE LEGACY comes a compelling tale of love, deception and illusion.
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katherine Webb was born in 1977 and grew up in rural Hampshire before reading History at Durham University. She has since spent time living in London and Venice and now lives in rural Berkshire.
If you enjoy a good, historical fiction tale, then The Unseen will be a book that you will enjoy. I’ve not read Katherine Webb’s first novel, The Legacy, but after reading The Unseen, I will be keeping an eye out to grab a copy as I found her writing very smooth and enjoyable.
Set in 1911, the story was quite harsh at time due to the setting of London during this time in history. The characters were brilliantly crafted, with some exciting elements for those who like a touch of supernatural.