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
    !! 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
    (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
    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...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    May 14, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Kiwi Carlisle
    Aug 03, 2018
    This is not a book to gallop through, and not probably to make the only book you are reading unless you can stand to submerge yourself in an atmosphere of deep sorrow . It?s set in the midst of the American Spiritualist frenzy of the nineteenth century, exacerbated by the horrific nu...
  • Cindy
    Mar 30, 2018
    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...
  • Sarah
    Jun 20, 2018
    Jon Michael Varese's recently-published novel,  The Spirit Photographer, is part historical fiction and part supernatural mystery and will appeal to fans of both genres. The novel strikes a nice balance between period detail and character development and I was engrossed immediately b...
  • Rebecca
    Apr 18, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Apr 15, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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...