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I have always been an avid reader and history has always been a passion of mine. I am a huge historical fiction fan, who also enjoys reading gothic tales with chills and thrills, mystery and suspense and who loves stepping back in time..... A quote I once read stated: I don't live in the past..the past lives in me!.. Perhaps that's why I am a Family History/Genealogy Addict too!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014


The first book I read in 2014 is "The Vanishing" by Wendy Webb.
This book is an Advanced Ebook Copy from Netgalley.com
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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.

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5


This book is a Gothic Historical Fiction, with a good blend of romance, paranormal such as a Haunted House, a heart thumping good mystery with thrilling suspense.

Although, I feel not quite as good as her other two books, The Fate of Mercy Alban (2013) and her first book, The Tale of Halcyon Crane (2010), this book was still an exciting and enjoyable read.

If you love ghost stories and gothic tales you will enjoy this book.

I look forward to more novels from this author as she writes the type of Gothic Mysteries that I am fond of, which combines a thrilling suspense, part historical mystery and a good haunting (either psychological, physical or both!)

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