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1905. A year after ‘the affair’ in Dinas Powys, Thomas Bexley has become a drunkard and recluse, haunted by terrible visions of the dead. But when news of a spate of extraordinary kidnappings reaches him, Thomas is shocked to learn that his dear friend and former mentor, Professor Elijah Hawthorn, is the lead suspect.

Discovering a plea for help from Hawthorn claiming to ha
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: November 26th 2020 by Orion Publishing Group

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Alan Taylor
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sam Hurcom's debut, A SHADOW ON THE LENS, was one of the surprises of 2019, a genre mashup which was a great read. Hurcom's follow up, LETTERS FROM THE DEAD, continues the story of forensic photographer, Thomas Bexley. It is 1905, a year after the terrifying events of the previous book, and Bexley has not recovered. Mentally disturbed, drinking heavily, he loses whole days, weeks even, to blackouts; he does not work, avoids human contact, and believes he is haunted by the dead. Bexley is a mess ...more
Literary Polyglot
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! First of all thank you to NetGalley and Orion Publishing for providing me with the eARC of this fantastic book.
This was a wild ride in the best sense of the word. It kept me gripped from start to finish and I couldn't bare to put the book down. I finished the second half in one sitting!
The writing was absolutely stunning (I have a whole folder of quote screenshots) and Sam Hurcom did a great job of building up the tension, which I have to say was palpable and I found myself holding my brea
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Louise
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Alex Jones
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this dark and macabre tale, great follow up to the first in the series, Shadow on the Lens,

It’s 1905, London and Thomas Bexley Is a troubled and deeply disturbed forensic photographer for the police. After the events of the first book leave him mentally scarred, Thomas is soon under pressure again when the police ask for his help finding a devilish criminal who is carrying out a spate of kidnappings.

With murders, ghosts and frights galore, this is a tense and often scare filled sto
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Jen
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I happened to read Letters from the Dead over Halloween weekend and it turned out to be an excellent, spooky choice. As you may have gathered from the title, it does indeed involve elements of the supernatural but it is also, in essence, a thriller / historical murder mystery.

This is the second novel from Sam Hurcom featuring lead character Thomas Bexley. Hurcom’s debut novel, A Shadow on the Lens is heavily referenced, as it is the story of events in Bexley’s life that lead him to be in the sit
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Amanda
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love discovering new authors and particularly those who write historical crime fiction. Sam Hurcom is certainly a new author for me but having enjoyed ‘Letters From The Dead’ as much as I did, I can guarantee that I will be reading more of his work in the future. I loved reading ‘Letters From The Dead’ but more about that in a bit.
I read the synopsis for ‘Letters From The Dead’ and it certainly screamed ‘read me’ at me. So doing as I was told (for once), I grabbed my copy of the boo
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Thieving Magpie
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't noticed that this was the second book, so I was worried at first whether or not I would be needing to have read the first book in order to understand the book. Luckily, this wasn't the case, altough I am certain it would have been to my personal benefit had I read the first book already. Nontheless, I was able to read the book without having lost too much context, because the book was doing a great job at keeping me posted about the neccessary information.
At first, I thought I was going
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Rosie
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Firstly, huge thank you to Orion and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Letters From the Dead will be published on 26 November 2020.

I was looking for more spooky reads for this month and came across Letters From the Dead on NetGalley, it sounded just like the gothic story I was looking for and I was right. The novel is both chilling and gripping which had me eager to turn the page to find out what happens next, but I was also scared of what I wo
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Nurafini Zahid
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a review e-copy in exchange for honest feedback.

At first, I was totally wondering why I seemed so lost in reading a few chapters. After I finished this book then I realized, this is the 2nd book already. How I wish I can read the first book and do the review too. However, the storyline is different from the first book so I was able to catch up with the plot. I was bored at the first few chapters then things change when there new charact
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Noemi Proietti
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Letters From The Dead is the second novel featuring Thomas Bexley, one of the world’s first forensic photographers. The character of Thomas was first introduced in the author’s debut novel, A Shadow On The Lens, and Letters From The Dead picks up a few months later the events that changed Thomas’s life. If, like me, you haven’t read A Shadow On The Lens, no worries. Hints and mentions will give you an overall background of what happened in the first book and you can easily follow the story of Le ...more
Munch
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was sent an arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
After enjoying the first book so much I was really looking forward to reading this and I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint.
I enjoyed being inside Thomas's head, it helped with the confusion over what was real and what wasn't. The tension and mystery builds nicely throughout. The struggle that Thomas has with alcohol addiction after the events of the last book was well done, he didn't just suddenly get over it during t
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Sian Howells
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This story gripped me from beginning to end. The beautiful narrative was filled with twists and turns that had me begging for more and more. As we were brought further and further into his descent into madness, the only thing that stopped me from thinking he was the culprit the entire time was the fact the narration started ten years in the future. Without this nugget of knowledge, I would have fully believed that he had committed the atrocious acts.

The intertwining visits from the dead makes Th
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Jennifer Hill
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s 1905 and Thomas Bexley, a forensic photographer has begun seeing ghosts.

Bexley also has a drinking problem and has gaps in his memory but after his former mentor is accused of going on a spate of killings, he then has to put all of his problems aside to solve the case.

Problem is The Dead want to find out the truth and they won’t leave him alone until he has done so.

Is it his former mentor that’s killed all those people or a cult that’s behind the killings or is it someone else entirely?

Afte
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Evie
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hurcow’s writing style is both beautiful and eloquent. Brilliant story aside, his descriptions of the East End are vivid and really transport you there. I found myself re-reading paragraphs to marvel at the language used.
We follow Beatrice and private investigator, Thomas Bexley, to Scotland, where Thomas intends to meet with his old friend, and prime suspect, Elijah Hawthorn. Thomas, despite being plagued by terrifying ghosts of his past, seeks answers, and uncovers a grissly and hideous plot t
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Danielle Greaves
Nov 25, 2020 rated it liked it
First things first, that cover is just gorgeous - it's everything I look for! Thomas is a character who i didn't really like as a person, but I appreciated how much detail was put into him. My favourite character is 'Beatrice', she's strong and helpful and everything this book needed for a female sidekick.

Sam wrote the book in such a clever way, I found myself second guessing the whole story half way through. It toys with mental illness and the supernatural, which is hard to do in such a fascina
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Lauren
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Written sombrely, 10 years after in Bexley’s life, Letters from the Dead will certainly keep you on the edge of your seat.

For some reason, I found myself only reading this book at night. What a terrible mistake to make! Sam has a great skill in creating atmospheric environments and I’ve never read more imaginative descriptions than the terror Bexley feels which definitely felt all too real as a reader.

You’ll surely find yourself thinking you’ve figured out the story/plot until a slight twist mak
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Sam Hurcom was born in Dinas Powys, South Wales in 1991. He studied Philosophy at Cardiff University, attaining both an undergraduate and master's degree. He has since had several short stories published, and has written and illustrated a number of children's books. Sam currently lives in the village he was raised in, close to the woodlands that have always inspired his writing.
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