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Behind the Veil Review

Updated: Sep 11

This was a unique paranormal horror.


Rating: 4.5/5

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.

 

Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Rape


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I enjoyed this one so much more than I expected too. This was a unique paranormal horror.


We follow Letitia Hawking, who has the unique ability to see beyond the veil, the line between life and death. And Letitia uses her abilities to ease the pain of those grieving lost loved ones. But for Letitia, this is not a gift, each time she goes beyond the veil, it costs her. So Letitia has set limits on what she’s willing to do, who’s she’s willing to help and the cases she’s willing to accept. But when an uncle comes in regards to his niece who suffers from night terrors and a father comes in regards to his missing daughter, Letitia must make some tough choices about whether to help them and if so how much.


I found the storyline extremely captivating. I wanted to know what would happen next. None of the twists seemed to predictable, some I found to be actually very shocking. All the way through, I enjoyed following Letitia. Though I will say some of the transitions, more so in the beginning, felt off leaving me a bit confused on what was going on.


I found the storyline extremely captivating.

I thought this was a unique take on the idea of ghosts and death within the supernatural. It gave me vibes of the Netflix shows The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, when it comes to the presence of shadows lingering among the living.


Besides those two shows, I also got vibes similar to the book, Mexican Gothic. This was more so in terms of our main characters we meet and how they fight against the supernatural. Behind the Veil, I would say has a similar dark intensity as Mexican Gothic. This is filled with its own fair share of dark themes such as sexual assault and rape. I absolutely loved Mexican Gothic, and I can see Behind the Veil being a big hit among those who enjoyed Mexican Gothic as well.


Behind the Veil, I would say has a similar dark intensity as Mexican Gothic.

But despite the occasional off moments, I found this to be an exhilarating read. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys dark paranormal horrors! Especially if you enjoyed shows like The Haunting of Bly Manor, and books like Mexican Gothic. But this does get dark and could be intense for some. So please keep that in mind.