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The Haunting of Brynn Wilder: A Novel Kindle Edition
From the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of Daughters of the Lake comes an enthralling spellbinder of love, death, and a woman on the edge.
After a devastating loss, Brynn Wilder escapes to Wharton, a tourist town on Lake Superior, to reset. Checking into a quaint boardinghouse for the summer, she hopes to put her life into perspective. In her fellow lodgers, she finds a friendly company of strangers: the frail Alice, cared for by a married couple with a heartbreaking story of their own; LuAnn, the eccentric and lovable owner of the inn; and Dominic, an unsettlingly handsome man inked from head to toe in mesmerizing tattoos.
But in this inviting refuge, where a century of souls has passed, a mystery begins to swirl. Alice knows things about Brynn, about all of them, that she shouldn’t. Bad dreams and night whispers lure Brynn to a shuttered room at the end of the hall, a room still heavy with a recent death. And now she’s become irresistibly drawn to Dominic—even in the shadow of rumors that wherever he goes, suspicious death follows.
In this chilling season of love, transformation, and fear, something is calling for Brynn. To settle her past, she may have no choice but to answer.
“The action builds to a satisfying and uplifting ending…Webb consistently entertains.” —Publishers Weekly
“Endearing and greatly readable…[a] tale that is both warm and poignant.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Webb’s chilling tale of a woman running from a tragic loss will put a spell on you.” —E! Online
“Prepare to lose yourself in Wendy Webb’s lusciously written The Haunting of Brynn Wilder.” —POPSUGAR
“Enchanting.” —The Nerd Daily
“Wendy Webb weaves a searing gothic tale with elements of horror, mystery, and romance…It is incredibly absorbing and atmospheric.” —Bookreporter
“Wendy Webb is a rising voice in thrillers, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.” —CrimeReads
“Suspenseful and engrossing, The Haunting of Brynn Wilder is a ghost story, a love story, and a chilling fireside tale in one. Readers will be drawn in from the first page, and they won’t want to stop until they read the eerie conclusion, probably in the wee hours of the night.” —Simone St. James, New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel
“Evocative and beautifully haunting, Wendy Webb’s latest transports you to a location you’ll soon want to call home, in a story you won’t want to put down. It’s no exaggeration to call this the standout gothic novel of the year.” —Darcy Coates, USA Today bestselling author of The Haunting of Ashburn House
“A haunting tale of grief and loss that is beautifully layered with new beginnings and woven into a gothic ghost story both bone-chilling and heartwarming.” —Melissa Payne, author of The Secrets of Lost Stones
From the Publisher
This layered tale goes far beyond frightening dreams and spooky whispers in the dark (though, rest assured, it has plenty of both). Within these captivating pages, Wendy Webb expertly explores the many things that can haunt us in life—ghosts, yes, but also words left unspoken, loved ones gone before their time, broken hearts that never mended...
In The Haunting of Brynn Wilder, Webb has crafted an evocative ghost story that kept me awake and turning pages late into the night (with the lights on, of course), terrified to find out the truth behind the dead body found in room number five and the pull Brynn feels toward its locked doors. And at the same time, this novel is bursting with authentic and emotional relationships that left me utterly enthralled. If you are looking for an intoxicating read with both heart-pounding suspense and a heart-wrenching love story, I dare you to dive into these pages.
- Alicia Clancy, Editor
- ASIN : B0844QT2FT
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (November 1, 2020)
- Publication date : November 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3286 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 289 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542020123
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,480 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2020
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Certainly starts off innocently enough.. Brynn Wilder is going on a summer vacation so she can get some much needed rest. Checking into a quaint boarding house she is escorted to her room...the Yellow Room, by the owner Lu Ann. Settling in she meets two other 'summer guests' and shortly thereafter, the strange noises begin...Shall we say 'knock knock'...this is the beginning of a true and scary summer vacation....
Characters are so interesting and are a welcome mix to the haunting that is occurring. Some are what I would call eclectic by nature... including Lu Ann... all provide a nice mix to the plot. One of my favorites is Dominic James and his mysterious ways.
It is most intriguing and suspenseful read. Despite the deaths, and the haunted house I thought the ending was uplifting. Be careful what you wish for when heading out for a summer vacation!
Brynn is still grieving the loss of her mother to cancer. Brynn was her caretaker, and just wants the summer to figure out her life. She comes to a small town on Lake Superior where all the residents are all up in each other's business. It's definitely not a town for introverts (shudder).
She quickly meets "the most handsome man she's ever seen", and then the book seems more like a romance than anything else. I'm not knocking romance, that's just not what I thought this would be.
There's a woman with Alzheimer’s who seems to know things she shouldn't, and Brynn had some weird dreams, but that stuff was too few and far between. However, I did enjoy the quirky townspeople, and the setting.
The ending was a little jarring, and then there's an "ohhhhh" moment that ties everything together, and I found that rather sweet.
*Kindle First Reads pick
*Everyone is haunted by something. A road not taken. A hurt, carried deep inside. Harsh words that echo long after the sting of them is carried away on the wind.
*Some of us are haunted more literally. We’ve seen and felt and heard what simply cannot be, but is. A low moan coming from the corner of a darkened room. A glimpse of an ethereal shape. A tangible encounter with... something. A passer-through.
*As I sit alone with my thoughts in this empty house, in the dark, a fire crackling in the fireplace and snow falling outside, it all comes back to me. And I’ll let it come. God help me, I will let it come.
Omg! First off, this book isn’t scary, it has some creepy parts but I’ll leave it at that. I enjoyed the characters a lot! I thought I had some ideas of what was going on but it was bigger than I thought. I had a tear slide down my face at the end. But, that’s me, I cry at things.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the book!
He was the great love of her life? Yet he wasn't fully human? Who and why was Alice? Someone with dementia who became psychic and died. Why did Dominick save her from drowning? No significance. Disjointed things happen all through the book that never come together. Her brother was researching the cottage in Cornwall? Well he never got back with her.
The irritating thing was that I didn't find the main character to be real. She was so obviously made up. Never got a feel for her, to even find her likeable or not. She was too perfect anyway, boring. Always "dissolving into laughter" over things that weren't even funny. Apologizing for being so risque or politically incorrect-- over nothing. Being traumatized over life's events that weren't as difficult as what most people I know deal with.
The setting was good so I kept hoping the book would END and tie all the loose ends together. Never happened. The story just kept changing directions. Even at the end, a new direction. Nothing, but nothing, was explained. I'm not sure the ending cheers belonged to this story.
"Impregnated by an angel". Wow! Can they DO that??
Give me a break!
What a waste of time.
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The main problem with this is in that it does not know what it should be, and the author has tried to stick in too many things, most of which feels like filler to try and bulk out a much shorter tale. It strikes me that Wharton is a town that you would not like to visit, let alone holiday at or live in. Everyone knows everyone else’s business and they are all too friendly and loving; it feels like walking into a nightmare world filled with Mormons, what with the inane grinning going on. Brynn, our main character, who narrates this is soon romantically entangled, whilst events go on around her. There is the story of the woman found dead over the winter months, who had snuck into the building where Brynn is staying and so on. We are told that the building is Victorian, and then we have to hear Brynn gushing in wonderment that it is a hundred and fifty years old, which really is no surprise as such.
What we have then is Brynn having weird and lucid dreams and we have to read about some of the miniscule details from her earlier years so as to fill up the pages, and then we have a woman with Alzheimer’s. This feels like just an add on and in the author’s note we can see that this idea has come from the fact that a neighbour suffered with the illness. Therefore, this book does not add to our knowledge of the disease, and I have had relatives who suffered with it, so I do know something about it. What could have been a good and interesting read about this illness, or an atmospheric paranormal read is just not here as this is too messy and all other the place. No doubt some will gush over this book and think it is wonderful, but it is not well written, it isn’t that entertaining and is something you expect to see self-published rather than by a proper publisher.
Firstly, I relished in the fact that this book returns to Wharton, the town of Webb's other novel. Although characters from the other book feature here, this does not make the novels as part of a series. Indeed, simply accepting that ghostly occurrences happen by the lake is all that you need when you embark on this supernatural tale. However, it definitely has given me a hunger to read more of Webbs' books that are set by Lake Superior, particularly as it is clear that the writer is really good at creating a haunting narrative.
I had not set out to read any ghostly stories for October, bearing in mind that Halloween is at the end of the month. However, readers who aim for this theme at this time of the year should certainly consider this novel. Webb creates a chilling story about a woman, Brynn, who appears to be haunted by her past memories and apparently previous occupants of the boarding house. The scenes where Brynn is witnessing these ghostly apparitions are chilling and I loved the symbolism of the sudden roaring fire, the shadows and the sense of being trapped. The atmosphere was magnetic and it made me engrossed in the story even more.
However, I do think that Webb was trying to cram too much into this narrative. Brynn's background story features heavily in this plot and, whilst it determines her character and the reason why she is visiting Wharton, I would have preferred a bit more linkage to the supernatural genre. Coupled with this, Dominic, also known as 'The Illustrated Man' for his extensive tattoos, provides an unexpected love interest. (By the way, when I read that Dominic was muscly, tall, dark and covered in tattoos, he suddenly transformed into Maui from the Disney Moana film!!) I had not anticipated so much of a romance in the story and I think this definitely reduced the impact of Brynn's ghostly sightings. Indeed, Webb makes reference to Dominic's tattoos and how they seem unusual in themselves; I wanted this to be explored in more depth than what was offered in the novel.
Whilst I enjoyed reading this book, I think Webb could have altered the plot direction to provide readers with more of a supernatural vibe. It is like it starts to move into ghosts, before being drawn back to family dramas and romance. This made it unsatisfying for me because I had associated Webb's setting with the supernatural and hauntings. Indeed, for the most part, it did not feel like the novel truly lived up to its title.
On the other hand, I found the conclusion of the story very clever. It answered a lot of questions that I had worried were going to be left open. The closing chapter made other parts of the novel clearer and I began to appreciate Brynn's dwelling on her own family tragedy (haunted by her memories) and from what she had witnessed at the boarding-house. This was what helped redeem the story for me and make it a lot stronger all round.
I like Webb's writing and am determined to continue finding more of her books. However, I wished this had featured more of a ghostly theme. The romance lessened the impact of the supernatural and the family theme meant it was rather sad and emotional in places as well.
I suspect my real problem with this book is the blurb suggesting it to be something that it is not. Were I looking for a YA paranormal romance then this may have ticked all the boxes. The writing is good, the story carries you along, it seems well paced and put together. I have given the novel only two stars but please do not let my review put you off reading this. My review is based solely upon what I was expecting compared with what I read. I suspect that if you enjoy paranormal romance then this could well be the book for you.