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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This was a modern day Gothic horror story - young woman a new ar

This was a modern day Gothic horror story - young woman a new arrival at an old family estate, then the ghosts come out to greet the fresh meat.

Although I didn't feel this book deserved a 5 star rating, I found it difficult to put down. Julia's story immediately drew...
This was a modern day Gothic horror story - young woman a new arrival at an old family estate, then the ghosts come out to greet the fresh meat.

Although I didn't feel this book deserved a 5 star rating, I found it difficult to put down. Julia's story immediately drew me in, but at times I questioned her decision-making process. I could almost believe her decision to accept Adrian's job offer - it's not like Julia was overwhelmed with options, but other times, she seemed to have the logic of a naive teenager who really should have known better.

Amaris Sinclair was a joy to read and added some humorous moments to the story. I loved her straightforward, love of life attitude.

The pacing was perfect and one of the reasons I was riveted to this book. There were highs, lows, revelations, plot twists, and white knuckle moments and a huge surprise at the end of the novel that made me want to go back and look for clues that would have indicated that outcome.

This is an excellent novel to curl up on the couch with and read on a snowy day - or rainy night. It's definitely worthy of your time.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

posted by tpolen on January 21, 2014

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Normally I am not one for horror movies, or scary books that muc

Normally I am not one for horror movies, or scary books that much. That being said, there was something about this book, that drew
my interest and I thought why not? Sometimes it nice to read a book from a genre that you don’t normally flock to. I’m glad I did.

The st...
Normally I am not one for horror movies, or scary books that much. That being said, there was something about this book, that drew
my interest and I thought why not? Sometimes it nice to read a book from a genre that you don’t normally flock to. I’m glad I did.

The story begins with a bang...something very bad happening at Havenwood during a séance hundreds of years ago in 1875.
Then it flashes forward to the present where Julia Bishop’s life appears to be in shambles at the moment. Her husband dead,
friends long gone, she feels very alone. An opportunity of a lifetime is presented to her when Adrian Sinclair offers her a job seemingly
 out of nowhere. This gives her fresh start...a new lease on life. 

I don’t want to say too much and spoil the story for those who have yet to read it.
When reading a story like this, I think the less you know going into it, the better.

“Havenwood was indeed a den of secrets, I thought as I sipped my drink. I wondered what else was lurking just out of sight.”


The atmosphere is creepy and suspenseful. I love that the backdrop of the story was a house hundreds of years old, almost
in the middle of nowhere near the wilderness. It made for a fun and scary setting. I think that Wendy Webb did a good job with
 the storytelling. The characters were lively and interesting. The questions and suspense slowly grew the further I got into the story. 
I will admit that the ending was a little disappointing to me. I think I was expecting something more sinister then there actually was.
 It wasn’t what I expected, but I still enjoyed the story just the same. 

The Vanishing entertained me, kept me on the edge of my seat and sucked me into Julia’s world before I even knew it.
Which I think was the author’s purpose. 


**I received this book on behalf of the Publisher in exchange for nothing but my honest opinion. Thank you**

posted by TheLifeofaBookAddict on January 21, 2014

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    Normally I am not one for horror movies, or scary books that muc

    Normally I am not one for horror movies, or scary books that much. That being said, there was something about this book, that drew
    my interest and I thought why not? Sometimes it nice to read a book from a genre that you don’t normally flock to. I’m glad I did.

    The story begins with a bang...something very bad happening at Havenwood during a séance hundreds of years ago in 1875.
    Then it flashes forward to the present where Julia Bishop’s life appears to be in shambles at the moment. Her husband dead,
    friends long gone, she feels very alone. An opportunity of a lifetime is presented to her when Adrian Sinclair offers her a job seemingly
     out of nowhere. This gives her fresh start...a new lease on life. 

    I don’t want to say too much and spoil the story for those who have yet to read it.
    When reading a story like this, I think the less you know going into it, the better.

    “Havenwood was indeed a den of secrets, I thought as I sipped my drink. I wondered what else was lurking just out of sight.”


    The atmosphere is creepy and suspenseful. I love that the backdrop of the story was a house hundreds of years old, almost
    in the middle of nowhere near the wilderness. It made for a fun and scary setting. I think that Wendy Webb did a good job with
     the storytelling. The characters were lively and interesting. The questions and suspense slowly grew the further I got into the story. 
    I will admit that the ending was a little disappointing to me. I think I was expecting something more sinister then there actually was.
     It wasn’t what I expected, but I still enjoyed the story just the same. 

    The Vanishing entertained me, kept me on the edge of my seat and sucked me into Julia’s world before I even knew it.
    Which I think was the author’s purpose. 


    **I received this book on behalf of the Publisher in exchange for nothing but my honest opinion. Thank you**

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    3 1/2 stars

    Definitely kept me coming back for more but the ending could have been more developed.

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    Posted February 16, 2014

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