William Jackson Crawford is skeptical of the seances that are popular in England after World War I. But his skepticism turns to wonder after he meets Kathleen Goligher, who allows him to talk to his beloved mother’s spirit. William spends years trying to prove Kathleen is a genuine medium. After publishing astounding photographs of psychic ectoplasm in a popular science book, he begins touring the world as a guest lecturer calling himself The Spirit Engineer.
The first third of the book is a slow yawn of a tale. It’s all atmosphere and setting with little forward momentum. However, the last third is a heart-thumping twisty thrill ride. I was definitely surprised by the ending as I’m sure you will be too.
The Spirit Engineer begins as a slow-paced historical fiction tale. But the pulse-pounding whipsaw conclusion is definitely worth waiting for. 4.5 stars!
Thanks to Duckworth Books for providing an eARC in exchange for my honest review.