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Woman Without a Past

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  730 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Molly Hunt, a successful novelist, is surprised to discover that she had an unknown twin sister living in Charleston, South Carolina. At the historic family plantation, she meets her beautiful and fragile twin, Amelia, their reclusive mother, and a cast of intriguing and disturbing characters who both question her identity and, in their way, confirm it. For her arrival has ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 22nd 1992 by Fawcett Books (first published January 1st 1991)
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A nice cosy gothic style mystery - undemanding but the right sort of read I needed right now! Although I guessed most of the plot but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of it - I haven't read a book like this in ages and it reminded me of the books I read years ago - authors like Barbara Michaels and Victoria Holt.

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
Mar 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Woman Without a Past is a tedious book that fails both sides of the romantic suspense equation. The romance is bloodless and unbelievable, and the suspense is nonexistent. The story, about an adopted woman who discovers the truth about her birth family, goes nowhere. I never believed the heroine had anything at stake, and I often wondered why she cared so much about solving her newly found family's "mysteries." The author repeats often that the heroine is concerned for her supposed twin sister, ...more
Molly Hunt, escritora de 30 anos, bem sucedida profissionalmente, viúva, filha adotiva com apenas o pai vivo, fica curiosa e incomodada quando um belo e charmoso homem fica a observá-la na sala de espera de seu editor e antigo cunhado. Na sequência o homem faz uma revelação que a deixa chocada: Molly deve ser a irmã gêmea desaparecida de sua noiva.
Como Molly havia sido adotada muito pequena, fica na duvida; seria ela a filha desaparecida de uma família rica do Sul? Após uma conversa com seu pai
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Library copy.
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
Romantic suspsense author Molly Hunt always knew she was adopted, but didn't think much of it until a man sees her in New York and tells her he's engaged to her identical twin sister in Charleston--she was kidnapped from there as a baby. Reluctantly Molly goes to Charleston to meet her unsuspected family--which owns a large plantation and a city house--and finds an intriguing and disturbing cast of characters, as well as some skeletons in the attic that don't want to be disturbed. So of course, ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listening-to
This book reminds me of books I used to read in the back of Good Housekeeping Magazines. Predictable, and contrived... A twin is discovered in NYC and travels to South Carolina to meet her "family." She learns of her kidnapping and meets her sister and mother. Her sister's fiance makes passes at her, her mother threatens her and of course there are a couple of unsolved murders that must be unraveled. Naturally all ends happily ever after and the evil doer is uncovered. Her mother accepts her, sh ...more
I used to devour these Whitney romantic suspense novels in high school, but either I was less discerning then or this one is particularly weak. The characters acted strangely (didn't mourn deaths, didn't notify that police that a kidnapped child was returned), and there was some latent sexism/racism that was a bit squicky.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't enjoy this as much as other Whitney books...but it was okay.
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reliable author, and a reliable book. Perhaps a little predictable, but a good clean story.
Ea Solinas
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of people have fantasies about discovering that they're the lost child of a wealthy, sometimes odd family. But that fantasy turns out to be overrated in Molly Hunt's case, in the soaked-in-Southern thriller "Woman Without A Past." It's a pretty standard Phyllis A. Whitney tale -- smoldering PG-rated suspense, a memorable setting, and a plucky heroine.

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
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Pr Latta
With an appropriately creepy, gothic tone, Whitney takes Molly Hunt from her life as a writer in Long Island to Charleston, SC to uncover her past. Though “a gentle read,” the suspense bumps up the reader’s blood pressure. Wonderful sense of place! Unusual plot, though at times it felt a bit contrived. The appeal is not the "romance", though attraction is part of the plot. While the style reminded me of my grandmother's favorite authors (and Whitney might have been -- she started writing in 1941 ...more
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I used to read Phyllis Whitney's books when I was a kid, but I don't remember if I'd ever read this one. I just kept wishing the heroine would *do something*. Like, you know, leave. Why does she even care about these people's stupid drama? "Don't tell Victoria about this!" "You really have to tell Victoria about this!" "You have to leave Charleston right away!" "No, you must move to Charleston forever!" (And why does it seem like all the characters think if you leave Charleston you can never eve ...more
Katie W
Molly is an author who learns she has a twin. She was adopted when she was a year old and never knew much about her birth family. She also learns she was kidnapped. Her sister's fiance pleads with Molly to return to her place of ninth to solve some mysteries tied to her kidnapping.

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
Diana Nagy
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I didn't know that this book was going to be as an enjoyable read as it was. I actually picked it up to read because I liked the text inside! LOL. But after starting, I couldn't stop and quickly finished it within a week. It kept me curious and I always wanted to know whether her and her sister were going to get along, who was the culprit trying to ruin everything, why people didn't want her around, and what was going to happen between her and her mom. It was a great story with an okay ending.
Amy Houts
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phyllis A. Whitney is one of my favorite authors. Because I visited Charleston, the book's setting, I was intrigued by the story. While this book had many of the wonderful elements of Whitney's other romantic suspense titles, I didn't always agree with the actions of the main character, Molly. I also felt the author took a long time to get to the point with many delays. Overall, though, the book and the ending were satisfying.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this mystery and a couple of her others until I realized they are almost formula books, a single young woman without family connections goes to a place where she becomes unwelcome, some small occult happenings, a child, a couple of men she has to choose between. It is, however,great to learn about a new part of the country in each book. I'd like to see her very her approach a little.
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Not Ms. Whitney's best novel, but still an engaging mystery of two twins separated as infants and reunited when Molly, the stolen twin, meets a man who says she looks just like his fiancee. Molly's return to meet her birth family sets into motion revelations that threaten not only to reveal a kidnapper, but a murderer as well.
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A book discussion group selection. I had a little difficulty getting through the description of the setting...okay, all of it...a little too much description, but I finally got interested when the action picked up. A pretty good story, but not my particular style. You are entitled to your own opinion...
Sep 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was kind of slow in the beginning as most are because you have to get to know the main characters and all of that. But trust me once you get past all the introductions the book really grabs your attention and you just can't put it down. I actually read this book on the way, during, and back from a trip to Charleston. The family ties that are revealed in this book are astounding.
Isabelle Decher
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
This a book I refer to as my light reading. It was interesting with mystery an enjoyable short read - a break from more involved heavy book which I like to throw in once in a while. It was a 2 day read. What I like was it drew you in right away. A mystery& Romance with a woman who finds she has a twin and gets involved with her new found family a murder mystery who done it.
I thought I would never finish this book. It was interesting read, but it bored me describing the details of everything, detail of a cup, bug, flower etc. just took away from reading. To me the book didn't get really interesting until the last maybe 6 chapters.
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was aite, It didn't keep my attention like the other mystery books that I read. There was no suspense. Because I'm so damn curious I kept reading to the end to find out the big mystery and what the long lost twin had to do wit it.
Aug 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance
Another book given to me by my aunt, she is the one who got me started on mystery novels. Enjoyable book, but had to really pay attention to keep up with the twists and turns in the plot. Not realy deep, but kept moving.
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like a good romance/suspense story.
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic-romance
1.5 One of those suspense novels where I want to smack all the characters for acting so stupidly.
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad at all. It was an interesting twist of events.
LP Whi
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read. Nothing surprising. Simplistic characters. If you want a pleasant rainy afternoon read that doesn't make you think, this isn't a bad choice.
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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
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