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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.

252 pages, ebook

First published October 1, 2021

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E.J. Dawson

8 books111 followers
Beginning a writing journey with an epic 21 book series, Ejay started her author career in 2014 and has taken on the ups and downs of self-publishing with her fantasy series The Last Prophecy since 2016. At the start of 2019, she put the series on the backburner to write Behind the Veil in 25 days, and signed a publishing contract for the gothic noir novel to independent publisher Literary Wanderlust. She resumed self-publishing a scifi series, Queen of Spades released across 2020 and 2021, as well as signing another contract with Literary Wanderlust for NA fantasy, Echo of the Evercry. Believing in more than one path to a career in publishing, Ejay pursues self-publishing alongside querying traditional publishers with multiple manuscripts.

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Author 10 books534 followers
January 18, 2022

Behind the Veil is an atmospheric paranormal thriller set in 1920s Los Angeles. Letitia is a medium who helps the living move on by sharing the last moments of their loved ones. She has a genuine gift, and there’s something mysterious that happened in her past that compels her to help others, and not to take advantage of them in their time of grief. But when a man reaches out to her to help with his niece who is facing a mysterious specter and might have powers similar to Letitia’s, she must choose between helping the innocent girl and possibly losing her sanity–or even her life.

The book does have some trigger warnings that should be heeded. In the advanced reader copy, they’re provided at the end of the book, and I do suggest checking them out before diving into this story. I won’t reveal them here, because they are spoilers, but if you do have triggers, proceed with caution.

Letitia is a fascinating protagonist. She wants to help people, but she’s also paralyzed with fear of what could happen to her if she does not keep a firm control of her gift. She doesn’t have many friends. She’s moved to Los Angeles to start her practice, even though many view her as either a charlatan or a heretic. The story frequently hints at a tragic past, with the details of it being provided piecemeal to the reader.

I love the significance of the title: “Behind the Veil”. There’s the more obvious meaning, with how Letitia is a medium who has visions of those who have died. She also wears a veil to obscure her identity from her clients to maintain a modicum of anonymity. But she also has walls built high to shroud who she really is, which keeps people from getting to know her. This self-constructed "veil" serves to protect her from getting hurt–like how she has been hurt in the past.

While this book is slow to start, the pace quickens at the halfway mark, and there is a lot of action propelling the readers to the end. The story goes in dark and twisted directions that I definitely didn’t see coming. There’s also somewhat of a genre pivot partway through the book–there’s a strong romance subplot interwoven into the storyline.

The writing is lyrical, yet easy to follow. The setting feels authentic to what 1920s America would have been like, and Dawson effectively sets the stage for her spooky paranormal suspense novel with nearly every line.

I recommend this book to those looking for a creepy and atmospheric paranormal thriller to chill the bones on a cold winter’s night.

*Thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours and the author for the ebook to review*
Five stars
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Author 17 books308 followers
October 1, 2021
**Happy Publication Day**


4 Stars

1920, Los Angeles: Letitia Hawking has sailed from England a few months ago to bury her past and lead a new life. She spends her days traversing the path between the living and dead. Her clients want some closure after their loved ones die, and Letitia offers them that. However, she is genuine material with strong powers and has strict rules about what cases she would take up and which she wouldn’t.

Alasdair Driscoll is tormented. His niece Finola has been seeing horrible things, and none of them know how to save her. Letitia is annoyed by his rude approach and terrified by the dark shadow haunting him. She doesn’t want to tangle with shadows again.

But she decides to take a step forward and help Finola. The girl needed saving, and Letitia could at least try and prevent the girl from being further tortured.

Time moves on, and before she knows it, Letitia is in the middle of a criminal case for helping a grieving father. Driscoll and his lawyering services come to her aid. Undecided about the growing attraction between them, Letitia is rather torn about what to do.

However, things take a turn for worse, and Letitia realizes that she needs to open the closed part of her if she wants to defeat the malicious shadow that’s hurting little kids. But is she strong enough to venture into a territory she swore never to enter? Will she succumb as she did the last time? What price does Letitia have to pay for interfering with the presence of evil?

The book starts on a steady note and progresses quite well. The setting is atmospheric, with a few lighthearted scenes added to the mix.

Letitia’s character has been crafted with care. She has her insecurities and vulnerabilities but is assertive and authoritative when required. Alasdair starts out as a rich rude man but shows his good side soon enough.

I think Abby was that one character I wasn’t too happy with. Her reactions were unexpected and either too demure or too excessive. Luckily, she doesn’t have a major role, and I could ignore most of it.

The final confrontation scene stretched over a good number of pages, and that worked in the story’s favor (at least for me). Of course, the ending could have been better though there is HEA. That complication felt unnecessary and seemed like it was used to tick off a trope from the list.

As a horror story, the book does very well and balances atmosphere with action, and is suitable for newbie horror readers. The author didn’t opt for explicit gore even though she could have done it. I appreciate this move as it made the book a better read.

To sum up, Behind the Veil is an engaging read with a steady pace and a good storyline. It’s nothing unusual or unique, but the overall effect is satisfactory, and that matters to me.

The book comes with content warnings. That said, the author doesn’t use any graphic descriptions. The themes, however, might trigger a few readers. Please read with caution.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and BooksGoSocial and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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372 reviews59 followers
January 14, 2022
“There’s another fate waiting out there for you, tangled up in your past,” Old Mother Borrows said, “and you’ve got to go find it to get through it, even if it means revisiting your worst fears.”

Letitia has striven to unburden her past and make peace with her inner self. She has lived through tragedy, turmoil and loss. She tries to keep her life as secret as possible, but her calling to help others slowly unveils that which she has tried to keep hidden. Letitia can see behind the veil of life and death and through her gifts she is able to provide some peace to grieving families. When she is called upon to try to help reveal the disappearances of little girls, she is brought into a darkness of murder and a malevolent spirit is brought forth. She must do all she can to unburden the little girl that is being tormented and save her life. She must delve deep within herself to find the strength she needs to confront her own inner demons and the demon taking lives.

There is so much to love about this book. Set in the 1920's, a gothic atmosphere, characters to be invested in and routed for, wanting so much for them to have that happy ending. Death, sorrow, and evil forces. The darkness and the light in this is very well balanced. There were many spine chilling and shivering moments, but there is also many elements of humanity such as love, caring, forgiveness and healing. Letitia is very frail but through it all she finds her strength and finds a love she never thought she would ever have again.

Very engaging and well written. A recommended read for anyone that enjoys spine tingling, paranormal suspense with a little romantic element.

(Content Warning:This book contains adult themes including miscarriage, suicide, pedophilia, death, murder, rape, and possession.)
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276 reviews70 followers
February 23, 2022

I saw 𝗕𝗘𝗛𝗜𝗡𝗗 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗩𝗘𝗜𝗟 floating around a few months ago and made a mental note that I should read it. So here we are.

If you love a slow burn novel with a sprinkle of gothic elements, a bit of paranormal, romance and a ton of atmosphere, then I highly recommend you grab this one. I was surprised by how much I loved it.

Did I neglect to mention possession? Oh yes. There’s that too.

Leticia is a psychic who lives behind the veil. She reads into the lives of those souls who have travelled beyond our world. She can watch their entire life, up until the point of death. Then she must come crashing back into herself. It’s dangerous to watch their deaths. And that’s exactly why she stays away from murder victims.

Leticia doesn’t use her gifts for her own gain. Rather, she seeks to help the living find comfort in their lost loved ones final moments.

Battling with her own demons and trauma, she’s developed a code of living that ensures her safety. But when Mr. Driscoll comes strolling into her life…what will she choose? Will she confront her fears and risk her own safety? Or will she keep herself and her gifts locked away?

I absolutely LOVED the romance in this. And of course, the history of the hotel and the hauntings because #horrorlover

Thank you to R&R Book Tours and EJ Dawson for my copy!
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747 reviews17 followers
January 20, 2022
Letitia is a medium who can read the veil between life and death. Both a blessing and a curse because although she brings closure to many families, she knows no such peace herself. When young girls begin disappearing she is called upon for help but all she can see is an evil darkness, one that threatens to consume her.

I loved that this was set in the 1920’s and the premise was really interesting. This book had great gothic atmosphere, as well as the added touches of mystery/horror, paranormal and a dab of romance. Although initially it took me a little bit of time to fully get into the book, once I did I was flying through it. Overall this was a captivating story that unfolded beautifully with each page and had the perfect blend of genres to appeal to many types of readers. And the more you read, the darker it gets. Perfectly spooky read! 3.5⭐️
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276 reviews14 followers
January 25, 2022
Behind the Veil is a slow book, centered on Letitia Hawking and her gift: she’s a psychic, able to experience the last moments of a person before they die. Her peculiar ability renders her both dangerous and vulnerable.

[Keep reading @ Bookshelves & Teacups]
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257 reviews37 followers
August 10, 2021
Thank you to Netgally for a copy of this book.

This has me hooked from the first page! It literally jumps in with a haunting tale. Meet Letitia, young woman from London and now in the US for a fresh start. She is a medium and can see ones death after it happens. She eases the pain of the loved ones left behind and answers their questions. However she does not do murder cases. She is very sensitive to those and could cost her life has well.
I do not want to spoil anymore than I have. I love this book. It is everything I want in a book. Spiritual, haunting, murder, mystery and the history!! Its set in the 19th century the perfect time for this kind of book. Also has a touch of romance involved. I never really knew what a Veil is. Or why some call it that. After reading this book I watched a movie. And in that movie the woman was explaining her daughter unique gifts. She told her she had the Veil. Thats what Letitia uses during her summoning. A black Veil and black gloves.

Bravo to the author. You killed it on this one!!!!
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227 reviews3 followers
September 27, 2021
This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. Letitia was an amazing main character. She was complex and not perfect by any means which made it easy to relate and sympathize with her. She showed amazing and realistic growth throughout the story. The chemistry and romantic plot line was perfect. I loved the banter and relationship between Alasdair and Letitia. I was really happy that the book turned out as good as it did.

Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for providing an e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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1,258 reviews41 followers
January 20, 2022
Letitia Hawking has psychic skills.

Behind the Veil couldn’t be further from my usual choice of genre, but I absolutely loved this story. It’s packed with such intrigue, excitement, fear and mystery that I absolutely gulped it down.

The plot in Behind the Veil is fast paced and dramatic. Short chapters compel the reader onwards and the italicised sections are particularly exciting and gripping. Towards the end of Behind the Veil my pulse was racing and my heart thumping because E. J. Dawson knows exactly how to create tension through the use of the senses in her writing. Her descriptions are evocative and convincing.

Despite the other-worldliness of the plotting, every aspect of Behind the Veil feels authentic and realistic so that I may now be a convert to the genre! I found the dialogue perfect for the 1920’s setting, because there is a formality that sounds really genuine. I think this book would make a fantastic film too.

Letitia Hawking is a wonderful creation. Both vulnerable and strong, she represents a feminism that I found completely engaging. I loved her rituals, her practices and the darkness of her past that permeates this story and is the driving force for her actions. Her integrity in the face of scepticism and expectation made me care about her completely. Whilst she may indulge in actions that are beyond the scope of readers, she feels so realistic that I was entranced by her. Her developing relationship with Alasdair Driscoll adds another element of entertainment to for the reader too.

Behind the Veil does deal with some difficult themes such as abuse, but E.J. Dawson never presents them gratuitously. They are threaded into the narrative in a manner that illustrates the dangers and horrors of both this and the supernatural life without direct exposition so that they are all the more powerful. I thought the style of writing here was superb. I loved the title too because it represents the veil between this life and the spiritual one, between outward appearance and reality and between convention and deviation so that the story has hugely satisfying layers to uncover. Letitia’s physical veil that she likes to wear embodies the metaphor wonderfully.

Having begun Behind the Veil thinking it might be vaguely entertaining, I finished it in the knowledge that I had been treated to a brilliant narrative that made me think, scared me and engaged me completely. I thought Behind the Veil was absolutely excellent.
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325 reviews6 followers
January 18, 2022
Book Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Behind the Veil
EJ Dawson
Gothic Fiction/Romance
292 Pages

Slightly eerie and ghostly, Behind the Veil is a perfect late-night read.

Short Synopsis

Letitia uses a scrying bowl to help others find closure surrounding their dead relatives. She has rules to protect herself and tries not to bend them.

When she finds herself sick and cared for by Mr. Driscoll, she realizes she needs to meet his niece, who is suffering from some tips of paranormal experience. She is sucked into this family’s mess from that point on.

What causes Finola’s sleepless nights? Can Letitia help? Where will all of this lead? The answers run deeper than Letitia imagines.

My Thoughts

Behind the Veil is set in the 1920s. Letitia is an intriguing character who lives her life carefully. With her profession, she doesn’t want to draw attention to herself. Mr. Driscoll seems like a bit of a pompous ass at first, but once he takes on Letitia’s care while she is sick, my opinion of him changes.

Behind the Veil has a creepy, paranormal vibe but isn’t a book that will scare your socks off. I think the ending was well thought out and kept me on my toes, wanting to know what would happen next. It didn’t disappoint either!

There is child abuse and a mad man’s murderous souvenirs that might be a trigger or turn off for some.

If you enjoy paranormal thrillers, this is one you should check out!

Thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours, the author, and the publisher, for my spot on this tour and the ebook to read and review.
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1,339 reviews31 followers
November 15, 2021
Letitia Hawking has the power to view beyond the veil between life and death. She helps people with the death of her loved ones by doing readings in 1920's Los Angeles telling them the moments that led up to their deaths. Letitia has a strange request from a family member of one of her clients, Alasdair Driscoll. He would like Letitia to examine his niece, Finola; however, Letitia senses a dark presence around Alasdair and refuses. Eventually Letitia agrees to see Finola. Letitia sees herself in the young woman and helps her with the dark presence surrounding her. In helping Finola, Letitia might have connected the force that haunted Letitia with a string of disappearances of young women around town.

Behind the Veil is a paranormal mystery with just the right amount of romance. I was pulled in by Letitia and her readings. Her sensitivity, caring and power of her gift shone through. It was really interesting to see how she conveyed the deaths of people's loved ones and gave me a great insight into her head and way of thinking. Since Letitia's past is revealed slowly throughout the story, it builds suspense and adds to her air of mystery. Once Alasdair enters the scene, more of Letitia's past is revealed as it seems to echo what Alasdair's niece is going through. I was really engrossed in Finola's experience and abilities that she discovered. The story built as Letitia discovered the presence attached to Finola. I enjoyed the story behind the spirit as well, creating a well rounded story. The romance was just the right touch with Letitia and Alasdair both respecting boundaries and taking the time to get to know one another. With a high stakes, exciting ending and hints at more to come for Finola, I hope to read more with these characters.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
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140 reviews3 followers
March 4, 2022
Do you believe in psychics and mediums?

Letitia is a psychic in 1920s Los Angeles, giving her clients peace of mind by revealing their deceased loved ones’ last moments with her scrying bowl. Letitia chooses her clientele carefully, as there is danger in seeing another’s death. Word of mouth brings Alasdair Driscoll to her door looking for help she doesn’t feel safe providing. A web of serial killings and otherworldly possessions bring Letitia and Alasdair together to untangle the mysteries casting darkness upon their lives.

This book has all the makings of a great period gothic suspense story. The skillful writing pulls you into the supernatural aura surrounding Letitia in her rented rooms. Darkness envelopes you as Letitia reaches into her past looking for answers to bring the current evil to heel. Your heart will pound as she and Alasdair race to confront the maleficent spirits together before it’s too late. The suspense will have you breathless right up until the very end.

You will turn the pages of this masterful novel! It’s a great period story with lots of paranormal action, suspense, and romance. The writing is immersive and the story will send shivers up your spine!
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1,179 reviews24 followers
October 3, 2021
Thank you Netgalley and BooksGoSocial for the eARC.
This was a fun read, some horror, mystery and romance.
Letitia Hawking is a young woman who has fled England to LA where she is able to help clients by telling them the last moments before a love one died. She is a true psychic who wants to give her clients peace. When Alasdair Driscoll comes to her to ask for help to find out why his beloved niece has such terrible night terrors, the relationship starts off badly, she doesn't want to take the case because it would put her in danger from the horrid past she's tried to escape. Eventually she gives in though, bringing a terrible spectre into being.
I wasn't as into the book as I thought I would be, but on the whole it was interesting as well as mildly enjoyable.
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585 reviews111 followers
October 5, 2021
Please note Content Warning: dark adult themes, death, murder, miscarriage, suicide, rape and pedophilia (those last two are mentioned only, there is no explicit content in the book)

I’m one of those freaks that grabs a book purely because it has a content warning label. Does that make me bad? A psychopath? I hope not. I’m not sure what it is about the darker side of life that draws me in… I, like most of us, have my own past where bad things have happened and I wonder if I am making myself read the horrors to desensitize myself against world’s cruelty or I’d simply not make it otherwise. The horrors are the reminder to always stay alert to all sorts that can go wrong. Anyway…

Gothic Noir… Say no more, am I right?! I’m in. The genre tag itself is enough to make me want to dive in.

I’m glad I did .. whilst the start of the book felt slightly apprehensive and unravelling slightly slower than I would have liked, I was wondering whether I was going to enjoy this after all. But then, boom, something clicked and fell into place. Things got kicked into gear, the intros were done, the scene set and I found myself in great difficulty trying to put the book down.

The story itself is truly captivating. There is a mystery of some missing girls, there is the mystery of Letitia who offers services for people who have lost a loved one, akas not to ones who last lost a loved one through murder. Her past is one full of pain and dark things and I just wanted to know more. As a character, Letitia was instantly likeable and easy to commit to, and I couldn’t remember ever reading a boo set in 20s, nor with a character who did readings using a scrying bowl. I was intrigued in all fronts.

The aspect of someone who is able to contact the dead, for me, as I mentioned, was a unique a concept in a novel and I very much enjoyed it. Not only was it very well done but it definitely brought the air of otherworldly and unsettling to the atmosphere, trying to imagine what it must be like for someone who sees more, a lot more. How taxing it all must be, how saddening, how exhausting, how scary… And also risky. There are snippets of those who have passed on in their final moments and this is how Letitia experiences the other side, as if in the body and through the eyes of the dead. I’m glad every aspect of this potential was used in the novel. It made it feel whole and the supernatural side of it natural and credible.

Physical manifestation of her sensory perceptions was the sign of an overwhelming persona.

As mentioned in the blurb, Letitia develops feeling towards a certain gentleman. I bet some would ask – is love element really necessary in a novel like this? You know, I think it definitely wouldn’t have been as interesting without said love aspect. It’s all respectful and very polite – after all, remember the times this story is set in 🙂 And I very much enjoyed how the evolving romance played to and weaved with the rest of the story. It was a tool very cleverly used allowing for quite a few enjoyable scenes. Alas, I’m not talking about sex. You won’t get swoony, steamy graphic coitus in this book.

But what you will get is your hair risen by other means… I cannot remember a book that gave me the creeps. As I was reaching the end of the book, I was lying in bed, in darkness, all snuggled, thinking this was going to be a homerun and I’d finish the story before falling asleep. No such thing happened because I genuinely got the spooky feeling as things progressed to the finale in the book and I found myself staring into the darkness. That’s when I decided to stop reading, and go to sleep instead, to revisit the story during daylight hours. This hardly ever happens to me, truly. It’s a rare thing to spook me so. Behind the Veil managed to do just that and I mean – bravo!

Finally, here’s what I enjoyed the most reading this book. The dialogue. As you may have noticed, the story takes place in the 20s and at a time where CHOOSING one’s words wisely was of utmost importance to being polite. One could be expressing the height of dissatisfaction and yet the words used in the exchange or spat made it sound like the most pleasant lyrical-sounding small talk. I love it. It’s like one of those Austen novels (of which I have read very little), or the high society in The Count of Monte Cristo, where being offended is no excuse to forget to use the proper titles. Excuse me, sir! I am aghast at your proposal and at the prospect of offending the kind sir, I would dare say I will very much disagree with you… Isn’t it just the loveliest way to say- bugger off, wanker, you’re talking utter bullshit.

Anyway, the dialogue really is important, especially when writing such a historical piece and it felt authentic, and it made me, in turn, a very satisfied reader, indeed.

As you can tell by now, multiple aspects of the book hit the spot for me, and I truly enjoyed my time with this title. And hey, look at that, we’re just in the season for some otherworldly, supernatural, slightly spooky reads! Behind the Veil is easily one I would recommend to your arsenal of pumpkin spice, soft fleece blankie, woolly socks and a crackling fire in the background casting shadows around you. Read it!
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216 reviews7 followers
October 23, 2021
Straight away I knew I was going to absolutely ADORE this book, and I was right! I wasn't sure whether to categorise this as a horror or thriller, because it had aspects of both - which definitely added to my love of this book.

We start off by meeting Letitia, who I could not fault as a character, she was deep and interesting and was the perfect main character for a story of this much mystery and intrigue. The other characters just fit perfectly with the story too, Alasdair, Mrs Finch, Imogen and Finola were all integrated into the story wonderfully and added so much value.

The only character I had an issue with was Abby, I felt the way she was written was in complete contrast to the other characters and their nature, it seemed a bit odd to me.

And talking of things adding value to the story, the atmosphere of Behind The Veil was impeccable. Whilst I was reading it felt as though all my senses were heightened, waiting for something to go bang and disturb the tension of the book.

It was the same with the intrigue that the author built up, I couldn't fault it, at no point did the book become boring or feel like I was trying to hurry it along to get to another part of the story, it just kept that pace right through to the end.

To top everything off the writing and the plot were out of this world!

The writing was incredible, so descriptive, I felt as if I was in the story alongside our characters. The author formed the most amazing sentences and paragraphs, whether it be while Letitia was dealing with her families looking for closure, or when she was trying to help Finola, or when Alasdair and Letitia were flirting. It seemed no matter what the nature of the chapter or topic, the author was pulling it out of the bag with truly excellent writing.

And the plot, OH MY GOD it was amazing. Behind The Veil was an interesting and well-balanced read, it had everything you could want from a horror/thriller/mystery book.

I couldn't fault any part of the story, but the last 15-20% where we reached the crescendo and ending of the book was just impeccable. A combination of plot and writing meant we finished Behind The Veil feeling fulfilled, thrilled, and full of enjoyment from what was an amazing book.

On the whole, I can't fault Behind The Veil by E J Dawson, it had everything I could want from a book!

Again, thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the ARC of this book to read and review.
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643 reviews35 followers
January 18, 2022
Behind the veil starts on a mellow note setting the tone for who Letitia is what she does and why she does what she does.

The story slowly moves into its action portions where Letitia is held accountable for the missing girls and Alasdair is brought into the picture making the narrative mysterious and fast paced at the same time

The writer through the story approaches the subject of life after death as simple as separating it by a veil and once you figure out the figurative meaning of the veil in the book it’s starts making a lot more sense.

Letitia’s character graph and the way she evolves throughout the book was such a beautiful arc to read.

Many instances towards the end summarised the duo of Alasdair and Letitia really well.

The woman’s vulnerability at the step of saving herself or her love made it engaging and if you like reading about para normal forces and black magic you definitely should put this book up. Keeps you hooked till the end. Totally worth your time.
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593 reviews41 followers
January 17, 2022
Horror, Mystery and Romance what more do mystery readers need? A good story and this has it.
This story is based in the 1920s about a women named Letitia Hawking who moves to LA from England to try and start a fresh life after a traumatic experience. Letitia has the ability to see the last moments of a person life which she uses to help families but Letitia has set her own boundaries on this no Murders.
I enjoyed reading about Letitia growth as a character in this book the emotions she felt I could feel the author did a great relating them to the reader
The emotions I felt while reading this was Sad at times Scared at times and a few more but I don’t want to give any spoiler
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209 reviews11 followers
July 11, 2021
I had a ton of fun reading this. The writing was atmospheric and gothic and I really loved our main character. The cover caught my eye scrolling through Netgalley, and after reading the synopsis thought to give it a try and I'm SO GLAD I did.

This book is set to publish in October of this year. Throw it on your TBR for something fun to read this spooky season.

Thank you to Netgalley, BooksGoSocial, and the author for a copy of this gem.
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Author 3 books26 followers
December 28, 2021
A compelling tale of dark themes, lightened by kind characters. I won't lie, the content warning looked daunting. But bracing myself for it, I was able to read certain scenes on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, in an entertained, suspenseful way, as opposed to stressed or triggered.
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102 reviews2 followers
October 7, 2021
What lies behind the veil? Literal and supernatural things that can harm or heal a human's psyche, and only Leticia Hawking knows what to do to help. She's a widow living in an early 20th century LA who is making a living as a medium. Her skills allow her to bring peace to the relatives of the dead, and she's very particular about who she will help. That is until a man demands she help his niece. From there the rest is easy to glean.

If you're looking for surprises or twists, then this is not your novel to read. It's pretty straightforward, but it doesn't mean it's a bad read. I really enjoyed the characterizations and the female lead isn't some damsel in distress.

As for everything else, well, it was ok. It's a short, entertaining read that anyone will enjoy if they like historical mysteries with a supernatural bent and a dash of romance.

Thanks to Netgalley for the chance to read this.
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355 reviews5 followers
July 23, 2022
I must say before getting into the meat of my review that I don’t normally read historical fiction outside of very specific areas because it is a genre I have never really got into but this really hooked me from the first page. The novel is set in LA in the 1920’s which is an interesting period, and we are following Letitia Hawking who is sailing from England in an attempt to bury her old life and begin anew. Letitia is what I can only describe as a medium as she walk the path between life and death offer closure to loved one of the dead and while I was sceptical at first she is genuine and has some insanely strong powers but she also has some strict rules on which cases she will take.

We are also introduced to Alasdair Driscoll who is seeking help for his niece, Finola who has been seeing horrible things and he doesn’t know how to help her. When they first meet Letitia is annoyed by Alasdair’s rude manner and terrified by the shadows following him and she doesn’t want any part of what he is involved in but she decides to help Finola because she believes the girl shouldn’t be tormented the way she is and feels some responsibility to help if she can. This really made me loved Letitia as a characters as she has firm morale values and beliefs but bends these in order to help a young girl in distress because she has the ability to help. As things move forward in the novel, Letitia finds herself in the middle of a criminal case for helping a grieving father and Driscoll comes to her aid this time but Letitia is struggling with the growing attraction between them and she is becoming increasing torn over what she should do. This really highlights Letitia’s struggle between her heart and her head as both have consequences for her.

Things do take a turn for the worst when Letitia realises she needs to go back to her past if she wants to defeat the terrifying shadows that is tormenting Finola and other children but she isn’t sure she is strong enough to venture down that road once more after she swore to herself she would never do it again. This poses a lot of questions to the reader about whether Letitia will succumb like she did last time and what price Letitia will have to pay for what she is about to do. I must say unlike most horror novels I’ve read Behind the Veil starts strong and keeps the momentum as the novel progress. It is atmospheric and gritty but does have quite a few light-hearted scenes as well. Letitia is one of the most well-crafted characters I have read from in a long time, she has insecurities and vulnerabilities from the very beginning but she is assertive and determined to do the right thing and can be quite dominant when she needs to be. Alasdair also has some great character development as he starts out as your typical rich snob but quickly shows a loving, caring side to his character that makes you like him.

The conclusion of the novel was actually really well done, yes it did stretch over a number of pages but that worked in the novel’s favour as it felt like it had real significance and was given the attention it needed. The ending could have been a little better but there is a happy ending which satisfied me as a reader but there were complications added in that didn’t feel necessary and felt like they were there just for the sake of being there rather than serving a purpose. As a horror novel, the book balances atmosphere with action which kept you hooked and feeling on edge for the duration of the novel and it would work really well for those newer to the horror genre. The fact the author also opted not to use explicit gore also works well for newer readers in the horror genre but not for me personally as I really enjoy horror novels that don’t shy away from the gore or darker elements of the novel. Overall, Behind the Veil was engaging and maintained a steady pace throughout the novel with a great plot and some outstanding characters. However, that being said, it doesn’t bring anything new or unique to the genre and for seasoned readers like myself it may even feel a little flat in places due to the lack of gore despite the great atmosphere. I would recommend that people check the content warning before jumping into this book but the author does use any graphic descriptions.

About the Author:

Beginning a writing journey with an epic 21 book series, Ejay started her author career in 2014 and has taken on the ups and downs of self-publishing with her fantasy series The Last Prophecy since 2016. At the start of 2019, she put the series on the backburner to write Behind the Veil in 25 days, and signed a publishing contract for the gothic noir novel to independent publisher Literary Wanderlust. Behind the Veil is set for release on the October 1st 2021. She resumed self-publishing a sci-fi series, Queen of Spades released across 2020 and 2021, as well as signing another contract with Literary Wanderlust for NA fantasy, Echo of the Evercry. Believing in more than one path to a career in publishing, Ejay pursues self-publishing alongside querying traditional publishers with multiple manuscripts.
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September 15, 2021
Spoilers: E.L. Dawson's Behind The Veil is among the best Horror novels that I read this year. It is a genuinely terrifying account of both paranormal and real life fear with a protagonist who hovers between frightening visions and her own fears which could develop into paranoia and insanity.

Letitia Hawking is a 1920's widow who emigrated from her native Britain to California. She is trying to bury the grief of losing her husband, a miscarriage, and a traumatic encounter with a Spiritualist that left her scarred and institutionalized.

Since Letitia herself has ghostly visions and Spiritualism is on the rise, Letitia offers herself as a medium who is able to peer into the deceased's last days.

Her visions are both sad and eerie as she sees how a person died and their final thoughts. The book begins with her seeing a sickly man who is grateful to die so he can get away from his loveless marriage but worried about how his wife will treat their child and his mother now that he is gone.

Letitia's visions are complex as she sees deep sadness, frustration, anger, fear, and sometimes relief to get away from the cruelty of the world around them. Many of her clients are grateful to hear the loving final thoughts of their friend or family member. Some are in denial that their behavior was a contributing factor to the deceased's decline and death, as a very stern father is when he sees the final memories of the troubled son whom he threw out.

However, because of the emotions connected with natural death alone and her own trauma, Letitia is reluctant to take on cases where someone was murdered. She fears that she may lose her own mind in the recall of a violent act or that experiencing the trauma second hand may end up killing her.

Besides her frightening second sight that stalks her, Letitia also has to contend with more human persistence. She is constantly followed by the very wealthy Alasdair Driscoll who uses threats and intimidation to take on a personal case for him. At first, Letitia refuses citing previous commitments and her own concerns about what he wants her to do. She also sees a dark presence surrounding him, one that forms a barrier trying to keep Letitia away.

But finally moved by the pleading of his sister, Mrs. Imogen Quinn, Letitia agrees to help him. She meets Quinn's daughter and Driscoll's niece, Finola and sees the real reason for their interest in her. Finola is alive but like Letitia she is gifted or rather cursed with second sight supernatural abilities. And as they did for Letitia when she was younger, Finola's visions are harrowing and threaten to eat away at her sanity.

Behind the Veil is scary for the supernatural and human haunting that surrounds the novel. The horrors that Letitia sees through Finola's eyes become more troubling for her. It's similar to someone becoming blinded by seeing something twice as bright or losing their hearing because a stereo system is cranked way too loud. Letitia and Finola's visions become worse because they are shared between them. When she goes inside Finola's head, Letitia sees spectral images of murder,violence, sexual assault, and pedophilia. She particularly sees a crime affecting several young girls that until now was left unsolved. Letitia continues to see the dark spectral presence becoming larger and more powerful.

Because of these dangerous thoughts, Finola is left alone in her room unable to socialize for fear that she may lash out violently. Driscoll and Quinn are so anxious about their young relative, that they are considering putting her away in an asylum.

The more Letitia probes into Finola's mind, the more that she sees echoes of her own past. She too was institutionalized by people who didn't understand her abilities. She even doubted them herself. The passages describing Letitia's time in the asylum are actually more horrifying than her supernatural premonitions. While in the asylum, Letitia was subjected to the ice cold bath treatment, early versions of shock therapy, neglect and abuse from employees, and isolation. What is more frightening is that her memories are not the results of some dark unexplained presence. They are the results of those who were all too human, a system that puts the mentally ill away to forget about them rather than helping them or discovering why their minds are the way they are. It's no wonder why Letitia becomes protective of Finola. She doesn't want her to suffer the same fate that she did.

Behind the Veil is a sinister novel that asks the question about which is scarier: the supernatural world that exists beyond human consciousness and is only experienced by the very few or the real world that surrounds and haunts us every day.

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9 reviews
August 1, 2021
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Behind the Veil, published by Literary Wanderlust, is E.J. Dawson’s most enthralling work to date. It has tight prose, swoony romance, and a dark gothic mystery riddled with equally morbid content warnings.

Letitia Hawking can see beyond the veil.
More specifically, she can see the imprint that souls make as they pass through the veil, and uses this insight to offer closure to those grieving, following the Great War. Scarred by her own past with the dead and the veil, this is a safe, and moderately profitable venture pursued out of goodwill, and her desire to make amends for her own terrifying past.
All of that falls apart when several young girls go missing, and their distraught parents demand Letitia’s help, in forms she can’t give. Cue Mr. Alasdair Driscoll, a dashing lawyer whose niece is caught up in the disappearances too. As the two investigate and grow closer, Letitia has to face the decision she’s been avoiding the entire time: use her abilities more actively, for real-time, real-world benefit, or refuse to help and stay safe from her traumatic past.

I ADORED this. My favourite books are typically fantasy or sci-fi, but I was thrilled with Behind the Veil for everything it is. As a work of historical fiction it was insightful, the setting felt real and immersive, but it was Mr Driscoll and Ms Hawking’s growing affections that kept me glued to the pages. Letitia is a beautiful character, a perfect blend of warm and caring motherly love, and no-nonsense schoolteacher sternness. I cared for her and her struggles, cheered on the gallant Mr Driscoll’s pursuit of her, cried through her darkest moments, and cried when she healed on the pages before me. The writing itself was good, at times being truly beautiful and perfectly painted the atmosphere and the darkness both within and without.

However, readers should be warned of trigger warnings (potential spoilers): Dawson did approach each appropriately, so I personally only felt repulsed or upset at a few specific times, which seemed entirely intentional and the emotional impact was appropriate, and all things were ultimately resolved wholesomely enough. However, if readers have strong aversions to any of the aforementioned major warnings, then Dawson’s writing is unfortunately immersive enough that it would be best to not read.

With that being said, I highly recommend Behind the Veil. It was one of the best gothic horror books I have had the pleasure of reading, as well as one of the best historical fictions. If you like slow-burn romance, heroes and heroines with troubled pasts, ghosts, spirits, occultism, and all things gothic and dark, then this is a must-read.
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22 reviews2 followers
November 7, 2021
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for a free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This was a great read. Meet Letitia Hawking, an English war widow who moves to Los Angeles in the 1920s for a fresh start after a very traumatic time in her life. She is a medium and has the ability to experience the last moments of a person’s life. She uses this skill to give closure to families who have lost loved ones. But Letitia sets her own limits: she won’t accept any murder cases or cases when death was sudden. Enter A. Driscoll, a well known, rich lawyer who desperately needs Letitia’s help for his niece, Finola, whose dreams are quite literally haunted. When he asks for her help, he goes about it in the worst possible way, with the arrogance of the rich, for whom everyone and everything can be bought.

This story was at times sad, at times scary. Probably the scariest part for me was the realisation that not all monsters live in the realm of the supernatural. Some are living, breathing people. But this was also a story about how we can let go of our own ghosts and allow hope and light back into our lives. Letitia, whose name means joy, is not exactly unhappy at the beginning of the book. She is not happy either. She seems to be settled on “content”, keeping what feels like a tenuous inner peace, a truce with herself, by fulfilling her penance for past errors and helping people. But she doesn’t allow herself getting too close to anybody. She is a complex woman, with a past that weight very heavily on her life and all her decisions. Seeing her grow as a character and overcome her fear and her past was a beautiful experience. I loved all the characters in the book, but Letitia Hawking is the one that will stay with me the longest.

The story is well paced, the culmination is not rushed, in accordance to a time when life moved a bit slower than now, even in a busy city like Los Angeles. This pace goes very well with the gloomy time after the Great War. So many dead. Letitia’s flat is quiet, tidy, very few of her possessions are superfluous. Her clothing reflects the more subdued English dress code, not the freer and noisier American fashion. Her life, her habits, her work have to do with death, grief, sadness and the need to comfort. The whole book has this quiet quality to it, even when it turns into a ghost story, even when romance begins to be a possibility. I have to say, it is beautifully written.

Trigger warning: (not explicit but alluded to or talked about) Rape, kidnapping, pedophilia, murder, possession, miscarriage, suicide.
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843 reviews14 followers
January 14, 2022
Do you like a horror story with a bit of romance thrown in? If you do then grab yourself a copy of this book. Perfect for a cold winters night curled up in a chair with the wind howling outside.

The story is set in the 1920’s, Los Angeles. Letitia Hawking has fled from England to LA to start a new life. She had lost her husband Daniel in the war, But not just that she has secrets she cannot face, having nearly died herself and having spent time in a sanitarium it was only through a lady in Scotland who taught her how to use her skills safely that she is alive now.

She helps people who have lost loved ones get some sort of closure. But there is a limit to how far she will go, because she has genuine powers that are very strong, so picks and chooses her cases carefully.

Alasdair Driscoll is a man at the end of his tether, worrying over his niece Finola who has been seeing horrible things, she screams at night and no one knows what to do to help her. When he approaches Letitia she finds him rude and is terrified of the dark shadow she sees following him. Shadow’s are the last things she wants to tackle ever again.

However, she does decide to try and help Finola, she realises how much she needs saving, can she stop the torture Finola is going through?

Time passes, and Letitia finds herself in need of a lawyer, she is being questioned by the police regarding a missing girl after a grieving father accuses her of knowing about and being involved in the disappearance of his daughter. The only lawyer she knows is Alasdair Driscoll. He comes to her aid.

But things take a bad turn when Finola goes missing, and Letitia knows the only way she can possibly save her is by putting herself in the path of the shadow. But is she strong enough to defeat it? Or will it take her?

I really enjoyed reading this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect and the first few pages were a little slow, but that may have been more me than the story, because once Alasdair Driscoll turned up the stories pace went a little faster and I was hooked. Letitia’s character is well developed you feel her emotions, how scared she is to take that step into darkness, especially when you learn what had happened previously it becomes completely clear why she is afraid. She is vulnerable but when needed she becomes more assertive and authorative because she has to be.

Alasdair initially comes across as rude, being rich he thinks he can buy anything. But he’s met his match with Letitia. But it’s not long before you see the real man. He has had heartache as well as Letitia could they possibly break down the walls they have both put up or is it too late?. I really felt the romance helped the story, adding that extra dimension as not knowing if they would get together.

The tension ratchets up gradually as Letitia is trying to save Finola, as well as protecting herself and Alasdair. The atmosphere and action works well and keeps you gripped and engrossed.

If you like a horror story, but don’t want too much gore then this is perfect, great storyline, great characters. What more could a reader ask for?

Thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours for inviting me on the tour and for the ebook, all thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.
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147 reviews5 followers
January 17, 2022
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I want to talk about the characters first, especially Letitia. Her character is really complex and it was built up really well that I can say it is realistic. It’s not one of those characters that are one-dimensional. Hers was like a real person, with all her fears, traits and flaws and I really love reading it. I also like that the author wrote Letitia being kind to other people but with boundaries, it may look like a bit formal but still kind. Her character screams “I’m kind but I still know when to say fuck-off”. But I still feel sad for Letitia because clearly, she hasn’t had closure in her past despite giving other people theirs. She’s so guilty that she thinks it’s all her fault when in fact, it wasn’t. And throughout the book I can see that it burdens her a lot. Her defense mechanism is unconsciously pushing everyone who cares for her and it’s just a sad thing to read. As for Alasdair, he is also an interesting character. I can see similarities between the personalities of Alasdair and Letitia, they are both soft inside and they try so hard in their own way to appear invulnerable on the outside. I especially love the chemistry between both of them. It’s one of those hate-to-love tropes and I’m enjoying their interactions with each other.

As for the book itself; the first chapter was already intriguing. I love that it builds up the plot lines in the very first chapter and I’m honestly already hooked. The writing is also so beautiful, like the author has put some magical potion into it. The writing style evokes an emotion to me and it feels like I’m really connected to the story. It is descriptive in a way that still not overly flowery. And it continues throughout the whole book. Something is really magical with how the author composed the words. But despite having magical writing, it doesn’t lack of an atmosphere of darkness. It’s not dark in a way that it’s heavy, it is dark in a way that you can feel the tension building up. And to tell you the truth, it becomes even more darker as you read further on. One more thing I love about this book is the scattering of the information, because the narrator leaves breadcrumbs that are building up Letitia’s past and not got into an info-dumping way. It’s also interesting when the author can provide deeper stories to each case that Letitia is dealing with. Even though it’s just a small detail of showing what is Letitia doing, I can’t help being connected to each story the extra characters have. They are all so unique and again, I feel connected to them as much as I’m connected to the actual plot.

As for the story itself, there are times when I’m confused about what is the main plot of this book. Whether it’s only about helping Finola or dealing with a much bigger problem. When it comes to plot department, it wasn’t really established on what may be the main goal of this book. But I still love it in the end. I love how much difficulty Letitia has to faced but still triumph in the end. It’s just another token showing how much realistic her character is.

Overall, I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars. I did not expect that I will enjoy it more than I thought at the beginning. It has a way of getting a reader got hooked at the very beginning until the very last page. So, if you’re looking for a great written book with an atmospheric read, this book is for you!
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January 18, 2022
I knew I would enjoy this book when I read the back cover copy. Ghosts and shadowy figures and the veil between life and death in an historical setting? Yes, please!

The story takes place one hundred years ago in Los Angeles. The main character, Letitia, is a highly gifted psychic who can bring peace and comfort to those grieving the loss of a loved one by peering into the last moments before death. It by no means comes without danger to Letitia. This sort of thing is so fascinating to me.

Behind the Veil is written beautifully and it’s very much the haunting gothic style that I love. The descriptions are about as vivid as you can get, using all the senses to elicit emotion in the reader. Dawson is a gifted storyteller! The words she pens radiate tension, and she just seems to have this natural ability to use exactly right words at exactly the right time in exactly the right way. One of the first lines that really struck me (and there were so many throughout the story) was, “The woman smiled for the first time in days, and not the toothless grin of a hag but the wide smile of a Cheshire cat, with perfect teeth and all the secrets.” I love how loaded that sentence is and how it ends with “all the secrets!”

The author hints at sorrowful circumstances in the main character’s past in a way that made me sympathize with Letitia even though I didn’t know exactly what happened until much later in the book. I wanted her to protect herself, but I also wanted her to do the Big Thing for another character, Mr. Driscoll, even though it would be endangering her life. I could see a budding romance between them, and I loved their dynamic. The things they navigate in their new relationship are certainly not typical!

I enjoy a female character tainted by secrets in her past, but who can rise up against them and be a total badass! I also loved how tender and caring Mr. Driscoll was with her when she was ill. I loved how her past tied in with what she was experiencing in her present.

Overall this book was a wonderfully written, dark and gothic tale set in 1920s America with English and Irish roots. The language was easy and appropriate for that time. It was enticing, compelling, and the stakes were strong which made me want to keep reading. I could easily see it playing out in my mind, thanks to the gorgeous descriptions, and I totally want to see this made into a movie! This is definitely an author I will read again!
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January 18, 2022
A few words come to mind when I think back on Behind the Veil by E.J. Dawson. "Tantalizing" is one of them. "Harrowing," another. "Spooky"? Absolutely. I finished reading this back in December 2021 and I still get goosebumps when I think about certain scenes. Dawson really knew how to make my skin crawl and my heart pound. I enjoyed Dawson's descriptions. No detail was overlooked, but at the same time, not all the details provided seemed important. That made the narrative drag at times. Dawson's writing style came off as curious and sometimes a bit stilted, but there's no denying its elegance. The supernatural elements were absolutely chilling. However, Behind the Veil wasn't just an excellent gothic horror, it was also a great mystery. I kept trying to guess who the perpetrator was only to be proven wrong each time. The suspense almost made me rush ahead so I could find out what happened next.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of Behind the Veil was how Dawson contrasted Letitia with the fake spiritualists. Not only did that lend Letitia an air of professionalism, but it also highlighted her morality, which made her more sympathetic. Her heartbreaking backstory, skillfully revealed a bit at a time, also aided in my understanding of her decisions and fears. I loved how Dawson explained Letitia's powers—the consequences and dangers of her profession were as fascinating as they were frightening. Her interactions with the hot-headed love interest provided a tad of humor to an otherwise bleak, disturbing story. Their development—how they grew together as well as individually—was convincing and even bittersweet. I highly recommend Behind the Veil by E.J. Dawson to those looking for an immersive gothic noir with just the right amount of romance, horror, and mystery.

(Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this work from Blackthorn Book Tours for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own and are honest and unbiased.)

Trigger Warning: Dark adult themes, death, murder, miscarriage, suicide, rape and pedophilia (those last two are mentioned only, there is no explicit content in the book).
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July 21, 2022
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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297 reviews29 followers
August 21, 2021
Behind the veil.....what lies beyond death?

I love the era of the early 1900's . So when I read the description on this one I knew I had to give it a whirl.

Set in 1920's Los Angeles, a young woman by the name of Letitia Hawking has come over from England hoping to escape her past. She is a medium who offers closure to those who have lost loved ones. A man, Alasdair Driscoll, comes to see her seeking help with his niece who has been overtaken by a malicious phantom. At first, Letitia says no, knowing that she could be overtaken by the spirit, however, she comes to realize she is her only hope.

Around this story, is a secondary story. Young girls have gone missing, several over the last two years but two have gone missing within months of each other, and now Alasdair's niece is one of them. She is tasked with discovering if one of them is still alive and when she finally sees what is at the core of this horror it may be too late. Can she find the entity doing such vile things to young girls and save Alasdair's niece before its too late?

This story.....wow. I really enjoyed the story. Such intricacy with the characters, the descriptions of, not only the settings but what was happening "behind the veil." Letitia herself is a complex person with flaws and insecurities, about her past and her abilities. Alasdair starts out a rude and seemingly demanding man, yet over the chapters turns out to be more than that.

The ending is just as I wanted it to be. I wont give too much away but I will say, I love a happy ending. This is labeled as a horror story and in such, there are horrors here. But more of the real kinds of horrors. Although there are not graphic descriptions of the horrors, the suggestions (rape, suicide, possession) are there. The book does come with a warning so those who are more sensitive to such topics, should avoid reading this. I received an advanced copy free from Booksirens for an honest review.
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