Monday, 12 February 2018

Book Review - In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #86

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Title: In Her Wake
Author: Amanda Jennings
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: 10th February 2016
Rating: 3 Stars

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.

I can see why this book has had so many good reviews, it is a very different story, written by a clearly talented author.  However it may just be because I read it in such small sections as either the book did't take over my life, oor just as I had no time, but I just didn't connect how I would have liked to with the story. 

For the most part I am confused by elements of the story and although I can kind of believe that this could happen in real life, to the extremes of all the characters, just niggled at me.  I can't really explain it here, as to do so would give you inklings as to what would be coming up in the book that just isn't fair. 

Suffice to say that Bella's had a hard time, and it leads to her going to Cornwall where she makes a shocking discovery and the book goes on from there. 

Due to assorted flash backs, and random memory flashes I was often confused about just what I was reading. In fact bewilderment is probably how I felt for sections of this book. 

Although the rest of the time, when I knew what was going on I thought it was a very good book. I really did feel sorry for Bella, and some of the other characters, and the chapters that gave the key other perspective were some of my favourites in the book. Always good to have the useful background, and it did make me understand some of the decisions that had been made. 

In Her Wake is a very good book, but I think its one I should have read when I could have reading in longer sections, and thus got to grips with story a lot quicker. 

Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming majority decision on this weeks vote. I really do have weird reactions to some of these psychological thrillers, some I read in 1 sitting ignoring the outside world, and others I just seem to struggle with. So the question is will you be going to give me a 4th in this genres in 4 weeks to read? (I wrote this days before I randomised for this week, so no idea at this stage what the choices are!). 

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