• The Fate of Mercy Alban

  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2,045 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning novelist Wendy Webb comes a spine-tingling, modern-day haunted house story set on Lake Superior.

Grace Alban has spent 20 years away from her childhood home, the stately Alban House on the shores of Lake Superior - for reasons she would rather forget. But when her mother’s unexpected death brings Grace and her teenage daughter home, she finds more than just her own personal demons haunting the halls and passageways of Alban House. Long-buried family secrets, a packet of old love letters, and a lost manuscript plunge Grace into a decades-old mystery about a scandalous party at Alban House during which a world-famous author took his own life and Grace’s aunt disappeared without a trace. That night has been shrouded in secrecy by the powerful Alban family for all of these years, and Grace realizes her family secrets tangle and twist as darkly as the hidden passages of Alban House. Her mother was intending to tell the truth about that night to a reporter on the very day she died. Could it have been murder, or was she a victim of the supposed Alban curse? With the help of the disarmingly kind - and attractive - Reverend Matthew Parker, Grace must uncover the truth about her home and its curse before she and her daughter become the next victims.

Wendy Webb has woven a suspenseful mystery that skillfully skirts the boundary between what is paranormal and what is psychological.

Wendy Webb is editor-in-chief of Duluth-Superior, an upscale lifestyle magazine. A journalist with two decades of experience, she lives in Minnesota.

©2013 Wendy Webb (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc

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Say it isn't over...

I was so hungry to hear the last bits and pieces of the tale! My hunger was satisfied! But now, I find myself struggling because I do not want to leave the company of these characters! Oh how I wish I could remain among them at the house, taking breakfast with them, chatting with Jane and developing friendship with all of them!
This is the third book I've listened to by this brilliant author and although I've enjoyed all of the, this may very well be my favorite! She is an amazing author, yes but some who write have a true gift for telling a story and I count her among the best! You can have anyone write a book, creating a story with a setting and characters to create the action, have a climax and an end. There is just so much depth here, detail, not so much feeling as it is pure emotion with that you experience with them! I could almost smell the coffee & hearty breakfasts, taste the wine, feel the warmth of the fire as I curled up next to Amity and her Mother. I want to go to this house and live out the rest of my days there!
Great story! So worth giving it a listen!

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WOW....

I almost returned this book in the first 4 chapters, but then things changed. A book within a book... Oh My! It kept my interest because of the characters. The last 8 chapters of this book I could not stop listening. So very well narrated & written.

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Excellent

This book had me sitting on the edge of my chair listening to her every word, waiting for the next plot twist! Every time I thought I solved it there was another surprise. Superb writing.

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Lifetime Movie

What would have made The Fate of Mercy Alban better?

It wasn't intended to be funny, but laughed out loud when two charactersa are about to go into dark hidden corridors seeking a dangerous elusive deadly character, and one says to the other "Do you think we should call the police?"

What could Wendy Webb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Instead of the very predictable romance, maybe a female friend, old or new, could take the part of a supportive, possibly humorous sounding-board for story to be told to.

Did Kirsten Potter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

There was a book-within-a-book, written 50 years apart by different authors, and both sounded identical in style and tone.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some of the interplay between mother and teenage daughter rang true and made these two characters likable.

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Better as Young Adult

This book reminded me of the Nancy Drew novels I used to love as a kid. I would call it creepy, mystery light. It was a good story with very tight editing. But, I would have made the main character the daughter instead of the mother so that it would have been considered part of the young adult genre.

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This was a great book

I had a hard time putting this book down you just didn't know what was going to happen next. So it was very exciting and the end well you you just have to get the book.

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Great spooky book

Really kept my interest, very spooky. Ending was kind of eh but overall good book. Problem with performance that audio would fluctuate and it was sometimes difficult to hear. It was nice to have a scary story that isn't all blood and gore. Would recommend .

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Good– albeit derivative and irritating at times

This narrator has got to go! She's great as a crime-fiction/ detective story narrator, but the tone of voice she uses is just too authoritative, too sarcastic for this story. I needed to shut it off at times because it irritated me so.

The story is good, but not very original. If you have read Kate Morton's "House at Riverton", "Forgotten Garden" and/or John Harwood's "The Ghost Writer" you will have heard this one already. The author has either an uncanny ability to have dreamed up the same scenarios as these three books employ, or she has lifted them. I will give her the benefit of the doubt.

One thing I cannot forgive her for is her characterization. The protagonist and her daughter are unbearable. The daughter comes across as 10 rather than 16. No 16 year old acts as she does. And the mother is just ridiculous with all her "honey" this and "honey" that. Sooo much treacle, so cloying. I rolled my eyes a lot during this book.

Also baffled how the editor let her get away with using "a sense of dread" SO MANY TIMES throughout this book.
Overall a good story that kept me interested, but not a great work of fiction.

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just OK

I was really excited to read this book however it just didn't quite creep me out as much as I wanted it to. I kept thinking it was kind of like Murder She Wrote a little corny. and the narrator was very monotone so added to the Blah

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Excellent little haunted house story.

I enjoyed this book for what it was. Story with abundant ghost, house shrouded in Mayhem. . Love, insanity, obsession and murder, .

Definitely more Goosebumps type story than Poe. I was disappointed the book wasn't more suspenseful. Narrator and story were average.


Would not reccomend this book. A little boring, and drawn out.

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