The Vanishing

The Vanishing

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The Vanishing 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book on a cold snowy day. Couldn't put it down. If you like a good mystery and a ghost story read this book. A young women goes to live in an old house as a companion to an elderly woman. I will leave it there for you to find out what happens. Lots of twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely kept me coming back for more but the ending could have been more developed.
TheLifeofaBookAddict More than 1 year ago
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**
tpolen More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully eerie,great foreshadowing! This book reminded me of The Turn of the screw, and the movie, The others. I loved every page, and read the ending twice! This new author is amazing! If you enjoy a great ghost story, this is the book for you. Wendy Webb wrote two other similar books,and they are also great! This one was my favorite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't want to put it down.i have read her 3 books and they r 5 stars!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...even for a piece of fiction. The plot of the story is fairly straight forward but the story itself is so unbelievable. The story line lacks anything creepy, frightful, suspenseful or even macabre - I feel like it was written for teenagers. Having it set in Minnesota - while I understand why - was really odd. I was underwhelmed. That being said, the characters were well written and I enjoyed the delightful Amaris Sinclair.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I read about another person who "sunk" down into or onto something, I'll scream! An okay story but not well written or edited.
19galaxie66 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books this author has written.They are all great including this one.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Fun beach read. Good, new haunted house stories are hard to come by & I really enjoyed this one. Nice break from Stephen King & Clive Barker???
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Vanishing Author: Wendy Webb Publisher: Hyperion/Hachette Published: 1-21-2014 Pages: 295 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Occult; Ghost ISBN: 9781401305970 ASIN: B00C079BXO Reviewed For NetGalley and Hyperion/Hachette Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.25 Stars When her husbands fraud is discovered he leaves Julia Bishop to face the shame and the clients he stole from by committing suicide. Feeling under siege and wanting to escape the whispers, accusations and even the guilt and anger. Suddenly a stranger arrives her a position that allows her to hide even while she gets to meet a woman who was one of her favorite authors before she dropped out of site and was thought dead. Once at the gothic style mansion Julia begins to question the true reason she was lured there. Hearing children that aren't there and muffled conversations that seemed to come from nowhere. Julia begins to wonder if she didn't jump from the frying pan into the fire. Along the means of a modern day dark thriller with more than a touch of Dark Shadows thrown in for good measure. Well written, but a bit darker than my usual mystery, The vanishing is definitely for those that are willing to suspend belief on occasion. My rating is 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Snickerdoodle00 More than 1 year ago
This book hooked me from the very beginning. Hooked me so well that I finished it within 3 days. The story begins with something bad happening at HavenWood during a seance in 1875. Then forwards to the present and proceeds to tell the story about a women named Julia, whose life is going downhill since the suicide of her husband among other things that he did. An opportunity comes up and this man named Adrian Sinclair offers her a job. A job to come to Havenwood to take care of his mother. Havenwood is full of secrets and ghosts from the past. The ending confused me a bit but overall a wonderful read on a rainy day.
Kate1016 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read by Wendy Webb. The Vanishing was an excellent book, filled with likable characters. I could picture the area where the story takes place. The story line kept you guessing the entire time. I gave this book only four stars because I am confused about the characters state at the end of the story. I am currently reading her first book The Tale of Halcyon Crane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this quite a bit. It is perfect for a cold and gray day. Though it has been a while since I've read a good old fashioned ghost story, I have read Jane Eyre and Rebecca and this did have the same Gothic feel. I think the author did a good job creating a creepy atmosphere. I was a little spooked when I read this at night. The epilogue threw a bit of a twist in the whole thing. The main character was a bit naive, but likeable. This is a fictional ghost story so you have to suspend your disbelief ppl. I would recommend this book and will read more from the author. I also like that there was a hint of romance, but didn't turn into a romance novel. I wouldn't mind seeing this in the form of a movie. It would be better than some of the other silly paranormal movies that are out there!
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Couldn't put down
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yaye More than 1 year ago
I loved this book I just wished it was longer. I love the last three books from Wendy Webb can't wait until the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It kept my intrest all the way to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe the book had a few unanswered questions. But overall it was a very good read!
arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting beginning, but the ending was rushed and disjointed. I would not recommend.