Amanda | Haunting Rachel
October 2005 | A Kay Hooper Reissue of 2 classic romances
Others have claimed to be Amanda Daulton, but now a beautiful, sell-assured woman has stepped out of the shadows of the past, insisting she's the missing heiress to a multimillion-dollar fortune. One look is all it takes to assure the family patriarch that she's his beloved granddaughter. But others at the magnificent Southern mansion called Glory are not as easily convinced, others with much to lose from her sudden reappearance.
Soon suspicion erupts in a chilling attempt on her life, and after the traumatic ordeal, she begins to have flashes of a nightmarish vision. What, if anything, happened twenty years ago to drive a mother and her nine-year-old daughter away from their privileged life? The struggle to find the elusive answers exposes a frightening trail of secrets — a trail that leads shockingly to the present and to the enigmatic woman who calls herself Amanda.
Ten years ago Rachel Grant's fiance, Thomas, disappeared. His body was never found. Now there's a stranger in town, a man who could be Thomas's twin — or his ghost. His name is Adam Delafield. He's been watching Rachel for days. He has the locket she gave Thomas before he vanished. And he says he owed her father three million dollars.
But there's no record of the loan — or a shred of proof that Adam is who he claims to be. And he's always nearby as accidents begin to threaten Rachel's life. Is he an innocent man who only wants to repay a debt? Or a ghost from the past with a score to settle? Rachel must expose lies and unravel stories, find out who wants her dead and why ... before the next attempt to kill her succeeds.
"Amanda seethes and sizzles. A fast-paced, atmospheric tale that vibrates with tension, passion, and mystery. Readers will devour it." — Jayne Ann Krentz
"Kay Hooper's dialogue rings true; her characters are more three-dimensional than those usually found in this genre. You may think you've guessed the outcome, unraveled all the lies. Then again, you could be as mistaken as I was." — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Kay Hooper has given you a darn good ride, and there are far too few of those these days." — Dayton Dailey News
"Will delight fans of Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt." — Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
"A stirring and evocative thriller." — Palo Alto Daily News
"An intriguing book with plenty of strange twists that will please the reader." — Rocky Mountain News
"It passed the 'stay up late to finish it in one night' test." — The Denver Post