“In matters of love and murder, what is seen cannot be unseen”.
THE UNSEEN by Katherine Webb is definitely a good summer read. I practically finished it flying from New York City to Oregon!
“…if we have actually proved the existence upon the surface of this planet of a population which may be as numerous as the human race, which pursues its own strange life in its own strange way, and which is only separated from ourselves by some difference of vibrations.” Sir Arthur Conon Doyle THE COMING OF THE FAIRIES.
So sets the opening of Katherine Webb’s book, THE UNSEEN. At 447 pages, she weaves a startling web of mystery and deceit. A vicar with a passion for nature, the Rev. 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 charm, 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 that leads to murder.