Grace Alban has spent more than twenty years avoiding 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 back, she finds more is haunting the halls and passageways of Alban House than her own personal demons.
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, when a world-famous author took his own life and Grace’s aunt disappeared without a trace. The night has been shrouded in secrecy by the powerful Alban family for all of these years. Her mother intended 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?
I loved this book! I’m a fan of Gothic literature anyway, and The Fate of Mercy Alban is a modern Gothic novel. The story really drew me in, which is important to me. It is definitely a page turner. Wendy Webb knows just how to terrify a reader without overwhelming them. She has also written a story within a story here, which impressed me very much.
Reminiscent of stories such as Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White and Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, I highly recommend this to fans of the genre.