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3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  130 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 213 pages
Published 1974 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1973)
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Nov 10, 2012 Summer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book - it hooked me, and I finished it in a day once I got started. I read it because of its history as the inspiration behind Stevie Nicks writing "Rhiannon" and I could totally make out parts of the song in the book. There's a line where Branwen (the protagonist) says, "I will win," and I instantly thought of the, "Will you ever win?" line of the song, and another where someone says, "Is it always the same?" and I thought of the live version of the song where Stevie inten ...more
Branwen Ericsson and her husband Alan have purchased a deteriorating old mansion on the outskirts of a small town after they lost their infant son to sudden crib death. Branwen is a free-lance writer and her husband is a civil engineer and spends a lot of his time traveling, leaving Branwen to spends days on end absorbed in either her own writing or reading books for personal pleasure. When she needs to do some research, she drives into the local small town and visits the local library. She is b ...more
General H. Sassafras
This was probably the best book I read all summer.

I loved the spooky feel to this well-woven story! It had a lot of amazing imagery that used some more difficult vocabulary words. As I read this, I felt truly involved in the book and could not put it down, even to watch Star Trek.
Jan 27, 2017 Sillydreamer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love Stevie Nicks this is a must read. She read this book and the name Rhiannon in the book inspired her song of the now famous Welsh Witch.
Mar 23, 2013 Dominique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book if you like eerie supernatural stories! Couldn't put it down I'm just sad it's over
Barbara Justiniano
I read this book on a recommendation from a friend and enjoyed it more than I thought I would to be honest. This is a story about guilt and how heavily it can impact a life. A good read.
Linda De
Really a 3.75 Very '70s Sybil/Exorcist and Welsh folklore mash-up. Strange, but it did hold me. I just upped rating to 3.75...this book was imaginative.
R.L. Martinez
It always makes me sad to see a book has gone out of print. But, there really are books that deserve to be lost among the used bookstores of the worlds. In fact, there are books that really never should have seen print. Triad by Mary Leader is one of the latter. Now, Ms. Leader was not without talent. She had some interesting ideas and can produce a lovely turn of phrase every once in awhile. But Triad was all over the place as a novel. It seems to me Ms. Leader wanted to hit all the hot-button ...more
Feb 10, 2008 Tiffaney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: John!
Recommended to Tiffaney by: Stevie Nicks?
This is the book Stevie Nicks got the name "Rhiannon" from, even though at the time she had no idea who Rhiannon really was.

From this book I learned that John doesnt know how to return books...
J. Stone
Jun 22, 2017 J. Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous, gorgeous book! Of course I found this through "Rhiannon" and Stevie Nicks' love for that name. I tell you, most of the time recommendations like that just fall flat for me. I hate recommendations. I don't like being told what's "good" and what's not. So I found the book and reluctantly let it sit in my TBR pile until one day I found time for it and man, was I so glad I savored the moment! At the heart this book is about psychological issues, maybe split-personality. It really was gorge ...more
Oct 21, 2015 Astraea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book received a great deal of publicity among fans of singer Stevie Nicks when she revealed that it was her source for the name "Rhiannon". Nicks simply used the name, leaving the book behind, and it's well that she did so. Triad was an apparent attempt to cash in on the Exorcist fad and includes all The Usual -- an ordinary housewife whose life starts going to pieces, missing time, losing things, stuff moving around, and all the boring rest of it, soon after losing her child to crib death ...more
Dec 31, 2016 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
She rules her life like a fine skylark...
She certainly does. This book, I mostly read as a fan of Fleetwood Mac. (I actually bought it second hand, whoever owned it before me used one of their concert stubs as a book mark.). The Rhiannon in this book is truly terrifying, and it certainly is well crafted and compelling, though at times, the narrative voice loses its personality and it is sometimes hard to follow. It's a lot like The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby and Primal Fear rolled into one. And d
Feb 25, 2015 Corinne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was referenced in the current biography of Stevie Nicks, (Crystal Dreams and Visions) as her inspiration of Rhiannon. This is a 1973 novel with the familiar storyline formula that one would expect. With that said, it was an interesting and quick read with the usual twists and turns, with Celtic lore, which added interest. Triad was a good story and at times you could see plainly where Stevie's lyrics and ideas came from. Enjoyable,if predictable.
Jul 30, 2014 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been meaning to read this book for decades to understand the reference to "Rhiannon," the name that singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks used as inspiration for Fleetwood Mac's iconic hit of the same title. Not much of a fan of the supernatural/science fiction genre, but this was a pretty straightforward, occasionally entertaining read.
Hannah Kammerich
I read this because this is the book that inspired Stevie Nicks to write "Rhiannon". I definitely could make out parts of the song in the book (will you ever win?). I really enjoyed this book and it is among my favorites.
May 02, 2009 Chambodia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Supernatural thriller that has a few ties to Celtic mythology. The story itself was fine, but it is a bit dated. Parts of it reminded me of the movie Dark Water.
Sep 15, 2012 Pippa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
I thought the writer totally under-estimated the reader. :(
Jan 31, 2008 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tiffaney
This is the book Stevie Nicks got the name Rhiannon from, and that's the only thing going for it.
May 17, 2012 Jeanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of my favorite books. i've re-read this book a lot
Jul 28, 2011 Tracey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would like to get a first edition of this novel..
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