The Vanishing

The Vanishing

eBook - 2014
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Voice, 2014
ISBN: 9780316330572
0316330574
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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WhidbeyIslander
Sep 01, 2017

An okay book but not a solid hit. Too long and rambling in parts which led me to skim a lot of it.

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OOTäti
Nov 04, 2016

I can't give this the high praise as others. I tried really hard to like it, but it was formulaic and wasn't very "thrilling".

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chrissyp328
Aug 09, 2015

Love this author...read 3 of her books and I wish there were more.

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nidofito
Aug 15, 2014

What a trippy book. The author did a really good job with the build up. There were a ton of possibilities going through my head as Julia met and interacted with each character. A bit naive and a little too weepy for my liking, Julia wasn't the most likeable heroine but she made do. Similarly, I'm not entirely clear with her past but with books like these you're not supposed to look too deeply otherwise you'll ruin the feel of it all. Anyhoo, never trusted any of the characters completely. No one is really a good person at Havenwood even with their justification and reasonings of keeping Julia safe.

As I was saying, with the way the author was building the mystery I was uber excited for the final confrontation: the banishment. But where the author's literary powers should have combined and created the seance of the century, we got a brief little description, almost like an afterthought, which was a shame. I actually flipped the pages a few times to make sure that I hadn't missed some of it, it was that anticlimactic.

But then the latter half of the epilogue came and my mind went on a field trip with that juicy twist the author left us with. And because I am a terrible person who likes to suck the happiness out of everything I have my own version of what happened to Julia and let me tell you it does not have her cuddling with her boo muahaha.

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Tinamarie78
Jun 24, 2014

Great book-kept you guessing till the end!

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Debbi_0
May 12, 2014

I did enoy this one. It's a quick read that does surprise you, and some would say may leave the door open for a sequel...or leaves you thinking! GOOD ONE!

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stephaniedchase
Mar 08, 2014

A welcome twist on the classic gothic ghost story, featuring a contemporary setting. Clever, as Webb keeps the reader guessing just how supernatural the story is going to be, and enjoyable.

sueysurf Feb 23, 2014

Wendy Webb is an excellent writer. I finished this very suspenseful book in one week. I couldn't put it down.

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katrinalp01
Feb 18, 2014

This is a suspense with small twists and turns. It is a very easy read and a simple book. I read this in one day. Bottom line this was a fun read and good for any age.

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june2813
Feb 15, 2014

You may want to read this in broad daylight and with all the lights turned on. It's a quick and spooky read.

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