Monday, 1 February 2016

In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings

In Her Wake
By Amanda Jennings
Published by Orenda Books (Kindle edition - 10 February 2016; Paperback - 1 April 2016)
ISBN: 978-1910633298

Publisher's description
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 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.

My verdict
In Her Wake is a stunning, beautifully written literary psychological thriller and one that I intend to read again and again.

This is the story of Bella who discovers a shocking family secret that could change her life forever. I don't want to give the secret away, although other reviewers may have done so, as I feel it's for each reader to experience Bella's journey themselves. The secret is revealed very early on in the book, so it doesn't matter if you already know it - it's what happens afterwards that counts. But all I can say is that you won't be disappointed either way, and I envy anyone who reads this book for the first time.

Amanda Jennings is a talented author and has set a high benchmark for others to follow. Her use of powerful language and vivid descriptions results in a highly thought-provoking emotional read. I was tearful in so many places along Bella's journey of discovery and I struggled to put the book down.

I know already that In Her Wake is going to be one of my top reads of 2016. I can't praise it highly enough. It's eerie and haunting in a captivating Cornwall setting, with a deep and tragic plot. This book will stay with me for a long time.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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