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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
March 30
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Sueshep ,


Good fast read. Lots of chills. Wrapped up a little too tidy and quickly, but still......

Mac-Chick ,

Good, but too predictable to be a great story

The premise of the story, which sounded great in reading the description, wasn’t really pulled off well. Yes, there is the typical set up in which a woman inherits an old mansion for which she needs to travel and stay there to claim it. That part was OK though. Unfortunately, the whole romance and how the story unfolds is so predictable and not all that well written. There is too much going on in the storyline and often it was confusing rather than intriguing. The author needed a bit more finesse to pull this one off and there were times that I was just thinking, “really?” All in all its a good read but not a great one.

Teresash ,

Perfect spooky story!

Great setting and story!

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