Book Review: The Fate of Mercy Alban – Wendy Webb

Title: The Fate of Mercy Alban
Author: Wendy Webb
ISBN: 9781401341930
Pages: 352
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: Gothic Mystery
Source: Publisher
Rating:3.5  out of 5

Summary:

Grace Alban hasn’t been back to her family estate in twenty years, but now, with her mother’s death, she knows she has to go back. The Alban family has had its secrets over the years, and Grace learns that her mother had an appointment to speak with a reporter before she died, implying that she was ready to tell all she knew. Grace begins to wonder if there might be more to her mother’s death than they initially realized, as she begins her own search uncover the family’s secrets.

Review:

The Fate of Mercy Alban is an old-fashioned gothic novel set in the present day. Webb creates a spooky atmosphere surrounding the Alban family home. Ghosts and skeletons lurk around every corner; as Grace delves into her family’s history, it’s clear that someone is rattled by her search and is willing to take drastic measures to ensure that she doesn’t find what she’s looking for. It’s unclear who that person might be, and whether they’re present in the flesh, or a ghostly visitor from the past.

The mystery in The Fate of Mercy Alban is well written. Some of the twists are predictable, but readers will enjoy seeing the disparate connections from the past and present come together before their eyes. There’s a paranormal element to this novel that some readers may enjoy, but that I didn’t find appealing. Sometimes these elements mesh very well with a story; at other times they seem jarring, and sadly, this was one of those times. Still, I enjoyed the novel as a whole and loved the spooky atmosphere.

If you’re looking for an easy read that will have you absolutely hooked from beginning to end, The Fate of Mercy Alban is a great choice. While I had a few issues with it, Webb is amazing at writing a spooky, gothic atmosphere that will chill you to the bone. This is definitely a novel you don’t want to read late at night while you’re alone.

Other books by Wendy Webb:

The Tale of Halcyon Crane

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Comments

  1. I haven’t read a spooky book in ages, and even though the paranormal love element didn’t work for you, I still think I would enjoy this one. I like that we don’t know if the culprit is human or otherworldly, and I think that alone would keep me reading.

  2. I haven’t read a spooky book in ages, and even though the paranormal love element didn’t work for you, I still think I would enjoy this one. I like that we don’t know if the culprit is human or otherworldly, and I think that alone would keep me reading.

  3. I just secured this author last week for an author event I am having in Minnesota this fall (more about that on the blog next week). I have not read this book yet, but as I have been to the mansion she talks about in this book many times I am curious about it.

  4. I just secured this author last week for an author event I am having in Minnesota this fall (more about that on the blog next week). I have not read this book yet, but as I have been to the mansion she talks about in this book many times I am curious about it.

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