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The Unseeing Paperback – February 7, 2017
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"This is a cleverly written and intricate mystery that doesn't try to outsmart the reader or become convoluted, and that includes great characters and subplots that eventually intersect to make for a multidimensional read. The authentic setting of Victorian London enhances the reading experience." - Publishers Weekly
"Sizzling first novel.... the characters- cleverly and sympathetically imagined - are of the story " - The Times
"[An] accomplished debut... Mazzola quickly draws the reader in to this intriguing mystery...Mazzola skillfully conjures up a bygone world...If you like historical fiction then you'll love this compelling murder mystery." - Daily Express
"...a satisfying resolution. Haunting characters propel this well-paced story of true crime and imperfect punishment." - Kirkus
"Drawing on the notorious 1837 Edgware Road murder, debut author Mazzola has written a worthy "did she/didn't she" historical crime drama and a vivid portrait of life and criminal justice in Victorian London. For fans of Sarah Waters" - Library Journal
"well-documented, unsettling, and impressively written." - Huffington Post
"An absorbing novel, marking Mazzola as a name to watch in historical mystery.
" - Booklist
About the Author
Anna Mazzola's short fiction has won or placed in several competitions. She is a criminal justice lawyer who lives in the UK. This is her first novel.
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The author is a former prosecutor and you can tell, but it's not overdone with legal jargon, instead she uses it to enlighten some of the legal problems of the times. The story is that of a poor woman accused of helping to conceal, if not commit, a gruesome murder and subsequent dismemberment of the body. The story fluctuates between her stay in Newgate prison and her lawyer's investigation and problems of his own.
The author does and incredible job of changing your viewpoint for you, one minute you're sure she's hiding that she killed the woman herself, the next minute you're sure she's completely innocent. She also does an incredible job of selecting quotes to start each chapter., not something too many people pay much attention to, but here it's an enhancement to the story. It's a practice many authors use, none actually ever meant much to me. They are spot on as preview of each chapter.
Could you figure out the "secret"..probably, but not until the very end, and it keeps you glued to the pages until then! Excellent writing, vivid characters and suspenseful story telling. All in all a wonderful debut and an author I will certainly seek out in the future.
Sarah Gale was an intriguing figure as I couldn’t work out why she was hiding something. Of course it all makes sense by the end but the journey there was a very intriguing one. It really made it sound authentic having the real newspaper headlines of the day at the start of chapters as I could almost hear the sound of the little boy crying read al about it, drowned out by the hansom cabs trundling over the cobbled streets.
I really found this intriguing in so many ways – the use of flashbacks to built up a picture of Sarah’s life, the violence of the men and how this seemed to be accepted in life how women were controlled in each and every way on a man’s whim. I think it reveals a lot more about society at the time than you may first realise.
The Unseeing paints a dark and dingy picture and you may feel you need to have a wash afterwards such is the cleverness and evocative writing all through the novel. The Unseeing deserves to be seen by many many readers. We've mapped out the places in the novel on thebooktrail.com so you can visit the chilling scenes for real .
This is a clever and intriguing story. It develops slightly slowly but its deceptively simple and you gradually realise that the author is playing tricks on you. I didn't realise until the book's end that it is a fictional story woven around real events and that all the court statements and newspaper reports are in fact actual quotes from the time. It's very cleverly done and I'm impressed by the amount of research that the author did and the way she incorporated it so seamlessly.
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The Unseeing is a finely crafted neo-Victorian mystery based on real life events. It drew me in and left me wanting more!Read more