The Ebony Swan

The Ebony Swan Susan Prentice has come home to Virgina s eastern shores to the very spot where her mother fell to her death twenty five years before also the home of Alex Montoro her proud intense grandmother Bu

  • Title: The Ebony Swan
  • Author: Phyllis A. Whitney
  • ISBN: 9780449005071
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Susan Prentice has come home to Virgina s eastern shores, to the very spot where her mother fell to her death twenty five years before, also the home of Alex Montoro, her proud, intense grandmother But Susan s arrival has alarmed people who fear what may lie dormant in Susan s memory Especially Alex For she believes her granddaughter is the only living witness to the trSusan Prentice has come home to Virgina s eastern shores, to the very spot where her mother fell to her death twenty five years before, also the home of Alex Montoro, her proud, intense grandmother But Susan s arrival has alarmed people who fear what may lie dormant in Susan s memory Especially Alex For she believes her granddaughter is the only living witness to the tragedy Together Alex and Susan must pry open the locked doors of the past, where burning passions, dark secrets, and hidden danger must be challenged to set the present free.

    The Ebony Swan Phyllis A Whitney Sep , The Ebony Swan has most of the tropes you ll find in a Phyllis A Whitney novel, but with the unusual twist of having an old lady as the lead The only problem is the awkward romantic subplot people found this helpful . out of stars Story line too convoluted and too many characters The Ebony Swan Kindle edition by Phyllis A Whitney Sep , The Ebony Swan has most of the tropes you ll find in a Phyllis A Whitney novel, but with the unusual twist of having an old lady as the lead The only problem is the awkward romantic subplot people found this helpful . out of stars The dark past of the swan Black Swan Dec , Directed by Darren Aronofsky With Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky s Swan Lake. Black Swan film The production requires a ballerina to play the innocent and fragile White Swan, for which the committed dancer Nina Portman is a perfect fit, as well as the dark and sensual Black Swan, which are qualities better embodied by the new arrival Lily Kunis. Black swan theory The black swan theory or theory of black swan events is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after The Black Swan Second Edition The Impact of the Highly Praise for Nassim Nicholas Taleb The most prophetic voice of all GQ Praise for The Black Swan A book that altered modern thinking The Times London A masterpiece Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired, author of The Long Tail Idiosyncratically brilliant Niall Ferguson, Los Angeles Times The Black Swan changed my view of how the world works

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    • Phyllis A. Whitney

      From , the free encyclopedia 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 early years in Asia Whitney wrote than seventy novels In 1961, her book The Mystery of the Haunted Pool won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Juvenile novel, and she duplicated the honor in 1964, for The Mystery of the Hidden Hand In 1988, the MWA gave her a Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement Whitney died of pneumonia on February 8, 2008, aged 104.

    345 thoughts on “The Ebony Swan

    • I consider this type of mystery to be the best kind. It keeps you on your toes, but it isn't to scary to keep you up! This was a great read!


    • I didn't enjoy this book. The idea of the story seemed good (though looking at the summaries of a few others looks like she uses this plot line a lot) but the characters did not seem true to life AT ALL.Examplee constant back and forth thinking of Alex and Susy especiallyall I open up, shall I not, shall I stay, shall I go, etc without further elucidation, gets really repetitive.Weird reactions/non-reactions. Eric climbs the outdoor stairs to Suzys room, verbally and physically threatens her (in [...]


    • 3.5 starsMy first Phyllis Whitney! I enjoyed this as a light mystery-suspense with a little romance. The characters were a bit 1-dimensional, but I wasn't bothered by it. It felt like a "gentle" mystery. Kind of like an American-style Victoria Holt. Totally clean. I will definitely be reading more of hers. Not sure how I missed her yeas ago!! I can see where her writing has influenced today's gothic writers.


    • I’ve read books by Phyllis Whitney for many years and have never found a book of hers I didn’t like. This was no exception. A young woman goes to visit her grandmother she hasn’t seen since she was a small child. Her mother was killed mysteriously when she was young and they lived with her grandmother but she has blocked out what she saw. Her grandmother, an ex ballerina who danced the Swan Lake at one point, has many secrets she imparts during their visit. Good read.


    • I don't have the exact read start and finish dates on many books I have read this year. The dates are approximated, as I have been in & out of the hospital, and on bed rest, and read 2-5 books a day depending on the book & length and my ability to focus. All dates are approximated, by month.


    • When Susan Prentice returns to her childhood home in Virginia 25 years after witnessing the death of her mother, Dolores, she wishes only to become reacquainted with her formidable grandmother, Alex, a former ballerina. But Susan finds herself isolated in a hostile environment, her relatives obviously fearful that she might recall hitherto repressed memories of the tragedy. Her old playmate Peter (now Alex's physician) has survived the murder of his wife a year ago, a crime that might be linked [...]


    • I've never been much of a mystery and/or even romantic novel reader but was attracted to this one as I like swans.This was a great novel and I enjoyed the characters. It fit me very well because one of the protagonists was a dancer in her youth and the other protagonist has other mysteries that I shared.The author did an exceptional job telling the story and I was caught up with events from the start. I have two other novels by this author that will be read nowher talent is exceptional and enjoy [...]


    • I love this book. It is added because I am taking the Reader's Advisory course at COD. And this author is supposed to be the Queen, among others, of Romantic Suspense. But I think she's old school though.


    • A classic Phyllis Whitney story about a former prima ballerina, whose granddaughter follows clues into the past revealing scandal and sometimes murder.



    • this seems like a warning against letting your regrets fester as you grow old and/or defining yourself only by how others see you.


    • This is a nice, comfortable read. I like mysteries without too much blood and gore and Whitney's writing fits this description. Very good mystery writer.




    • This book really keeps you on your toes, right up until the very end. Now I understand why people say that Phillis A. Whitney is the master of her craft.



    • A real thriller! The ending was totally unexpected. It kept you in suspense throughout. I hadn't been reading her but I certainly will now.




    • Phyllis A. Whitney's books tend to have certain repeating themes -- you'll have a young woman with a mysterious past, cryptic half-hints, family drama, some sinister relations, a murder or two, a beautiful setting, and a handsome guy.Don't worry, you'll find all that floating around in "The Ebony Swan." But the focus in this romantic thriller is more on the young woman's grandmother and how the misdeeds of her youth have spread poison into the lives of everyone around her. The current-day romanc [...]


    • I liked it, but not as much as her others. This one bothered me on several levels and is darker. For someone who has lived her life and all the mistakes she has made, Alex didn't seem like learned from them as well as she should have. Some of the supporting characters (several actually) were disturbing. The only characters I liked were Peter and Susan. They were the only ones who seemed "real" and likeable.Things I thought about as I read: The lies we tell ourselves to make us feel better about [...]


    • I read quite a few Phyllis Whitney books years ago and have recently rediscovered her. Her stories were always involved with all sorts of twists and turns in the relationships between the characters. She also uses very different types of settings. This one took place on Virginia's eastern shore, partly on Tangier Island, so some interesting historic background was provided. I thought the book ended well.


    • I've never before read anything by Phyllis Whitney. I enjoyed this mystery a lot. There are enough characters to keep it interesting. The relationship between the characters was very intimately intertwined. The book starts out with an ominous warning that is thread throughout the story but whose meaning isn't revealed until the very end. I like the way the author develops an affection between Susan and her estranged grandmother that doesn't come easily.


    • Phyllis Whitney is a comfort read for me. I read as many of her books as I could get my hands on as a teenager in a rural community. Somehow I missed this one. It's as good as all the others I remember. She nailed romantic suspense early in its inception. The tortured hero, the strong - but uncertain - heroine, the tangled web of lies and deceit and mystery. All culminating in a satisfying resolution and a happily ever after. :happy sigh:


    • This book had all the same elements she always uses.ough the way she wrapped up the book, was much different than her usual, as well as she had two heroinesI also for the first time ever, guessed exactly who the killer was!


    • This one is only for those who are true fans of everything Whitney has ever written. Otherwise, I'd say to skip this one. My full review is here:gothicked/2010/09


    • An enjoyable and interesting mystery with some good character development, though a few things were never explained at the end.




    • This took me back to high-school when I read lots of books by this author. They are easy to read. They are a mystery with a touch a romance.


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