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Posted July 15, 2014
A decent ghost story, though the ending was a little rushed. I
A decent ghost story, though the ending was a little rushed. I enjoy mysteries with a paranormal flair but find it annoying when the author points out the questions she'd like the reader to consider. Who could have shut the door? It could be so-and-so, but no, we were together the whole time! It comes off very Young Adult, as if the author wants to make sure you are paying attention. Overall though, I did power through several chapters to the detriment of my housework, which says something about how engaging a mystery Wendy Webb has created.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2013
Loved the setting - the spooky old house on the shores of Lake S
Loved the setting - the spooky old house on the shores of Lake Superior,
steeped in family secrets, tragedies, and mystery. Liked the idea of a novel
within a novel.
And yet... there were many elements that didn't tie together. In the summer of
'56, there was a full staff to maintain Alban House and the 15 acre grounds.
Granted in the current time period there isn't an entire family living there, just
Adele, and later, Grace and Amity (couldn't decide if I liked the names or they
annoyed me), but the house is now open for tours. Yet the only house staff for
all 40 rooms of this mansion is ONE elderly housekeeper - who also prepares
all the meals?
Grace was impossible for me to understand or like. Her relationship with her
teen hot-and-cold daughter rang very lifelike, but with her mother... I could
understand, somewhat, why Grace hadn't been back "home" in years, but it's
left unclear as to whether she and her mother visited elsewhere. Did Adele
(who seemed to be a fairly "together" character in spite of all the tragedy and
losses in her life) come out to stay for a few weeks when baby Amity was born,
as one might expect? Did they talk once a week/once a month via phone or
Skype (it's mentioned that ADELE has a laptop)? It's all very unclear as to what
the relationship was, so although Grace was weeping through the funeral, etc.,
I wasn't feeling it. I also couldn't buy her blossoming relationship with the
always-handy local minister; it felt like there was ZERO chemistry between
The Celtic witchcraft element... irksome. Seems like all too often when writers
want to make something scary/demonic, they toss in witchcraft, spells,
pentacles, rituals under the moon, etc., without having any real understanding
of or respect for alternative religious beliefs.
There were nice twists and turns with the plot, and the villain was suitably scary.
If the same things bug or trigger you as annoyed me, you probably won't LOVE
it, but it's still a decent read.
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Posted October 11, 2013
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