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The Unseen

Echoes from the Past, Book 5
Written by: Irina Shapiro
Narrated by: Wendy Wolfson
Series: Echoes from the Past, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
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2014. When skeletal remains are discovered in a bathtub concealed in a secret chamber in a London mansion, Quinn’s only clue is a Fabergé necklace that may have belonged to the victim. As she delves into the life of Valentina, a young Russian refugee who came to live in the house after the Russian Revolution, she’s reminded once again that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. 

1917. Wealthy, beautiful, and titled, Valentina has enjoyed a gilded existence, but the winds of change blow across Russia, forever sweeping away the life she knew and bringing unspeakable pain and loss. Thrust into the role of head of the family, Valentina quickly learns that not everyone can be trusted, and sometimes true love can be found in the most unexpected places.

©2018 Irina Shapiro (P)2019 Irina Shapiro

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  • 🎧 Jhommie Kem-ing
  • 2019-05-04

The Unseen by Irina Shapiro

Emotional and full of bitter sweet memories. The history was superb and the amazing ability of Quinn is wonderful. To where Irina gets her story from I'm not sure but what I'm sure of is this is definitely one of a kind and really remarkable.

The narration by Wendy Wolfson was also great. Her male character narration was really good. I love the total package of everything in this novel!

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  • Kiss
  • 2019-04-18

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In 2014 Quinn is settling into a routine, trying to juggle her work as an archeologist, being a mother two two children, one of whom is a newborn, being a wife, having a social life, and still using the past to investigate murders from long ago. When she's brought to a London flat, she finds it frozen in the Edwardian ages, but that's not the strangest part. There's a skeleton in a clawfoot tub, hidden behind a secret door. Now Quinn is left to use her special talents to find out who the person was, how they died, and who killed them.

In 1917 aristocratic young lady Valentina narrowly escaped Russia with her life, as being well-born was a death sentence in the Revolution. She makes it to London with her mother and younger siblings without the wealth and prestige she once enjoyed. When a relative named Dmitry offers his help, Valentina's family accepts without considering the secret cost. Who was once to be their savior soon becomes Valentina's worst nightmare as the family fights for survival in a new land.

Armed with a Fabergè egg necklace, Quinn dives into the past to solve the mystery of the body left to rot in a London flat for a hundred years. But that's not the one on her mind. The whereabouts of her long lost twin still haunt her and she's left to wonder who she will find first, the killer or her sister.

I really identified with Quinn in this book as she tried to find a balance in life with a new baby. It's nice to see a normal character who doesn't immediately fall into the role of picture perfect mom who has it all without a care. She puts in the work, as all parents do, and it was lovely to see her overcome different challenges. Although most challenges she's faced so far like a plot to murder her, the reveal of her birth family, and the fact she can see through time are some many people will ever go through.

Valentina's story was an interesting one. When we think about the Russian Revolution, we usually think about the lost princess Anastasia and the rest of the Romanov family or the wild death of Rasputin. We don't see much about the aristocrats that managed to hop trains, flee their homes on horseback, or buy their way to a different land, dressed as a peasant. Her struggle to grieve the loss of her former life and her father and fiancé while trying to keep her remaining family afloat was something I can assume many faced when in a supposed safe place. From page one, I worried what would happen to poor Valentina. 

Shapiro did a fantastic job weaving in Russian history and facts into a thrilling drama of betrayal and loss. I suppose that shouldn't be surprising since Shapiro herself was born in Moscow. Still, many authors forgo historical facts to focus more on just the story. She does neither, perfectly pairing the past and present to create a book that doesn't sacrifice a thing.

I don't think there will ever be enough praise for this series, which is perfect for lovers of women's fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, time travel, romance, or just plain good books.

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  • Just My Opinion
  • 2019-10-29

Different Twist!

This book took a different twist than the previous books, which was a nice change. The person murdered actually deserved it as he was a vile and despicable human being. There was however still a lot of sadness and emotional moments through it as it involved the Russian Revolution and other delicate circumstances that main character,Valentina, had to endure. We also learned more about Quinn and Gabe’s lives and family. This series continues to be highly entertaining and enjoyable to follow and of course Wendy Wolfson helps make it that much more enjoyable with her amazing narration. I received a free copy of this audiobook and have voluntarily provided an unbiased review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-24

My Favorite in the Echoes Series

This was my FAVORITE book in the Echoes from the Past Series. I loved the main character's attitude, determination , intelligence, and forward thinking mindset. She was a woman well ahead of history. I appreciate the sacrifices that Tina Swift made in order to preserve her family and secrets. I admire people who can take secrets to the grave.

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  • richard joesten
  • 2019-11-05

The Unseen

This series just gets better with each book in the series. I love how Quinn is able to get past obsticles in her own life as well. As do what she does for her work. The Narrator does an astounding job at the voices and personalities. The Author does a fantastic job at bringing to worlds into this read. I am loving this series. I would love to see it on netflix. This is a fantastic audiobook. A definite must listen.
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  • Lisa M.
  • 2019-09-27

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I'll do my best not to give spoilers. Book 5 is by far my favorite. To gave a skeleton be someone that deserved to die was a great and welcomed twist to the Echoes of the Past series. This book is set in a very different time and place. Some in Russia and of course England. Plus being set in the 1900's it's nice to get some input from family members still alive for Quinn to talk to. I highly recommend this book and series. I very much enjoy all the work that is obvious in getting history right and being able to blend seamlessly with the present. Irina does a great job of quickly luring you in and giving us a history lesson. The narrator is obviously professional and skilled in helping give each character their own voice. No mispronounced words or weird pauses that some new narrator's for whatever reason keep in their released recordings. Great Job Irina and Wendy on a book very well done.

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  • sherry Christenson
  • 2019-09-15

There are not enough stars for this book!

The Unseen is brilliant. Probably my favorite since the Lovers. I love everyone of the books in this series but this one is just extra special. It’s difficult to say why without spoilers so I will just say o wish I could give it 10 Stars!
Wendy Wolfson is just perfect as she is in every book

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  • Heather
  • 2019-07-21

My Most Favorite To Date

Irina Shapiro’s fifth installment in the Echoes from the Past series, The Unseen is my most favorite to date. I could not put this one down and finished it one day. The storyline of both the present day and past characters touched my heart. I can not wait to know what happens in the next book.

Wendy Wolfson’s clear voice continues to bring the characters to life with clarity and ease.

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  • Petro van Vuuren
  • 2019-06-27

Quite unseen indeed

By reading all the Echoes of the Past series so far... this one was truly unseen indeed. Quite a turn of events but trule enjoyable.
The author outdid herself with the story. I shed quite a few tears on behalf of the characters.
once again it was extremely well narrated.

Thanks for all the research that goes into these books... I enjoyed the history lessons immensely

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  • norma
  • 2019-05-25

The Unseen

Irina Shapiro is a wonderful storyteller! I love the way she wrote this series. Each book has a view into the past through the archeologist,Dr. Quinn Allenby’s special gift. This book is about a young aristocrat, Valentina, who left Russia during the 1917 revolution with her mother, sister, and brother to live in England. Valentina’s story is heart wrenching as she assumes responsibility for her family’s survival.

The narration by Wendy Wolfson was perfect!