The life of a pyschic…
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel is a story in which not a lot happens but which gives you an insight into the mind and world of a psychic. Hilary Mantel doesn’t make her chief character in this novel any kind of charlatan or trickster. Rather she draws a fascinating portrait of a woman who truly has extra sensitivity, a sixth sense and, in a believable way, is a receiver of voices from the dead. How she reacts and handles these insistent voices and how she earns a living by using her gifts with other people is what ‘beyond black’ is all about.
Hilary Mantel is an award winning English author whose most popular recent books have been historical; novels based on the life of Thomas Cromwell, who helped Henry VIII become head of the Church of England, by devious means. She has really got under the skin of the psychic in this novel and may result in you thinking again about those who lay claim to hearing from the ‘other side’ and having abilities that most of us could never lay claim to.
– Larry Gordon