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Publisher's Summary

Haunting and atmospheric, The End of Temperance Dare is another thrilling audiobook from the author reviewers are calling the Queen of the Northern Gothic.

When Eleanor Harper becomes the director of a renowned artists' retreat, she knows nothing of Cliffside Manor's dark past as a tuberculosis sanatorium, a "waiting room for death". After years of covering murder and violence as a crime reporter, Eleanor hopes that being around artists and writers in this new job will be a peaceful retreat for her as much as for them.

But from her first fog-filled moments on the manor's grounds, Eleanor is seized by a sense of impending doom and realizes there's more to the institution than its reputation of being a haven for creativity. After the arrival of the new fellows - including the intriguing, handsome photographer Richard Banks - she begins to suspect that her predecessor chose the group with a dangerous purpose in mind. As the chilling mysteries of Cliffside Manor unravel and the eerie sins of the past are exposed, Eleanor must fight to save the fellows - and herself - from sinister forces.

©2017 Wendy Webb (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Another good one from Wendy.

I was very excited to find a new story from Wendy Webb. Her works are right up my alley. This was good... not my favorite. But good. The characters and settings could have been fleshed out a bit more. Overall, still in line with what I love about her work.

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One of Ms Webb's best!

This was one of those books that hooks you from the very beginning! The twists are great! And I loved the ending. Although some may not. Fantastic ghost story!

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Awesome!

This was a good book. I've listened to Wendy Webb's other books. This one was really good and scary. The narrator was excellent.

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spooky and romantic

An old Sanitarium on a cliff a cliff overlooking lake Superior, what a perfectly spooky setting! Wendy Webb's stories are all somewhat similar, so if you have liked others you will like this one and the opposite is true as well. It's a bit predictable, but certainly enjoyable. Good spooky fun. And she always throws in some romance as part of the bargain. backstory is a bit loose, and only main characters are developed, but it's the atmosphere that makes the story. And Xe Sands does a great job with the narration. Fun for a bit of distraction.

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Not The Best

I really loved Wendy's other stories, but this one fell flat and was just too out there. Not her best work.

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  • Charlotte
  • HONOLULU, HI, United States
  • 06-23-17

A cliche from start to end

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Change the reader, listening to this was like listening exactly to Wendy Webb's audio book The Vanishing. Same voices, same intonation, same tired cliches..."then it hit me". Ms. Webb should have stopped at The Vanishing, this book is so annoyingly predictable. And the language used is high school or lower level. And really... she kissed a ghost to see what it would be like? How old was this woman?? I think Ms. Webb has found a formula and is going to stick to it. Too bad.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Whatever strikes my fancy, I use Audible a lot.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

As stated above....

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not Really, maybe with a different reader it would have been easier to be less judgmental.

Any additional comments?

I am disappointed by this book, I waited for her new book because I liked her other books, this book, to me, is a joke.

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