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The Unseeing

Published: February 2017
SKU: 9781492635475

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A shocking murder. A woman sentenced to hang. And the young lawyer determined to discover the truth. Award-winning debut author Anna Mazzola brings London alive in her haunting and enthralling novel of human frailty and fear—and of the terrible consequences of jealousy and misunderstanding.

Sentenced to hang for her alleged role in a shocking murder, Sarah confronts the young lawyer asked to examine her guilty verdict. She says she is innocent, but she refuses to explain the evidence given in court—the evidence that convicted her. Battling his own demons, Edmund Fleetwood is determined to find the truth—and to uncover why Sarah won't talk. As the day of execution draws closer, Edmund struggles to discover whether she is the victim of a wrongful conviction, or a dangerous and devious criminal.

Based on the real case of Sarah Gale—fans of Alias Grace and The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher won't want to miss this Edgar Award-winning novel of gothic suspense and murder.

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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
"...a satisfying resolution. Haunting characters propel this well-paced story of true crime and imperfect punishment." — Kirkus Reviews
"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
"An absorbing novel, marking Mazzola as a name to watch in historical mystery. " — Booklist
"[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
"The Unseeing engulfs you in a heady, addictive fog from the very start " — GRAZIA
"well-documented, unsettling, and impressively written." — Huffington Post
"A compelling did she/didn't she that's full of the sights and sounds of Victorian England. This is a winner." — Sun on Sunday
"Engrossing." — Sunday Express
"Set in a vividly-imagined Victorian London - from the seamy horrors of Newgate Gaol to the bloated inns of court- this is a wonderful combination of a thrilling mystery and a perfectly depicted period piece. A brilliant debut." — Sunday Mirror
"a twisting tale of family secrets and unacknowledged desires. Intricately plotted and extremely convincing in its evocation of the everyday realities of 1830s London, this is a fine first novel." — The Sunday Times
"Sizzling first novel.... the characters- cleverly and sympathetically imagined - are of the story " — The Times
"Tragic, terrifying, and authentic." — WOMAN & HOME
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