During last year’s RIP Challenge, I had this book on my list, but was surprised when I went to check, and my local library didn’t carry it. So when I stumbled across this gothic novel at our local Borders last January during its closing sale, I jumped at the chance to obtain it for a mere dollar. I’ve been aware of this book staring at me from my bookshelves for the past eight months, just blazing with RIP vibes. I couldn’t wait to start it for the RIP VI Challenge.
As is annual tradition, we spent our Labor Day weekend in my hometown, celebrating my beautiful niece’s birthday, and participating in the Rodeo Weekend festivities. And, for me, sneaking pages of my first RIP read while sitting by the hotel pool. Kind of a weird atmospheric setting, but hey – as a parent of two young kids, you take what you can get!
The Tale of Halcyon Crane is the story of Hallie James, who finds out in the first few pages that she is not who she thinks she is. She’s really Halcyon Crane, daughter of famed photographer Madlyn Crane, and supposedly she died 30 years before, along with her father. Considering her father is still alive, yet suffering from Alzheimers, this is quite a conundrum, and doesn’t enable her to obtain any answers regarding the past. So Hallie/Halcyon travels to her mother’s hometown, an island in the Grand Lake area. It is there, in this spooky, ghost-laden location that she learns the true story of who she is, as told to her by her family’s longtime housekeeper, Iris. But rest assured…things in this town are not always as they same. Including…oh wait…you’ll just have to find out for yourself!
Full of twists and turns, ghosts and ghoulies, Wendy Webb kept me on the edge of my seat, even though I was sitting in the broad daylight, next to a glistening, chlorinated pool. I can only imagine how much it would have creeped me out if I’d been up late, reading by the bare-bones light of a lamp. The Tale of Halcyon Crane was a fantastic way to ring in RIP VI!