Synopsis: The Haunting of Beatrix Greene continues in “The Séance and the Knife” by Ash Parsons.
When Beatrix is possessed by a very real spirit, the seance must go on. James is forced to reveal his true motives.
Review: The Haunting of Beatrix Greene teeters on a knife’s edge. Ash Parsons precariously balances exposition and story momentum.
Picking the story up from last week. Beatrix and James both confront uncomfortable deceits and even more uncomfortable truths. Parsons’ writing within the various emotionally raw passages is evocative.
As for the ghosts, listeners only get one this week. However, others are darkly implied. Listeners following the foreshadowing will be rewarded with both internal logic and narrative inertia.
The living leads and supporting spirits aren’t the only characters to draw attention, though. Lord Stanhope enters through the front door. Internal logic, narrative economy, and unapologetic foreshadowing all dictate that he has a major part to play.
I’m also wondering more and more about Harry. Listeners get tantalizing backstory. As of now, he has dark horse written on him in a 40 point Gothic font.
Finally, Amanda Reynolds continues to impress. Her competence and clarity will also be assets during the coming trials.
Shiromi Arserio and Alister Austin continue in top form. They both have a thankless task to perform. They must simultaneously process exposition and layered emotional gut punches.
They also narrate Lord Stanhope with an equal relish of his unsavory qualities. Their performances will surely have increasing scope as Stanhope’s ultimate role becomes clear.
“The Séance and the Knife” is an excellent episode in the saga of The Haunting of Beatrix Greene. That said, I have a structural quibble.
It felt to me like this chapter should have been released last week with the first two. That way, the ending of this installment could have served as the culmination of the first act in the story.
Of course, I may change my mind on this point once I hear next week’s offering. I can’t wait.
You can purchase The Haunting of Beatrix Greene here.
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