Daughter of the Stars

Daughter of the Stars

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"Were they all lying? Misleading me for their own purposes?..."
Lacey Elliot has been a woman without a past since the day her mother whisked her off to Charlottesville, refusing for thirty years to speak of her father, her family, or her history.
But when Lacey intercepts a desperate letter from an aunt in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Lacey sees her chance to confront the past that has terrified her mother and to fill in the gaps in her own life.
Against the charm and colorful, turbulent history of the picturesque town, the violent history of Lacey's heritage is about to repeat itself. As she finds herself drawn to a man intrigued by the town for reasons of his own, old ghosts reappear and danger returns—as a killer walks among them once more....
"Evocative, moving, suspenseful—another surefire winner from the writer who taught all of us how it should be done."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787109394
Publisher: NewStar Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/28/1995
Edition description: 6 Cassettes
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 7.85(h) x 1.88(d)

About the Author

In addition to being named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY has received the Agatha Award from Malice Domestic and a Society of Midland Authors Award. All three honors are for lifetime achievement. She has been published in thirty foreign countries. Her other novels include Amethyst Dreams, Singing Stones, and Woman Without a Past. Whitney lives in Nelson County, Virginia.

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Mary Higgins Clark

Phyllis A. Whitney is a superb and gifted storyteller, and a master of suspense.

Barbara Michaels

Evocative, moving, suspenseful -- another sure-fire winner from the writer who taught all of us how it's to be done.

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Daughter of the Stars 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very exciting book. Best one ive read in a long time. Keeps you interested and wondering what will happen next.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was in elementary school, I loved reading the Bobbsey Twins books, especially the ones where the family took a trip. The story always worked in interesting descriptions of the location and its history. As a teenager, I occasionally read some of Phyllis Whitney's YA mysteries and finally graduated to some of her romantic suspense novels. Just as with the "Bobbsey Twins take a trip" books, I liked them as much for the setting as for the plot. When I was looking at my TBR shelves to see what I already own that I could read for one of my geographical challenges, I discovered this short novel, set in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. I thought I might enjoy an armchair trip to this historic town.I wasn't expecting great literature, but I was hoping for a better story than this turned out to be. The plot seemed like something from a bad soap opera. Lacey Elliot was raised by her mother, who, as far as she knows, is her only relative. While her mother, Amelia, is recovering from surgery and treatment for breast cancer, she receives a letter from a woman in Harpers Ferry asking Amelia to return there and help her face an unnamed man who has just reappeared after a 30 year absence. Lacey learns that the letter writer is her great aunt and she decides to go to Harpers Ferry in her mother's place. Lacey meets many relatives (about one per chapter), who give her bits and pieces of information about the 30 year old tragedy that caused her mother to leave town and cut off her family ties, but none of them is willing to tell her everything they know. They all seem to have independently decided that it's time to confront the past, but since they're all intimidated by each other, they keep asking Lacey to go with them to talk to one of the others. (Lacey's presence is required for every conversation since she is the book's first-person narrator.) The seemingly endless confrontations didn't seem to be leading anywhere, so the climactic scene seemed abrupt and melodramatic rather than suspenseful or scary.Although I didn't like the story or the characters, I did like the setting. I know more about Harpers Ferry than I did before I read this book. There are other ways to learn about Harpers Ferry without subjecting yourself to a poorly written novel, though, so I'd recommend that others try one of them instead.
WillowOne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Being from the area around Harpers Ferry, WV I picked up this book to see what it was about. I read of familiar areas and was taken in by the mystery being woven.The book surrounds a family with deep hidden secrets that run through generations. Lacy Elliot will search to unravel her families past. A great, suspenseful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago