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Critical Praise


This second novel by Minnesota Book Award-winning writer Wendy Webb has all the elements of a downright haunting story — and it is. Be prepared to be scared — and entertained."

— Minneapolis Star Tribune

"If you're craving a good old-fashioned ghost story to scare you on these cold nights, this is it. There's a big house with secret passages (think Glensheen in Duluth), a body that may have left the crypt, a beautiful apparition dancing on the lakeshore in the moonlight, a hidden manuscript, a book of curses and an old relative who may be insane."

— St. Paul Pioneer Press

"I haven't picked up a thriller/horror novel this good in ages. This is the kind of book that gets your pulse racing as you frantically flip to the next chapter to find out what happens."

— No Map Provided

"Webb is amazing at writing a spooky, gothic atmosphere that will chill you to the bone. This is definitely a novel you don’t want to read late at night while you’re alone."


— S. Krishna’s Books

"Ghosts, witchcraft, family secrets, money and power, and pure evil run through this book. I certainly enjoyed it! A fun read and sure to keep you turning the pages. And you just have to keep reading to find out who the heck Mercy Alban is—you'll be fascinated by the story this author weaves."

— Bookalicious Book Reviews

"This is a first by Wendy Webb for me, but if anything else she writes is even remotely like this book then she has a devoted reader and fan in me. I was hooked from the very first page and I refused to let go. Honestly, by the time I reached the final page I did not want it to be over. I felt like I hadn’t explored every hidden passageway and secret tunnel that Alban House held, and I wanted to spend more time there. I honestly have not read a book that kept my attention like this in a long time."

— Dwell in Possibility Books

"I was spellbound. Webb's novel had me hooked from the get go and I would not put it down until I had finished the last page."

— A Bookish Way of Life

"Webb has crafted a modern take on a classic genre - the Gothic ghost story. Family secrets, haunted houses, family curses with a little witchcraft thrown in as well. Webb's plotting is intricate and keeps us guessing with many red herrings and switchbacks on the way."

— A Bookworm’s World

"Filled with multiple plot lines including a budding romance, family secrets, and a hint of the supernatural, it is hard to put this book down once you start reading. The ending to this tale almost leaves you to think there might be a sequel...and I would love that!!! I loved reading about the history of this house - all the secret passageways, the rooms, the porch and the grounds - this seems like a great house to live in. I love houses with so much history steeped in them - they just beg to have their stories told. And the characters were all richly developed - there wasn't one that I didn't like."

— Always With a Book

"The Fate of Mercy Alban is a chilling, good read! This book just might make you glad you don’t live in an old, haunted mansion."

— Cheryl’s Book Nook