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After Caroline

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  2,392 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Joanna Flynn was lucky to be alive. Twice in a matter of minutes she almost died on a patch of oil-slicked highway. But when the doctors told her that she would suffer no lasting effects, they were wrong. For that night the dream began... It was only of a house perched high above the sea, of a ticking clock and the lingering scent of roses. Yet night after night it awoke J ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 2nd 1997 by Bantam (first published 1996)
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April
Dec 13, 2015 April rated it liked it
This was the first book that I read by Kay Hooper, and considering it was finished within 24 hours of me having started it, I guess I enjoyed it. :) However, that being said, I did have some problems with it -- for example, the dreams that Joanna had that were of Caroline, that turned out to be true... that was never resolved.

I did like the romance between Griff and Joanna, but I saw it coming from miles away.

The actual mystery part was rather anticlimactic compared to the rest of the story. I g
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Dina
Jan 21, 2011 Dina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Listened to audio book as I drove back and forth to school, which made it bearable. Probably not a listen for a long drive! The premise of the story is good - woman in auto accident, dies, is revived on the scene. Electric line falls across her vehicle and she is electrocuted, and revived. Lead up tot eh story was actually pretty good also. She connected with the soul of a woman who was murdered and set out to find out who the woman was and why she was murdered. This probably would've been a fin ...more
Brenda
This was really boring, and the murder mystery turned out to be really anticlimactic, for me. Everything about this book was mediocre.
Dee
May 11, 2017 Dee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing mystery.
Writing oversimplified.
Marcia  Haskell
Jul 28, 2010 Marcia Haskell rated it really liked it
'Joanna Flynn was lucky to be alive. Twice in a matter of minutes she almost died on a patch of oil-slicked highway. But when the doctors told her that she would suffer no lasting effects, they were wrong. For that night the dream began...

It was only of a house perched high above the sea, of a ticking clock and the lingering scent of roses. Yet night after night it awoke Joanna with a sense of panic. Its terror lingered throughout her days, urging her to do something—but what?

Then two strangers
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Sara
May 28, 2016 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Linda
Mar 19, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joanna’s car slips on a rainy road in Atlanta, and goes off in to a field, where Joanna has a near brush with death. Shortly afterwards, she beings to have troubling dreams about a woman named Caroline in a town named Cliffside. Then, she is stopped on the street in Atlanta by two different people who call her Caroline and look as if they are seeing a ghost. Being a research librarian, she hunts for towns named Cliffside and with the help of other clues, discovers that Caroline was killed in an ...more
Erin
Aug 04, 2008 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I’m not sure how this book ended up on my reading list, possibly I thought it was by another author? But it had been on there for so long and sounded slightly interesting, so I gave it a go. For this genre, I’m sure this is a good book. It was fairly well written, but I don’t usually read this genre, and now I remember why.

Any book that has a statement like this “Dinner would have been better with you as dessert” is certainly going to illicit a few groans throughout, and it did. I suppose I coul
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Jamie Price
Jun 21, 2014 Jamie Price rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was wrapped up into this book from the first couple of pages. I read a third of this book the first night I started it. Basically Joanna miraculously survives a horrible wreck that includes a long spinning, flipping wreck that ends up leaving her trapped without a scratch in her car. During the rescue unfortunately an electrical pole falls onto car and electrocutes her. Fortunately rescue workers bring her back to life but she starts having dreams and when she is mistaken for a dead woman, she ...more
Louise
Mar 23, 2009 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I think this is the last Hooper novel that I'd missed reading. After Caroline was better than Amanda but still not as good as Hooper's Bishop Special Crimes Unit novels!

From back cover:

"Two women who look enough alike to be twins. Both involved in car wrecks at the same time. One survives. One doesn't.

Now, plagued by a bewildering connection to a woman she never knew, driven by an urgent compulsion she doesn't understand, Joanna Flynn travels three thousand miles across the country to the pictur
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Linda
This was my first book that I read from Kay Hooper. I enjoyed it so much I started to read the Bishop series. This romantic mystery had a different type of plot and the author made it a very interesting read. Two women, Caroline and Joanne, are connected through an accident. Caroline, who lives at the opposite end of the US dies; at the same time Joanne is in a car accident but she survives.

Joanne is left with conflicting feelings and purpose...just why does she feel drawn to Caroline and the fa
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Marcia  Haskell
'The moment Amanda defied her rich and powerful father to marry Bobby O'Leary, Big Max disowned her. Even now, with Bobby dead and Amanda mired in debt, he refuses to forgive her.But Caleb, the new man in Amanda's life, is determined to mend fences between father and daughter. He also has a far more personal mission—to make Amanda and her family his own. But when she learns how close he is to Big Max and the secret Caleb's been hiding, there's every chance she could walk away.As a pastor, Caleb' ...more
Kenzi
Jun 07, 2014 Kenzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Two woman share the same face, the same build- so much so that people of Caroline McKenna's town would go as far as to think Joanna Flynn could be her reincarnated. But when she comes to town to investigate, it fastly becomes clear Joanna is anything like the vulnerable, insensitive mother Caroline had been.
Joanna is determined to hunt down the killer while finding love along the way. But will that love rescue her in time before her times of cheating death are over?
Amazing book- and recommend
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Jennifer
Oct 20, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oregon
Atlanta, GA resident Joanna Flynn dies in a car accident, but is brought back to life. Three thousand miles away in Cliffside, OR, Caroline McKenna, who resembles Joanna so closely in looks, that they could be twins, also dies in a car accident at the exact same time, but does not survive. That's when Joanna begins having the dreams that eventually lead her to Cliffside, to find out the truth behind Caroline's death, and what lies beneath the peaceful exterior of the town Caroline once called ho ...more
Ferne
May 21, 2013 Ferne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a page-turner! I've read Kay Hooper's offerings before but this is now definitely my favorite title by this author. I tried very carefully to figure out all of the pieces as the author finished the presentation. I was successful with some pieces of the puzzle but there was one piece of the puzzle that I definitely didn't see coming... If you missed reading this earlier book by Kay Hooper, I suggest you try to locate a copy. It will not disappoint! :)
Diane
Apr 10, 2013 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Book was ok but you have to start by accepting the idea you can dream of a real place you have never been or heard about and suspend your disbelief. It turned out to have a light not totally satisfying romance amidst a mystery the main character solves by traveling across the entire country. I would be willing to try another book from this author because over all I enjoyed the writing style just did not totally love the new age idea of dream details proving to be real.
Carol
Sep 06, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joanna Flynn is almost killed in a car accident when a high voltage power line falls on the car and electrocutes her. She is saved and starts to have repetitive dreams that force her to try and figure out why the recurring dreams are happening. She travels 3000 miles across the country to try and find out the why behind the dreams and helps the small town sheriff solve 3 unrelated deaths or are they.
Kind of different but the story was good enough to keep me interested!
Heather
Feb 27, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok mystery, but moved pretty slowly. This book is probably a little too realistic in how it would be to solve a real mystery. You talk to a lot of people and don't find out much information. And then the "fiction" part of the book takes hold and the murderer tries to kill you. Not enough action for me.
Kim
Sep 25, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A contemporary gothic which utilizes the gothic elements in an even-handed manner. The clue to the puzzle is introduced far enough into the story that it doesn't get to be a burden and moves the plot through quickly to the story's climax. This was the first Kay Hooper I'd read, and I'll more than likely be looking for her other titles.
Emily Higgins
Mar 27, 2014 Emily Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
After a car accident in which she has to be brought back from death, Joanna Flynn starts having dreams that haunt her. She manages to find out that her dreams are tied to a woman on the West coast who died at the same time that Joanna had her accident. Joanna goes to the other woman's home to find out the meaning of her dreams. An intriguing mystery.
Selena
May 19, 2013 Selena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started slowly, but as it picked up speed, it got better. I came real close to putting it down after the first few chapters, but I'm so glad I didn't. It turned out to be a really good story and the person "whodunit" was definitely not who I expected.
Claire
Nov 15, 2016 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was enjoyable enough. It was not as good as some of her other stories. I don't anticipate re-reading this. The mystical connection between Caroline and Joanna didn't really jive for me and the love connection with Griffin felt forced.
Lisa Currier
Not my favorite Hooper novel. I felt that the story dragged in several spots. I did like the main characters. The Bishop series are still my favorites!
Lisa
Mar 13, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, 2013
Not bad. A little repetitive at times.
Tara Carpenter
Mar 03, 2010 Tara Carpenter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I think this was the best cheesy romance novel I have ever read. Which might not be saying much, but I really liked it.
Audrey
Jan 10, 2014 Audrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book started out pretty slow, but it got much better the closer I got to the end.
Nikki
Mar 01, 2008 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was ok.
Susan Thompson
Jan 03, 2013 Susan Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery--paranormal--romance. This book has it all. I found myself like Joanna racing to the end to find the killer.
Pam
Oct 09, 2008 Pam rated it liked it
A recurring terrifying dream brings Johanna Flynn to Cliffside (Seaside), Oregon to see how her look alike died. Hard to tell who will be the villan.
G. Marie  Warren
After Caroline reminded me of the classic "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier without the infamous opening line, "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again". Nice suspence and plot line.
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Kay Hooper was born in California, in an air force base hospital since her father was stationed there at the time. The family moved back to North Carolina shortly afterward, so she was raised and went to school there.
The oldest of three children, Kay has a brother two years younger and a sister seven years younger. Her father and brother are builders who own a highly respected construction compan
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