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Sight Unseen   By: (1876-1958)

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Sight Unseen by Mary Roberts Rinehart is a gripping and mysterious tale that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. From the very first page, Rinehart captivates her audience with her impeccable storytelling skills and atmospheric descriptions.

The story follows the experiences of Pat Abbott, a young woman who suddenly inherits her uncle's estate. Excited by the prospects of her new life, Pat embarks on a journey to a remote island off the coast of Maine. However, her excitement quickly turns into fear as she discovers the dark secrets lurking within the old mansion.

Rinehart's writing style is both elegant and evocative, effortlessly transporting readers into the world she has created. Her descriptions of the estate's eerie surroundings and the protagonist's increasing sense of unease are incredibly vivid, painting a vivid picture that lingers long after the book is finished.

The characters in Sight Unseen are exceptionally well-developed, each with their own distinct personalities and hidden motives. Pat Abbott, in particular, is a relatable and determined heroine who faces her fears head-on, making her a compelling protagonist to follow. The supporting characters are equally intriguing, adding depth and complexity to the overall narrative.

Additionally, the plot of Sight Unseen is expertly crafted, with Rinehart masterfully building suspense and tension with each passing chapter. As secrets are slowly unveiled and the danger escalates, readers will find themselves unable to put the book down, eager to unravel the mysteries that surround Pat's inherited estate.

While the story delves into the realm of mystery and suspense, it also touches upon deeper themes such as family, trust, and the power of perception. Rinehart explores these themes with finesse, intertwining them seamlessly within the plot and adding another layer of depth to the overall narrative.

If there is one criticism to be made, it would be that certain plot elements felt slightly predictable. However, this does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book, as Rinehart's excellent writing and intriguing characters more than make up for any minor shortcomings.

In conclusion, Sight Unseen is a compelling and enthralling mystery that will captivate readers from beginning to end. Mary Roberts Rinehart's expert storytelling, atmospheric descriptions, and well-developed characters make for an unforgettable reading experience. Fans of mystery and suspense will find themselves thoroughly entertained and eager to delve into Rinehart's other works.

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By Mary Roberts Rinehart


The rather extraordinary story revealed by the experiments of the Neighborhood Club have been until now a matter only of private record. But it seems to me, as an active participant in the investigations, that they should be given to the public; not so much for what they will add to the existing data on psychical research, for from that angle they were not unusual, but as yet another exploration into that still uncharted territory, the human mind.

The psycho analysts have taught us something about the individual mind. They have their own patter, of complexes and primal instincts, of the unconscious, which is a sort of bonded warehouse from which we clandestinely withdraw our stored thoughts and impressions. They lay to this unconscious mind of ours all phenomena that cannot otherwise be labeled, and ascribe such demonstrations of power as cannot thus be explained to trickery, to black silk threads and folding rods, to slates with false sides and a medium with chalk on his finger nail.

In other words, they give us subjective mind but never objective mind. They take the mind and its reactions on itself and on the body. But what about objective mind? Does it make its only outward manifestations through speech and action? Can we ignore the effect of mind on mind, when there are present none of the ordinary media of communication? I think not... Continue reading book >>

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