Review of The Haunting of Wolfe Haven by Debbie A. Heaton
The mark of a good mystery is to keep you turning the pages to find out "who dunnit and why." Debbie Heaton's The Haunting of Wolfe Haven does not disappoint. Her plucky protagonist, Riley Russell, finds herself in the center of a plot thick with romance and drama that may end in death or redemption. We run to keep up with Riley and the assorted cast of characters who inhabit (and perhaps haunt) Wolfe Haven, a crumbling estate with turrets and topiaries etched into the hills of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Wolfe Haven may be the spooky abode of a once prominent family, but the seven deadly sins are all present and accounted for as one by one her characters succumb to the temptations for money, power and love. Only Riley and her estranged, handsome husband, Tristan, seem to keep their heads and hearts above the tumult. This reviewer gives it an A+ for its ability to keep her up late, greedy to find out who will prevail in this tantalizing tale.
By Sue Tyrrel
The Haunting of Wolfe Haven
The Haunting of Wolfe Haven is a story about a woman named Riley who left her husband Tristan three years earlier but still carries a burning torch for him. She travels back to their shared home of Wolfe Haven to try to put the past behind her at the invitation of Abby Collins, a family friend and resident of Wolfe Haven. At first, the reason for Abby's invitation seems clear cut; Abby wishes to reunite Tristan and Riley in order to stop Tristan's pending marriage to conniving Glenda Brant, Tristan's love interest before his marriage to Riley.
However, when the gardener of Wolfe Haven gives Riley an ominous warning that something is not right at the residence, the story starts to have twists and turns and brings about unexpected deception and danger that Riley is unprepared for. This story has touches of the supernatural as well when Riley hears whispering warnings that could possibly be coming from the resident ghost of Wolfe Haven, Isabella Garcia. The tension is fraught between Tristan and Riley as they try to deny their feelings for each other while at the same time, Tristan's brother Collin plays an effective, spoiled villain. When the gardener dies in a mysterious accident and Zoe, Collin's girlfriend gets seriously hurt in a hit and run that Riley is convinced was meant for her, the plot thickens and things get more hazardous for Riley.
Although this book started out a little stilted, I found that about halfway through it began to flow easily and captured my interest with all of the intense plots and danger. I was pleased with the how the author easily captured the essence of danger that presided at Wolfe Haven. However, I would have preferred more in depth understanding of the characters lives and motives, although the author did a good job letting the reader get to know Riley. I enjoyed that the villain at the end of the story was a surprise, allowing for one more twist to the story.
While I feel that this author could have let the reader get to know other characters besides Riley, I think that overall, this story is appealing and that the surprise ending and subtle, supernatural references makes it obvious why this book and its author, Debbie A. Heaton was recently chosen for the 2010 Forward Book Awards.
Review by getmybookreviewed.com