The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola: 11/1/17- 14/1/17
*I received a netgalley copy in return for an honest review.
I have had this on my wish list for several weeks before publication. Mostly because I am a sucker for a Victorian crime mystery!
This novel however is unique in the fact that the crime has already been to court and suspects found guilty, The novel is not in such a standard way a whodunit? At the beginning of the novel we meet Sarah Gale sentenced to hang for her part in a murder. A murder she by no means committed but never the less will face the noose. We also meet her upper society lawyer Edmunds, sent to complete a report on Sarah’s sentence and possibly appeal for leniency. The book is hugely atmospheric due to the London setting and has a solid basis of research and depth. There are several key themes such as Victorian class structure, the unfair legal system, women’s lack of rights, poverty and inequality. This novel would be perfect for book groups and discussion. The writing at times may appear slow and detailed but ultimately it adds to the build up of the twist at the end. The author is a lawyer by profession and the concept behind the novel is a true crime story, perfectly embellished by the writer.
The two biggest themes within the novel are the process of being guilty by association & women’s oppression in the Victorian era. I think they were executed brilliantly. A very clever 4* read!