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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 132 x 205 x 21mm | 249g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1401341942
  • 9781401341947
  • 513,919

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"Webb once again mines the secrets of an old mansion for an effective contemporary supernatural thriller."--Publishers Weekly
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About Wendy Webb

Wendy Webb's first novel, The Tale of Halcyon Crane, was the 2011 winner of the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction, and an IndieNext Pick from the Independent Booksellers' Association, a Midwest Connections Pick from the Midwest Booksellers Association and a Great Lakes, Great Reads Pick from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association. Her second novel, The Fate of Mercy Alban, was also a Midwest Connections Pick and IndieNext Pick. Wendy is the editor of Duluth-Superior Magazine, celebrating the area she features in her gothic thrillers. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and her beloved Alaskan Malamutes. Visit her at, and on Facebook/WendyWebbAuthor.
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Rating details

4,330 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 23% (994)
4 35% (1,499)
3 30% (1,278)
2 10% (448)
1 3% (111)

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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 their '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!show more
by Peggy Arthurs
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