Review 1786: The Unforeseen

Although I haven’t yet read Dorothy Macardle’s The Uninvited, the movie based on it remains one of my favorites for Halloween. I didn’t realize that The Unforeseen is not a sequel to it but a follow-up and that a few of the characters make a reappearance. So, I’m reading and reviewing out of order.

Virgilia Wilde cannot afford to live in the city while she is sending her daughter Nan to art school in London, so she buys a cottage in the wilds of Wicklow. There she enjoys herself rambling the countryside and working on a children’s book about birds. However, she begins having strange experiences. First, she thinks she is seeing ghosts—a shadow in the doorway when no one is there, a telegram being delivered when one isn’t. She fears she is losing her mind so consults Dr. Franks, a psychiatrist. But he thinks there is nothing wrong with her. He consults his son Perry, who is a doctor with an interest in parapsychology, and eventually they realize that Virgilia is having visions of the future.

In the meantime, Nan has a frightening encounter with a sculptor and decides to come home for the summer while she works on illustrations for a book. Virgilia doesn’t want Nan to know about her visions, but soon she has some frightening ones.

This is a good little thriller with a supernatural angle to it. It has convincing characters and beautiful descriptions of the Irish countryside, reflecting the relative peace of Ireland during World War II.

Dark Enchantment

The Uninhabited House

The Victorian Chaise-Longue

6 thoughts on “Review 1786: The Unforeseen

  1. Janakay | YouMightAsWellRead January 17, 2022 / 3:13 pm

    This one sounds fun–I love stories with a paranormal angle to them! Dorothy Macardle is new to me so thanks for the review (I’ve now added both to my TBR).

    • whatmeread January 18, 2022 / 12:53 am

      You might want to read The Uninvited first just to know who a character is that shows up towards the end.

      • Janakay | YouMightAsWellRead January 18, 2022 / 6:51 am

        Thanks for the tip! I looked at both yesterday and will definitely read Uninvited first (probably won’t get to it until next October, when I try to do some theme reading for Halloween).

      • whatmeread January 18, 2022 / 10:55 am

        Good choice!

  2. Cathy746books January 18, 2022 / 5:44 am

    I loved The Uninvited when I read it a few years back – must check this one out.

    • whatmeread January 18, 2022 / 10:55 am

      Yes, sort of a follow-up, but not much of one.

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