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The Unseeing

by Anna Mazzola

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The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2017
    400 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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A thrilling debut based on the real case of Sarah Gale, a seamstress and mother sentenced to hang for her alleged role in a shocking murder, bringing together the accused with an idealistic young lawyer assigned to investigate whether she is a guilty murderer or an unfortunate victim.

Something is keeping Sarah Gale silent despite the risk of a death sentence. Is it guilt? Fear? Love?

Sentenced to hang for her alleged role in a shocking murder, Sarah confronts the young lawyer asked to examine her guilty verdict. She says she is innocent, but she refuses to explain the evidence given in court ― the evidence that convicted her. Battling his own demons, Edmund Fleetwood is determined to find the truth ― and to uncover why Sarah won't talk.

Darkness hides in Sarah's past, Edmund is certain, but surviving on the streets of London often means that one has to make difficult choices. Does it matter what else she's done, if she's innocent of murder? As the day of execution draws closer, Edmund struggles to discover whether she is the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice, or a dangerous and devious criminal.

Bringing 1837 London alive in the most visceral way, The Unseeing is a tense novel of human frailty and fear ― and of the terrible consequences of jealousy and misunderstanding.

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"This is a cleverly written and intricate mystery that doesn't try to outsmart the reader or become convoluted, and that includes great characters and subplots that eventually intersect to make for a multidimensional read. The authentic setting of Victorian London enhances the reading experience." - Publishers Weekly

"Sizzling first novel.... the characters- cleverly and sympathetically imagined - are of the story." - The Times

"[An] accomplished debut... Mazzola quickly draws the reader in to this intriguing mystery...Mazzola skillfully conjures up a bygone world...If you like historical fiction then you'll love this compelling murder mystery." - Daily Express

"...a satisfying resolution. Haunting characters propel this well-paced story of true crime and imperfect punishment." - Kirkus

"Drawing on the notorious 1837 Edgware Road murder, debut author Mazzola has written a worthy "did she/didn't she" historical crime drama and a vivid portrait of life and criminal justice in Victorian London. For fans of Sarah Waters." - Library Journal

"...well-documented, unsettling, and impressively written." - Huffington Post

"An absorbing novel, marking Mazzola as a name to watch in historical mystery." - Booklist

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Anna Mazzola

Anna Mazzola's short fiction has won or placed in several competitions. She is a criminal justice lawyer who lives in the UK. This is her first novel.

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