Friday, 18 March 2016

In Her Wake - Amanda Jennings - phenomenal

My thoughts

OMG I loved this book ....

Wow - sometimes a book quickly gains a reputation to live up to and this one has been loved and enthused about by several of my peers in book blog land, so I began it with a touch of trepidation. There is always a slight worry that, as has happened to me once or twice, despite people whose judgement I trust loving a new book, I fail to "get" it. 

That certainly didn't happen with In Her Wake, which blew my socks right off with its astounding magnetism which sucked me in from page one right through to the red eyed, soggy tissue garnished very last word.

There are books which entertain, books with amazing characters, books with twisty plots, books where every tiny loose thread is tightly woven into the story leaving no stone unturned, books which are amazingly clever, books which make you gasp out loud, books which make you distraught with anguish and this is ALL of the aforementioned - and more!

In Her Wake is a story of lies, secrets and deception of the VERY highest calibre.

Quite simply a phenomenal read.

Bella is a young woman facing huge changes in her life. We meet her when she is on her way back to her childhood home to attend her mothers funeral, along with her much older, rather domineering husband David, she finds her father inevitably distraught and also aged and shaken.

On the heels of this already difficult situation follows another tragedy which rocks Bella to her core and reveals a deep secret which has remained concealed from her all her life. The shock waves send Bella, reeling to lick her wounds and seek answers in a small seaside village in Cornwall where she embarks on a terrible and wonderful journey of self discovery.

She finds family she never knew about and in a series of flashbacks and discoveries we watch her realise why her isolated and lonely childhood was so different from that of many children and deal with the consequences.

The whole story flows absolutely seamlessly, is amazingly real and believeable and the characters a real mix of good and bad, many damaged by circumstances their flaws tempered with the empathy I felt for many of them.

The real beauty of this book is the exquisite penmanship of the author. This is a domestic drama with psychological twists which reads like a work of the most outstanding literary accomplishment.

It is utterly breathtaking and completely mesmerised me the whole way through.

It will be available now for your kindle and the paperback will be available very soon. and can be pre-ordered.

I must thank and commend Karen Sullivan from Orenda books for her unfailing patience in getting a copy of this book to me despite the first copy going missing in the post. My copy was provided in exchange for an honest review and I'm delighted to say it exceeded every expectation.

The Blurb....

A perfect life … until she discovered it wasn’t her own.

A tragic family event reveals devastating news that rips apart Bella’s comfortable existence. Embarking on a personal journey to uncover the truth, she faces a series of traumatic discoveries that take her to the ruggedly beautiful Cornish coast, where hidden truths, past betrayals and a 25-year-old mystery threaten not just her identity, but also her life.

Chilling, complex and profoundly moving, In Her Wake is a gripping psychological thriller that questions the nature of family – and reminds us that sometimes the most shocking crimes are committed closest to home.

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