The Vanishing by Wendy Webb

Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: Hyperian
My source: Netgalley
Genre: Gothic Suspense
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781401305970

Author’s Website

Synopsis:
Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired . . . and who the world believes is dead.

When she arrives at the Sinclairs’ enormous estate on Lake Superior, Julia begins to suspect that there may be sinister undercurrents to her “too-good-to-be-true” position. As Julia delves into the reasons of why Amaris chose to abandon her successful writing career and withdraw from the public eye, her search leads to unsettling connections to her own family tree, making her wonder why she really was invited to Havenwood in the first place, and what monstrous secrets are still held prisoner within its walls.

I LOVED this book! I read it in one day. Couldn’t put it down. This is my second Wendy Webb book and I am a fan! The thing of it is, I’ve never really been a ghost story reader, but for some reason I can’t put Ms. Webb’s books down once I start one! I read The Fate of Mercy Alban in one day too.

I connect to the characters. I ‘see’ the house and surroundings. It’s a setting I like. Set in Minnesota on Lake Superior in the winter. Think blizzard, haunted mansion, stuck inside! The writer does an excellent job of keeping you in suspense. Not ever really knowing who’s the ‘good guys’ or ‘bad guys’ until the very end. And there’s always a wonderful mystery connected to long buried family secrets to solve, as well as a little romance, along the way.

Oh yea, on cold snowy winter day in January, your going to want to read this one!

Peggy Ann

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