Ghosts don't exist in our world of today. Life is too pragmatic, too consuming, too busy for past lives to linger on longer than their allotted time, or so Halcyon had believed, until she received a letter from a lawyer claiming that her mother, whom she had thought long dead, had actually been living in another part of the country since Halcyon's early childhood. She had only recently passed away, leaving Halcyon heir to an unexpected fortune and an estate on an isolated island in the middle of the Great Lakes.
Setting out to find some answers, Halcyon travels to her mother's home. But will she be prepared for the ghastly family history that waits for her there, the visions and revelations that will change everything that she thought she knew about the father she lived with and the mother she'd lost long ago?
©2010 Wendy Webb (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Captivating and haunting, this debut proves Wendy Webb is a very gifted storyteller." (M. J. Rose, author of The Memorist)
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I have listened to this twice since purchasing it. It's one that I am sure I will return to again. It's genuinely atmospheric with a hint of gothic.
The Thirtieth Tale. Anything by Kate Morton.
Her voice is even and fluctuates well with the rise and fall of the story
Yes, I could have listened straight through
A great ghost story with some real scary moments. Loved it.
yes - already have
"say say oh playmate......." gave me goosebumps
kept me interested ..... read while i was driving to and from work. Had to stop listening when i was home by myself at night....spooked
the end was a little cheesy, but loved it as a whole
"Wonderful author, excellent book"
This is one of my favorite audible finds (along with Webb's book The Vanishing).
The story ties in so many fascinating plot points and handles them all extremely well. Once the story got going, I couldn't stop listening.
I really enjoyed listening to this tale. Very well written and read!!!! Loved it will find more to listen to by Wendy Webb
"I am so happy to have discovered Wendy Webb!!!"
I really enjoyed The Tale of Halcyon Crane. This is my 2nd Wendy Webb book, and I must say that I am so happy that I stumbled upon her books!!
"Too Many Clichés"
I didn’t realise this was a ghost-story when I decided to read it. I guess I missed the clues in the synopsis like “dark secrets” and “eerie atmosphere” and “strange things are starting to happen” … perhaps I’m a little slow, but none of those necessarily equate to a ghost story in my mind.
The central mystery was interesting, and I did want to know ‘what happened’, but the ghost-story element ruined it for me. I don’t dislike paranormal plots in general, but this one was too full of clichés for my taste and I found that the general tone of the book was a little “simple” or “beach-ready” if that makes sense.
Now that’s not necessarily a criticism; sometimes a “lite-read” hits the spot! but add an implausible plot with a million clichés and it all falls short.
Particularly annoying to me:
- the way Iris kept calling Hallie ‘child’… eye roll
- the truth about Iris … puh-leeeeze
I think I was just not in the right mood!
This book was pretty good. It definitely held my interest throughout, though something about the end seemed sub-par to me. It wasn't as amazing in the end as I hoped it would be at the start, unfortunately.
"Where was the editor?"
I have a few questions for the editor, because I'm curious how anyone could have printed the book without asking the author to resolve a few things.
1. Are there no dead people in Seattle? How is that Hallie could see spirits for 5 years, then see none for 30 years, then see them again?
2. On an island with a limited population, how does no one ever say "Iris? Who's Iris?"
3. How clueless would Hallie need to be to realize that a 100 year old woman wouldn't walk miles to polish wood?
4. What was the point of the Jonah secret?
Okay listen, but not one I'll recommend to others.
"Avoid this one if you're looking for a ghost story"
It seemed more concerned about what she was eating, rather than the atmosphere. I could see where she was trying to go with this but the world building wasn't there.
Make it scarier and less about whos pants she's trying to get in, or at least make the romance believable. She tried to smack too many things into a book.
If you want a good gothic book I suggest the Thirteenth Tale
She's not one of my favourite narrators but I don't pass over a book because she's narrating it.
It was boring.
It wasn't scary.
It wasn't ominous.
The relationships between people didn't make sense and the atmosphere wasn't what I was looking for.
I don't like discouraging people from reading (or listening) so if you're looking for a light read, sure. But I would skim this one.
This book captured my attention right away and kept me interested all the way to the end! I was sad when the book did end, I wanted more. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend
I would compare this book to Lisa Gardner's books -- very captivating.
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