The Tale of Halcyon Crane
The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb.
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt(March 30, 2010)
A young woman travels alone to a remote island to uncover a past she never knew was hers in this thrilling modern ghost story
When a mysterious letter lands in Hallie James's mailbox, her life is upended. Hallie was raised by her loving father, having been told her mother died in a fire decades earlier. But it turns out that her mother, Madlyn, was alive until very recently. Why would Hallie's father have taken her away from Madlyn? What really happened to her family thirty years ago?
In search of answers, Hallie travels to the place where her mother lived, a remote island in the middle of the Great Lakes. The stiff islanders fix her first with icy stares and then unabashed amazement as they recognize why she looks so familiar, and Hallie quickly realizes her family's dark secrets are enmeshed in the history of this strange place. But not everyone greets her with such a chilly reception--a coffee-shop owner and the family's lawyer both warm to Hallie, and the possibility of romance blooms. And then there's the grand Victorian house bequeathed to her--maybe it's the eerie atmosphere or maybe it's the prim, elderly maid who used to work for her mother, but Hallie just can't shake the feeling that strange things are starting to happen . . .
In The Tale of Halcyon Crane, Wendy Webb has created a haunting story full of delicious thrills, vibrant characters, and family secrets.
This is my second book by Wendy Webb. (not a series). The First one I read by her was The Fate of Mercy Alban.
This book, The Tale of Halcyon Crane is a fabulous book for the Fall and for those who like ghost stories!
Very well written.
Hard to put down.
To be honest I am not a great "ghost story" lover, but this was a really good book! Some who know me will be shocked that I've read a book that doesn't take place in the UK. Even the author is from the USA! lol. However, she did great "island building" so that you felt you were on this remote Island with the locals who lived there year round yet made most of their money during the summer from tourists and from the rich who kept "summer cottages" on the Island.
So if you like books that have "deep dark secrets" to reveal and a good ghost story you will certainly enjoy this book.