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The Unseen

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The Unseen

"Occult happenings, romantic passion, and murder disrupt the peace of a Berkshire village in 1911 in this hauntingly good novel."
—Marie Claire (UK)

Katherine Webb's debut novel, The Legacy, was an international bestseller—and her remarkable second effort, The Unseen, is as gripping, thrilling, and unforgettable as her first. In this compelling story of love, deception, obsession, and illusion, the arrival of two dangerous strangers in a small village in England in the early 1900s disrupts the quiet lives of a vicar with a fascination with spiritualism and his naïve young wife, and ultimately leads to murder. The Unseen is literary suspense at its most entertaining and enthralling, truly superior fiction not unlike the captivating tales of Kate Morton and Diane Setterfield.

"Occult happenings, romantic passion, and murder disrupt the peace of a Berkshire village in 1911 in this hauntingly good novel."
—Marie Claire (UK)

Katherine Webb's debut novel, The Legacy, was an international bestseller—and her remarkable second effort, The Unseen, is as gripping, thrilling, and unforgettable as her first. In this compelling story of love, deception, obsession, and illusion, the arrival of two dangerous strangers in a small village in England in the early 1900s disrupts the quiet lives of a vicar with a fascination with spiritualism and his naïve young wife, and ultimately leads to murder. The Unseen is literary suspense at its most entertaining and enthralling, truly superior fiction not unlike the captivating tales of Kate Morton and Diane Setterfield.

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  • Katherine Webb grew up in rural Hampshire, England. She has lived in London and Venice, and she currently resides in Berkshire, England. Having worked as a wait-ress, au pair, personal assistant, potter, bookbinder, library assistant, and housekeeper at a manor house, she now writes full-time.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 13, 2012
    Fans of time-shifting novels such as A.S. Byatt's Possession are most likely to be engaged by this well-written, if less-than-memorable, novel from the author of 2011's The Legacy. The book opens enigmatically—first, a letter from 1911 reports the hiring of a new maid named Cat Morley who's been hired despite a dubious reputation by a rural English household. Before the reader can suss out who has been writing to whom, Webb shifts forward a century, and to Belgium. A well-preserved corpse has been accidentally unearthed in a garden near Ypres, and Leah Hickson, a freelance journalist, is tipped off to a potential news story about an anonymous lost soldier by her ex-, who works for the War Graves Commission. Things begin to knit together when she learns that letters were found on the body. Gradually, more of Morley's troubled past is revealed, alternating with Hickson's present-day investigation. Unfortunately, the major dramatic development takes a long time to arrive, and loses much of its impact in the process.

  • Marie Claire (UK)

    "Occult happenings, romantic passion, and murder disrupt the peace of a Berkshire village in 1911 in this hauntingly good novel from the author of The Legacy."

  • M. L. Malcolm, author of Heart of Deception on The Legacy

    "Webb winds her way through three generations of women by following the path of grief created by a broken heart, crafting characters you care about and a story you won't soon forget: poignant and completely engrossing."

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