Successful London lawyer Carter Graham has power, sex appeal, and a well-ordered life. Everything has gone according to plan, including her recent marriage to Kim Betz, an investment banker with the right combination of looks and position. On the surface it appears to be a match made in heaven. The only problem is Kim's ex-wife. Sophie begins to follow Carter like a shadow, making outrageous claims about Kim's involvement in the occult.
Convincing herself that Sophie is mad, Carter moves ahead with her life. But something is amiss and as Sophie's stories are corroborated by other unwelcome disclosures from Kim's past, Carter is thrown into a terrifying web of suspicion and betrayal, pushing her sanity to the edge. In desperation, Carter seeks help from Nicholas Darrow, the charismatic priest of St. Benet's Healing Center. Though a religious skeptic, Carter hopes to stem the tide of darkness that threatens to envelop her life and begins a compelling journey into the very nature of good and evil, wisdom and redemption. . . .
About the Author
Susan Howatch was born in 1940. She obtained a law degree from London University and then immigrated to the United States, where she lived for eleven years. During that time she wrote eight novels, including her international bestsellers Penmarric and The Wheel of Fortune. In 1980 she returned to England, where she began to study Church history. The result was the six novels that make up the Starbridge series. In 1993 she made headlines by funding a lectureship in theology and natural science at Cambridge University.
“A gripping two-pronged tale of psychological terror and spiritual redemption.”
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“AN INTRIGUING ADVENTURE INTO THE UNEXPECTED . . . A STORY FILLED WITH UNANTICIPATED AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING TURNS.”
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“Susan Howatch may well become the Trollope of the twentieth century. . . . She is a skilled storyteller.”
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