The Spirit Photographer

The Spirit Photographer

Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. He lures grieving widows and mourning mothers into his studio with promises of catching the ghosts of their deceased loved ones with his camera. Despite the whispers around town that Moody is a fraud of the basest kind, no one has been able Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departe...

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Title:The Spirit Photographer
Author:Jon Michael Varese
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Spirit Photographer
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Spirit Photographer Reviews

  • Cheri
    Mar 21, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

  • Debbi
    Jan 25, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

    This was a really interesting read. The book kept me guessing from start to finish; I was never quite sure if the photographer was a fraud or if he really did have the ability to capture ghosts in his photographs. The author managed to create an atmosphere of ambiguity that really comp...

    A friend?s first book about two con artist ?spirit? photographers during the post civil war who hoodwink people into thinking they?ve taken pictures of ghosts, but who then surprisingly make an authentic spirit photograph of someone they both once knew. This book felt impeccabl...

    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC. A epic saga that will have you jumping, outraged, and elated at different times. Loved reading about my home state of louisiana too. ...

    The premise was a good idea; however there is a back story that I wasn't suspecting. I enjoyed the novel although at times I was a little confused. I wasn't sure if he was in the present or the past. I was hoping for a little more, but it just wasn't there. Three stars for me. ...

    I received an advanced reading copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. This was a strong debut. Overall the plot was sensational enough that I wanted to read through to the end. The characters had considerable depth. I enjoyed how the perspective seamlessly changed from ...

    (Thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy) Set in Boston not long after the end of the Civil War, "The Spirit Photographer" is the story of a man, Edward Moody, who takes "spirit photographs", which are photographs of live people, but when developed, a spirit from the people's p...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Mar 02, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

  • Annie
    Mar 20, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

    This was a really interesting read. The book kept me guessing from start to finish; I was never quite sure if the photographer was a fraud or if he really did have the ability to capture ghosts in his photographs. The author managed to create an atmosphere of ambiguity that really comp...

    A friend?s first book about two con artist ?spirit? photographers during the post civil war who hoodwink people into thinking they?ve taken pictures of ghosts, but who then surprisingly make an authentic spirit photograph of someone they both once knew. This book felt impeccabl...

    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC. A epic saga that will have you jumping, outraged, and elated at different times. Loved reading about my home state of louisiana too. ...

    The premise was a good idea; however there is a back story that I wasn't suspecting. I enjoyed the novel although at times I was a little confused. I wasn't sure if he was in the present or the past. I was hoping for a little more, but it just wasn't there. Three stars for me. ...

    I received an advanced reading copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. This was a strong debut. Overall the plot was sensational enough that I wanted to read through to the end. The characters had considerable depth. I enjoyed how the perspective seamlessly changed from ...

    (Thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy) Set in Boston not long after the end of the Civil War, "The Spirit Photographer" is the story of a man, Edward Moody, who takes "spirit photographs", which are photographs of live people, but when developed, a spirit from the people's p...

    I?m always looking for novels like this. The Spirit Photographer is both a page-turning thriller and well-researched historical fiction. And on top of that it?s beautifully written. I particularly like that the haunting that?s so central to the book can be interpreted as either s...

    The immediate appeal of this book to me was the Southern Gothic feel and the idea of spirit photography. Spiritualism always seems to have its rise during times of war but the idea of it being mixed in with the rise of new forms of technology is really interesting to me. The plot its...

    Princess Fuzzypants here: Victorian times saw an increase in spiritualism on both sides of the Atlantic. In America, after a bloody and divisive Civil War, people were desperate to connect with deceased loved ones. No matter what you may think about the supernatural, frauds and charla...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Spirit Photographer is a historical fiction novel that takes readers on a journey from the bustling streets of Boston to the Louisiana bayou during 1870 with a man who is seekin...

    I'm currently revising my novel about a Victorian trance medium, so I was excited about the premise of this novel. I read the first few chapters at night and then asked myself the next night if I wanted to continue. The answer in this case was no. It's very slow to start. By about the...

    When I requested The Spirit Photographer, by Jon Michael Varese, I had no idea that the story of a man who claims to take pictures of spirits would take me into the hell of American slavery and the injustice of the Fugitive Slave Act. But now that I think about it, the opening scenes r...

  • Onceinabluemoon
    May 14, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

  • Caroline
    Jun 03, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

    This was a really interesting read. The book kept me guessing from start to finish; I was never quite sure if the photographer was a fraud or if he really did have the ability to capture ghosts in his photographs. The author managed to create an atmosphere of ambiguity that really comp...

    A friend?s first book about two con artist ?spirit? photographers during the post civil war who hoodwink people into thinking they?ve taken pictures of ghosts, but who then surprisingly make an authentic spirit photograph of someone they both once knew. This book felt impeccabl...

  • Cindy
    Mar 30, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

  • Kristine
    Apr 06, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

    This was a really interesting read. The book kept me guessing from start to finish; I was never quite sure if the photographer was a fraud or if he really did have the ability to capture ghosts in his photographs. The author managed to create an atmosphere of ambiguity that really comp...

    A friend?s first book about two con artist ?spirit? photographers during the post civil war who hoodwink people into thinking they?ve taken pictures of ghosts, but who then surprisingly make an authentic spirit photograph of someone they both once knew. This book felt impeccabl...

    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC. A epic saga that will have you jumping, outraged, and elated at different times. Loved reading about my home state of louisiana too. ...

    The premise was a good idea; however there is a back story that I wasn't suspecting. I enjoyed the novel although at times I was a little confused. I wasn't sure if he was in the present or the past. I was hoping for a little more, but it just wasn't there. Three stars for me. ...

    I received an advanced reading copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. This was a strong debut. Overall the plot was sensational enough that I wanted to read through to the end. The characters had considerable depth. I enjoyed how the perspective seamlessly changed from ...

    (Thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy) Set in Boston not long after the end of the Civil War, "The Spirit Photographer" is the story of a man, Edward Moody, who takes "spirit photographs", which are photographs of live people, but when developed, a spirit from the people's p...

    I?m always looking for novels like this. The Spirit Photographer is both a page-turning thriller and well-researched historical fiction. And on top of that it?s beautifully written. I particularly like that the haunting that?s so central to the book can be interpreted as either s...

    The immediate appeal of this book to me was the Southern Gothic feel and the idea of spirit photography. Spiritualism always seems to have its rise during times of war but the idea of it being mixed in with the rise of new forms of technology is really interesting to me. The plot its...

    Princess Fuzzypants here: Victorian times saw an increase in spiritualism on both sides of the Atlantic. In America, after a bloody and divisive Civil War, people were desperate to connect with deceased loved ones. No matter what you may think about the supernatural, frauds and charla...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Spirit Photographer is a historical fiction novel that takes readers on a journey from the bustling streets of Boston to the Louisiana bayou during 1870 with a man who is seekin...

    I'm currently revising my novel about a Victorian trance medium, so I was excited about the premise of this novel. I read the first few chapters at night and then asked myself the next night if I wanted to continue. The answer in this case was no. It's very slow to start. By about the...

    When I requested The Spirit Photographer, by Jon Michael Varese, I had no idea that the story of a man who claims to take pictures of spirits would take me into the hell of American slavery and the injustice of the Fugitive Slave Act. But now that I think about it, the opening scenes r...

    The Spirit Photographer by Jon Michael Varese is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late March. Inspired by the real-life work of William H. Mumler, the author creates the fictional character of Edward Moody, who is a spirit photographer during the Spiritualism movement of the 18...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Apr 18, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

  • Kimberly Mussell
    May 31, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

    This was a really interesting read. The book kept me guessing from start to finish; I was never quite sure if the photographer was a fraud or if he really did have the ability to capture ghosts in his photographs. The author managed to create an atmosphere of ambiguity that really comp...

    A friend?s first book about two con artist ?spirit? photographers during the post civil war who hoodwink people into thinking they?ve taken pictures of ghosts, but who then surprisingly make an authentic spirit photograph of someone they both once knew. This book felt impeccabl...

    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC. A epic saga that will have you jumping, outraged, and elated at different times. Loved reading about my home state of louisiana too. ...

    The premise was a good idea; however there is a back story that I wasn't suspecting. I enjoyed the novel although at times I was a little confused. I wasn't sure if he was in the present or the past. I was hoping for a little more, but it just wasn't there. Three stars for me. ...

  • Marissa
    Apr 19, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

    This was a really interesting read. The book kept me guessing from start to finish; I was never quite sure if the photographer was a fraud or if he really did have the ability to capture ghosts in his photographs. The author managed to create an atmosphere of ambiguity that really comp...

    A friend?s first book about two con artist ?spirit? photographers during the post civil war who hoodwink people into thinking they?ve taken pictures of ghosts, but who then surprisingly make an authentic spirit photograph of someone they both once knew. This book felt impeccabl...

    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC. A epic saga that will have you jumping, outraged, and elated at different times. Loved reading about my home state of louisiana too. ...

    The premise was a good idea; however there is a back story that I wasn't suspecting. I enjoyed the novel although at times I was a little confused. I wasn't sure if he was in the present or the past. I was hoping for a little more, but it just wasn't there. Three stars for me. ...

    I received an advanced reading copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. This was a strong debut. Overall the plot was sensational enough that I wanted to read through to the end. The characters had considerable depth. I enjoyed how the perspective seamlessly changed from ...

    (Thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy) Set in Boston not long after the end of the Civil War, "The Spirit Photographer" is the story of a man, Edward Moody, who takes "spirit photographs", which are photographs of live people, but when developed, a spirit from the people's p...

    I?m always looking for novels like this. The Spirit Photographer is both a page-turning thriller and well-researched historical fiction. And on top of that it?s beautifully written. I particularly like that the haunting that?s so central to the book can be interpreted as either s...

    The immediate appeal of this book to me was the Southern Gothic feel and the idea of spirit photography. Spiritualism always seems to have its rise during times of war but the idea of it being mixed in with the rise of new forms of technology is really interesting to me. The plot its...

    Princess Fuzzypants here: Victorian times saw an increase in spiritualism on both sides of the Atlantic. In America, after a bloody and divisive Civil War, people were desperate to connect with deceased loved ones. No matter what you may think about the supernatural, frauds and charla...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Spirit Photographer is a historical fiction novel that takes readers on a journey from the bustling streets of Boston to the Louisiana bayou during 1870 with a man who is seekin...

  • Bonnye Reed
    Dec 09, 2017

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

  • Jason
    Mar 29, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

  • Fran
    Dec 02, 2017

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

  • Elizabeth Cole
    Mar 16, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

  • nikkia neil
    May 30, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

    This was a really interesting read. The book kept me guessing from start to finish; I was never quite sure if the photographer was a fraud or if he really did have the ability to capture ghosts in his photographs. The author managed to create an atmosphere of ambiguity that really comp...

    A friend?s first book about two con artist ?spirit? photographers during the post civil war who hoodwink people into thinking they?ve taken pictures of ghosts, but who then surprisingly make an authentic spirit photograph of someone they both once knew. This book felt impeccabl...

    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC. A epic saga that will have you jumping, outraged, and elated at different times. Loved reading about my home state of louisiana too. ...

  • Nia Ireland
    Mar 30, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

    This was a really interesting read. The book kept me guessing from start to finish; I was never quite sure if the photographer was a fraud or if he really did have the ability to capture ghosts in his photographs. The author managed to create an atmosphere of ambiguity that really comp...

    A friend?s first book about two con artist ?spirit? photographers during the post civil war who hoodwink people into thinking they?ve taken pictures of ghosts, but who then surprisingly make an authentic spirit photograph of someone they both once knew. This book felt impeccabl...

    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC. A epic saga that will have you jumping, outraged, and elated at different times. Loved reading about my home state of louisiana too. ...

    The premise was a good idea; however there is a back story that I wasn't suspecting. I enjoyed the novel although at times I was a little confused. I wasn't sure if he was in the present or the past. I was hoping for a little more, but it just wasn't there. Three stars for me. ...

    I received an advanced reading copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. This was a strong debut. Overall the plot was sensational enough that I wanted to read through to the end. The characters had considerable depth. I enjoyed how the perspective seamlessly changed from ...

    (Thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy) Set in Boston not long after the end of the Civil War, "The Spirit Photographer" is the story of a man, Edward Moody, who takes "spirit photographs", which are photographs of live people, but when developed, a spirit from the people's p...

    I?m always looking for novels like this. The Spirit Photographer is both a page-turning thriller and well-researched historical fiction. And on top of that it?s beautifully written. I particularly like that the haunting that?s so central to the book can be interpreted as either s...

    The immediate appeal of this book to me was the Southern Gothic feel and the idea of spirit photography. Spiritualism always seems to have its rise during times of war but the idea of it being mixed in with the rise of new forms of technology is really interesting to me. The plot its...

  • Waverly Fitzgerald
    May 20, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

    This was a really interesting read. The book kept me guessing from start to finish; I was never quite sure if the photographer was a fraud or if he really did have the ability to capture ghosts in his photographs. The author managed to create an atmosphere of ambiguity that really comp...

    A friend?s first book about two con artist ?spirit? photographers during the post civil war who hoodwink people into thinking they?ve taken pictures of ghosts, but who then surprisingly make an authentic spirit photograph of someone they both once knew. This book felt impeccabl...

    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC. A epic saga that will have you jumping, outraged, and elated at different times. Loved reading about my home state of louisiana too. ...

    The premise was a good idea; however there is a back story that I wasn't suspecting. I enjoyed the novel although at times I was a little confused. I wasn't sure if he was in the present or the past. I was hoping for a little more, but it just wasn't there. Three stars for me. ...

    I received an advanced reading copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. This was a strong debut. Overall the plot was sensational enough that I wanted to read through to the end. The characters had considerable depth. I enjoyed how the perspective seamlessly changed from ...

    (Thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy) Set in Boston not long after the end of the Civil War, "The Spirit Photographer" is the story of a man, Edward Moody, who takes "spirit photographs", which are photographs of live people, but when developed, a spirit from the people's p...

    I?m always looking for novels like this. The Spirit Photographer is both a page-turning thriller and well-researched historical fiction. And on top of that it?s beautifully written. I particularly like that the haunting that?s so central to the book can be interpreted as either s...

    The immediate appeal of this book to me was the Southern Gothic feel and the idea of spirit photography. Spiritualism always seems to have its rise during times of war but the idea of it being mixed in with the rise of new forms of technology is really interesting to me. The plot its...

    Princess Fuzzypants here: Victorian times saw an increase in spiritualism on both sides of the Atlantic. In America, after a bloody and divisive Civil War, people were desperate to connect with deceased loved ones. No matter what you may think about the supernatural, frauds and charla...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Spirit Photographer is a historical fiction novel that takes readers on a journey from the bustling streets of Boston to the Louisiana bayou during 1870 with a man who is seekin...

    I'm currently revising my novel about a Victorian trance medium, so I was excited about the premise of this novel. I read the first few chapters at night and then asked myself the next night if I wanted to continue. The answer in this case was no. It's very slow to start. By about the...

  • Melissa Joulwan
    Jan 21, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

  • Nicole Beaudry
    May 11, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

  • Susan Johnston
    Mar 23, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

    This was a really interesting read. The book kept me guessing from start to finish; I was never quite sure if the photographer was a fraud or if he really did have the ability to capture ghosts in his photographs. The author managed to create an atmosphere of ambiguity that really comp...

    A friend?s first book about two con artist ?spirit? photographers during the post civil war who hoodwink people into thinking they?ve taken pictures of ghosts, but who then surprisingly make an authentic spirit photograph of someone they both once knew. This book felt impeccabl...

    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC. A epic saga that will have you jumping, outraged, and elated at different times. Loved reading about my home state of louisiana too. ...

    The premise was a good idea; however there is a back story that I wasn't suspecting. I enjoyed the novel although at times I was a little confused. I wasn't sure if he was in the present or the past. I was hoping for a little more, but it just wasn't there. Three stars for me. ...

    I received an advanced reading copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. This was a strong debut. Overall the plot was sensational enough that I wanted to read through to the end. The characters had considerable depth. I enjoyed how the perspective seamlessly changed from ...

    (Thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy) Set in Boston not long after the end of the Civil War, "The Spirit Photographer" is the story of a man, Edward Moody, who takes "spirit photographs", which are photographs of live people, but when developed, a spirit from the people's p...

    I?m always looking for novels like this. The Spirit Photographer is both a page-turning thriller and well-researched historical fiction. And on top of that it?s beautifully written. I particularly like that the haunting that?s so central to the book can be interpreted as either s...

    The immediate appeal of this book to me was the Southern Gothic feel and the idea of spirit photography. Spiritualism always seems to have its rise during times of war but the idea of it being mixed in with the rise of new forms of technology is really interesting to me. The plot its...

    Princess Fuzzypants here: Victorian times saw an increase in spiritualism on both sides of the Atlantic. In America, after a bloody and divisive Civil War, people were desperate to connect with deceased loved ones. No matter what you may think about the supernatural, frauds and charla...

  • Contrary Reader
    Apr 26, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    Apr 15, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

  • Kate Eminhizer
    Feb 10, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

    This was a really interesting read. The book kept me guessing from start to finish; I was never quite sure if the photographer was a fraud or if he really did have the ability to capture ghosts in his photographs. The author managed to create an atmosphere of ambiguity that really comp...

    A friend?s first book about two con artist ?spirit? photographers during the post civil war who hoodwink people into thinking they?ve taken pictures of ghosts, but who then surprisingly make an authentic spirit photograph of someone they both once knew. This book felt impeccabl...

    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC. A epic saga that will have you jumping, outraged, and elated at different times. Loved reading about my home state of louisiana too. ...

    The premise was a good idea; however there is a back story that I wasn't suspecting. I enjoyed the novel although at times I was a little confused. I wasn't sure if he was in the present or the past. I was hoping for a little more, but it just wasn't there. Three stars for me. ...

    I received an advanced reading copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. This was a strong debut. Overall the plot was sensational enough that I wanted to read through to the end. The characters had considerable depth. I enjoyed how the perspective seamlessly changed from ...

  • Merryl Todd
    Dec 30, 2017

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

  • Deanne Patterson
    Apr 25, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    Apr 26, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

  • Karen
    May 25, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

  • Alex (PaperbackPiano)
    Jun 07, 2018

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

    This was a really interesting read. The book kept me guessing from start to finish; I was never quite sure if the photographer was a fraud or if he really did have the ability to capture ghosts in his photographs. The author managed to create an atmosphere of ambiguity that really comp...

  • MJG
    Jun 24, 2017

    Written accounts of the Civil War have been further enhanced by photographic documentation provided by Matthew Brady. In this historical fiction novel, Brady has sent an apprentice, Edward Moody, to photograph the carnage at Antietam in 1862. After viewing the photos of dead bodies and...

    4 glowing stars to The Spirit Photographer! ? ? ? ? It?s 1870 in Boston, and photographer Edward Moody?s job is to capture spirits of departed loved ones in photos. The word on the street is that Moody is a scammer, but at the same time, his popularity is spreading, and...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Banner of Light ?Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 5, 1865 ?A NEW PHASE of spiritual manifestations is exciting a great deal of attention and wonder in those who take an interest in the grand and beautiful subject of spirit communion. If this pheno...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. " Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading snippets of newspaper columns all ...

    Varese?s debut novel was inspired by the life story of the real-life father of spirit photography, William H. Mumler. His fictional stand-in here is Edward Moody, who was a battlefield photographer under Matthew Brady and now owns his own photography studio in Boston. Moody considers...

    The Civil War may be over, but it has left a lot of women mourning husbands and sons. This has seen an increase in spiritualism. And in Boston, there is a man, Edward Moody that is said to be able to take your picture and you dearly departed will appear as a ghost in the picture. Despi...

    The title and cover photo drew me to this novel. I've been really into historical fiction lately and as a genealogist, this was my kind of story. It's set after the Civil War has ended and a photographer, Moody, has had his fill of photographing depressing battle field images. So he...

    The author of this book is a follower of my blog, and I got a preview copy. I'm so lucky to be in contact with such talented, intelligent people! I devoured this book in two days?I needed to know the truth about the spirit in the photograph! The book jacket copy is practically a c...

    What a wild ride! The book is set just after slavery ends, the freed slaves are trying to find their place in the world and things are on the edge of heading back to how they were, whilst all this is happening there is a spirit photographer, named Moody, at the centre of a battle betw...

    I didn't love this. I recently read a great non-fiction on the subject of Spirit Photography. Varese has managed to take a spectacularly interesting subject, dumb it down, add a half-baked mystery, some dull characters impossible to connect with, a little bit of extra-marital drama and...

    GNab Jon Michael Varese brings us an excellent tale based on facts of the reconstruction years following the Civil War. We travel from Boston to New Orleans and into the cypress swamps with photographer Edward Moody and his black assistant Joseph Winter following the long cold trail of...

    The Spirit Photographer is a Southern Gothic literary novel, which has outstanding detail and truly brings alive the era. The fact that it is a debut novel only makes it more astounding. As I would recommend this for fans of The Underground railroad by Colson Whitehead. It is that good...

    Taking place in Boston in 1870 after the Civil War is over. Photographer Edward Moody sees all the stress and sadness from the widows and mothers of the departed. He promises to capture the ghost of ones dearly departed loved ones. After the Civil War interest in Spiritualism increases...

    I really enjoyed this one. Having read Lincoln in the Bardo and not being able to quite engage with its creative narrative- this book shared similarities and delivered. It manages to weave many heavy plot threads and still keep your attention due to its pacy development. I felt that it...

    4.5 what a ride, knew nothing when I started and was drawn in instantly, shocked to find this was historical fiction and thoroughly enjoyed ever minute. I think it's best to know nothing, then no expectations and everything is new and unfolding, right down to the historical events of t...

    Congratulations Jon Varese on a thoroughly enjoyable debut novel! Varese takes the reader on a journey from Boston, Massachusetts through to the swamp lands of New Orleans as we follow the main character, Edward Moody and his companion Joseph Winter as they travel through the post-civi...

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** I am my families resident genealogist. When I saw the book about ?spirit photography? it totally piq...

    This was a really interesting read. The book kept me guessing from start to finish; I was never quite sure if the photographer was a fraud or if he really did have the ability to capture ghosts in his photographs. The author managed to create an atmosphere of ambiguity that really comp...

    A friend?s first book about two con artist ?spirit? photographers during the post civil war who hoodwink people into thinking they?ve taken pictures of ghosts, but who then surprisingly make an authentic spirit photograph of someone they both once knew. This book felt impeccabl...

    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC. A epic saga that will have you jumping, outraged, and elated at different times. Loved reading about my home state of louisiana too. ...

    The premise was a good idea; however there is a back story that I wasn't suspecting. I enjoyed the novel although at times I was a little confused. I wasn't sure if he was in the present or the past. I was hoping for a little more, but it just wasn't there. Three stars for me. ...

    I received an advanced reading copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. This was a strong debut. Overall the plot was sensational enough that I wanted to read through to the end. The characters had considerable depth. I enjoyed how the perspective seamlessly changed from ...

    (Thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy) Set in Boston not long after the end of the Civil War, "The Spirit Photographer" is the story of a man, Edward Moody, who takes "spirit photographs", which are photographs of live people, but when developed, a spirit from the people's p...

    I?m always looking for novels like this. The Spirit Photographer is both a page-turning thriller and well-researched historical fiction. And on top of that it?s beautifully written. I particularly like that the haunting that?s so central to the book can be interpreted as either s...