The Unseen by Katherine Webb

69%

23 Critic Reviews

After really enjoying her previous novel The Legacy, I was really looking forward to this novel, unfortunately I was very disappointed.
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Synopsis

“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.

 

About Katherine Webb

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Katherine Webb was born in 1977 and grew up in rural Hampshire, England. She studied History at Durham University, has spent time living in London and Venice, and now lives in Berkshire, England. Having worked as a waitress, au pair, personal assistant, potter, bookbinder, library assistant, and formal housekeeper at a manor house, she now writes full time.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 414 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Other, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Unseen
All: 23 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 01 2012

Sheehan uses her skills as both a psychologist and a writer to create a solid, insightful story that will leave fans eagerly awaiting another visit from the strong heroine, her dog and her friends.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by William Morrow on Aug 28 2012

This book is intriguing and definitely worth the read for anyone who enjoys history and strong character development.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Jul 01 2012

Her writing is overly flowery at times, to the detriment of the story line. Some of it seems artificial and with odd word choice.

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Book Geeks

Below average
Reviewed by Elise Hattersley on Jan 20 2012

The characters are stilted and the customs of the time are represented in a stiff and unnatural-feeling way.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Crowley on Jul 03 2012

Murder, deception, seances, and a page-turner mystery make this alluring novel required reading material for the summer.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Sheri Newton on Jun 24 2012

The Unseen is a very well written book that had me totally immersed in it for a weekend.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Colleen Turner on Jun 11 2012

...is a remarkable combination of historical and mystery that works to slowly untangle the various threads of the story and keep the reader guessing.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Jun 27 2012

Webb eloquently melds these alternating story lines, separated by generations, together to make a truly remarkable and compelling novel.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Nicki on Jun 13 2012

This book is a bit of an anomaly: even though nothing much happens for at least the first few hundred pages, I was completely absorbed.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on May 28 2012

Katherine Webb has created a suspenseful, taut novel in The Unseen.

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Leeswammes' Blog

Good
Reviewed by Judith on Jun 01 2012

The book was well-written and the story built up nicely.

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Peeking Between the Pages

Good
Reviewed by Darlene on Jun 13 2012

It deals with some pretty heavy topics and is quite dark in some places but it is a great read that had me hooked until the very end.

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Peeking Between the Pages

Good
Reviewed by Darlene on Jun 01 2012

...is a beautifully written story of love, betrayal, and the mystery behind secrets buried deep enough to never be discovered.

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My Bookish Ways

Good
Reviewed by Kristin on Aug 05 2012

The Unseen has all of the drama of a soap opera, played out against a time when a strong woman had no place in proper society and religious and spiritual ideas were in constant flux.

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Meaghan Walsh Gerard

Good
Reviewed by Meaghan Walsh Gerard on Jul 05 2012

All in all, The Unseen is a well-written, enjoyable book. It would be a perfect summer read, especially on a thunderstorming afternoon.

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Lovely Treez Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Teresa on Oct 27 2011

It’s a very well written novel and the author has clearly done her research but it didn’t engage me as much as The Legacy.

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Life in Review

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Vasquez on Jun 08 2012

I very highly recommend this book! It is beautifully written with vivid description that made me feel as if I was there. There is a thick air of mystery with an ominous feel from the very beginning.

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BookNAround

Good
Reviewed by Kristen on Jun 12 2012

Some of the resolutions are a little too easy but overall this is a nice read and fans of the first book will enjoy revisiting with Rocky and Cooper and the people of Peaks Island.

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My Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Shirley on Jun 13 2012

Jacqueline Sheehan writes marvellous characters, deep drama, all while telling a story of love, loss and hope for new beginnings.

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Literature and a Lens

Good
Reviewed by Jenna on Jun 06 2012

Katherine Webb creates quite an engaging and thrilling story.

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The Book Whisperer

Good
Reviewed by Boof on Sep 19 2011

The atmosphere is really well created and the characters are so three-dimensional that I either loved them or hated them...

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Historical Tapestry

Below average
Reviewed by Marg on Jul 16 2012

While this book was interesting, I never really felt that I was caught up in the time and place and the book seemed to drag a bit as well.

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Rotten Books

Below average
Reviewed by Kerry on Jul 09 2012

After really enjoying her previous novel The Legacy, I was really looking forward to this novel, unfortunately I was very disappointed.

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