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The Dark Shore ebook

by Susan Howatch


The anonymous voice from the past whispered into the receiver, Welcome home, Mr. Towers

The anonymous voice from the past whispered into the receiver, Welcome home, Mr. Towers. The train thundered along the dark tunnel and suddenly he was in the present again with his collar damp against the back of his neck and the newspaper crumpling in his hot hands. Useless to think back. The past was over, closed, forgotten, and he had long ago schooled himself not to waste time feeling bitter.

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She caught her breath, just as she always did when she saw something very beautiful, and suddenly she was glad they had come and ashamed of all her misgivings

She caught her breath, just as she always did when she saw something very beautiful, and suddenly she was glad they had come and ashamed of all her misgivings. said Marijohn, glancing round the room with the eye of a careful hostess. Let me know if I’ve forgotten anything. Dinner will be in about half an hour, and the water’s hot if you should want a bath. Thank you, said Sarah, turning to face her with a smile. Jon was walking along the corridor just as Marijohn left the room. Sarah heard his footsteps pause.

Susan Howatch (born 14 July 1940) is a British author. Her writing career has been distinguished by family saga-type novels which describe the lives of related characters for long periods of time. Her later books have also become known for their religious and philosophical themes. Born Susan Elizabeth Sturt in Leatherhead, Surrey, England, she was the daughter of a stockbroker, and went to school at Sutton High School

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The author’s most famous and well-loved work, the Starbridge series, six self-contained yet interconnected novels that explore the history of the Church of England through the 20th century. Beneath the smooth surface of an Episcopal palace lurks the salacious breath of scandal. Young, lonely, and insecure, Alice Fletcher is on the verge of emotional collapse when she stumbles into St. Benet's Church to dodge the London drizzle. There, she witnesses a group of gifted healers led by the charismatic Nicholas Darrow.

The Dark Shore: Was it an accident that befell Sophia, millionaire Jon Tower’s first wife, that weekend in Cornwell? . The descriptions of Cornwall are good, and Howatch is a skilled writer, one who improved over time but was never half bad. Enjoyable.

The Dark Shore: Was it an accident that befell Sophia, millionaire Jon Tower’s first wife, that weekend in Cornwell? Sarah Hamilton?on her honeymoon with Jon?finds.

Authors: Howatch, Susan. Susan Howatch was born in Surrey in 1940. After taking a degree in law she emigrated to America where she married, had a daughter and embarked on a career as a writer

Authors: Howatch, Susan. Title: The Dark Shore. Binding: Mass Market Paperback. After taking a degree in law she emigrated to America where she married, had a daughter and embarked on a career as a writer. She left in 1976 and lived in the Republic of Ireland for four years before returning to England. She lived in Salisbury - inspiration for the very successful Starbridge sequence and now lives in London.

Susan Howatch is a bestselling British novelist who has published twenty books ranging from murder mysteries to family sagas. The Dark Shore was followed by five other short novels, which, with one exception, were all twentieth-century whodunits or suspense stories. onships in a range of settings and explores themes revolving around sex, power, ambition, forgiveness, redemption, and love. Howatch was born in a small town in Surrey, England, on July 14, 1940. Then, in 1971, Howatch published Pennmaric, a family saga that became her first international bestseller.

The Shrouded Walls & The Dark Shore. Glamorous Powers (Starbridge series: Book 2 of 6). Susan Howatch. Download (PDF). Читать. Download (EPUB).

Rainshaper
This novel by Susan Howatch, her first, published in 1965, has often been compared to Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca" which can be said of many books of the romantic suspense/gothic genre. However, "The Dark Shore" has a compelling quality all its own. The familiar and often reused plot is here - a young bride, newly married to a wealthy and successful man, finds herself thrown into his world - namely, his home estate which is filled with secrets, danger and the shadow of his departed first wife who died in suspicious circumstances. The setting is in the same part of Britain - Cornwall. But Howatch puts her own unique spin on the often-told tale, created characters with not only a connection to the "hero" Jon Towers and his past, but also all of whom had motives for killing his first wife, Sophia. Sarah, his new spouse, eager to begin a new life with Jon in Canada, not only is very uncomfortable visiting Clougy, where Jon had resided with Sophia and the place were she met her death, but the new Mrs. Towers is also unnerved by the strong connection between Jon and his "cousin" Marijohn, who seems to have psychic abilities. Jon has another motive for returning to Clougy: he wishes to reconcile with his son, Justin, who has been estranged from him since his mother's death. It's not long before Sarah begins to notice a change in Jon, he has become withdrawn and short-tempered, and then a series of strange "accidents" begin to occur. Inevitably, the heroine begins to doubt her husband - how well does she really know him? Is he capable of murder? Is she doomed to suffer the same fate of her predecessor? Are those around him out to get her?

Three other characters - Eve, Michael and Max - all have apparent motives for murder, as does Jon, but the murderer is not so easy to guess until right near the end of the novel. There are so many secrets, such a tangled web, that the reader begins to feel the same amount of confusion and terror as Sarah.

The character that I enjoyed the most, besides Sarah, is Justin. He is a very appealing, sympathetic young man whom you know was hurt deeply by his mother's death and his father's distance from him. In the end, it is Justin's memory of that terrible night that enables him to discover the killer's identity and race to spare Sarah from certain death.

The story and setting by today's standards seems quite dated (no cell phones or internet), but that makes the atmosphere Howatch created all the more menacing. You feel Sarah's growing sense of dread and isolation. Who can she trust and believe in?

This is my favorite of Susan Howatch's novels I have read so far, next to "The Waiting Sands".

"The Dark Shore" is a good starting point if you want to try out Howatch's novels or if you are a newcomer to the classic romantic suspense genre.
Wenyost
Expecting this older mystery to be dated and predictable, I was agreeably surprised at finding it engaging and, well, mysterious. Sometimes the outcomes in older books are ridiculously easy to foresee, but The Dark Shore kept me guessing most of the way through. The descriptions of Cornwall are good, and Howatch is a skilled writer, one who improved over time but was never half bad. Enjoyable.
sergant
I normally like all of Susan Howatch's books but I'm not too sure about this one.It's a bit like a junior version of "Rebecca" It's a murder mystery peopled with dark characters and the hero has a mysterious former marriage.I finished it but it left me with an unsatisfied feeling.I found it in an op-shop so I don't suppose that many people will read it these days but I'd love to talk to anyone who does.
Rainbearer
I agree with one of the reviewers - this has strains of Rebecca but obviously is nowhere as good as the original. The characters are not well developed and the mystery is unsatisfying. There is a feeling of incompleteness after reading this shorter Howatch novel. However it is fairly well written and the romance between the young, inexperienced Sarah, her husband Jon and the mysterious Marijohn are enough to keep you occupied.
GEL
A detective story, close to the "How done it?" genre. Most of te time it keeps the reader suspense, although most of the time it gets to imaginary. Certainly, this isn't a "must have" book, but a light and nice book...
The Dark Shore ebook
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