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Publisher's Summary

Christy Loren has come to fear her gift of clairvoyance, an unwanted legacy from her mother, a famous psychic. Without warning, visions envelop her - visions that have guided the police, too late, to the bodies of murder victims. To escape these horrors, Christy flees her home in Long Island to seek peace and safety in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and the reassuring presence of her down-to-earth aunt.

But she finds that threatening mysteries await her in those mountains - mysteries that surround a writer's recent death and the disappearance of the unearthly, enigmatic Deirdre. Christy senses secrets locked in the heart of Deirdre's tormented husband, with whom she fears she is becoming too emotionally involved - and haunting Deirdre's troubled son.

Caught in this ominous web, Christy must come to terms with her unwanted psychic powers. As she is drawn into the search for Deirdre, she sees with increasing clarity that the mysteries have a connection to a blood-chilling dream that haunts her. In trying to escape her fate, she has unwittingly embraced it. Now, to uncover the truth, Christy must confront her gift of precognition and her dream. The shocking truth will bring her face-to-face with real and terrifying danger.

©1989 Phyllis A. Witney (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Chapter 17th (the ending) Not listed but is there.

The way I search for something to read on Audible seems more difficult then searching in a library or book store. In the latter, I can read about the book inside the book cover, then skim thru and read how the book starts....then read a bit here and there to get an idea of how the author writes. I can flip thru the pages and see if later on in the book the story still seems interesting. I believe it is more difficult to find a good audiobook. Although I do listen to the "sample" it doesn't give an accurate indication of the narrator except for superficially and gives hardly any information on how good the book will be. I also read the reviews. Many times I'll even Google the book to get a better idea. Yet I STILL go thru 20 or 30 books before I finally find something that I will try and invariably I am let down up to 7-8 times out of 10.

WHAT IS IT? Is it me? AM I the only one? I am guessing it has something to do with my age. I am a 52 year old female who has always been a reader except during the years I was raising children, and only because I could not find the time or energy to ever read. After my kids were grown up and I started reading again I found that I was drawn to the genres of sci-fi and fantasy besides the historical and gothic mystery romance of my youth. I even like some paranormal romance. I like mysteries,horror,nonfiction,history....I have an open mind on subject or genre. What it seems like I am struggling with is the writing style. SO many books seem....like they are written for adhd teenagers. I get bored. There is no meat on the bones. It feels superficial.

The last few books I had FINALLY decided on, have been books written decades ago. This one included. And I am FULFILLED. I am satisfied. I am engaged. I am interested. The characters and the story and the way she writes is intellegent and FULL. Feels like a good homemade dinner, or coming home after being away. I think my quest from now on, is going to be searching for authors who wrote back in the time when people had attention spans and common sense,

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I love Phyllis Whitney

I wish all of her books were on audible. Along with many other, like authors

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Narration doesn't fit character

The story itself was fine. I would describe Anna Fields' voice as strong and resonant. It would be a great voice for a strong heroine. But I would describe the heroine of this book as timid and fearful. They just didn't mesh and Anna didn't carry off the timidity and fearfulness of the main character. The end of the book felt like they edited out some of the necessary emotional events to get to the ending that was arrived at (girl gets boy). I did like the way that the mysterious evil person was presented and it kept me guessing to the end.

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Disappointed 😞

The book ended at chapter 16. The book never finished...disappointing... it stopped right before the climax!

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how did it end?

not a bad story. It cut off before the end. possible technical difficulties? still on the fence of the sound of the narrator. I didnt think her voice fit the story.

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Loved it, must read!

The characters are amazing. The story had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. Suspenseful and heart warming to see new love flourish when old love has changed to friendship.

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Rainbow in the mist

This was a story of a family of psychics who are struggling to use and control their abilities.

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Too woo-woo for my taste

Phyllis Whitney lived to the ripe old age of 104, and continued to write well into her 90s; that is remarkable, and deserves admiration. And yet I can't help feeling that her best work was published in the 1960s and early '70s, perhaps not coincidentally during the height of the gothic/romantic-suspense craze. It's a shame that Audible doesn't offer any of those early (and vastly superior, in my opinion) works, but only a handful of her later titles.

By the time this book was published in 1989, many of the genre tropes that had been fresh and exciting a quarter of a century earlier had grown tired and stale from overuse.

Perhaps it was an attempt at bringing something original to the table that led Ms. Whitney to people her novel with a collection of clairvoyants, and to lard her prose with New Age mumbo jumbo. Still worse is the fact that that she contradicts herself as to exactly what psychic powers her characters possess. At the beginning of the book, Christie is somewhat traumatized by the fact that she can sense danger only after it has already occurred; she can tell if someone has been murdered, and even lead the police to the spot where the body is buried, but she can do nothing to prevent the crime. But by the end of the book, she's foreseeing like crazy, with no reason given for the change. I fully expected her mother to explain that she has finally opened herself up and embraced her inner light, or some such nonsense. (Hey, it doesn't have to be a *good* reason.)

It's a pity that an author of Ms. Whitney's stature is only available in audio through books that don't represent her best work. I hope Audible will eventually release her entire catalog, including "Silverhill," "The Winter People," and "Seven Tears for Apollo," to name only a few.

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Clairvoyant Surprise.

I have read a few other of Phyllis Whitney’s mysteries but they were not like this one at all. Nearly all the major characters in the book were clairvoyants. If crystals and channeling bother you, this is not the book for you. The mystery remained just that for me until the very end.

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Hallmark Movie...

This is a good example of how a narrator affects a story. I've learned to not be too picky about them, BUT, this narrator was terrible. This story is a very light, good mystery, in no way a thriller. It is totally in the wrong category. It's also a very light, light romance. The pace is really good though, if it weren't for that, I wouldn't have been able to finish it. The end is a little corny, but as long as it ends HEA I'm good with it. If you like Hallmark and Lifetime movies, you will definitely enjoy this.