The Vanishing by Wendy Webb

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Julie Bishop’s life has fallen apart.  Her husband’s sneaky dealings becoming public, then his sudden death, have left Julie torn apart and bankrupt.  When a stranger arrives at her doorstep and offers her a job taking care of his mother who is thought to be dead, and offers Julie an escape from her worries and the public, Julie agrees.  What does she have to lose?

When Julie arrives at the beautiful mansion on Lake Superior she can not began to believe her luck.  House maids prepare all the meals and make her whatever she wishes, she has her own private room, a beautiful in-house library, and as it turns out, the lady she is looking after, Mrs. Sinclair, was once a famous author and a delight to keep company with.

Yet things, sadly are not all as they appear.  For one, there is a photo of a woman who looks shockingly like Julie.  And there are strange sighting, glimpses really of movement, and a lot of hush-hush when Julie tries to address what she is seeing to Mrs. Sinclair’s son.  Then there is the phone call… an impossible phone call from someone Julie knows for certain is dead.

What exactly has Julie signed up for?



Wendy Webb writes crazy good spooky reads from Minnesota.  The Vanishing is just the type of book you want to curl up with on a cool dark evening.  I absolutely enjoyed this book with its gorgeous but eerie settings.  There is also something about tying books and authors within stories that fully grabs on to me.  Throw in a few ghosts, a good-looking guy, and you have yourself the makings of something awesome.

This is not my first experience with Wendy Webb.  I enjoyed The Fate Of Mercy Alban a couple of years back.  I listened to this one on audio and narrator Xe Sands had just the right smooth tones to add a bonus level to this experience.



  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 41 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • Release Date: April 8, 2014




4 thoughts on “The Vanishing by Wendy Webb

  1. I love the cover on this and the premise sounds really fun. I read the first part of Mercy Alban a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it and meant to go back and finish it – library loan on a bulky tablet before I got my PaperWhite – but never did. Adding this one to my TBR as well! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I remember you reviewing the first book, and it caught my interest because of the Lake Superior thing. Now I need to get this one too.

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