The Unseeing

The Unseeing: A twisting tale of family secrets

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 26/01/2017
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The Unseeing
A gripping Victorian tale
I love Victorian fiction, particularly if it involves crime or wrongfully incarcerated women and ‘The Unseeing’ grabbed me right from the first page. The w... READ MORE
Emma Smith at Bedford


Through her left eye she could see nothing now. Through her right, Hannah could make out the flame of one candle that still burned, guttering and shivering low in its puddle of wax. It was only the candlelight that convinced her she was still alive.

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.

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?

'Intricately plotted and extremely convincing in its evocation of the everyday realities of 1830s London, this is a fine first novel' - The Sunday Times

‘An enjoyable, entertaining historical murder mystery.’ – The Herald

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781472234759
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 300g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 28 mm

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The Unseeing
Visceral and realistic...
The Edgeware Road Murder of 1837 which led to many a lurid story in the popular press, resulted in Sarah Gale being convicted of aiding and abetting James ... READ MORE
The Unseeing
Compelling tale of intertwined Victorian lives shattered by a murder
The author does a great job of invoking the sights and sounds of Victorian London, as well as developing a variety of believable (though not all likeable!)... READ MORE
David Kessler
The Unseeing
A truly Historical novel
I confess that it took a couple of chapters to get into this, then I was seduced by the rich and detailed texture, vividly evoking NIneteenth Century Londo... READ MORE
andrew west