The Tale of Halcyon Crane

The Tale of Halcyon Crane

A Novel

Book - 2010
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A young woman travels alone to a remote island to uncover a past she never knew was hers in this thrilling modern ghost story

When a mysterious letter lands in Hallie James's mailbox, her life is upended. Hallie was raised by her loving father, having been told her mother died in a fire decades earlier. But it turns out that her mother, Madlyn, was alive until very recently. Why would Hallie's father have taken her away from Madlyn? What really happened to her family thirty years ago?

In search of answers, Hallie travels to the place where her mother lived, a remote island in the middle of the Great Lakes. The stiff islanders fix her first with icy stares and then unabashed amazement as they recognize why she looks so familiar, and Hallie quickly realizes her family's dark secrets are enmeshed in the history of this strange place. But not everyone greets her with such a chilly reception--a coffee-shop owner and the family's lawyer both warm to Hallie, and the possibilityof romance blooms. And then there's the grand Victorian house bequeathed to her--maybe it's the eerie atmosphere or maybe it's the prim, elderly maid who used to work for her mother, but Hallie just can't shake the feeling that strange things are starting to happen . . .

In The Tale of Halcyon Crane , Wendy Webb has created a haunting story full of delicious thrills, vibrant characters, and family secrets.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2010
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780805091403
Branch Call Number: FIC Webb 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 328, 12 p


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Mar 14, 2015

Keeps your interest throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm sorry it ended, I'll have to read it again! Great plot, characters, and atmosphere. Love it!!

Hallie James, a divorced thirtysomething, receives a letter from a woman named Madlyn Crane who claims to be her mother. Hallie had been told her mother died in a fire when she was six. I liked this engaging modern gothic tale with a strong female protagonist and well-done suspense.

HeatherIm Oct 01, 2011

Thoroughly enjoyable, in a contemporary Gothic ghost-story kind of way. Good story, albeit with some (big) holes in logic and character development. Writing's a little clunky, but, still, a tale you want learn the ending too.

Apr 25, 2010

This is a good book from the get-go. I read it in an afternoon. Nice chilly ghosty parts and a very likeable main character. Just waiting for your next book, Wendy!

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