The Unsealing

Love, Lust, and Murder in the Gilded Age

Fiction - Literary
480 Pages
Reviewed on 02/25/2023
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Author Biography

Award-winning author Robert Brighton is an authority on the Gilded Age, and a believer that the Victorian era was anything but stuffy. On the contrary, in his books Brighton exposes the turbulent passions of the era, always bubbling just below the surface — brought to life through a process of painstaking research.

When he is not sniffing out unsolved mysteries, Brighton is a wanderer. He has traveled anonymously in more than 50 countries around the world, personally throwing himself into every situation his characters will face — from underground ruins to opium dens — and (so far) living to tell about it.

A graduate of the Sorbonne, Paris, Robert Brighton is an avid student of early twentieth century history and literature, an ardent and relentless investigator, and an admirer of Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, and Jim Morrison.

He lives in Virginia with his wife and their two cats.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bernadette Longu for Readers' Favorite

In The Unsealing, Robert Brighton has taken an unusual genre and written a story that catches the reader's attention from the opening overture to the last page of the book. This plot covers intrigue, murder, romance, love lost, ill-gotten gains, blackmail, greed, and guilt. Don't forget reconciliation and forgiveness and any other characteristics that humankind displays. The story takes place in the year 1901 and ends in January 1902 with an array of interesting main and supporting characters.

Robert Brighton has taken the good and the bad characteristics that can be found in human nature and has placed them in several characters. Brighton waltzes these characters with all their flaws throughout the story, making them believable, and more and more the reader cannot believe that these people can do some of the things that happen but they do. Brighton holds the reader's attention to the end, especially with the twist in the tale that I doubt anyone would expect. This is a must-read as it kept me up at night to finish it. Nothing is predictable from the beginning to the conclusion. The Unsealing by Robert Brighton is a book well worth reading. Thank you for a very exciting and interesting read.