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 (b. 1940) is a British novelist who has penned bestselling mysteries, family sagas, and other novels. Howatch was born in Surrey, England. She began writing as a teen and published her first book when she moved to the United States in 1964. Howatch found global success first with her five sagas and then with her novels about the Church of England in the twentieth century. She has now returned to live in Surrey.
“A gripping two-pronged tale of psychological terror and spiritual redemption.”
–The New York Post
“AN INTRIGUING ADVENTURE INTO THE UNEXPECTED . . . A STORY FILLED WITH UNANTICIPATED AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING TURNS.”
–The Denver Post
“Susan Howatch may well become the Trollope of the twentieth century. . . . She is a skilled storyteller.”
–The Washington Post Book World
“ONE OF THE MOST ORIGINAL NOVELISTS WRITING TODAY.”