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The Tale of Halcyon Crane: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Wendy Webb

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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 possibility of 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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 328 pages
  • Editeur : St. Martin's Griffin; Édition : 1 (1 avril 2010)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003DX0I3K
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 AND WE'LL BE JOLLY FRIENDS, FOREVERMORE --- 10 avril 2010
Par Pamela A. Poddany - Publié sur
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The Tale of Halcyon Crane

What a creepy feeling it would be to enter a beautiful and lovely mansion that you have just inherited from your long-dead/just recently passed mother and to hear somebody singing an old childhood song to you -- but nobody is there! Ewwwww -- things that go bump in the night, truths that are false, living a lie, more things that go bump in the night -- such a great premise for a good first book!

Hallie James is living in Washington state when she receives a letter that her mother has just passed away. Hallie is being summoned to Grand Manitou Island in the Great Lakes to have her mother's will read to her and to settle her estate. Wow! This is certainly news to Hallie as she thought her mother died years and years ago and now this?

This is just one of the many, many mysteries that await Hallie and YOU as you read this excellent first endeavor from Wendy Webb. Things are never what they seem as Hallie arrives at Grand Manitou Island. Suddenly, Hallie is worth millions and has an awesome mansion that is all hers. Suddenly, Hallie James is really Halcyon Crane. Suddenly, nothing Hallie has known to be the truth is the truth. Her life, it seems, has been based on lies, lies, and nothing but lies.

Hallie/Halcyon decides to remain on the island and find out a few things for herself. Why was her entire life full of deceit and falsehood -- all of them told to her by people she loved? Why do the islanders treat her as if she has the plague? Why does she 'feel' she is not alone in her lovely new home? Who really killed a small child some thirty years beforehand and what part did Hallie/Halcyon and her family have in that murder?

This is a good book, full of suspense, chills, spooky situations, and romance. It is written well. Ms. Webb has a gift for descriptive writing. When Hallie arrived at her new home this reader felt as if she were taking a virtual tour, seeing every sight of the beauty of the home through Hallie's eyes. I could see the stark landscape and feel that rain and fog on my face. Detailed writing at its best.

If you like romance, being just a little scared, ghosts galore, and a story full of twists and turns, this is for you. Check it out!


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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining, but needed some work 16 juin 2010
Par Aderyn - Publié sur
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This is the kind of story I enjoyed reading as a teenager, but which seems to insist that it be taken seriously as adult fiction. Unfortunately, it's far too predictable and has too many plot holes to make the transition.

The story begins with a classic setup: An unexpected inheritance from an unknown relative that requires the central figure to travel to a mysterious location in order to claim it. In this case, it's Halcyon Crane's mother, presumed dead long before it actually happened, and Grand Manitou Island, clearly patterned after Mackinac Island with its rejection of motorized travel and grand old homes.

The first point where I stumbled was when the author described the picnics and sweater-weather days Halcyon and her childhood friend, Will, enjoy long into November. I was surprised to learn that the author was from Minnesota, as I assumed this was due to a lack of familiarity with "up north" weather. Having lived in northern Michigan, I can assure you no one is attending picnics with only sweaters for outerwear in November. It's highly likely no one is attending picnics without snowshoes by then.

Meeting Will was stumbling block number two, as Halcyon reminisces about their many childhood adventures, although she was only 5 when she left the island. It works well to set up the close relationship between the two, but poorly in terms of suspending disbelief enough to enjoy the story. If you're suspecting that Will and Halcyon become romantically involved, you not only guessed right, but demonstrated how predictable the story is.

Since Halcyon was too young to really remember the tragedy that drove her and her father from the island, and Will was too peripherally involved, enter the character of the old family retainer, who was Halcyon's grandfather's nanny in the early 1900s and has stayed on as the housekeeper, walking miles to and from work, keeping the big old house spotless, the shopping done, the meals cooked, and her memory sharp enough to fill in all the gaps in Halcyon's family's story - despite being more than 100 years old, if the timeline is to be believed. Yes, my toes were stubbed again at this point.

The ghost story itself, which was the tragedy that drove Halcyon's father to take her and hide all those years ago, is equally predictable, although wonderfully set up and terrifically told. I hope that we hear more from this author, who really is a skilled writer. I just hope that she digs a little deeper next time.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Ok but something missing.... 20 avril 2010
Par JerseyGirl - Publié sur
Halcyon Crane is notified that her mother, whom she does not remember, has passed away and left her the family home. Halcyon has always thought that her mother died many years ago but she is unable to ask her father since her father now suffers from Alzheimers.

This is a story about some malevolant ghosts and I ususally like ghost stories but this one was not as good as some I have read. I liked the House on Tradd Street much better. The characters in the Tale of Halcyon Crane never seem true or real to me. They are very much caricatures and just rather dull to me. For example, Halcyon returns to the home that her mother has left her, the Hill House, and meets the young lawyer who is in charge of her mother's estate. They subsequently meet two times after this and are madly in love with little or no interaction between the two. It just wasn't realistic enough for me.

Most of the book is told by a mystical woman named Iris who would have been over 100 years old at the time of her meeting with Halcyon. Although this is explained at the end of the story, it never rang true for me.

The bad ghosts in the story are told at the end of the story "Your leaving now" and with very little fanfare, they leave.

I have just read better ghost stories. This isn't bad but it does not wrap the reader up in the story and characters all that well in my opinion. It was so so.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A disappointment 25 mars 2011
Par Tigger - Publié sur
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Hallie James is a young woman leading a fairly normal, even humdrum life, when she receives a letter that turns her world upside down. Her mother, whom she has been told all of her life had died in a fire when Hallie was a baby, had actually been alive and well until her recent death that prompted the communication Hallie received. Needless to say, Hallie's shock, confusion and grief are almost overwhelming. Why had her father lied to her all these years? Why would he have deprived her of the chance to have a relationship with her own mother? Unfortunately she cannot question him about it now, as he suffers from dementia and is nearing the end of his own life.

Hallie decides to visit her mother's home, located on a wonderfully remote and picturesque island that is, naturally, a perfect setting for such a mystery. Add to that a lovely old Victorian house, a smattering of mysterious characters, and the recipe for a cozy ghost story / mystery is set.

Sadly, there is no delivery on this initial potential. Firstly, just to get it out of the way because it's merely a personal prejudice of mine, I loathe the formulaic, token romance that has to take place. I literally skimmed over every one of those scenes just so I could get through the book. That's a mild irritant, though, compared to just how disappointing the story itself was. The "mystery" is completely unrealistic, the haunting just silly. As another reviewer wrote, none of it had the ring of truth. It was as if the author had two or three different ideas in mind and couldn't decide how she wanted it to go, so it seemed disconnected and ultimately half-hearted in the end, as if she just wanted to wrap it up and be done with it.

That said, I would give Webb another shot because if she can pull her storyline together she may have real skill. I had high hopes for Halcyon Crane because the synopsis was total book candy for me, and I'm familiar with Webb from some of the horror and gothic anthologies she's edited and that I've really enjoyed. If she gives it another go, I hope there is some improvement on form and consistency and please, PLEASE lose the juvenile romance element.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Ghostly potboiler 2 mars 2010
Par Jody - Publié sur
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OK. Let me ask this question:

If you found yourself staying alone in a huge old house on an isolated island in the Great Lakes in November, heard ghostly laughter and childish voices, and a creepy Mrs. Danvers-like housekeeper you think of as a frightening old crow kept telling you macabre stories about supernaturally aided deaths in your own family in that house until you actually start seeing them, how long would you remain?

I'm asking, because Hallie James, the heroine of The Tale of Halcyon Crane, stuck it out long after I would have hired an exorcist and/or fled to the nearest hotel and/or got rid of the housekeeper. As the book progressed, I found it unbelievable that Hallie would say she 'loved' Iris' stories. Ee[...] Those stories make up a lot of the plot of Halcyon Crane, so if you don't buy the relationship, the rest of the book is a bit thin, though it does contain a nice romance and enough twists and turns in the final pages to satisfy the most jaded reader.

I did love the setting, loosely based on Mackinac Island which has its own kind of haunted magic. I'm afraid I found the writing to be rather leaden, though Ms. Webb has a wonderful imagination, and I'll certainly read whatever she writes next. Especially if it's set on Grand Manitou.
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