The Fate of Mercy Alban

The Fate of Mercy Alban

by Wendy Webb

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The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb

Grace Alban has spent more than twenty years avoiding her childhood home, the stately Alban House on the shores of Lake Superior, for reasons she would rather forget. But when her mother's unexpected death brings Grace and her teenage daughter back, she finds more is haunting the halls and passageways of Alban House than her own personal demons.

Long-buried family secrets, a packet of old love letters, and a lost manuscript plunge Grace into a decades-old mystery about a scandalous party at Alban House, when a world-famous author took his own life and Grace's aunt disappeared without a trace. The night has been shrouded in secrecy by the powerful Alban family for all of these years. Her mother intended to tell the truth about that night to a reporter on the very day she died--could it have been murder? Or was she a victim of the supposed Alban curse? Grace soon realizes her family secrets tangle and twist as darkly as the mansion's secret passages.

With the help of the disarmingly kind--and attractive--Reverend Matthew Parker, Grace must uncover the truth about her home and its curse before she and her daughter become the next victims.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401341930
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 276,282
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Wendy Webb's first novel, The Tale of Halcyon Crane, was the 2011 winner of the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction, and an IndieNext Pick from the Independent Booksellers Association, a Midwest Connections Pick from the Midwest Booksellers Association and a Great Lakes, Great Reads Pick from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association. She lives in northern Minnesota with her spouse, photographer Steve Burmeister, and their Alaskan Malamute, Molly. She is at work on her next novel.

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The Fate of Mercy Alban 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
lindagshaffer More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story! Great mystery, a bit of romance, and a creaky old house with hidden passageways! What more could you want on a chilly winter afternoon?
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 I've always loved creaky old houses and dusty attics - I sit and wonder about who once lived there and what their life was like. Wendy Webb gives free rein to her imagination in her latest book The Fate of Mercy Alban. When her mother dies, Grace Alban and her daughter Amity return to the family estate on Lake Superior. The faithful family staff are still in situ - Jane, her husband and a driver. They've been there from the beginning - bearing witness to the lives of the wealthy and influential Alban family. And they've been there for the tragedies too - the family seems to have more than their share of heartbreak. Is is just bad luck or is there some truth behind the whispers of a family curse? "...accidents, death, scandal, and even murder have taken place in the house over the years." Grace herself has stayed away for over twenty years- a response to a tragedy that is slowly unveiled over many chapters. While sorting through her mother's papers, she comes across a packet of letters that challenge everything she thought she knew about her parents - and revives her interest in a night that the Alban family has kept shrouded in mystery for decades. But some secrets don't want to see the light of day...... Webb has crafted a modern take on a classic genre - the Gothic ghost story. Family secrets, haunted houses, family curses with a little witchcraft thrown in as well. Webb's plotting is intricate and keeps us guessing with many red herrings and switchbacks on the way. For me, The Fate of Mercy Alban was plot driven. I was much more interested in where Webb was going to take her story than the characters. Although all the right elements are in place, I didn't really ever engage with Grace. I enjoyed the book within a book technique that allowed us to learn secrets of the past along with Grace. This was a fun read for me, not overly scary, but definitely entertaining. I really like the cover art and once you read the book, you realize the title is quite clever as well. What did I love the most? The house - I want to explore all those hidden passages and back staircases to unused rooms.......Also chosen as a February 2013 Indie Next Li
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and I could not put it down. I only read mysteries and true crime books (plus Harry Potter ;) ) And this one definitely kept me on my toes. I liked the mix of supernatural and just regular family mystery . The setting of the small town and mansion on the hill helped give it a nice creepy factor that helped give a nice backdrop to the rest of the story. This is the second Wendy Webb book I've read in a month...I will be starting the next one in a few minutes. If you want a book you can't put down then get The Fate of Mercy Alban- You wont be disappointed. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story , did not want to put book down , will check on other Wendy Webb books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept my attention from the very beginning. I didn't want to stop reading it. If you like a good mystery, I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit juvenile
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! Such wonderful story telling! I could SEE what was happening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent!  Plot moves quickly, characters are interesting and well written, good plot twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it so much. Didn't want to put it down?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this novel. I began reading Wendy Webb's novels backwards, starting with her most recent one. I liked this one even better. I found the vision of an old mansion with secret passageways intriguing.? This is a novel that is fast paced and, though there are several story lines, they are tied together well. This one was hard to put down! I thought I had it figured out a couple of times, but it kept me guessing. There are still a couple of unanswered questions (very beginning and end), but maybe that will tie into a sequel. It's a great read for a cold and stormy day!
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Wonderful spooky tale. Easy to read with twists and turns. Everything came together in the end perfectly . Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Nice ghost story feel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, 1st time I ever read this author and will go and buy her other books . U won't be wasting your money if u purchsse!!
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Refreshing to read a new author and then plan to read the next book in the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this book. It is terrific and I can't wait for Wendy to write the next book. There has to be a follow-up to this story.
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A Must read! Leaves you wanting more from Wendy Webb.