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After Caroline
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Joanna Flynn was lucky to be alive. Twice in a matter of minutes she almost died on a patch of oil-slicked highway. But when the doctors told her that she would suffer no lasting effects, they were wrong. For that night the dream began...
It was only of a house perched high above the sea, of a ticking clock and the lingering scent of roses. Yet night after night it awoke Joanna with a sense of panic. Its terror lingered throughout her days, urging her to do something--but what?
Then two strangers on the street called her Caroline, and Joanna knew she had to find an explanation for what was happening, or she'd lose her mind. What she finally uncovered was an obituary for a woman named Caroline McKenna--a woman who looked enough like her to be her twin, a woman who was killed in a car accident on the same day Joanna should have perished.
Now her torturous nightmares and a tenuous connection have brought Joanna three thousand miles across country to the town where Caroline lived--and died. Almost everyone has stories to tell about Cliffside's leading lady, and yet no one seems to have known her. Was she the shy wife or the seductress of men? The devoted mother or the selfish beauty?
Too soon Joanna realizes that it's not her sanity at stake, but her life. For unraveling the mystery of Caroline means uncovering the secrets in this picturesque town, secrets someone may have killed to hide. And that someone appears all too willing to kill again.

"Kay Hooper comes through with thrills, chills, and plenty of romance, this time with an energetic murder mystery with a clever twist. The suspense is sustained admirably right up to the very end."
"--Kirkus Reviews"
"Harrowing good fun. Readers will shiver and shudder. Kay Hooper...knows how to serve up a latter-day gothic that will hold readers in its brooding grip."
"--Publishers Weekly"
"Kay Hooper is a master storyteller."
--Tami Hoag, bestselling author of "Guilty as Sin" and
"Joanna is appealingly plucky and true to her mission as she probes the mystery that was Caroline."
"--Variety"
"Hooper is a multitalented writer whose stories always pack a tremendous punch."
--Iris Johansen, bestselling author of "The Ugly Duckling" and " Long After Midnight"
Praise for Kay Hooper's "Amanda"
"If you enjoyed those spooky tales by authors such as Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart, then you'll love "Amanda." "
"--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"Don't miss a story that will keep your reading light on until well into the night."
--Catherine Coulter
" "Amanda" seethes and sizzles. A fast-paced, atmospheric tale that vibrates with tension, passion, and mystery. Readers will devour it."
--Jayne Ann Krentz

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About the Author

Kay Hooper is the award-winning author of Blood Dreams, Blood Sins, Sleeping with Fear, Hunting Fear, Chill of Fear, Touching Evil, Whisper of Evil, Sense of Evil, Once a Thief, Always a Thief, the Shadows trilogy, and other novels. She lives in North Carolina, where she is at work on her next book.

Reviews

Following her successful transition to hardcover with Amanda (Bantam, 1995), Hooper weighs in with another gothic romance. A near-fatal accident leaves Joanna Flynn with a residue of terrible nightmares, and she is even more alarmed when two strangers call her Caroline‘the name of a woman who died on the day of Joanna's accident.

"Kay Hooper comes through with thrills, chills, and plenty of romance, this time with an energetic murder mystery with a clever twist. The suspense is sustained admirably right up to the very end."--Kirkus Reviews "Harrowing good fun. Readers will shiver and shudder. Kay Hooper...knows how to serve up a latter-day gothic that will hold readers in its brooding grip."--Publishers Weekly "Kay Hooper is a master storyteller."--Tami Hoag, bestselling author of Guilty as Sin and "Joanna is appealingly plucky and true to her mission as she probes the mystery that was Caroline."--Variety "Hooper is a multitalented writer whose stories always pack a tremendous punch."--Iris Johansen, author of The Ugly Duckling and Long After Midnight

Joanna Flynn and Caroline McKenna have more in common than their age, 29, and slim, fine-boned beauty. Though separated by 3000 miles, each suffers a fatal accident at exactly the same moment. Joanna instantly returns to life, however, surviving electrocution by a downed power line in Atlanta, while Caroline sleeps forever in a Cliffside, Ore., graveyard. Or does she? Bits of her seem to have taken up residence in Joanna, who now feels an inexplicable urge to wear skirts instead of pants and has a sudden hankering for secondhand cigarette smoke. More tellingly, she finds her own sleep wracked by a recurring nightmare that delivers a haunting message. Caroline's young daughter, Regan, is in danger, and only Joanna can save her. The premise makes for harrowing good fun, and Joanna is appealingly plucky and true to her mission as she gallops into Cliffside to probe the mystery that was Caroline. Was the dead woman good, bad or an unsettling mix of both? Did her husband love her or hate her? Was her death an accident or murder? Romance bonds Joanna to handsome Cliffside sheriff Griffin Cavanaugh, despite mutual suspicions. Alas, Hooper (Amanda) relies on sentence fragments to suggest drama, question marks to promote uncertainty and italics to invoke the processes of consciousness. So, though they will shiver and shudder, readers won't enjoy the chill as much as they might have. (Dec.)

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