“No writing today can equal [Susan] Howatch's ability to write compelling novels that combine theology and psychology in a complex, fast-moving plot offering beautifully delineated characters and the suspense of a mystery/thriller. . . . The denouement will leave readers breathless.”—Publishers Weekly
Nicholas Darrow is a strong-willed and independent-minded man, full of the energy and assurance of his age and his moment in time—he is twenty-five in 1968. A magnet for attention and attraction, Nicholas is already beset by a troubled past, and expert at ignoring the grip it has on his life. But as he follows his father into the Anglican priesthood, his fascination with his own psychic powers results near-tragedy. It will only be by facing the truth about his relationship with his father that Nicholas can find his way out of the seemingly impenetrable darkness that engulfs him. . . .
Told with all the drama, intelligence, and emotional depth we have come to expect from Susan Howatch, Mystical Paths is a breathtaking novel about the powerful, often painful, but finally indestructible ties between parent and child. And like its four highly praised predecessors in the Church of England series, it is a novel that celebrates the redeeming power of self-knowledge and faith.
“Intelligent, compelling, and fascinating.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
About the Author
Susan Howatch was born in Surrey. After getting a degree in law, she emigrated to America, where she married, had a daughter, and embarked on a career as a writer. When she eventually left the United States, she lived in the Republic of Ireland for four years before returning to England. She spent time in Salisbury—which was the inspiration for her Starbridge sequence of novels—and now lives in London.
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“More than in the past, the young are striking out into intellectual independence and revolt against tradition.”
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The church of england series is addictive, you wont be disapointed. I love the characters, her use of first person is phoenominal. You will love em.
A nice historical trip through England's Anglican Church along with an engaging story and well-developed characters. Now I need to read the entire series
This is perhaps my favorite of the series. Jon Darrow is too intimidating for me, but Nicholas is about right. He is, of course, off the rails (there is always on in every novel), and finds healing in a strange place. Good murder mystery as well.
Unexpected, deep,harrowing, and profound. Quite an excellent read!