Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Review - The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

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Review by Suze
It's 1837 and Sarah Gale has been sentenced to hang. She's believed to be an accomplice in the murder of Hannah Brown. James Greenacre cut Hannah's body up and hid the pieces at different places in town. Hannah was supposed to get married to him and Sarah was the one he sent away. After covering up and hiding Hannah's body James took Sarah back. Nobody believes she was oblivious and didn't know someone was murdered in her home just hours before she moved in again. 
Edmund Fleetwood is the lawyer who has to look into Sarah's case. She doesn't want to talk and is destined to be executed, but he thinks she's innocent. He desperately wants her to tell him the truth and wonders how can he get her to trust him in the short amount of time that they have. He can't believe the kind woman he's visiting in jail is the person who has coldheartedly covered up a brutal murder. Is he right and is Sarah indeed innocent or is she a good actress who feeds him lie after lie?
The Unseeing is a gripping novel about a woman who's been sentenced for a crime she might not have committed. I was hooked from the start and couldn't wait to find out what really happened to Hannah Brown. Anna Mazzola has written a fantastic book that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. I felt sympathy for Sarah, but also was on guard as it's clear something is off. I had my suspicions and I badly wanted to know if I was right. 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. I couldn't put it down and was intrigued by the murder itself and by Sarah and the ordeals she went through in her life. Edmund asks the right questions, but he's also blind to a certain part of the truth. His quest to find justice is admirable and his character has many interesting layers. Anna Mazzola's character building is absolutely amazing.

 I'm a big fan of stories that are based on true events and I think the way Anna Mazzola describes Hannah Brown's murder is brilliant. Her approach is sensitive, intelligent and compelling at the same time. I loved the adrenaline rush I was feeling while I was reading the story and think this book is an absolute must-read. 


  1. This looks like an interesting read. The cover is very intriguing!

  2. This looks and sounds like a great read!

  3. That does sound like an interesting book. Thanks for the well-written review.

  4. This sounds great . Going to put it on my tbr. Thanks for the review .

  5. Now this is perfect for me: a who-dunnit, with historical overtones and, judging from your review Suze, extremely well written.

  6. Pinned! I like books that have historical facts in them. This one sounds really interesting.