Haunting and atmospheric, The End of Temperance Dare is another thrilling page-turner from the author reviewers are calling the Queen of the Northern Gothic.
When Eleanor Harper becomes the director of a renowned artists’ retreat, she knows nothing of Cliffside Manor’s dark past as a tuberculosis sanatorium, a “waiting room for death.” After years of covering murder and violence as a crime reporter, Eleanor hopes that being around artists and writers in this new job will be a peaceful retreat for her as much as for them.
But from her first fog-filled moments on the manor’s grounds, Eleanor is seized by a sense of impending doom and realizes there’s more to the institution than its reputation of being a haven for creativity. After the arrival of the new fellows―including the intriguing, handsome photographer Richard Banks―she begins to suspect that her predecessor chose the group with a dangerous purpose in mind. As the chilling mysteries of Cliffside Manor unravel and the eerie sins of the past are exposed, Eleanor must fight to save the fellows—and herself—from sinister forces.
Wow, just wow. I adored this book. It was creepy and deep and brilliant and so Webb. She has such a way with building a sense of time and place. She knows how to bring out the creeps with such a stunning story. She can grab you, and engage you and make sure that the reader is left fully satisfied. You will have thrills, you will dream about the story and it will leave you craving more. Another brilliant read from a master of the Gothic tales.
Wendy Webb is the bestselling author of four novels of gothic suspense, The Tale of Halcyon Crane, The Fate of Mercy Alban, The Vanishing and The End of Temperance Dare. Since her stories are set in the Great Lakes region, reviewers are calling her the Queen of the Northern Gothic.
Wendy lives in Minneapolis with her dog Zeus, and she's at work on her next novel.
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