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The Tale of Halcyon Crane

The Tale of Halcyon Crane - Wendy Webb I thoroughly enjoyed this gothic tale. A woman named Hallie who lost her mother in a house fire years ago loses her father only to find out that her life isn't what she thought it was. Her memories aren't true. Her mother didn't die all those years ago. And she's long forgotten the island she lived on until age 5. Hallie receives notice that she's inherited her late mother's estate and goes to visit the place of her childhood that she's long forgotten. It's winter and cold, the tourists are gone, but all the ghosts of the island are very "alive" and she's afraid that they don't want her there. The story keeps you turning pages, not because it's suspenseful, but because it's well-written. The novel contains elements of mystery and romance along with gothic themes. You feel yourself getting wrapped up in the ghostly mist of the island and, even if you can guess the island's and the islanders' secrets, you want to keep reading to the end. It's quite a nice read even for someone like me who likes gothic tales but isn't usually that interested in mysteries and romances.

Note: While I critique both purchased and free books in the same way, I'm legally obligated to tell you I received this book free through the Amazon Vine program in return for my review. Blah blah blah.