ONSET by Shannon Hunt

Set during the late-19th-century spiritualism craze, ONSET follows skeptic Alice as she falls for a charismatic medium, who convinces her she has the power to connect with the dead. Period details and a narrator Smithies will find familiar make this a great read for historical fiction fans!


The year is 1883, and spiritualism is in vogue. Nineteen-year-old Alice Boyden doesn’t believe in spirits—she is a sensible young woman who is preparing for college—but her mother, an avid séance-goer, insists that the family attend a spiritualist summer camp in Onset, Massachusetts. There Alice falls in love with a charismatic medium, Thomas Chester Holloway, who convinces her that she has the power to correspond with the dead. She follows Thomas to the Midwest, where she finds herself caught between spirit-seekers and skeptics. Far from home, Alice is no longer sure what to believe—or whom to trust—but she finds herself drawn to a stranger who needs her help.


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Shannon Hunt is a graduate of Smith College. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband, Ben Fry, and their daughter Augusta. In addition to fiction, Shannon also writes historical and mythological themed poetry. Visit her website for more.