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April's Grave

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'Karen had been trying not to think about her twin sister April since the day she had decided to try not to think about Neville Bennet any more. Now, as she replaced the receiver after speaking to Marney, she discovered that her memories of both of them were scarcely less painful even now after three years.' Karen and Neville plan a reconciliation in Scotland. April, Karen ...more
Published May 1974 (first published 1973)
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Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*
This short, gothic novel was slower paced at the beginning but the mystery was fascinating at the end.

The main character was likeable enough but frustrating at times. I really had no idea on the culprit and what happened to the sister. The end result was a delight, though. It wasn't a gripping story for it's duration, and not something I can highly recommend.
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Jun 29, 2014 Eliza Redgold rated it really liked it
I love all Susan Howatch's books! She is one of my favourite authors and the paperbacks are falling apart ... time to get her on Kindle.
Jun 29, 2011 Judy rated it liked it
Found this older romantic suspense at the used bookstore. Enjoyed it. Kept me guessing. A woman who is estranged from her husband in England returns after 3 years because she finds out her twin sister has been missing all this time, not just off doing her own thing after a fling with the husband. The question is: is the sister dead or just off on her own somewhere. The estranged husband is a prime suspect, but then so are several others who had strong or hateful feelings for the missing sister. ...more
Before Susan Howatch wrote the amazing Starbridge novels focussed on the Church of England, she spent much of the 1960s writing "woman-in-front-of-the-house books." In other words, romantic suspense, and she was darn good at it too. This one kept me in suspense throughout and I didn't see the end coming. Definitely recommended. I know my mother read a lot of Howatch (and Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart) and I am quite tempted to go back and read some more of them whenever life gets too dull and s ...more
May 17, 2008 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-2008
One of the short 'gothic' thrillers... this features Karen's twin April, missing presumed dead. Not as frightening as some of Susan Howatch's other thrillers, it's quite a good story with something of a mystery. Very well written, as always.
Jun 28, 2011 Sherry rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2011
I enjoyed this book like an old friend. Susan Howatch is a master at this genre. Even though I know her structure, I am still surprise at how the tale spins out. Her descriptions are vivid and she keeps the pages turning.
Not so good as The Shrouded Walls; this book isn't a gothic romance either.
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Susan Howatch (b. 1940) is a British novelist who has penned bestselling mysteries, family sagas, and other novels. Howatch was born in Surrey, England. She began writing as a teen and published her first book when she moved to the United States in 1964. Howatch found global success first with her five sagas and then with her novels about the Church of England in the twentieth century. She has now ...more
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