The End of Temperance Dare: A Novel by Wendy Webb
Page Count: 336 Pages
Published by: Lake Union Publishing (June 6, 2017)
Genre: Literature & Fiction/Horror/Occult/Gothic
My Rating: 4.25/5
When Eleanor Harper becomes the director of a renowned artists’ retreat, she knows nothing of Cliffside Manor’s dark past as a tuberculosis sanatorium, a “waiting room for death.” After years of covering murder and violence as a crime reporter, Eleanor hopes that being around artists and writers in this new job will be a peaceful retreat for her as much as for them.
But from her first fog-filled moments on the manor’s grounds, Eleanor is seized by a sense of impending doom and realizes there’s more to the institution than its reputation of being a haven for creativity. After the arrival of the new fellows―including the intriguing, handsome photographer Richard Banks―she begins to suspect that her predecessor chose the group with a dangerous purpose in mind. As the chilling mysteries of Cliffside Manor unravel and the eerie sins of the past are exposed, Eleanor must fight to save the fellows—and herself—from sinister forces.
Confession: I love ghost stories! Ever since I was a young child, ghost stories have always captured my attention. Maybe it’s the thought that there is something after this life, or maybe it’s the feeling of being spooked by something unseen; I’m not really sure. My secret indulgences are found in paranormal television shows like “Ghost Hunters”, “The Dead Files”, or “A Haunting”. So when I started reading this novel by Wendy Webb, I have to admit that the subject matter captivated my attention. Not only was this a ghost story, but it was a ghost story involving an old tuberculosis sanatorium!
The End of Temperance Dare has alternating viewpoints of the past and present. The characters are very likeable and mysterious (what every ghost story needs, right?). I was drawn into the story and the mystery surrounding the inhabitants of this converted sanatorium. The ending was phenomenal and surprising. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves a good ghost story!
About the Author:
When Wendy was about eleven years old, her school librarian recommended that she read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. It changed her life. After she was finished reading that book, which remains among her favorites to this day, something just clicked. She knew what she was meant to do with her life—write novels like that one. It was more than a wish; it felt as though she had found her calling.
She settled into writing as a career after college, working for several local and national publications, and now she is finally doing what she has dreamed of since she read that book so long ago.
Wendy was born and raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, where she majored in political science and minored in French and history. After college, she spent some time living in France with two lifelong friends, and when she returned to the States, she was fortunate enough to get an internship with a congressman in Washington, D.C., and later a job with a Minnesota senator.
When she moved back to Minnesota, Wendy got her first writing job with City Pages, an arts and entertainment weekly in Minneapolis. She has been a journalist ever since, writing for national and local magazines and newspapers. Currently, she is editor-in-chief of Duluth Superior Magazine, a lifestyle monthly based in Duluth, Minnesota.
Even though she loved her career as a journalist, she never forgot her dream of being a novelist. Finding the time to write a novel—that was the hard part. What with making a living and taking care of a young son, she just couldn’t find the luxury of spending time devoted to a dream. But finally, when her son Ben was in school and she was working from home as a freelance journalist, she realized she actually had the time to start writing her first novel. And she never looked back.
Wendy divides her time between homes in Duluth and Minneapolis, and a cabin on the Gunflint Trail, which is on the border of Minnesota and Canada. She lives with her spouse, editorial photographer Steve Burmeister, and their Alaskan Malamute, Molly. Her son Ben is in college, where he is undoubtedly the most handsome and charming boy on campus.
P.S. Here goes the little disclaimer…
Thanks goes to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to review this book prior to publication. All opinions expressed in this review are solely mine and I did not receive any payment.