The Vanishing by Wendy Webb is a supernatural thriller that will keep you enthralled within its pages! Taking place at a the mansion of Havenwood there are secrets and ghosts at every turn. The novel pulled me in from the very beginning with a terrifying seance and the suspense just escalated with each page turned!
Julia Bishop, recently widowed, has been left friendless and penniless by her husband who betrayed all of their friends by stealing their money. She’s at her wit’s end not knowing how she is going to pay for anything not to mention she may even be facing jail time for something she didn’t even know about. So when a mysterious stranger shows up at her door and offers her a job being a companion to the famous horror novelist Amaris Sinclair Julia knows she doesn’t really have many other options and accepts.
Arriving at Havenwood Julia is overwhelmed. The mansion is huge with different rooms and wings at every turn. Meeting Amaris is a highlight for Julia being a writer herself as she has long admired her as her favorite author. Julia is given free reign to roam the house and it isn’t long before she discovers that this old mansion may just be haunted by something more sinister than your average ghost. Even more terrifying is the feeling that Julia gets that she’s been to Havenwood before and it may be her imagination but everyone treats her as though they know her so much better than she thinks they should. The question is why? And is Havenwood safe? Do these ghosts mean harm? As time passes Julia begins to learn even more disturbing things that surprisingly all lead back to her and her past.
The Vanishing is that perfect kind of creepy story for me. It grabbed me from the beginning and I enjoyed every last twist, turn, and ghostly apparition that it offered me. I know one thing – I can’t wait to read more of Wendy Webb’s work!
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.