April 2016 Reading Group Book of the Month.
A compelling, almost bittersweet read, where a shocking discovery leads to an emotional journey. Two tales fuse into one… while in the present Bella explains how she finds a letter that is set to change everything she believes, we also revisit Henry’s past. Telling Bella’s tale in the first person creates a feeling of familiarity and compassion, Henry’s tale is told on his behalf, keeping you removed, letting you consider, allowing you to ponder. Amanda Jennings encourages Bella to step out of herself, on occasion the words create an almost dreamlike quality, while on others short sharp sentences jolted me back into reality. As shafts of understanding light the pages, shocking moments still lie in wait, ready to trip up your thoughts and feelings. ‘In Her Wake’ is a thought-provoking, dramatic and gripping story and begs the question, just how well do we really know our family?
A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...
'When talking about my list, there are few books for which words fail me, and this is one of them. In fact, I don’t even know where to start. In Her Wake is a chilling, exquisitely written and evocative thriller that hinges on the abduction of a child, and the effect this crime has on everyone connected with it. It’s also a compelling study of the nature of identity and, indeed, loss, with a series of interconnected, traumatic discoveries driving a complex and deftly orchestrated plot set on the rugged, richly described Cornish coast. It’s dark but at the same time uplifting, and the pages turn almost by themselves. Equally, one of the most moving books I’ve read in a very long time, and there are twists that force you to turn back the pages to check that you haven’t missed something. It’s a book that I knew I had to buy after reading twenty pages, and my second readers returned the same verdict in less than a day. In Her Wake has bestseller written all over it, and in terms of psychological thrillers, I cannot think of even one that matches it. When a host of highly regarded, well-known authors submitted their endorsements, one after one, in a virtual flood, my heart nearly burst with pride for Amanda. This is a book you will never, ever forget.'
Karen Sullivan, Publisher, Orenda Books
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.
'Hauntingly beautiful’ Clare Mackintosh
‘Atmospheric and moving … deserves to be a bestseller’ C. L. Taylor
‘A twisty, clever exploration of identity … an unsettling read’ Elizabeth Haynes
‘In Her Wake is a beautifully observed portrait of one woman's quest for identity, family and the truth about her past. Thoughtful, atmospheric and deeply immersive, it wields an almost mesmeric power over the reader from the first page to the last. As a story about the love and hope between sisters, parents and children it's both wise, sensitive and intelligently drawn. I loved it’ Hannah Beckerman
‘Delicately weaves loss and grief with threads of hope in a very human story with a strong heart’ Sarah Hilary
'In the crowded field of domestic noir it takes a very special book to stand out, but In Her Wake is such a book. Beautifully written and emotionally charged, Amanda Jennings has created compelling exploration of self, memory and the slippery bonds that tie a family together’ Eva Dolan
‘Amanda Jennings is a writer of rare and exceptional talent’ Steve Cavanagh
‘Amanda Jennings really hits her stride with this one. In Her Wake is an assured, evocative, rites of passage tale that will captivate readers of psychological suspense’ Mari Hannah
‘In Her Wake is one of those novels that you know is going to stay with you for a very long time after you finish it. Bella is a brilliantly flawed protagonist, but you root for her all the way and travel with her on every step of her journey for answers. This is credit to Amanda Jennings' excellent writing – gripping, moving and mature – everything you want in a good read. Loved it’ Louise Voss
‘Gripping and emotional, with enough twists and turns to give you whiplash, In Her Wake is a finely drawn exploration of identity and memory, and one woman’s journey through her own shocking past’ Tammy Cohen
Publication date: 22/03/2016
Publisher: Orenda Books
|Publication date:||22nd March 2016|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Reading Groups, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,|
Amanda Jennings lives just outside Henley-on-Thames with her husband and three daughters. In Her Wake is her third novel. She is a regular guest presenter on BBC Berkshire's weekly Book Club, and enjoys speaking at literary festivals, libraries and book clubs. When she isn't writing she can mostly be found walking her dog and dreaming of being up a mountain or beside the sea. She writes a blog and is an active user of social media. Below is a Q&A withthis author. 1. What was your inspiration for In Her Wake?I was thinking about ...More About Amanda Jennings