*Potential for spoilers. Read at your own risk.
I received a free physical copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: March 22nd 2016
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.
I’m a big fan of psychological thrillers – my favourite being S. K. Tremayne’s ‘The Ice Twins’. Though In Her Wake doesn’t provide the same bone-chilling fear that rushes through you at the revelation within, Amanda Jennings still presents a novel that leaves you questioning the motives of those involved and how they managed it.
Following the main protagonist Bella, In Her Wake is about her personal journey to find out who she really is and how she came to be where she is today. A lot of twists and turns arise throughout the novel as more and more truths are revealed underneath the lies that leaves Bella truly questioning the person she is today, putting two and two together and seeing and finally understanding the truth behind the ‘monster’ she has been hidden away from since early childhood. This personal journey causes her to completely overhaul and re-evaluate her life bringing about big, life-changes that make her into the person she is at the end of the book. There is a lot of character development in this respect; she starts of as this shy, submissive character used to being told and controlled, to a woman that fights free of this oppression to become independent and confident. I am glad that this change took place giving the issues around emotional manipulation within relationships and I am proud that, through these issues and changes, she is able to see clearly through the fog that had settled over her.
I greatly enjoyed the premise of the novel. As snippets of the truth are uncovered I found myself truly devoted to Bella’s journey and trying to understand the motives behind these people, what caused them to do what they did and how they managed to pull it off for so long without anyone noticing a thing. As more and more is revealed, there are moments of shock, sympathy, empathy, anger etc that really bring you deep into the narrative and help you to really connect with Bella. Though the events taking place will barely be relatable to most people, Jennings truly manages to draw you in and this made the novel very hard to put down once I was invested in finding out the truth.