The Unseeing

The Unseeing

A Novel

Book - 2016
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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.

Praise for The Unseeing:

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

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

Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks Landmark,, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781492635475
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAZ
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 21 cm


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CoreneBee May 03, 2018

Fascinating cat-and-mouse game between a convicted murderess and the one green-behind-the-ears attorney who might be her salvation from the noose. Based on the true story of gruesome Victorian murder case, Unseeing chronicles the story of Sarah Gale who might be innocent, might be a murderess, might be a liar, or might be something new entirely.

When the body of Hannah Brown is found by several people in several pieces, the finger is quickly pointed at her fiance and his mistress. Sarah Gale who offers no defence at her trial for the murder or the dismemberment. The Victorian jury is unmerciful and sentences her to hang until dead.

Uncomfortable with the execution of a woman, the law charges young lawyer, Edmund Fleetwood, to investigate her petition for mercy. Naive young Fleetwood is drawn deeper and deeper into Gale's story and may no longer be able to determine fact from fiction.

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