Touch Not the Cat Author:Mary Stewart Bryony's father has died in a mysterious car crash and the mystery deepens with his dying words which refer to a "cat" in connection with the moated house which is their home and now taken over by her twin cousins. — All her life, Bryony has "spoken" to a secret "friend" who she now considers her "lover", although she doesn't know who he actually... more » is. There is a history of this special "talking" in the family and this is skillfully woven into the story as Bryony struggles with doubt and confusion about her own and her lover's identity, all the while trying to find the truth about her father's death.« less
The book description omits the conflicts among family members about an estate that is draining the pockets of whoever tries to keep it afloat. The heroine loves her family but discovers that one or more of them may have been responsible for her father's death and try to drown her. She discovers her secret friend, too. It's a very good tale.