Julia Bishop is eager to escape from her current life after her adored husband duped her, along with all his investors. As she’s the one who was left behind, she’s become the villain, though she knew nothing about her husband’s schemes. Then a stranger appears at her door with a tantalizing proposal: Julia could come live on a gorgeous estate on Lake Superior, working as a companion for his elderly mother. Though Julia has questions about his impeccable timing and why he might have possibly chosen her, she agrees and is whisked off to the estate. But there are even more questions awaiting her there, as things are not as straightforward as they first appear.
A chilling ghost story, The Vanishing is a fun read from beginning to end. Webb absolutely knows how to write a haunting story, and readers will have chills running down their spines as they venture further and further into this tale. Julia is a great main character, broken when the novel begins. She’s slowly made whole again, finding herself over the course of the story. There are questions around every corner in this novel and mystery fans will enjoy seeking out the answers. Though some of the revelations strain credulity and are difficult to believe, that doesn’t change the fact that this is an absolutely enjoyable romp. The literary twists (a huge library, a reclusive author) only serve to underscore that this is a book written for those who love the printed page.
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