The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb

When her mother dies, a woman from a privileged family uncovers a family secret that threatens them all.

I had high hopes for The Fate of Mercy Alban, thinking it would be like a Kate Morton book only with ghosts. But I had to stop reading about three-quarters of the way through. I was already frustrated by the flatness of the characters and the plotting. I gave up when I was presented with an unpublished manuscript by a man who was supposed to be a great American author, and the prose was so flat I didn’t want to read it, let alone take it seriously. I don’t typically post reviews when I haven’t enjoyed a book, but this book seems to be getting a significant publicity push so I’m not worried I’m damaging a burgeoning writer’s career (something I really don’t want to do). I think that the author can absorb some criticism, if she even notices my little old blog.

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