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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (579 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendy Webb Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781470847661
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From award-winning novelist Wendy Webb comes a spine-tingling, modern-day haunted house story set on Lake Superior.

Grace Alban has spent twenty years away from her childhood home, the stately Alban House on the shores of Lake Superior—for reasons she would rather forget. But when her mother’s unexpected death brings Grace and her teenage daughter home, she finds more than just her own personal demons haunting the halls and passageways of Alban House.

Long-buried family secrets, a packet of old love letters, and a lost manuscript plunge Grace into a decades-old mystery about a scandalous party at Alban House during which a world-famous author took his own life and Grace’s aunt disappeared without a trace. That night has been shrouded in secrecy by the powerful Alban family for all of these years, and Grace realizes her family secrets tangle and twist as darkly as the hidden passages of Alban House. Her mother was intending to tell the truth about that night to a reporter on the very day she died. Could it have been murder, or was she a victim of the supposed Alban curse? With the help of the disarmingly kind—and attractive—Reverend Matthew Parker, Grace must uncover the truth about her home and its curse before she and her daughter become the next victims.

Wendy Webb has woven a suspenseful mystery that skillfully skirts the boundary between what is paranormal and what is psychological.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spooky mansion? Check. Secret passages? Check. Dark and stormy nights? Haunting family secrets? Creepy characters? Check, check, check. This second novel by Minnesota Book Award–winning writer Wendy Webb has all the elements of a downright haunting story—and it is. But there’s also romance along the way to provide relief…Another great novel here. Be prepared to be scared—and entertained.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Webb has cooked up another confection filled with family secrets coming to light…Magic and mystery intertwine in Webb’s engaging Midwestern gothic.”


  • “Webb plots a tale rife with dark family secrets, hidden passageways, love, intrigue, and witchcraft.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the February 2013 Indie Next List
  • A Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection Featured New Arrival

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 2/17/2014

    " I had been waiting forever since The Tales of Halcyon Crane for Ms. Webb's next novel and it did not diasappoint. I don't normally read paranormal/scary books, her stories have just a right amount of suspense and gothic tale I like. I was drawn to all the characters and loved all the twists. Good until the end! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/10/2014

    " This book out in Feb '13 was an okay gothic, but it felt a little weak to me. I never got a sense of meance, and the first person voice for the narrator was a choice that didn't work for building the suspense (though maybe it was the character.) Also the romance was something that didn't work for me. It had all the right ingredients, but I guess this just wasn't for me. Maybe for people who don't read thrillers regularly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana Alexander | 2/9/2014

    " The perfect ghost story for grown-ups! Just the right amount of the paranormal without going over the top. Good to curl up with on a stormy night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/16/2014

    " I really liked this book. It had just the right amount of spooky to make a great ghost story but doesn't scare you to death. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren Fries | 1/15/2014

    " Entertaining, but it was not a perfect book. A bit hokey, and predictable, the pay off never really came. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 12/12/2013

    " I give the 4.5 stars. What a great story!! This was such a great mix of suspense/ghost story. I loved it! One of the better stories I have read. I got goosebumps and was transfixed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 8/25/2013

    " Liked this book, loved the setting of Lake Superior, the woods. Great mystery/ghost story that you keep trying to figure out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 8/16/2013

    " This is a great story! It is set in Duluth, which is one of my favorite places to visit. The house reminds me of Glensheen. The book is as full of twists and turns as the secret passageways that envelope the house. If you enjoy a good ghost story, you'll like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 7/14/2013

    " This was a great Gothic ghost story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allyn Richards | 6/19/2013

    " If there's something that get me anticipate more is those books that left me hanging. It ends but not really. Those kind of books sometimes drive me mad, making theories as to how things will really end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 5/28/2013

    " Fairly predictable, but enough surprise (and goosebumps!) to rate a 4 overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kringbeth | 3/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. The characters and story were good, with some creepiness thrown in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy Q | 3/6/2013

    " This book had potential but overall, I was very disappointed. The story turned out to be hokey as did the characters. Initially, the setting and the build-up seemed to be going well but then it fell apart with a totally improbable back-story. It felt overdone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy Hulsebosch | 2/22/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyable, like Du Maurier on the Great Lakes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 2/12/2013

    " 4.5 stars! I really enjoyed this book. The first 100 pages were a bit slow but I didn't mind too much because the setting was so detailed and well-done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daisy | 1/30/2013

    " This was a fun read, but not great. Probably because I have read similar books lately, it felt predictable to me. However, as I said, it was a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 1/29/2013

    " I am going to make this short and sweet. One of the best mysteries I have read since Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden. "

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About the Author
Author Wendy Webb

Wendy Webb is editor-in-chief of Duluth-Superior, an upscale lifestyle magazine. A journalist with two decades of experience, she lives in Minnesota.

About the Narrator

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country. She has won several awards, including more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others. She has alsoperformed on stage, film, and television, including roles on Medium, Bones, and Judging Amy.