The Vanishing

The Vanishing

[a Novel]

Book - 2014
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Voice, 2014
ISBN: 9781401341947
Characteristics: 290 pages :


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Aug 28, 2019

The Vanishing by Wendy Webb was a fast-paced horror-thriller about a woman named Julia who starts work as an assistant for an elderly author whom the rest of the world thinks is dead. Soon Julia begins to see things and feels as though she is somehow connected to the house and everyone involved in it. I really enjoyed this book because it was a perfect mix of horror, thriller and romance with twists and surprises I didn’t expect. I liked all of the characters and the whole setting, which gave the story a kind of cozy yet scary feel. I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, scary story and I would give it 9/10 stars. @bookaholic of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Aug 11, 2019

This book see-saws all over the place. You don’t know if you are reading about a hallucination or reality. Even up until the last page, the book still leaves you wondering “which is this”?

Jul 29, 2019

Love the twist and turns. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Great author.

Sep 01, 2017

An okay book but not a solid hit. Too long and rambling in parts which led me to skim a lot of it.

Nov 04, 2016

I can't give this the high praise as others. I tried really hard to like it, but it was formulaic and wasn't very "thrilling".

Aug 09, 2015

Love this 3 of her books and I wish there were more.

Aug 15, 2014

What a trippy book. The author did a really good job with the build up. There were a ton of possibilities going through my head as Julia met and interacted with each character. A bit naive and a little too weepy for my liking, Julia wasn't the most likeable heroine but she made do. Similarly, I'm not entirely clear with her past but with books like these you're not supposed to look too deeply otherwise you'll ruin the feel of it all. Anyhoo, never trusted any of the characters completely. No one is really a good person at Havenwood even with their justification and reasonings of keeping Julia safe.

As I was saying, with the way the author was building the mystery I was uber excited for the final confrontation: the banishment. But where the author's literary powers should have combined and created the seance of the century, we got a brief little description, almost like an afterthought, which was a shame. I actually flipped the pages a few times to make sure that I hadn't missed some of it, it was that anticlimactic.

But then the latter half of the epilogue came and my mind went on a field trip with that juicy twist the author left us with. And because I am a terrible person who likes to suck the happiness out of everything I have my own version of what happened to Julia and let me tell you it does not have her cuddling with her boo muahaha.

Jun 24, 2014

Great book-kept you guessing till the end!

May 12, 2014

I did enoy this one. It's a quick read that does surprise you, and some would say may leave the door open for a sequel...or leaves you thinking! GOOD ONE!

Mar 08, 2014

A welcome twist on the classic gothic ghost story, featuring a contemporary setting. Clever, as Webb keeps the reader guessing just how supernatural the story is going to be, and enjoyable.

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