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The Tale of Halcyon Crane | [Wendy Webb]

The Tale of Halcyon Crane

Ghosts don't exist in our world of today. Life is too pragmatic, too consuming, too busy for past lives to linger on longer than their allotted time, or so Halcyon had believed, until she received a letter from a lawyer claiming that her mother, whom she had thought long dead, had actually been living in another part of the country since Halcyon's early childhood. She had only recently passed away, leaving Halcyon heir to an unexpected fortune and an estate on an isolated island in the middle of the Great Lakes.
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Ghosts don't exist in our world of today. Life is too pragmatic, too consuming, too busy for past lives to linger on longer than their allotted time, or so Halcyon had believed, until she received a letter from a lawyer claiming that her mother, whom she had thought long dead, had actually been living in another part of the country since Halcyon's early childhood. She had only recently passed away, leaving Halcyon heir to an unexpected fortune and an estate on an isolated island in the middle of the Great Lakes.

Setting out to find some answers, Halcyon travels to her mother's home. But will she be prepared for the ghastly family history that waits for her there, the visions and revelations that will change everything that she thought she knew about the father she lived with and the mother she'd lost long ago?

©2010 Wendy Webb (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Captivating and haunting, this debut proves Wendy Webb is a very gifted storyteller.” (M. J. Rose, author of The Memorist)

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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 12-01-12
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 12-01-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Too Many Clichés"

    I didn’t realise this was a ghost-story when I decided to read it. I guess I missed the clues in the synopsis like “dark secrets” and “eerie atmosphere” and “strange things are starting to happen” … perhaps I’m a little slow, but none of those necessarily equate to a ghost story in my mind.

    The central mystery was interesting, and I did want to know ‘what happened’, but the ghost-story element ruined it for me. I don’t dislike paranormal plots in general, but this one was too full of clichés for my taste and I found that the general tone of the book was a little “simple” or “beach-ready” if that makes sense.

    Now that’s not necessarily a criticism; sometimes a “lite-read” hits the spot! but add an implausible plot with a million clichés and it all falls short.

    Particularly annoying to me:

    - the way Iris kept calling Hallie ‘child’… eye roll
    - the truth about Iris … puh-leeeeze

    I think I was just not in the right mood!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Shrewsbury, MA, United States 09-25-11
    Amanda Shrewsbury, MA, United States 09-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Just Okay..."

    This book was pretty good. It definitely held my interest throughout, though something about the end seemed sub-par to me. It wasn't as amazing in the end as I hoped it would be at the start, unfortunately.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Brown Australia 09-09-12
    S. Brown Australia 09-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Atmosphere plus"
    Would you listen to The Tale of Halcyon Crane again? Why?

    I have listened to this twice since purchasing it. It's one that I am sure I will return to again. It's genuinely atmospheric with a hint of gothic.


    What other book might you compare The Tale of Halcyon Crane to and why?

    The Thirtieth Tale. Anything by Kate Morton.


    What about Cassandra Campbell???s performance did you like?

    Her voice is even and fluctuates well with the rise and fall of the story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I could have listened straight through


    Any additional comments?

    A great ghost story with some real scary moments. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    hampton SPRINGTOWN, TX, United States 07-25-12
    hampton SPRINGTOWN, TX, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes - already have


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "say say oh playmate......." gave me goosebumps


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    kept me interested ..... read while i was driving to and from work. Had to stop listening when i was home by myself at night....spooked


    Any additional comments?

    the end was a little cheesy, but loved it as a whole

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    S NY 09-06-10
    S NY 09-06-10 Member Since 2010
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    "FRIGHTENINGLY BORING!!!"

    WOW! The only thing frightening about this book was how terribly slow and boring it was. The plot was dull, the characters were flat, and the narrator was extremely monotonous. I just wanted it to end...

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