Friday, October 8, 2021

The Seance by John Harwood


My first experience reading anything written by John Harwood was back in January 2014 when I listened to his novel, The Asylum, on compact disc. 

Since it is the month of October, I've decided to read more spookier reads this month... And since, I enjoyed The Asylum, I decided to listen to the unabridged audio version of The Seance by John Harwood, which is well narrated by Fiona Hardingham, Simon Vance, and Katherine Kellgren.

I really enjoyed listening to The Seance by John Harwood. If you love Victorian Gothic novels and mysteries, then you'll enjoy this novel! There's a lot going on in The Seance by John Harwood, but the author makes it work and combines the storylines nicely in the end.

Below is the publisher's summary for The Seance by John Harwood from Audible:
A haunting tale of apparitions, a cursed manor house, and two generations of women determined to discover the truth, by the author of The Ghost Writer.

Sell the Hall unseen; burn it to the ground and plow the earth with salt, if you will; but never live there…

Constance Langton grows up in a household marked by death, her father distant, her mother in perpetual mourning for Constance's sister, the child she lost. Desperate to coax her mother back to health, Constance takes her to a séance; perhaps she will find comfort from beyond the grave. But the meeting has tragic consequences. Constance is left alone, her only legacy a mysterious bequest that will blight her life.

So begins this brilliant and gripping novel, a dark mystery set in late-Victorian England. It is a world of apparitions, of disappearances and unnatural phenomena, of betrayal and blackmail and black-hearted villains - and of murder. Constance's bequest comes in two parts: a house and a mystery. Years before, a family disappeared at Wraxford Hall, a decaying mansion in the English countryside with a sinister reputation. Now the Hall belongs to Constance, and she must descend into the darkness at the heart of the Wraxford mystery to find the truth - even at the cost of her life.
I am giving The Seance by John Harwood a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!


  1. It's been years since I read this book, but I remember really liking it. :)

    1. Glad you enjoyed reading this novel!! I've been meaning to read it since I read The Asylum in 2014.