To please her friend, Kate McGuire agrees to partake in a
parapsychology study at the local university in the
Piedmont area of South Carolina. Nobody is more shocked
than Kate is when she touches a headband and receives
visions of a woman being strangled by a powerful man. The
professor conducting the study tells her that the headband
belongs to a woman that has been missing for a few days.
When the police find the body in a place that is exactly
like Kate described reporter John Gerrard prints the story
and includes the psychic's name. The killer reads the
paper and decides to kill Kate before she can reveal his
identity. John who has come to care for Kate, tries to
protect her but the killer is determined that nobody gets
in his way.
HAUNTING REFRAIN is an exciting amateur sleuth tale
starring a reluctant psychic who sees her gift as a curse
that frightens her. This weakness endears her to the
audience because they can empathize with the heroine. The
protagonist's romance with the reporter is a clever plot
device that eases the level of tension caused by the
killer's attacks. Ellis Vidler is a gifted storyteller who
deserves a large following for her wonderful romantic
mysteries like this one.