The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb

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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.

Five stars!

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Scary Books for People Who Don’t Like Scary Books

Happy Halloween! My favorite part of Halloween is always children and pets in cute costumes. A couple years ago I bought a costume for my cat, but he hates it more than anything in the entire world and wriggled out of it in 30 seconds flat. He’s selfish that way. Anyway. What I don’t like about Halloween are scary, gross things. For example, zombies. Zombies are disgusting. Everyone knows that, right? Does everyone like zombies because they’re disgusting? I don’t get it.

That said, despite my general aversion to the horror genre, sometimes I accidentally read scary books. Sometimes I even like them. Here are my favorite scary books. They’re spooktacular!! (They’re not really.)

Feed by M.T. AndersonEating Animals by Jonathan Safran FoerA Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonPreludes and Nocturnes by Neil GaimanZeitoun by Dave EggersBirds of America by Lorrie Moore

(See the rest of this list over at Rants & Raves, the Teen Scene blog!)

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