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Author of AGAINST A DARKENING SKY, THE EMPTY ROOM, OUR DAILY BREAD, and others. Find out more at www.LaurenBDavis.com. I read as if my sanity depended upon it.. . . oh, wait, it does! Snort.

The Seance - John Harwood

Well, THAT was fun! A terrific Victorian ghost-story thriller! Clearly Harwood tips his cap to Wilkie Collins and perhaps Arthur Conan Doyle, but the work isn't derivative. It is genuinely spooky, well-constructed and beautifully paced. The complicated structure of narratives within narratives might have failed were Harwood not such an accomplished teller of tales. There are more twists and turns here than the maze at Hampton Court. Harwood creates a Victorian setting brilliantly, and from the first pages this reader was utterly absorbed, reading as fast as I could, and enjoying every minute.