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Review: Behind the Veil by E. J. Dawson

July 21, 2022

About the book:

Can she keep the secrets of her past to rescue a girl tormented by a ghost?

In 1920s Los Angeles, Letitia Hawking reads the veil between life and death. A scrying bowl allows her to experience the final moments of the deceased. She brings closure to grief-stricken war widows and mourning families.

For Letitia, it is a penance. She knows no such peace.

For Alasdair Driscoll, it may be the only way to save his niece, Finola, from her growing night terrors. But when Letitia sees a shadowy figure attached to the household, it rouses old fears of her unspeakable past in England.

When a man comes to her about his missing daughter, the third girl to go missing in as many months, Letitia can’t help him when she can’t see who’s taken them.

As a darkness haunts Letitia’s vision, she may not be given a choice in helping the determined Mr Driscoll, or stop herself falling in love with him. But to do so risks a part of herself she locked away, and to release it may cost Letitia her sanity and her heart.

My thoughts:

This is fabulous, gripping, creepy and spooky mystery within a gothic thrilling horror of a ghost story. I can’t tell you how much I loved this book.

Set in the 1920s, this book’s locations have as much wonderfully foreboding and creepy atmosphere as the characters. Poor Letitia. She has an extraordinary gift that is much a gift as it is a curse. She can see the last moments of a person’s life and is able to offer closure to their next of kin. But if she holds the vision too long she’ll become lost in the person’s death. It means the day to day people she meets, her clients, are all suffering from tremendous grief. I can’t imagine what that would do to a person’s wellbeing, to see only the worst moment imaginable and then to have to find a way to relay that to the grieving family to ease their aching hearts and not make their loss hurt worse.

A young girl goes missing. Letitia is asked to help. She does what she can but when they beg her to find the girl she must decline. She cannot allow herself to get involved. Then another girl goes missing.

Alasdair’s niece is traumatised in a way that cannot be explained. It sends him to Letitia’s door seeking answers and assistance. For Letitia to help, she must confront her past. A past that is better left unvisited. The attraction between Letitia and Alasdair forces Letitia to examine her hard kept rules. Can she change them for this man and his family?

The ghostly terrors in this tale are spectacularly creepy. The mystery that surrounds the missing girls is a horror tale of its own – add in the supernatural aspects and it forms a creeptastic book. E.J. Dawson creates a series of characters that are a joy to read, and I was hooked from the first word. The flaws, emotions and pressures of “polite” society permeate the pages, as does the mood and vibe of the tale. As mentioned earlier the locations and buildings are gloriously described and add to the underlying feeling of dread that follows these characters. A well written book that I couldn’t put down. A must read if you like your supernatural stories full of horror, creepy vibes, ghosts, mediums and monstrous people who have committed heinous crimes and must be hunted down and stopped at all costs.

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