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The Unseen [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Katherine Webb
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24. November 2011
England, 1911. When a free-spirited young woman arrives in a sleepy Berkshire village to work as a maid in the household of The Reverend and Mrs Canning, she sets in motion a chain of events which changes all their lives. For Cat has a past - a past her new mistress is willing to overlook, but will never understand ...This is not all Hester Canning has to cope with. When her husband invites a young man into their home, he brings with him a dangerous obsession...During the long, oppressive summer, the rectory becomes charged with ambition, love and jealousy - with the most devastating consequences.

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  • Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Orion Publishing Group (24. November 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1409117170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409117179
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 19,7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 62.276 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Occult happenings, romantic passion and murder disrupt the peace of a Berkshire village in 1911 in this hauntingly good novel from the author of THE LEGACY MARIE CLAIRE Really, truly outstanding CHICKLITREVIEWS BLOG An atmospheric page-turner -- Fanny Blake WOMAN & HOME This is an engrossing and totally convincing piece of storytelling, a perfect curl-up-by-the-fire read. -- John Koski YOU MAGAZINE 'A mixture of the occult, mysterious beings in the water meadows, love, ambition, jealousy - and murder - make this an exciting, engrossing book. OXFORD TIMES


From Katherine Webb, the author of the acclaimed international bestseller The Legacy, comes a compelling tale of love, deception, and illusion

A vicar with a passion for nature, the Reverend Albert Canning leads a happy existence with his naive wife, Hester, in their sleepy Berkshire village in the year 1911. But as the English summer dawns, the Cannings' lives are forever changed by two new arrivals: Cat, their new maid, a disaffected, free-spirited young woman sent down from London after entanglements with the law; and Robin Durrant, a leading expert in the occult, enticed by tales of elemental beings in the water meadows nearby.

Quickly finding a place for herself in the underbelly of local society, Cat secretly plots her escape. Meanwhile, Robin, a young man of considerable magnetic charm and beauty, soon becomes an object of fascination and desire. Sweltering in the oppressive summer heat, the peaceful rectory turns into a hotbed of dangerous ambition, forbidden love, and jealousy—a potent mixture of emotions that ultimately leads to murder.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Boring 29. Dezember 2013
Von Athene
Having read two of Webb's previous books and enjoyed them, this one is an utmost disappointment with a minimum of outer and inner action as well as lack of tension.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unexpected 22. September 2013
Von Nurdug
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Didn't really expect much when I bought this book, especially since it was quite cheap. The story, with its different timelines and described from different people, drew me in quickly though and I enjoyed it very much. Not your typical crime story though, quite unique. Give it a try.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Unseen 14. September 2013
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Fand den Aufbau der sich stetig ansteigenden Spannung im Buch sehr gut gemacht. Das mehr oder weniger offene Ende
läßt viel Raum für eigene Fantasien. Hätte aber gerne gewußt, wie es mit Albert Canning weiterging.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Haunting Tale of Deception and Lies - I Loved It 6. August 2011
Von Mrs. C. Colbert - Veröffentlicht auf
The story starts in 1911 with Hester writing a letter to her sister saying that she's looking forward to the new maid, Cat, coming and how she will be her `project'.

We are then fast forwarded to the present when Leah, a freelance journalist, has been asked to come to Belgium from England to try and discover the identity of a young WWI soldier who has been found buried in a garden. He had two letters on him from a H. Canning which pique her interest.

This is the intriguing beginning to a compelling drama played out during the long hot summer of 1911 when everyone's lives would never be the same again after the two additions to the Canning household, who comprised:-

Cat Morley, feisty, unafraid to speak her mind, even to her employer, and had been in prison for her suffragette activities. I really liked her, and, like many servants at that time she was starting to question her status and rights.

Robin Durrant, a theosophist who believed in ethereal beings and was on a quest for wisdom and spiritual enlightenment. Both Cat and Hester didn't trust him. He was manipulative, smooth, unreadable and a very unlikeable but compelling character.

Hester Canning, naive and nervous wife of the vicar, she is desperate for a child. I felt a lot of sympathy for her, she was a good person who tried to do the right thing but she was too soft.

Albert Canning, the local vicar who invites Durrant to stay, believes everything he says and hangs on his every word, his face alights with excitement welcoming Robin to his house.

In the present, while Leah is trying to identify the soldier, the sender of the letters and the secrets contained therein, we discover the truth about the lies and deception during that ill-fated 1911 summer.

I really liked the dual narrative between past and present.

I loved everything about this book, the time period, the writing, the original plot, the characters who all seemed real and believable to me.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Love and murder 18. April 2012
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I read Katherine Webb's first novel and really enjoyed that historical novel. This book is easily as good as her first. A page turning plot, vivid and flawed characters along with detailed descriptions of the life and times of rural England in 1911. Add to this story a repressed vicar who leaves you questioning his sexuality, his naive wife, a handsome opportunist calling himself a theosophist and a suffragette servant. That makes for one interesting group of characters.
There is also flash forwards to the future where we meet the characters of Leah, a journalist whose ex boyfriend wants her to discover the identity of a WWI soldier whose well preserved body is found buried in a field in Belgium.
As so the story goes from 1911 back to the present. It is a love story, a murder mystery and a story of the relationships of the class system in England.
The story starts off slowly, there is lots of detail that could be shortened, but the author is very descriptive and it sets up the mood and plot perfectly. The title and description leads you to believe the story is about the occult, but instead it is about the vicar's and his friend, the theosophist's search for proof of fairies in the nearby water meadows near the vicar and his wife's home. Their ambition eventually leads to a great tragedy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Secrets, fairies and manor maids... 3. August 2012
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This book intriqued me and I wanted to find out more as I read along.
I loved how the book shifts from past to present and back, it makes
one want to find out what happened. I loved the characters and the setting.
Yesterday, I could not put the book down, I had to find out more and the ending
is so shocking! If you love Kate Morton, you'll love this as well as any gothic
type books. I can't wait to read The Legacy now. Also she has a new book
out as well! A great summer read for Downton Abbey fans !
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Intriguing historical novel 10. Juli 2012
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I picked up this book because the plot sounded intriguing - parallel story lines set in 1911 Edwardian England and 2011; interesting themes dealing with love, the supernatural, secrets, and much more; and to a lesser extent, the roles and lives of women in Edwardian England.

I enjoyed the novel but felt the pace was a bit slow and it was only in the last third of the novel that the pace picks up. The characters were well-developed - back in 1911 Edwardian England there's Hester, the repressed Vicar's wife who can't fathom why her husband seems more devoted to his vocation than her, and finds his neglect of her physical needs troubling; Cat, the maid with dark secrets who comes to work at the vicarage; the vicar, Albert, who is devoted to his job but oddly not interested in having a physical relationship with his young wife; and, Robin Durrant, the theosophist whose arrival in the village brings about some far-reaching consequences.

In the present (2011 in the book) there's Leah, a struggling journalist who may have finally found a story worth writing about. Though the bulk of the story takes place in the past, the plot involving Leah was quite well-developed and sustained my interest as much as the story in the past.

There's some supernatural aspect to the storyline, but it doesn't overwhelm the story. Those who are looking for a purely supernatural read will find this book a disappointment, but readers who are patient and like atmospheric, character-driven novels with a historical setting, might find The Unseen a worthwhile read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The unseen 26. April 2012
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Quite gripping from the start, a story from from so many angles. Gives an insight to being a poor servant, but a somewhat privilleged one. I learned some new expressions, a really good novel and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a little intrigue and a little romance too.
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