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Review of The Beholders by Hester Musson


June, 1878. The body of a boy is pulled from the depths of the River Thames, suspected to be the beloved missing child of the widely admired Liberal MP Ralph Gethin.


Harriet is a young maid newly employed at Finton Hall, finding work in the grand home just four months before the young boy is pulled from the Thames. These subsequent events open for a haunting slice of gothic fiction, as Harriet begins to feel uneasy in a home where the master is never seen, and the mistress appears to be the sole character claiming everyone’s attention.


As haunting secrets and unease begin to stack upon one another, Harriet is in a race against time to uncover the untruths that lie within the walls of Finton Hall before it is too late.


The slower opening section of The Beholders creates a goosebump-inducing atmosphere which is all set in place as the pace of the novel increases - from that point, prepared to be consumed!


Reviewed by Danielle.

The Beholders was published on 18/01/24 by 4th Estate.


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