The Singing Stones: A Novel

The Singing Stones: A Novel

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by Phyllis A. Whitney
     
 

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Despite her misgivings, child psychologist Lynn McLeod returns to Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to help ten-year-old Jilly, her ex-husband Stephen's child. But what she finds at the secluded household are more questions. And the danger that threatens both Stephen and Jilly soon closes tightly around Lynn. And all the while, the soft, hypnotic sound in the

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Despite her misgivings, child psychologist Lynn McLeod returns to Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to help ten-year-old Jilly, her ex-husband Stephen's child. But what she finds at the secluded household are more questions. And the danger that threatens both Stephen and Jilly soon closes tightly around Lynn. And all the while, the soft, hypnotic sound in the wind—the eerie yet beautiful music of the Singing Stones—lures Lynn into a realm of mystery, murder, and dormant passion. And, perhaps, to the key to her own destiny....

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“Phyllis A. Whitney is a superb and gifted storyteller, and a master of suspense.”
–MARY HIGGINS CLARK
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The singing stones on a mountain top in Virginia's Blue Ridge country provide the eerie atmosphere of MWA Grand Master Whitney's 34th novel, after Rainbow in the Mist. Narrator Lynn McLeod, a child psychologist, comes here to help Jilly, the 10-year-old daughter of her ex-husband, architect Stephen Asch, and his second wife, exotic dancer Oriana. Having answered the plea of psychic Julian Forster and his wife Vivian, Lynn agrees to counsel Jilly, who is traumatized after witnessing a murder and the fall that crippled her father. Among the many members of the household, the Forsters are the child's only source of support. Stephen, sunken into apathy, ignores her; Oriana is off pursuing her career. When other murders follow, as well as attempts to kill Jilly and Lynn, Julian persuades the psychologist to ``regress'' into a former life under hypnotism, the key to detecting a killer among reincarnated souls. Implausible and confusing at best, the mystery ends on a blatant contrivance but will probably be as popular as its predecessors. Paperback rights to Fawcett. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Lynn McLeod, a child psychologist, is awaiting the start of a much-needed vacation when a letter arrives altering her plans. She is invited to the home of her ex-husband, Stephen Asche, to help his troubled daughter, Jilly. Upon her arrival, Lynn finds herself drawn into a series of unexplicable events. Jilly is being secretive to protect her father; her mother and father have withdrawn from Jilly's life into worlds of their own. The plot thickens, of course, and mystery fans will applaud this addition to any collection. --Lindsey Wilson, Edison High School, Alexandria, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345480347
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.91(d)

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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, Daughter of the Stars, and Woman Without a Past. Whitney lives in Nelson County, Virginia.

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