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Publisher's Summary

Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead.
When she arrives at the Sinclairs' enormous estate on Lake Superior, Julia begins to suspect that there may be sinister undercurrents to her "too-good-to-be-true" position. As Julia delves into the reasons of why Amaris chose to abandon her successful writing career and withdraw from the public eye, her search leads to unsettling connections to her own family tree, making her wonder why she really was invited to Havenwood in the first place, and what monstrous secrets are still held prisoner within its walls.
©2014 Wendy Webb (P)2014 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"A brisk thriller tinged with gothic elements. . . . Careening through séances and ghostly encounters leaves the reader breathless." ( Kirkus)
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3 out of 5 stars
By LaurelOlivia on 04-11-14


This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think there are people that might enjoy it. The premise was interesting, follow through was frustrating and lacking. Character development would have helped. That was missing, no connection with any of the characters. The mystery is summed up in the last few minutes and still you are confused or at least I was. I think with good editors or a collaboration, the story could be really good. Nora Roberts did one similar.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am hoping for a great recommendation from Audible or other listeners.

What three words best describe Xe Sands’s voice?

Saltery, whisper, .....She is an acquired taste, at first I wasn't sure I liked her. Sometimes at first I had a hard time hearing or understanding some of her words.I chose this book because of her. Now I look for books she has narrated.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It did. I finished it. There are many books I don't. Xe Sands might be part of why I finished it. I also kept listening to see if relationships developed or to make sense of the mystery. I finished it hoping to be convinced, I wasn't.

Any additional comments?

Right now I wouldn't recommend it but , after awhile I might try listening again. It was not worth my credit, but on sale.....

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38 of 42 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Judy on 04-28-14

Great book with a rushed ending

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a slow, suspenseful tale. The author would tell you just enough, then leave you hanging until the background story is picked up again, which kept my interest.

What did you like best about this story?

It was a haunting story without gore or sex.

Have you listened to any of Xe Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I thoroughly enjoyed the narrators work. She had believable voices for each character and would enjoy listening to her narrations again.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

The ending felt rushed and was rather silly. SPOILER ALERT: The ending of the main part of the story sounded like an episode of The Haunting on The Discovery Channel. It was pretty awful, especially after reading what I considered to be a very good ghost story.

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26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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