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The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb
Narrator: Xe Sands
Published by Brilliance Audio on November 1, 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Mystery
Length: 8 hours, 21 minutes
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.
I chose The Haunting of Brynn Wilder for a few reasons. First, because Xe Sands is a favorite narrator. Second, the setting is Minnesota where I lived for many years. Next, because is was near Halloween so something spooky seemed fitting. I sort of expected a “real world” haunting, like someone trying to scare Brynn. It is more a paranormal story with some mysteries and there are a couple ghosts.
Brynn has known a lot of loss and grief so she goes to a small seaside resort town where her friend lives to recover over her summer break. She meets some great people from various stages of life. Observing their issues and choices, she considers the people in her life past and present and future. Stepping into a whole new environment, and back from her everyday life lets her review her own options.
There is more a journey here. The epilogue does show us what happens after the summer in a summary. I found it a thoughtful reading with real world issues to ruminate. However, it didn’t feel very well-defined or factual, but more open-ended.
Xe Sands is a favorite narrator. Her tone is haunting in this performance. It’s well-matched to the type of story here. Her male and female voices are familiar to me and comfortable. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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