After a devastating loss, Brynn Wilder escapes to Wharton, a tourist town on Lake Superior, to reset. Checking into a quaint boardinghouse for the summer, she hopes to put her life into perspective. In her fellow lodgers, she finds a friendly company of strangers: the frail Alice, cared for by a married couple with a heartbreaking story of their own; LuAnn, the eccentric and lovable owner of the inn; and Dominic, an unsettlingly handsome man inked from head to toe in mesmerizing tattoos.
But in this inviting refuge, where a century of souls has passed, a mystery begins to swirl. Alice knows things about Brynn, about all of them, that she shouldn’t. Bad dreams and night whispers lure Brynn to a shuttered room at the end of the hall, a room still heavy with a recent death. And now she’s become irresistibly drawn to Dominic—even in the shadow of rumors that wherever he goes, suspicious death follows.
In this chilling season of love, transformation, and fear, something is calling for Brynn. To settle her past, she may have no choice but to answer.
My thoughts on the Haunting of Brynn Wilder
One of the few books I actually managed to read last year was Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb, a spooky story set in Wharton on the shore of Lake Superior. It wasn’t my usual type of read, but it fitted my mood perfectly. Which is why I picked up The Haunting of Brynn Wilder, which is set in the same small town.
Wharton is one of those places that I always imagine it would be lovely to live in, full of friendly people with stories to tell and a passion for life. People who welcome those that are new to town and accept them for who they are. It’s why it’s such a perfect place for Brynn to find herself after a shitty year that saw a relationship break up and her mother die of cancer.
She needs time to refresh and recharge, and Wharton helps her do that, Wharton and the guests of the inn that she is staying in. They quickly become like family to her, people she relies on as her nights become filled with nightmares and the ghost of a woman who died at the inn under mysterious circumstances.
I loved this other worldly, spooky side to the novel, the way it opened up so many possibilities for what would happen next, and where Brynn’s story might be going. And, despite the fact that I am not an overly sentimental type of person, I loved the love story that was such a huge part of the plot too. Wendy Webb brought the two elements together really well.
When I reviewed Daughters of the Lake, I said that my main ‘complaint’ was that it was possibly too long and the plot too slow. Neither of these stand for The Haunting of Brynn Wilder, which was the perfect length and had a faster pace than it’s predecessor. For me, it was probably the better book, but only just. It is definitely one I would recommend.