After scamming strangers, family and friends out of millions of dollars, Julia Bishop’s husband commits suicide, leaving her alone to face the consequences of his crimes. In desperate need of a fresh start, Julia is presented with a strange opportunity when the son of a famous author everyone believes to be dead appears on her doorstep, and offers her to come with him and become his mother’s companion in her secluded home of Havenwood, where she has been living away from society for decades.
Though she is a bit weirded out by the request, Julia accepts. After all, this might be the only chance she has to leave her past behind and start over. But as soon as she sets foot in this hidden house, things get weird. Everyone seems a bit too nice in Havenwood, and a bit too accommodating. The house itself is a bit too familiar, as if every hallway gives Julia a sensation of deja vu. And she could swear that the paintings are whispering things to her.
Wendy Webb is no stranger to great horror. She is one of the masters of contemporary supernatural thrillers, and “The Vanishing” is a perfect example of that. Full of fantastically written characters and a core mystery that will make you go crazy, this book is a true marvel of detail-oriented build up, with a twist that will hit you like bricks when it all comes to a head.