The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb


The Haunting of Brynn Wilder, Wendy Webb, 2020

My favorite quote: “Reading for pleasure with nothing more important to do. What a delicious idea.” — And let me say upfront: I received no pleasure from this book. None. For me, the whole thing was a dull gray blur of meh. That said, proceed at your own risk … 

Notable characters: Brynn Wilder, for whom it’s just one thing after another after another, the poor dear … 

Most memorable scene: I can’t answer this because I don’t remember anything actually happening

Greatest strengths: It’s ability to trick people into thinking it’s going to be a spooky ghost story

Standout achievements: This is the first time I’ve ever been bored reading a Gothic ghost story. I had no idea that was even possible. It was kind of like finding out I had some amazing hidden talent my whole life — but the opposite. Seriously. Why is this a book? Does Wendy Webb’s dad own a publishing house or something? 

Fun Facts: By the time I broke down and admitted that I absolutely loathed this book, I was far enough along that I felt compelled to finish it — which, of course, turned out to be a big waste of time. I’ve read warning labels on Tylenol that had more suspense 

Other media: No, thank you

What it taught me: Generally, I appreciate books that blur genres. The Haunting of Brynn Wilder, however, taught me that not everyone can pull that off. It reads like a choppy, genre-confused, overly-tropey Nicholas Sparks/Nora Roberts/Lifetime movie mashup with just a sprig of spooky tossed in for the sole sake of being allowed to call itself “Gothic.”

How it inspired me: The Haunting of Brynn Wilde inspired me to look for the delete button on my Kindle — and it bears the sole distinction of being the only book I’ve ever actually removed

Additional thoughts: I really dislike giving negative reviews, and am being as diplomatic as I can when I say this: Skip this one. Still not convinced? Let me help: *In my best Lestat voice* — I’m going to give you the choice I never had … Blank-slate characters, lots of words, someone with Alzheimer’s, a dude with tattoos, plot holes that will swallow you whole, and more words. There. You just read The Haunting of Brynn Wilder. You’re welcome  

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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