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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.

Critic Reviews

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

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  • Australia
  • 09-09-12

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • hampton
  • SPRINGTOWN, TX, United States
  • 07-25-12

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

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful author, excellent book

Where does The Tale of Halcyon Crane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favorite audible finds (along with Webb's book The Vanishing).

What did you like best about this story?

The story ties in so many fascinating plot points and handles them all extremely well. Once the story got going, I couldn't stop listening.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Gothic and wonderful

Loved this... creepy and fun! This would make a great movie! Nothing more ghoulish than ghostly triplets!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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absolutely loved it

Any additional comments?

There was a perfect balance of everything you look for in a good book. It was cozy yet suspenseful.

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Where was the editor?

I have a few questions for the editor, because I'm curious how anyone could have printed the book without asking the author to resolve a few things.

1. Are there no dead people in Seattle? How is that Hallie could see spirits for 5 years, then see none for 30 years, then see them again?

2. On an island with a limited population, how does no one ever say "Iris? Who's Iris?"

3. How clueless would Hallie need to be to realize that a 100 year old woman wouldn't walk miles to polish wood?

4. What was the point of the Jonah secret?

Okay listen, but not one I'll recommend to others.

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Avoid this one if you're looking for a ghost story

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

It seemed more concerned about what she was eating, rather than the atmosphere. I could see where she was trying to go with this but the world building wasn't there.

What could Wendy Webb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make it scarier and less about whos pants she's trying to get in, or at least make the romance believable. She tried to smack too many things into a book.
If you want a good gothic book I suggest the Thirteenth Tale

What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She's not one of my favourite narrators but I don't pass over a book because she's narrating it.

Any additional comments?

It was boring.
It wasn't scary.
It wasn't ominous.
The relationships between people didn't make sense and the atmosphere wasn't what I was looking for.
I don't like discouraging people from reading (or listening) so if you're looking for a light read, sure. But I would skim this one.

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Light mystery, dab of paranormal, feel good ending

Interesting island town in the North and good characters. Only horse transpiration, as it should be. A mysterious lady fills in the wholes of Halcyon's history.

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Starts strong ends flat

Very very scary horror novel with a let down obvious ending. Also drags a bit.

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  • James
  • Oswego, IL, United States
  • 08-17-16

Spooky little story, loved it

There were some spooky moments in this story which made it quite enjoyable. Worth the credit for sure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful