Wednesday, 27 January 2016

In Her Wake - Amanda Jennings

"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."

Wow. I've just finished reading In Her Wake and have been left ever so slightly speechless. There are several books that are being heralded as "2016's psychological thriller of the year" and I've read these books....In Her Wake blows all of them out of the water. This book is seriously, ridiculously good. As a reader I have been blown away by the quality of the writing. As a writer...I've had a little weep on the inside and wished that I had written it myself. 

The plot line is fast-paced without feeling rushed, with characters that the reader can relate to entirely. I loved Bella - her vulnerability and fragility comes across incredibly well, without being annoying or frustrating. It's intriguing to see the way her relationships with her husband, her parents and the new people that she lets into her life develop, and there is an amazing sense of emotion as secrets and lies become uncovered and Bella tries to process everything that is going on around her. 

If you add into this mix of characters and emotions all the little bombs dropped in by the author, tiny twists that cause ripples of explosions throughout, you are left with an utterly compelling, completely addictive read that is extremely beautifully written. This, people, is the psychological thriller of 2016. 

In Her Wake is published on 10th February and you can get it here:

**My thanks to the lovely Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for my ARC**

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