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After Caroline [Paperback]

Kay Hooper
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1 Feb 1998
Joanna Flynn was lucky to be alive. Twice in a matter of minutes she almost died on a patch of oil-slicked highway. But when the doctors told her that she would suffer no lasting effects, they were wrong. For that night the dream began...

It was only of a house perched high above the sea, of a ticking clock and the lingering scent of roses. Yet night after night it awoke Joanna with a sense of panic. Its terror lingered throughout her days, urging her to do something—but what?

Then two strangers on the street called her Caroline, and Joanna knew she had to find an explanation for what was happening, or she'd lose her mind. What she finally uncovered was an obituary for a woman named Caroline McKenna—a woman who looked enough like her to be her twin, a woman who was killed in a car accident on the same day Joanna should have perished.

Now her torturous nightmares and a tenuous connection have brought Joanna three thousand miles across country to the town where Caroline lived--and died. Almost everyone has stories to tell about Cliffside's leading lady, and yet no one seems to have known her. Was she the shy wife or the seductress of men? The devoted mother or the selfish beauty?

Too soon Joanna realizes that it's not her sanity at stake, but her life. For unraveling the mystery of Caroline means uncovering the secrets in this picturesque town, secrets someone may have killed to hide. And that someone appears all too willing to kill again.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (1 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553571842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553571844
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 11.2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,181,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best reads of the summer! 17 July 1999
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Excellent book. Kay Hooper kept me guessing on many levels. I liked this book because Joanne developed into a very real and likable person to me. She had an extraordinary perception/ intuition and was willing to follow her "gut feelings" no matter what the consequences might be. Cliffside and Caroline both seemed to be perfect, but Ms. Hooper very convincingly peeled away the layers of dishonesty and revealed what lay beneath. As for Sheriff Griffin Cavanaugh, who could ask for a better hero? Thank You Kay for the good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful! 27 July 1998
By A Customer
This was the first book I read by Kay Hooper, but I think that if I read more of them they will only get better. The characters were so real, it was like you had known them forever. It's a real page-turner and anyone who likes Suspence and Romance will enjoy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Psychic Connection from Beyond the Grave 4 Jan 2008
I read this book after reading Kay Hooper's "Shadow" and "Evil" books and considering that those books were written well after "After Caroline," one might think that this novel might not hold up, but one would be wrong. "Caroline is every bit the book Hooper's later works are. I was hooked from the first page. Yes, there was an awful lot of coincidence, two accidents, one near fatal, one fatal, that take place at the same time to identical women who are the same age, but that's okay, because Hooper deals with it in a way that makes us believe. She pulls us into the story with suspense, romance and richly drawn characters.
I liked this book four stars worth and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves good romance, good suspense and a touch of the strange.

Reviewed by Captain Katie Osborne
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Suspense Story from Kay Hooper! 9 Sep 2002
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
Ms. Hooper has done it again. After Caroline is a story about a woman (Joanne) that dies at the exact same time as Carolina both in car accidents but on different sides of the United States. Only difference is Joanne is brought back to life and survives. After the car accident she starts to experience a dream that repeats itself every night. Haunted by the images in her dream Joanne starts to investigate her dream and follows the clues to a small oceanside town in Oregon. Here she meets people that knew Caroline and the picture that is drawn for her about this woman is distressing. She is not a likeable person and she has left behind her husband and a daughter.
Joanne starts to ask questions and this sleepy town wants to keep it's secerts. People start to die and it looks like Caroline's accident was no accident.
Plenty of page turning suspense and many twists and turns will leave you wanting to only put the book down after the story is finished. Well worth the time it takes to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars After Caroline Is A Wonderful Book That Is Hard To Put Down 5 Nov 2001
By Amy J Murray - Published on
Kay Hooper is one of my favorite female writers. I love all of her books and this one is no different. The story is wonderful-- the plot leaves the reader anxious to read more and before you know it you have finished another truly entertaining read. A Book Not To Be Missed.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay... So I bought this because of the cover 27 Feb 2002
By Psboston7 - Published on
(Hardcover version) This has to be one of the prettiest covers and pages (inside) of a book that I have EVER read. Beyond that the story caught me from "go" I enjoyed this it reminded me of a Alfred Hitchcock Mystery and had enough pace to keep me enthralled, this was the first Kay Hooper I had ever read but after reading this one I went out and bought all of her back list to see how far she has come, wonderful story telling with enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 23 April 2001
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Great book and kept me wondering on many, many levels. Joanne was a very realist person with unusual insight and instinct and willing to follow her mind-set no difference what the penalty would be. Both Caroline and Cliffside seemed to be just perfect but very compellingly was the levels of corruption revealed and put front. What a hero....Sheriff Griffin Cavanaugh. A great read!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars After Caroline 13 Oct 2001
By Rhonda - Published on
When I think of Kay Hooper, I always think of how she takes a idea that could seem completely unbelievable and crafts it into an interesting, believable story. That's the case in this book when a woman, who almost dies twice in the same day, ends up packing up and heading off for a distant town to find answers to her strange dreams. Somehow, Hooper weaves a tale of mystery and romance and ends up with a twist at the end that maybe you should have seen coming. Sheriff Griffin is a great character and I would recommend this book to a friend.
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