Woman Without a Past
In her thirty-fifth novel of psychological suspense, Phyllis A. Whitney spins a spellbinding tale of a young woman's quest to uncover her true identity.
Successful young mystery novelist Molly Hunt, raised by adoptive parents on Long Island, is stunned when a chance encounter leads to a startling revelation. She is apparently the daughter of the aristocratic Mountfort famil...more
This arrived recently, a trade from BookMooch - my first mooched book! All the way from a moocher in the states - it's been on my wishlist for a while because it's set in beautiful Charles ...more
Read bunches of Whitney's books decades ago. This one didn't ring a bell. I sure was clueless until the end. Mixed feelings all the way through, mostly because so much of it was unbelievable, unrealistic. There are a ton of characters, which the book is too short to do justice. There came a point in the book, in the last 80 pages, where it seemed the author was trying to wind this up quickly for some reason. It could easily have gone another 100 pages, with all the history involved ...more
Molly Hunt has always known she was adopted, and she had no interest in knowing her biological family. But then she met Charles Landry, a man ...more
Even so, it had her trademark surprise ending, and I have never yet "figured it out" before the end of ANY of her mysteries. She was the absolute unrivaled MASTER of the surprise ending!
in "Woman Without A Past," as in all of her books, we experience not only a whopping good mystery, but we also learn all about the setting - in this case, Charleston. Whit ...more
A simple little story, more about human nature than anything else. I think I read it when it first came out, because echoes of the story seemed awfully familiar. Of course, it came out just after Hurricane Hugo, when ...more
I liked that Molly learned she was stronger than she thought and really jumped into the situation. I didn't really care for the "summoning of spirits" and seances though. Of course, I had no idea who was behind the my ...more
Phyllis Ayame Whitney (September 9, 1903 – February 8, 2008) was an American mystery writer. Rare for her genre, she wrote mysteries for both the juvenile and the adult markets, many of which feature exotic locations. A review in The New York Times once dubbed her "The Queen of the American Gothics".
She was born in Japan to American parents and spent her ear ...more