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PERILOUS IMPERSONATION — She had embarked on a dangerous course. She had taken her friend's name and gone to the island as a governess to Tristram Darcourt's young daughter. — Sally Wainwright was really a reporter who wanted to learn about the Darcourts. They were rich and powerful and lived in isolated grandeur on Darcourt Island off the South Carolina coast. What was th ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published May 1st 1977 by Fawcett Books (first published 1977)
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Aug 12, 2012 Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This suspense novel from the seventies is a fun distraction for a rainy afternoon. Sally Wainwright, girl reporter, goes undercover to the private island owned by Tristram Darcourt, oil tycoon and reclusive billionnaire. HEr cover is that of Terry LeBreton, governess to Tristram's teenage daughter Alix. Sally's job is to find out about a mysterious oil deal between Tristram and an Arab oil concern, but she has an agenda of her own : her mother had once been engaged to Tristram, who apparently br ...more
May 25, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
A great old Gothic mystery-romance. Sally Wainwright goes to Darcourt Island as a governess to the owner's daughter. Only she's really an investigative reporter and is ferreting out an oil scandal involving Tristram Darcourt. Oh, and she's using a false name but makes a few too many slips and is found out. There's more mystery involving Darcourt's missing wife and his headstrong young daughter. The story really moves along and you find yourself turning the pages as fast as you can possibly read.
Jun 01, 2013 Li rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, read-in-2012
Complete overload of Gothic, but that's really what you'd expect from a Holland. Very much a book of its times, but compulsively readable and genuinely scary at times.
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Isabelle Christian Holland (born June 16, 1920 in Basel, Switzerland — died February 9, 2002) was an author of children and adult fiction. Her father was the American Consul in Liverpool, England during WWII. She moved to America in 1940 due to the war. She wrote Gothic novels, adult mysteries, romantic thrillers, and many books for children and young adults. She wrote over 50 books in her lifetim ...more
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