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Seance on a Wet Afternoon

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
To publicise her powers, clairvoyant Myra Savage and her husband kidnap a little girl.
Mass Market Paperback, 189 pages
Published 1965 by Crest (first published June 1961)
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Ivan
Mar 03, 2011 Ivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Patricia Highsmith used to become incensed when critics and scholars would refer to her novels as mysteries. She insisted they were novels of suspense without a trace of mystery. “Séance on a Wet Afternoon” is a novel of suspense. A medium decides to create publicity and drum up much needed business by finding a child she and her milquetoast husband plot and plan to kidnap. Alas, not all goes according to plan. As far as suspense, I’ve never read anything that can touch this. I read this novella ...more
Laura
From BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama:
Myra Savage conducts séances for a dwindling number of clients. If only there were some way of persuading the wider public of her paranormal abilities - then she'd enjoy the fame and wealth she deserves. She and her husband Bill plan a publicity stunt. They will kidnap the daughter of a prominent businessman. At the critical moment Myra will tap into her psychic powers, contact the distressed parents and provide the police with the vital clues they need to find
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Ensiform
Jul 26, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it
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Myra, a woman with slight extra-sensory powers, making a desultory living as a little-known medium for gossipy old ladies, yearns to be famous. So she hatches a plan that she and her valetudinarian husband Bill carry out – to kidnap the young daughter of a prominent wealthy man and then make detailed predictions about the girl’s recovery, which they will then make happen. Of course so many things can go wrong with such a risky plan, and when things do go horribly wrong, Myra tries to make it wor ...more
Jeanette
Aug 07, 2012 Jeanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ive watched the film of this book, made in 1964, several times over the years and always thought it was an interesting idea and was shot very atmospherically. I finally managed to get a copy of the book and I really do recommend the book. Having watched the film first the book offers a deeper insight into the characters and it really is more dramatic. The whole story centers on tne two main characters, Myra, a self proclaimed psychic and medium, and her husband Bill. Its only 176 pages and only ...more
Mmars
May 27, 2013 Mmars rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a little sleeping gem this is. The storyline is unique. The characterizations seem to just flow with the story, the descriptions are just enough, and the plot never left me wondering exactly what just happened or how. I often struggle with action descriptions - battle scenes, fights, chases, escapes, etc. But in this case, everything was clear and contibuted to the story. Perhaps because the psychological state of the kidnappers was kept front and center I was kept fully engaged in the stor ...more
Eric
Dec 07, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in two sittings, one of which was waiting to be called for Jury Duty. Very well written and deceptively simple tale.
Bettie☯
Mar 08, 2010 Bettie☯ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC listeners
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Trey
Feb 24, 2017 Trey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was fine. I really felt like it was just a long build up to a boring payoff. Very pulpy.
Michael
Jan 16, 2017 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rupert
Feb 13, 2014 Rupert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is truly a strange little nugget of a book. First came across it as a movie and really liked it. Then a beautifully designed first edition paperback ( not the one pictured here) crossed my path in my bookstore.
The book is a slow burning suspense with a pace all its own, like a rainy gray afternoon in rural England. Fairly detailed fair treatment of psychic otherness while depicting characters who are so lost in it they lose touch with simple humanity.
Carol
Feb 05, 2016 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Although I only gave this two stars, it was enjoyable to an extent and I liked the ending.

Update - thinking about this book later, it deserved at least another star considering it has stuck with me more than expected.
Robert Kettering
I gave this novel only three stars, when I probably should have given it five - just for the title, one of the best of all time.

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