Book Review: The Vanishing – Wendy Webb

The Vanishing coverTitle: The Vanishing
Author: Wendy Webb
ISBN: 9781401341947
Pages: 304
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: Mystery/Ghost Story
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5


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.

Snapshot Review:

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.

Other books by Wendy Webb:

The Fate of Mercy Alban
The Tale of Halcyon Crane

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  1. I am glad you mostly liked this because I was curious about it. 🙂

  2. Beth Hoffman says:

    I have the feeling that I’d thoroughly enjoy this book!

  3. I could use a good ghost story.

  4. I went to St Paul Minnesota on release day to congratulate Wendy with a couple girls from my book club. Wendy was one of our Wine and Words authors last year and you are right… she writes good haunted stories.


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