In Her Wake By Amanda Jennings BLOG TOUR

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Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the In Her Wake blog tour, a beautifully written book by Amanda Jennings and published by Orenda Books.

My thanks as always to these lovely ladies for the opportunity to read such a wonderful book and join the tour! 🙂

 

About the book (via Goodreads):

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.

 

My thoughts:

It’s weeks since I finished In Her Wake and yet I still cannot find the right words to describe the emotional rollercoaster that this book puts you on.

When we meet Bella, she is travelling back to her family home with her husband due to a family tragedy. What follows is an utterly heartbreaking journey into the deepest corners of her life.

In Her Wake is a beautifully woven tale of loss and grief, but at the same time it instills in the reader a hopefulness, a sense that there is more to the world than what we can see.

Amanda Jennings has written an absolutely beautiful novel. It is the most descriptive book that I’ve read in a long time, with the landscape being used so perfectly that it mimics the turmoil of the characters at certain points, and at others its beauty is showcased to perfection.

I read In Her Wake slowly. I couldn’t have flown through it even if I wanted too. The lyrical prose demands attention and speeding through would have meant missing out on Amanda’s beautiful way with words.

In Her Wake is an emotionally fraught read. Full of secrets, and the damage that these secrets can do to those who keep them as well as those who seek to find the truth. It is a heartrending tale of grief, loss, and above all, love. Emotional, hopeful, chilling and gripping in equal measure, I am still thinking about In Her Wake almost two months on from finishing it…

Here’s the tour schedule for In Her Wake if you want to keep up! 🙂

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Beneath The Surface by Heidi Perks

 

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Huge thanks to the author for my copy of this book. I’ve had this on my kindle for a while and finally got around to reading it!

 

About the book (via Goodreads):

I don’t know where you are…

I don’t know what I’ve done…

Teenager Abigail Ryder is devastated when she gets home from school to find her family gone. Nothing makes sense. Things are missing from the house and her stepsisters’ room is completely empty. But the police think she’s trouble, and when grandmother Eleanor tells her to forget them all and move on, there’s no choice other than face the future – alone.

Fourteen years on, Abi and Adam are a happy couple on the verge of parenthood. But when the past comes back to haunt Abi, the only way forward is to go back and uncover the truth – and reveal the dreadful secrets a mother has been hiding all these years.

 

My thoughts:

In the interest of honesty, I started this book last Sunday week, and up until yesterday I had only read 30-odd percent of it! Fellow bloggers had said they were hooked immediately but that didn’t happen for me at the beginning of Beneath The Surface. However, once I picked it up last night, I couldn’t put it down as I had gotten into it so completely.

Heidi Perks has written an excellent novel. It has a very intriguing premise, which sets the main characters and the reader on a quest for answers in the book and it doesn’t let up until the very end.

As a mother, these kinds of books make me maaaaaaaaaaaad! How on earth could a mother leave? And not only that, take two of her three children with her and leave one behind? It’s unthinkable!

Beneath The Surface is an intensely emotional read. I mean, it puts you through the ringer. I spent half of the book totally wound up from the tension. Told in past and present, and from different view points, the reader gets into all of the characters minds which works brilliantly as you get to know so much more about what’s going on.

The characters are complex and made even more so as new information comes to light during the course of the book. You cannot help but feel for Abigail; essentially abandoned at 14 when her mother took Hannah and Lauren away never to be seen or heard from again.

Beneath The Surface is a lesson in lies and betrayals and the effects they can have on families. It leaves devastation in its wake and the characters all have to pick up the pieces in the aftermath.

This is a great book for a debut! How far would you go to protect your loved ones? Loyalty and family are all tested in Beneath The Surface. It’s a really interesting premise for a story and I really enjoyed reading it.

I gave Beneath The Surface 4 stars on Goodreads. You can purchase a copy HERE

Happy reading! 🙂