October 24, 2010

SCAREFEST Review: The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb

A young woman travels alone to a remote island to uncover a past she never knew was hers in this thrilling modern ghost story

When a mysterious letter lands in Hallie James’s mailbox, her life is upended. Hallie was raised by her loving father, having been told her mother died in a fire decades earlier. But it turns out that her mother, Madlyn, was alive until very recently. Why would Hallie’s father have taken her away from Madlyn? What really happened to her family thirty years ago?

In search of answers, Hallie travels to the place where her mother lived, a remote island in the middle of the Great Lakes. The stiff islanders fix her first with icy stares and then unabashed amazement as they recognize why she looks so familiar, and Hallie quickly realizes her family’s dark secrets are enmeshed in the history of this strange place. But not everyone greets her with such a chilly reception—a coffee-shop owner and the family’s lawyer both warm to Hallie, and the possibility of romance blooms. And then there’s the grand Victorian house bequeathed to her—maybe it’s the eerie atmosphere or maybe it’s the prim, elderly maid who used to work for her mother, but Hallie just can’t shake the feeling that strange things are starting to happen . . .

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I enjoyed this book A LOT!  It's definitely a haunting tale that will delight lovers of the paranormal.  The Tale of Halcyon Crane is a creepy story that's brilliantly written.  I can't wait to see what Wendy comes up with next!

Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
March 30, 2010
352 pages
$15.00 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you make a purchase using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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  1. I really liked this book too. Perfect to give a case of the creeps for Halloween!

  2. Sounds pretty good. I might look out for this. Thanks for the introduction.

  3. I saw this book a couple of months ago and thought it sounded really good! Can't wait to read it!

  4. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review. :)

  5. Mary D

    Creepy ghost stories are one of my favorites to read! Great review and I'm dying to read this one :)

  6. It sounds like my kind of book.

  7. I love the paranormal so I'd probably enjoy this book a lot!


  8. Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I like a good mystery & ghost story!

  10. I would love to read this book.


  11. This sounds appropriate for the season! Everytime I see this book title it makes me think of the Headless Horseman for some reason. I think it has something to do with Halcyon Crane vs. Ichabod Crane.

  12. This looks good! I can't wait to read it!

  13. This sounds like a fantastic Halloween read, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm going to have to look into reading this one :D

    ♪♫ Ambur

  14. I love paranormal books. This sounds like a ringing endorsement of one.

  15. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing with us.


  16. Sounds like a good one to add to my TBR pile.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

  17. I would like to read this!


  18. From your review, this sounds like a great read! I love the term "modern ghost story"! Cool setting too - not too many books take place near the great lakes!

  19. I want to read this! Thanks for your review and for your contest!