The Legacy by Katherine Webb

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“A brilliant and absorbing drama.”
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A fresh and exciting new voice in contemporary fiction, Katherine Webb debuts with a haunting novel about a secret family history. Already a sensation in the United Kingdom, Webb’s The Legacy is a treat for every fan of upmarket women’s fiction and literary suspense in the vein of bestselling authors Kate Morton, Sarah Waters, and Diane Setterfield. Taut, affecting, and surprising—a story that ranges from present-day England back to the American West in the early twentieth century—The Legacy embroils two sisters in an investigation into the strange, never solved disappearance of their cousin, a dark mystery that opened deep family wounds that never healed.


About Katherine Webb

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Katherine Webb was born in 1977 and grew up in rural Hampshire, England. She studied History at Durham University, has spent time living in London and Venice, and now lives in Berkshire, England. Having worked as a waitress, au pair, personal assistant, potter, bookbinder, library assistant, and formal housekeeper at a manor house, she now writes full time.
Published August 30, 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 432 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As a girl, Erica was too young to grasp the details of Henry's fate, but 23 years later, now a strong and independent woman, she pleads with Dinny for answers, while older sister Beth, clinically depressed, wants to leave the past buried.

Jul 18 2011 | Read Full Review of The Legacy

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Both girls loved him as children and Erica continues to love him in the present day but it is unclear if Dinny still holds a torch for Beth or whether he could be interested in Erica now.

Mar 13 2012 | Read Full Review of The Legacy


Campbell knew how to get the most out of a Jimmy Webb song, that’s for real: the ambiguous “Wichita Lineman”, the haunting “Galveston”, and the mournful “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” My theory is that Webb knew that only undersinging could put across songs like this, and that he wrote them spec...

Dec 15 2003 | Read Full Review of The Legacy

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