A woman takes the summer to heal in a small Minnesota town and discovers friendship, phantoms, and love.
Brynn Wilder has had a rough year. She broke up with her long-term partner, her beloved dog died, and she took a sabbatical from her job at the university to care for her dying mother. When a friend invites her to spend the summer in a small town on the shores of Lake Superior, it’s just what she needs. She finds herself sharing the small boardinghouse with a sociable older gay couple, a handsome and mysterious tattooed man, and something that might be the ghost of a woman who died in the house over the winter. Between the convivial small town, the chance at romance, and the unsettling presence that seems to be interested in her, Brynn’s going to have a summer to remember. Setting her new novel in the same town as Daughters of the Lake (2018), Webb has concocted another tale of mystery, and, since Brynn is friends with Kate, the heroine of the earlier novel, there are plenty of familiar faces. The town of Wharton leaps off the page, full of kooky but kind townies who all befriend Brynn. Though the tone can be odd, slipping among a heartwarming tale of a woman finding herself, a whirlwind romance with hints of danger, and a haunting ghost story, all the characters are so likable and the mystery genuinely mystifying enough that the book somehow remains endearing and greatly readable.
An uneven but heartfelt tale that is both warm and poignant.
The action builds to a satisfying and uplifting ending…Webb consistently entertains.” —Publishers Weekly
“Endearing and greatly readable…[a] tale that is both warm and poignant.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Webb’s chilling tale of a woman running from a tragic loss will put a spell on you.” —E! Online
“Prepare to lose yourself in Wendy Webb’s lusciously written The Haunting of Brynn Wilder.” —POPSUGAR
“Enchanting.” —The Nerd Daily
“Wendy Webb weaves a searing gothic tale with elements of horror, mystery, and romance…It is incredibly absorbing and atmospheric.” —Bookreporter
“Wendy Webb is a rising voice in thrillers, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.” —CrimeReads
“Suspenseful and engrossing, The Haunting of Brynn Wilder is a ghost story, a love story, and a chilling fireside tale in one. Readers will be drawn in from the first page, and they won’t want to stop until they read the eerie conclusion, probably in the wee hours of the night.” —Simone St. James, New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel
“Evocative and beautifully haunting, Wendy Webb’s latest transports you to a location you’ll soon want to call home, in a story you won’t want to put down. It’s no exaggeration to call this the standout gothic novel of the year.” —Darcy Coates, USA Today bestselling author of The Haunting of Ashburn House
“A haunting tale of grief and loss that is beautifully layered with new beginnings and woven into a gothic ghost story both bone-chilling and heartwarming.” —Melissa Payne, author of The Secrets of Lost Stones