By Kay Hooper
A spellbinding story of up to date suspense that starts off with a mysterious homecoming and results in a shattering explosion of ardour, greed, and homicide. And all simply because a stranger says her identify is... Amanda.
Others have claimed to be Amanda Daulton, yet now a gorgeous, confident girl has stepped out of the shadows of the earlier, insisting she's the lacking heiress to a multimillion-dollar fortune. One glance is all it takes to guarantee the relatives patriarch that she's his loved granddaughter. yet others on the brilliant Southern mansion referred to as Glory will not be as simply confident, others with a lot to lose from her surprising reappearance. quickly suspicion erupts in a chilling test on her lifestyles, and after the disturbing ordeal, she starts off to have flashes of a nightmarish imaginative and prescient. What, if whatever, occurred two decades in the past to force a mom and her nine-year-old daughter clear of their privileged existence? The fight to discover the elusive resolution exposes a daunting path of secrets—a path that leads shockingly to the current and to the enigmatic lady who calls herself... Amanda.
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When you have been pondering. ” “I wasn’t. ” Walker didn’t supply her an excuse for accompanying her again to Glory, typically simply because he didn’t have one. She despatched him one other quickly look, which he met frivolously, then acknowledged a section rapidly, “Maggie retains caution me approximately snakes, yet I haven’t visible any thus far. ” He puzzled why that specific subject had urged itself to her, yet determined to not query. “Copperheads could be lethal, yet you’re prone to see black snakes and they’re risk free. simply continue your eyes open and watch the place you step. This time of 12 months, with every thing eco-friendly, copperheads are rather effortless to determine due to the fact that they’re marked with bands of reddish colours. ” Amanda nodded gravely. “Thanks for telling me. i suppose I should still most likely put on climbing boots whilst I’m out like this. ” Walker, who was once donning boots, seemed down at her trainers and agreed. “Safer—and most likely greater on your toes. trainers are designed for gentle surfaces. ” They walked in silence for numerous mins, the trail they winding between tall bushes in a gentle yet mild downhill grade, after which she spoke suddenly. “I understand Jesse has melanoma. ” He wasn’t in particular stunned, both by means of the assertion or by way of his lack of ability to figure out from her composed expression how she felt—or if she felt whatever at all—about the problem. “Maggie let you know? ” “Sully. ” “One of them was once sure to. I had a sense Jesse wouldn’t. ” “Why no longer? ” “Because he doesn’t wish pity. specially from you. ” She digested that during silence for a second, then stated, “Sully informed me—he most likely wouldn’t final until eventually Christmas. ” flippantly, Walker stated, “That’s what the medical professionals say. ” “Does Maggie recognize that? ” “Of path she does. Why? ” Amanda shook her head. “I just—I don’t imagine she desires to think it, that’s all. ” Walker shrugged. “Probably now not. She’s been at Glory many years, when you consider that Kate was once born. She’s the one considered one of us even with regards to being Jesse’s modern, and so they comprehend one another. ” “You comprehend him too, don’t you? ” He seemed sooner than them to observe the canine crisscrossing the trail, continuously within reach of Amanda, then checked out her in brief. “Well adequate. Why? ” “It was once a reasonably unimportant question,” she acknowledged after a second, her tone now as guarded as her eyes. “You don’t need to pounce on it as though I have been attempting to pry a mystery out of you. ” “Did I do this? Sorry. name it an occupational chance. ” “I want i'll name it that. yet i feel we either comprehend it’s whatever else. I’m now not attempting to pump you for info, Walker, i used to be simply curious. ” “I stated i used to be sorry. ” He used to be aware of stress, of an all of sudden heightened understanding among them that their mutual mistrust appeared to accentuate. He used to be, unexpectedly, so aware of her that he may virtually pay attention her respiring. “So you probably did. ” Her voice was once very noncommittal. Silence back, thick this time. Walker didn’t love it, yet acknowledged not anything as they walked on. ultimately they got here to a reasonably slim move, and he or she paused at the financial institution, frowning. considering the fact that there have been huge, flat stones prepared by way of nature or human fingers to supply a simple and durable crossing, he assumed whatever else used to be bothering her.