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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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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

    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 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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    Vanshing

    I believe the book had a few unanswered questions. But overall it was a very good read!

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  • Posted May 14, 2014

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    Now that it's over, I'm not quite sure what to say about this bo

    Now that it's over, I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. It definitely kept my interest for the big reveal at the, but the reveal wasn't really so big because you could see it coming a mile way. I think I was just really hoping that it would turn out as obvious as it seemed throughout the book, but in the end, everything up to the Epilogue went about how I expected. The Epilogue throws a bit of a wrench in and I'm really not sure exactly what it was supposed to accomplish. I guess the moral of the story is really that nothing is what it seems.

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  • Posted January 29, 2014

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    The Vanishing is in a genre that I don¿t normally read because I

    The Vanishing is in a genre that I don’t normally read because I scare easily and will miss sleep for days thinking about the boogieman lurking in the dark. But I am happy to report that I not only finished The Vanishing by Wendy Webb with no bad dreams but I enjoyed it!

    This story is what I believe is considered a gothic horror. For me it read like a classic ghost story with the horror coming in at the end when things are left with that unsettled, thought provoking, question at the end. Is it real or not?

    I really enjoyed learning about Havenwood Estate and the secrets that it holds. The twists and turns of the story were great and the touches of a building romance in the background were nice. I will say that there were several times when I was sure that I had it all figured out just to have my theory shattered on the next page.

    The author did a great job of keeping me entertained and guessing with her spooky and unpredictable tale. My favorite part of The Vanishing is that it leaves you guessing and wondering about what is “real” and what isn’t. If you enjoy haunted mansions with a touch of evil lurking in the shadows, mysteries that may or may not be solved, and stories that leave you a little unsettled then you should give The Vanishing a try. It has a classic ghost story feel with mystery, suspense, and a background romance added in.

    My Book Source: Publisher 
    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Good

    I really enjoyed this book. It kept my intrest all the way to the end.

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