Title: The Fate of Mercy Alban
Author: Wendy Webb
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Genre: Gothic Mystery
Rating:3.5 out of 5
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.
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.
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