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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (399 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phyllis A. Whitney Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781455173686
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Twenty-five years ago, Susan Prentice lost her mother to a tragic accident. Now she is returning home for the first time to Virginia’s eastern shores and the ancestral house where her mother fell down to her death on the front steps twenty-five years ago.

Though Susan has little memory of the accident, her arrival has alarmed those who fear what may lie dormant in Susan’s memory. But it is her maternal grandmother, Alex Montoro, a proud, intense, aging doyenne of the ballet, who believes that her memory must be unlocked, since Susan is the only living witness to the tragedy—and Alex suspects that her daughter’s fall was no accident.

Once unlocked, Susan's memory could hold the key for solving what Alex believes to be an unsolved mystery.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of her best efforts, this carefully crafted novel of psychological suspense by the prolific Whitney, a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, entices the reader into a series of enigmas.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Energetic and richly textured...If terror and murder can be rendered ladylike, Phyllis Whitney is just the lady to do it.”

    Atlanta Journal & Constitution

  • “Whitney’s 36th mystery suspense is tighter, neater, better than ever.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 7/28/2013

    " This book had all the same elements she always uses...although the way she wrapped up the book, was much different than her usual, as well as she had two heroines...I also for the first time ever, guessed exactly who the killer was! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luella | 11/3/2012

    " I love this book. It is added because I am taking the Reader's Advisory course at COD. And this author is supposed to be the Queen, among others, of Romantic Suspense. But I think she's old school though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hailey | 11/1/2012

    " This book really keeps you on your toes, right up until the very end. Now I understand why people say that Phillis A. Whitney is the master of her craft. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rusty | 10/25/2012

    " This is a nice, comfortable read. I like mysteries without too much blood and gore and Whitney's writing fits this description. Very good mystery writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 8/26/2012

    " This was a quick read, enjoyable, but nothing spectacular. Typical girl goes home to find herself, solves a mystery and falls in love with the handsome bachelor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murugami mejjah | 8/7/2012

    " creative,full of suspence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith | 8/5/2012

    " I don't have the exact read start and finish dates on many books I have read this year. The dates are approximated, as I have been in & out of the hospital, and on bed rest, and read 2-5 books a day depending on the book & length and my ability to focus. All dates are approximated, by month. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah-Dianne | 4/17/2012

    " I consider this type of mystery to be the best kind. It keeps you on your toes, but it isn't to scary to keep you up! This was a great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 4/7/2012

    " An enjoyable and interesting mystery with some good character development, though a few things were never explained at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela Grant | 12/30/2011

    " I've been reading Whitney books since I was very young and I love them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 7/3/2011

    " very good, enjoyable, holds attention "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 5/22/2011

    " Too much agonizing over things untold until pages later. This book could have been much shorter and better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 5/12/2011

    " Too much agonizing over things untold until pages later. This book could have been much shorter and better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah-Dianne | 1/30/2011

    " I consider this type of mystery to be the best kind. It keeps you on your toes, but it isn't to scary to keep you up! This was a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rusty | 4/29/2010

    " This is a nice, comfortable read. I like mysteries without too much blood and gore and Whitney's writing fits this description. Very good mystery writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 10/24/2009

    " I've been reading Whitney books since I was very young and I love them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 7/27/2008

    " This book had all the same elements she always uses...although the way she wrapped up the book, was much different than her usual, as well as she had two heroines...I also for the first time ever, guessed exactly who the killer was! "

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About the Author

Phyllis A. Whitney (1903–2008) was born of American parents in Yokohama, Japan. She worked with books throughout her life as a librarian, bookseller, reviewer, writing teacher, and bestselling author. She was one of America’s most successful writers of romance and suspense and in 1988 won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.