Book Review: The Vanishing, Wendy Web

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The Vanishing, Wendy Webb

Summary from

“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.”

A castle, a domain, an overpowering and full of wonder home that draws you in from mere curiosity can exist and in the world of The Vanishing it does, and it is home to not just the residents of the Sinclair family but to ghosts and secrets that could be the very undoing of the natural order of Julia Bishop’s world.  She thought she was just dealing with superficial problems surrounding her husband’s scheming to the likes of Bernie Madoff – but when Amaris Sinclairs son shows up on her doorstep eagerly offering her a position in his home as a companion to his mother she jumps on the chance to disappear from Chicago and the victims of her husband’s scheme.

A chance to vanish, we all dream of such a thing, but rarely are we actually given the opportunity to do so – Julia was given such an opportunity and she jumped on it.  The Havenwood estate is just the place to hide away and disappear from every problem that is plaguing her life and the life she thought she knew before her husband passed.  The Vanishing will keep the reader on the very edge of their seats as the story unfolds, twists and turns are added to every chapter, just as you think one piece of the puzzle is found, another one is lurking in the pages and its not until the final pages of the book are we left with some assembly of the full picture – however, the author does an amazing job of hinting that there is more to the story than we are seeing within its pages.  The story is not only dark and alluring the reader is also left trying to solve the mystery of Havenwood, what happened with Saraphina and Andrew all those years ago and how does Julia tie into the picture?  Suspenseful and gripping is the story lurking on the pages of this book.

I am going to say that for sure this is one I am highly recommending for anyone who enjoys a good mystery, thriller, suspense novel that keeps them turning the page to find out what happens next in an attempt to solve the puzzle and put all of the pieces into their rightful places.  Five out of Five Stars for The Vanishing.



About the Author

When Wendy was about eleven years old, her school librarian recommended that she read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. It changed her life. After she was finished reading that book, which remains among her favorites to this day, something just clicked. She knew what she was meant to do with her life—write novels like that one. It was more than a wish; it felt as though she had found her calling.

She settled into writing as a career after college, working for several local and national publications, and now she is finally doing what she has dreamed of since she read that book so long ago.

Wendy was born and raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, where she majored in political science and minored in French and history. After college, she spent some time living in France with two lifelong friends, and when she returned to the States, she was fortunate enough to get an internship with a congressman in Washington, D.C., and later a job with a Minnesota senator.

When she moved back to Minnesota, Wendy got her first writing job with City Pages, an arts and entertainment weekly in Minneapolis. She has been a journalist ever since, writing for national and local magazines and newspapers. Currently, she is editor-in-chief of Duluth Superior Magazine, a lifestyle monthly based in Duluth, Minnesota.

Even though she loved her career as a journalist, she never forgot her dream of being a novelist. Finding the time to write a novel—that was the hard part. What with making a living and taking care of a young son, she just couldn’t find the luxury of spending time devoted to a dream. But finally, when her son Ben was in school and she was working from home as a freelance journalist, she realized she actually had the time to start writing her first novel. And she never looked back.

Wendy divides her time between homes in Duluth and Minneapolis, and a cabin on the Gunflint Trail, which is on the border of Minnesota and Canada. She lives with her spouse, editorial photographer Steve Burmeister, and their Alaskan Malamute, Molly. Her son Ben is in college, where he is undoubtedly the most handsome and charming boy on campus.

Connect with Wendy:

Facebook: Wendy Webb

Twitter: Wendy K Webb

Goodreads: Wendy Webb

Her Blog: Wendy Webb on Blogspot

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