Haunting Rachel [NOOK Book]


Danger wears many faces....

Ten years ago Rachel Grant's fiancé, Thomas, disappeared. His body was never found. Now there's a stranger in town, a man who could be Thomas's twin—or his ghost.

His name is Adam Delafield. He's been ...
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Haunting Rachel

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Danger wears many faces....

Ten years ago Rachel Grant's fiancé, Thomas, disappeared. His body was never found. Now there's a stranger in town, a man who could be Thomas's twin—or his ghost.

His name is Adam Delafield. He's been watching Rachel for days. He has the locket she gave Thomas before he vanished. And he says he owed her father three million dollars.

But there's no record of the loan—or a shred of proof that Adam is who he claims to be. And he's always nearby as accidents begin to threaten Rachel's life.

Is he an innocent man who only wants to repay a debt? Or a figure from the past with a score to settle? Rachel must expose lies and unravel stories, find out who wants her dead and why...before the next attempt to kill her succeeds.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Rachel Grant's fiance, Thomas, was lost in the jungles of South America ten years ago, just before their wedding, and she has never found another man to replace him. After her parents die in a plane crash, Rachel begins to catch glimpses of a man who looks very much like Thomas, always right before suspicious accidents threaten her life. As the threats become more deadly and Rachel comes to know the mysterious stranger who resembles her dead lover, messages that seem to come from beyond the grave warn her away. Fans of Barbara Michaels will enjoy Hooper's latest Gothic mystery (which follows Finding Laura, Bantam, 1997), though the touches of the supernatural here are not as integral to the plot. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/98.]--Kim Uden Rutter, Lake Villa District Lib., IL
From the Publisher
"Warning: This novel is hair-raising."—Catherine Coulter

"A master storyteller."—Tami Hoag

"She keeps me guessing until the very end."—Linda Howard

"A multitalented author whose stories always pack a tremendous punch."—Iris Johansen

"Kay Hooper is a master storyteller."—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307567642
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/22/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 97,054
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Kay Hooper
Kay Hooper, who has more than six million copies of her books in print worldwide, has won numerous awards and high praise for her novels. Kay lives in North Carolina, where she is currently working on her next novel.
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The house where Rachel had grown up was an elegant Georgian mansion built on extensive acreage on the James River. The house was more than two hundred and fifty years old, and had been in the Grant family for much of that time. Remodeled from time to time by various Grants, it now contained such luxuries and conveniences as carpet, closets, and bathrooms, as well as modern wiring, central heating, and air-conditioning. Yet it had maintained its graceful air despite those changes, and was considered one of the most beautiful houses in Richmond.

Rachel got out of her mother's sedan at the front drive and stood for a moment, studying the house. Not for the first time she wondered if she was being hasty in even considering selling the place. Yes, the house was far too large for one young woman who didn't care for entertaining and didn't have to in her work--the only real excuse for a single person to own such a place. And, yes, there were too many memories here, many of them painful. And her uncle Cameron wanted it, would enjoy it, and would keep it in the family at least a while longer.

But . . . it was her home. She had actually been born in this house, with a doctor in attendance, since her parents had been determined to uphold that tradition. Until she had gone away to college and then moved to New York, Rachel had always lived here, just as her father and grandfather before her. Her roots were here.

Did she really want to give it up? And if she did, were her reasons the right ones? Or was she just being cowardly in wanting to run away once more to New York without facing the pain of loss?

Not questions that were easily or simply answered, she knew.Shrugging them off for the moment, Rachel went into the house. She was greeted just inside the door by the housekeeper, Fiona, who was as dour as usual. A part of the Grant family for more than twenty years, Fiona moved more slowly these days in late middle age, and her superstitious nature could be a trial at times, but she loved this house and took excellent care of it.

Rachel went to her second-floor bedroom in the east wing and stood at the doorway, looking down the hall toward her parents' bedrooms. Though she had gone through her father's desk here at the house as a business necessity, she hadn't yet been able to sort through his and her mother's personal belongings. It was something she knew she had to do, not a chore she could assign to anyone else. It would take time and require decisions as to what to do with clothing and so on, and so far Rachel had simply not been up to the task.

And still was not. She shied away from opening those doors just as she had shied away from any other chore that threatened her control. She wasn't ready yet. Not yet.

She went into her bedroom, a room she had been allowed to furnish for herself when she was sixteen. Since Rachel had inherited her mother's elegant taste in antiques, even as a teenager she had not been fond of the fads and often peculiar color combinations in vogue with her friends; her room was decorated in quiet tones of blue and gold, virtually all the furniture Louis XV pieces, delicate and lovely.

Rachel was comfortable in the room, and after so many years took the stunning antiques for granted. She went into the adjoining bathroom and turned on the faucets to fill the big oval tub, deciding that a hot bath might ease her tension and soothe the restlessness she couldn't seem to get rid of. It only half worked, but half was an improvement, and by the time she climbed from the tub thirty minutes later, Rachel definitely felt better.

She wandered back out into her bedroom wearing a silk robe, and went to stand at a window that looked out over the front drive and lawns. Plans for the evening were simple; dinner, probably with her uncle Cameron, who was currently staying in the house, and then television or a book. It had become her routine since she had come home two weeks ago.

"Jet-setting heiress, that's me," she murmured to herself wryly.

The irony, of course, was that she could have jetted off to wherever she wanted--and simply had no interest in doing so. Money was not one of the things Rachel had ever had to strive for, and so it was not something that represented success or achievement. Not to her.

Achievement, to Rachel, was bound up in whether the designs she had created would successfully adorn the fashion runways when next year's spring collections made their debut. She had apprenticed herself to one of the best New York designers, and after years of hard work had the satisfaction of knowing that her designs would be shown under her own name.

But that was months and months away, and in the meantime she had to decide just how much of her past she wanted to abandon.

Rachel sighed and began to turn away from the window, when a flicker of movement down by the front gate caught her attention. There was considerable distance between the house and the gate, but what Rachel saw was clear enough.

And definitely real.

A man with silvery blond hair was standing at the gate, looking up toward the house. He was very still for a moment, and then, with a hunching movement of his broad shoulders that might have been a shrug or some gesture of indecision, he turned and walked away, hidden immediately by the high brick wall and numerous tall trees.

Rachel lifted a hand as though to stop him, but her flesh touched nothing except the cold glass of her window.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Hooper rocks

    Gripping. Kept you reading...and you felt invested in the main characters.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    good read

    First time I have ead her books, and will definitely read more or them. Sinister but lively.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2007

    i relly loved this book

    i loved the story and suspense i recommend this book to any one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    My favorite book

    I love HAUNTING RACHEL! It is my favorite book. It has suspense, mystery, and romance all tied up into it. Everyone who is anyone should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    Excellent from start to finish

    This book was incredible, It kept me wondering the whole time. I couldn¿t put it down and I am VERY picky about the books I like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2002


    This was the 2nd book I read by Kay, and let me tell you it was awesome! It kept me guessing all the way through and even after! I recommend this book to ANYONE that likes the mysterious things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2001

    Read it!

    Kay Hooper always writes such heart-gripping stories. She knows what readers want and dares to be different. You always hungry for more after reading her books. This story is another terrific one. I highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2001

    a satisfying read

    i'm an avid reader, so when i go to the library, i'm highly selective and particular in the choice of what books to borrow. immediately, when i saw 'haunting rachel',i knew i had to hold on to it. the title alone sparked enough curiousity. but when i read the jacket description, i was anxious to get started reading right away. if you want a suspense novel threaded with just the right amount of romance, this is for you. you'll be guessing to the very end and you'll be very encouraged to add kay cooper to your must read list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2001

    Fantastic Author and Book

    Haunting Rachel is by far the best book I have ever read. Being 14 years old,I am not much of a reader unless it is for school or I am extremely bored,but this book was wonderful. I could not put it down and it kept me guessing to the end. Kay Hooper is an amazing story teller and Haunting Rachel is a dramatic romance/mystery novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2001

    New Fan

    I just recently found the Kay Hoopers books and even though I really enjoyed her 'Shadow' series, 'Haunting Rachel is my favorite. I enjoy the romantic suspense, plus just that little bit of the supernatural that Kay adds to her books. I hope Kay has a new book comming soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2001

    kay hooper is one of the best authors ever

    Kay hooper is by far the best author I've ever read. Whenever I finish one of her books I am crying for another one. I love the shadow series and haunting rachel. i think everyone should read her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    The suspence will hook you from the start!!

    I was in the library searching for a good mystery/suspense book that I felt I could really enjoy. As I was looking at different titles many of which didn't appeal to me, I noticed 'Haunting Rachel' and picked it up. I read the short excerpt on the back cover and was Very curious--it sounded very suspenseful--exactly what I was looking for. Something about the summary told me I needed to read the book and that it wouldn't be like others that I had tried to read but would not finish because I just didn't get hooked and couldn't stay focused on. It turned out my instincts were CORRECT!!The mystery and suspence hooked me from the very first page!! I was so enthralled that I in someway 'became'the character 'Rachel'and experienced what she does. From the moment Rachel spots the mysterious stranger who looks like her fiancee who died ten years earlier, my curiousity got the better of me. I just HAD to know the identity of the mystery man who curiously happens to look like either her fiancee come back from the grave, or his non-existent twin brother. The suspence of the scary and suspicious events that follow the mysterious strangers arrival made my heart beat faster at every page I turned. At the end of every chapter I was more and more curious about what would happen next. The suspence kept me wondering and trying to determine who the stranger was and what his connections to Rachel were. After I finally finished the book, I KNEW I HAD to read her other books. Avid myster/suspence reader: Take my advice go straight to your library, look for and find this book and READ it. You TOO WILL FEEL THE SAME WAY!!! !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    Very Gripping

    Another triumph for Kay Hooper. I started reading and could not put it down. Just when you think you know how it ends, she hits you with something that is totally different. Makes me frantic to read all her books.

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