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The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola
  

The Unseeing

Crime / Mystery   Debuts of the Month   Historical Fiction   Literary Fiction   
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March 2017 Debut of the Month.

A detailed, intriguing and highly enjoyable debut historical thriller. James Greenacre is accused of murdering his bride and his mistress, Sarah Gale, is convicted of aiding him in disposing of her body. Public opinion flares up against Sarah and the Home Secretary gets a young lawyer, Edward Fleetwood, to investigate the police evidence. May there have been something amiss? Certainly the facts are puzzling. Sarah's incarceration in Newgate Jail, we are in 1837, is particularly vicious and vividly described. Our young lawyer has a deadline to deliver his evidence and a conscience to battle with. This builds to a terrific and unexpected conclusion. I was totally hooked in the last unputdownable 160 pages. Good stuff. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

One of our Books of the Year 2016.

If you like Anna Mazzola you might also like to read books by Sarah Water, Andrew Pepper and Alex Grecian.

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  • Suze Lavender - 'The Unseeing is a fascinating, thrilling and captivating novel. Anna Mazzola is a great writer. I love her beautiful writing style and the way she handles suspense, by releasing it in small dosages, is laudable. I highly recommend this nerve-wracking book.' 
  • Melanie Chadwick - 'An excellent book, with the historical information from newspapers and contemporary sources neatly woven in to create a very credible fiction.'
  • Sarah Webb - 'An engrossing page turner – a great debut.'
  • Mary Gibson - 'Fact and fiction merge and it makes for a fascinating read. I loved it.'
  • Jo-anne Atkinson - 'Satisfying fiction based on fact - a whodunnit with a couple of interesting twists and a commentary on women's lives in the early 19th century.'
  • Carolyn Huckfield - 'A long forgotten murder case has been used to create a brilliant story that paints a vivid picture of London on the cusp of the Victorian era.'
  • Vicky-Leigh Sayer - 'A grizzly tale of murder in Victorian London that will leave you wanting more...An exciting new voice in historical fiction, Anna Mazzola is definitely an author to watch.'
  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'A fantastic read. I couldn't put it down.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Very intriguing crime thriller with such granular detail of the brutal lives many lived (notably women) in 19th century London, I am left feeling relieved to be living in today's world.'
  • Rachel Aygin - 'A historical mystery reminiscent of Rory Clements, this book also provides a glimpse of what life was like for prisoners inside the notorious Newgate Prison.  An enjoyable read.'
  • Jane Ashbrook - 'A thoroughly enjoyable crime novel based on a true story, set in Victorian times. Plenty of twists and turns, keeping the reader guessing right until the end.'
  • Vikki Patis - 'Mazzola writes with a practiced hand. She knows her way around the Victorian underworld of poverty, desperation, and depravity like a seasoned historian...a gritty, glorious debutand it is not to be missed.
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Dark. Gothic Delicious! Based in a real life case, Anna at once draws the reader into the murky, world of London, a time of horse drawn carriages, and pickpockets.'
  • Jane Macleod - 'This is a book you just won't be able to put down, with twists and turns to the story until the very end...I really enjoyed this!'
  • Siobhan McDowell - 'I was immediately drawn into this murky, atmospheric and dark novel...The plot was tightly controlled and I was truly shocked by the sensational outcome...not at all expected!'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'Anna Mazzola has tried to take what was clearly an interesting case and add some life to it.'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'Such an intriguing story that had me right from the first words of the book!' 
  • Suzanne Beney - 'An atmospheric and fast paced historic crime story, which has you gripped from the start.'
  • Suze - 'A brilliant, intriguing novel that kept me glued to my seat for many hours.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The story contained a few twists and turns keeping the reader on its toes to the very surprising end.'

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Synopsis

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

Set in London in 1837, Anna Mazzola's THE UNSEEING is the story of Sarah Gale, a seamstress and mother, sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown on the eve of her wedding. Perfect for any reader of Sarah Waters or Antonia Hodgson. '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 After Sarah petitions for mercy, Edmund Fleetwood is appointed to investigate and consider whether justice has been done. Idealistic, but struggling with his own demons, Edmund is determined to seek out the truth. Yet Sarah refuses to help him, neither lying nor adding anything to the evidence gathered in court. Edmund knows she's hiding something, but needs to discover just why she's maintaining her silence. For how can it be that someone would willingly go to their own death?

Reviews

'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

'[A] sizzling first novel...the characters - cleverly and sympathetically imagined - are the engine of the story' The Times

'Tragic, terrifying and authentic' Woman & Home

'With this intricately woven tale of trust, self-trust and deceit, Anna Mazzola brings a gritty realism to Victorian London. Beautifully written and cleverly plotted, this is a stunning debut, ranked amongst the best' -- Manda Scott

'I can't remember the last time a book gave me such pure, unalloyed pleasure... I can't imagine reading another new novel, and certainly not a debut, as thrilling and moving as this one for the rest of 2016' Irish Independent

'Every now and then a debut novel comes along that stands out from the crowd... Mazzola's prose is wonderful and the characters are complex and convincing... If you like your historical crime beautifully written, intelligent and genuinely moving, this is one for you' Historia

'The Unseeing engulfs you in a heady, addictive fog from the very start' Grazia

'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, Fabulous Magazine

About the Author

Anna Mazzola

Anna Mazzola is a criminal justice solicitor, based in London. Whilst The Unseeing is her debut, it has won awards including the Brixton Bookjam Debut Novel competition and she came runner up in the 2014 Grazia First Chapter competition judged by Sarah Waters.

Author photo © Lou Abercrombie

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Publication date

26th January 2017

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Publisher

Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Debuts of the Month
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction

Historical mysteries

ISBN

9781472234759

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