The Tale of Halcyon Crane
Reviewed by- linda (2010/05/09, 04:46 PM)
This is a light ghost story with a wonderful Gothic feel. The pervading mood and emotional tone of this work is excellently developed, shining a light on the great imagination of this author. Itís a nicely written, engaging story that has seances, a haunted house, secrets, murder, romance and betrayal. Although a little predictable there are a few surprises. The setting is the imaginary island of Grand Manitou in the Great Lakes. The authorís descriptions bring this place to life, creating the desire to hop on the ferry for a summer stay. The main character, Hallie is well developed and likable. There are also some unique well developed secondary characters. The main problem I had with this book is the rather slow start. Hallieís activities before she arrives on the island are rather pedestrian. In short however this is a nice light read full of interesting characters and emotional pull. I recommend to readers who enjoy a good well written story and like to read about ghosts and the supernatural. On the side, The Tale of Halcyon Crane is a finalist for the Michigan Book Award and was selected as an IndieNext Pick. Itís also a Midwest Connections Pick and a Great Lakes Great Reads pick. In short, a great start for this debut author.Back.

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