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The Beholders: Signed Exclusive Edition

Hardback Published on: 18/01/2024
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The Beholders
Perhaps it is the living you should fear... not the dead.
Dearest reader,there is one thing you should always remember;some houses are not haunted by those who have left this mortal realm, but it is those who stil... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
The Beholders
A Victorian gothic mystery that is tense, dark and rich with insidious undertones.
What a book! This dark gothic mystery slowly unfolds into one of the most insidious and tense reads of the year. Musson is incredible at evoking a creepy, ... READ MORE
Jesse at Eastbourne
The Beholders
Very gothic, very dark
T’is the season to be reading gothic fiction, and this proof, The Beholders by Hester Musson is a wonderfully atmospheric and dark page-turner. Set in Vict... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
The Beholders
A Gothic mystery that leaves a bit to be desired
I'm not sure how to review this one, whether it's because I'm in a bit of a reading slump or because it just didn't fully hit the mark i'm unsure. I found... READ MORE
Katie at Blackpool

Synopsis

Some houses are haunted by the living. June, 1878. The body of a boy is pulled from the depths of the River Thames, suspected to be the beloved missing child of the widely admired Liberal MP Ralph Gethin. Four months earlier. Harriet is a young maid newly employed at Finton Hall. Fleeing the drudgery of an unwanted engagement in the small village where she grew up, Harriet is entranced by the grand country hall; she is entranced too by her glamorous mistress Clara Gethin, whose unearthly singing voice floats through the house. But Clara, though captivating, is erratic. The master of the house is a much-lauded politician, but he is strangely absent. And some of their beautiful belongings seem to tell terrible stories. Unable to ignore her growing unease, Harriet sets out to discover their secrets. When she uncovers a shocking truth, a chain of events is set in motion that could cost Harriet everything, even her freedom...

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008695071
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 270g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 24 mm

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The Beholders
1889 twisted crime thriller
It is June 1898, and Clara Gethin, wife of highly respected Liberal MP Ralph, is on trial for the abduction and murder of their baby son, Edward. In the p... READ MORE
Denis
The Beholders
Good Debut
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. This is a good debut read, gothic crime thriller. The plot is a steady build, just enough to hook ... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Beholders
Picks up well after a slow start.
Whilst the build-up to any action was very slow – to the point where I was about to give up - the action did begin, and the pace of the book picked up rapi... READ MORE
Clive Woolliscroft
The Beholders
A Great Read
The Beholders is a Gothic historical story set in the 1870's .A very enjoyable story about Clara a Lady with a very controlling husband and Harriet her mai... READ MORE
Chrissie Mortimer
The Beholders
Victorian novel set in HERTFORDSHIRE
This is a rounded Victorian Gothic novel, that is perhaps a little slow in the scene setting but warms up well as the story develops. Harriet is newly e... READ MORE
TripFiction
The Beholders
Interesting Story
A slow start to the story andi t took awhile for me to become involved but then it suddenly took off and was exciting and interesting through to the end. S... READ MORE
Patricia Moren
The Beholders
Gripping and gothic
I read an eARC of this book so thank you to the author, the publisher and Net Galley. This book took a while to get going but wow the second half really... READ MORE
Jennifer Charlton
The Beholders
Gripping!!
This story is a historical fiction based in England and I found it really gripping! The plot was brilliant but I really didn’t expect the story to take a t... READ MORE
Nic. C/ Nickiknackinoo
The Beholders
A middling gothic historical fiction
The cover of this book really drew me in, as did the description of "The Beholders" by Hester Musson. However this isn't the best gothic historical fictio... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius
The Beholders
High quality Historical Fiction
This is a wonderfully written story that weaves fictional characters into true historical events. I love the work of Stacey Halls and Laura Purcell and thi... READ MORE
Helen Dagger
The Beholders
Bear in mind when you read this book that it is set in the 19th Century, not the 21st.
There are just so many parallels between the behaviour of the "rich and famous" in the 19th Century and today. If you have money and power they tend to get... READ MORE
Jon Jonnson