Trembling Hills by Phyllis A. Whitney

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A woman's novel that should have a definite local market and which is grounded in the city's great and tragic event, this tells its story capably and sturdily.
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From the New York Times–bestselling “master of suspense”: A woman’s mysterious past is unearthed during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake (Mary Higgins Clark).
 
Sara Bishop was raised in Chicago, but her heart belongs in San Francisco, where her childhood sweetheart, Ritchie Temple, has moved to pursue a career in architecture. Convinced he feels the same way for her, she hopes his fiancée, the manipulative Judith Renwick, is just a passing fancy. And now Sara has packed her bags to prove it. Sarah’s mother is not only concerned by her daughter’s pursuit of an elusive romance, she’s also scared of the city itself—and the secret she and Sara’s father buried there years ago.
 
Once Sara arrives on the far side of the Golden Gate, she finds herself in the midst of a tantalizing puzzle involving Ritchie, Judith, and Judith’s mysterious brother. She soon discovers a monstrously wicked matriarch nursing a strange and unfathomable vengeance in her Nob Hill mansion. And one fateful morning, when the earth moves and the city is set afire, the pieces of Sara’s past will emerge from the ashes—but will it be too late to save her?
 
A recipient of the Agatha Award for Lifetime Achievement, Phyllis A. Whitney is the acknowledged “Queen of the American gothics” (The New York Times).

 
 
 

About Phyllis A. Whitney

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Phyllis A. Whitney moved around quite a bit during her youth, from Japan to China, the Philippines, and the United States. Her first novel, for adolescents, was A Place for Ann (1942). Winner of the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, Whitney mixes an intriguing blend of mystery and romance that has kept her fans happy for many years. Often her stories have the feel of Gothic thrillers, with brooding castles and old family secrets hidden away. Often her protagonists are strong, even liberated, women who are intent on uncovering the mysteries. Whitney, who loves writing, strives to create escapist plots but balances them with realistic female characters with whom her readers can identify.
 
Published November 28, 2017 by Open Road Media Romance. 455 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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on Aug 12 2017

A woman's novel that should have a definite local market and which is grounded in the city's great and tragic event, this tells its story capably and sturdily.

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