Review: The Beholders by Hester Musson

Title: The Beholders

Author: Hester Musson

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: 4th Estate

The Blurb

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.

Four months earlier. Harriet is a young maid newly employed at Finton Hall. Fleeing the drudgery of an unwanted engagement in the small village where she grew up, Harriet is entranced by the grand country hall; she is entranced too by her glamorous mistress Clara Gethin, whose unearthly singing voice floats through the house. But Clara, though captivating, is erratic. The master of the house is a much-lauded politician, but he is strangely absent. And some of their beautiful belongings seem to tell terrible stories.

Unable to ignore her growing unease, Harriet sets out to discover their secrets. When she uncovers a shocking truth, a chain of events is set in motion that could cost Harriet everything, even her freedom…

The Review

The Beholders by Hester Musson is a time travelling novel…well not in the traditional sense but in the sense that the reader is taken back in time to another life in Victorian Britain. 

When Harriet takes a position in a stately manor for a powerful family she realises that the lifestyle of the rich aren’t always as easy as they seem. 

Dripping with mystery and intrigue, The Beholders really shines a light on the secrets held by those with power and how keeping up appearances is the only way to retain power. 

I really enjoyed The Beholders. It was a good read with plenty on the page to keep you gripped. 

The Beholders by Hester Musson is available now.

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