The End of Temperance Dare
Haunting and atmospheric, The End of Temperance Dare is another thrilling page-turner from the author reviewers are calling the Queen of the Northern Gothic.
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. (less)
|Review|| I would like to thank Lake Union Publishing, NetGalley and Wendy Webb for the ARC of “The End of Temperance Dare” by Wendy Webb for my honest review.
The genres of this novel are General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction, Para Normal, Mystery and Suspense.
I like the way that Wendy Webb describes the setting at Cliffside Manor, a former Tuberculosis Sanatorium, now a place for Artists and Writers to retreat to. Between the beauty of the grounds, and the dark and weird descriptions of the large mansion, I get a feeling of good and evil. The Tuberculosis Sanatorium used to have the reputation as a “waiting room for death”
The characters can be described as complex, complicated, strange, quirky, good and evil. The story takes place mostly in the present with references to the past.
Eleanor Harper,is a former crime reporter and has come to “Cliffside Manor” to be the director of the Artist’s Retreat. This retreat was set up by the Dare family. Despite the dark past of Cliffside Manor, Eleanor has a strange and haunting feeling that something is not what it should be.
The former Director is found dead, and things seem more sinister and evil. There are accidents and strange incidents, that Eleanor finds herself dealing with.
This is a unique and unusual read, and I appreciate that the author has used so many genres. I like the way the author weaves this dark story. There are twists and turns, and surprises.
I would highly recommend this intriguing story. (less)