In Her Wake

Published Date: 2nd November 2015

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Description

A perfect life … until she discovered it wasn’t her own

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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.

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‘Hauntingly beautiful’ Clare Mackintosh

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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

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‘Delicately weaves loss and grief with threads of hope in a very human story with a strong heart’ Sarah Hilary

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‘A gripping and powerful read … will keep you turning the pages’ Simon Kernick

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‘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

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‘Amanda Jennings is a writer of rare and exceptional talent’ Steve Cavanagh

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‘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

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‘A haunting and compelling read, charged with perfectly observed emotion and a poetic gift for language’ Iona Grey

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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

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‘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

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‘Captivating and beautifully written, In Her Wake explores a truly devastating and disturbing subject, yet somehow manages to leave the reader with hope. This is a subtle type of psychological thriller, a compelling tale of a shattered family interwoven with a spattering of expertly timed twists and turns. I absolutely loved it’ SJI Holliday

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I have fallen head over heels in love with this compelling and beautiful book. Already one of my favourite authors, Amanda Jennings has created something outstanding. In Her Wake is one of my favourite reads of all time’ Louise Douglas

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In Her Wake is a captivating and compelling read. A damaged protagonist, who feels more real than any other character I’ve read in a while. A gripping tale of grief and rediscovery. Above all, it is beautifully written, with every twist and turn thought provoking and evocative. Amanda Jennings propels herself into my list of favourite writers – I’d read her shopping list’ Luca Veste

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‘Mesmerising storytelling – a tale of love, loss and trying to belong that will connect deep within’ Mel Sherratt

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Moving, compelling, and heartbreaking, Amanda Jennings writes beautifully about the things people do for love and how the villain isn’t always the monster outside the door. I read this in a couple of sittings and was furious when real life pulled me away from the pages. Simply exquisite’ Jenny Blackhurst

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‘Beautiful, seamless writing, Jennings has a magic warmth and addictive quality that keeps you reading on and on’ Lucy Atkins

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In Her Wake is a moving, perceptive and beautifully written story with a devastating conclusion that will stay with you. Amanda Jennings deserves all the plaudits this book is destined to receive’ Howard Linskey

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‘Star quality in Amanda Jennings’ books comes from her ability to put her characters’ behaviour and motivation under a microscope and magnify the darkest, most unpalatable workings of the human psyche whilst balancing a clever sympathy for the main characters’ Kerry Fisher

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‘Gripping and hauntingly beautiful, with a totally unexpected twist in the tail, In Her Wake is simply brilliant – I loved it’ Jenny Ashcroft

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‘A beautifully written, emotionally charged novel that stays with you long after you read the last page’ Jane Isaac

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‘Beautiful, haunting, thought-provoking and page-turning. It will stay with you long after you finish it’

Rebecca Bradley

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‘Jennings drops you into a dark, twisted and tortured world and then pulls you out again, page by page, until you find yourself in something completely beautiful and evocative’ Amanda Keats, Novelicious

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In Her Wake does it all: it tells of extremes endured in the name of love in honest, searing, beautiful prose. Amanda Jennings is a consummate storyteller; she unravels layer upon layer of complexity and darkness until you arrive exhausted but enchanted into the light. It’s a stunning rollercoaster of a ride’ Claire Dyer

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In Her Wake is one of those rare books that touches not just on your emotions, but your soul. Never one to shy away from difficult subject matter, Jennings really puts her characters through the mill here and steps up her game, taking her prose to the next level. The style of the story is lyrical and melancholy, which suits the story perfectly as it grasps the reader in its dream-like haze, while Bella’s world fragments around her. In Her Wake draws on strong themes of responsibility, identity and bereavement, so the characters’ plights feel authentic and their motivations are believable. The haunting visuals of Cornwall and Morveren’s namesake will echo in your mind long after reading. ‎A truly exceptional book that’s destined for great things’ Lucy Hay

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In Her Wake, the mesmerising new psychological thriller by Amanda Jennings, shudders with suspense from the opening pages … Jennings presents the reader with a bag of fat, wriggling worms from the outset. She shows how it is possible to take a popular theme – unearthing family secrets – and put a completely fresh spin on it. A wonderful read, which will drag your head and heart through the wringer, while all the time making you believe in mermaids and human redemption’ Vicky Newham

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‘I LOVED this book. It’s a twisty, clever exploration of identity and growing up, with the shifting sands of what was, is and might have been making it an unsettling read. Amanda writes beautifully and her locations are as gloriously drawn as her tense, biting, messed-up characters’ Elizabeth Haynes

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‘A gripping concept powers this emotional, sinuous thriller in which one woman’s life is played out against what might have been’Fanny Blake, Woman & Home

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‘Heartbreaking and emotionally stunning…one of the most mature genre novels I’ve read for a long time’

The Scottish Herald

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‘This mesmerising & haunting thriller is a true literary beauty.’Heat magazine

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‘Oh my God. THIS BOOK. I’d heard so many good things, but I didn’t expect it to blow me away quite in the way that it did. It’s a psychological thriller, but mixed in with the intrigue, pace and clever reveals, there is the incredibly beautiful writing’ SJI Holliday

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‘The death of Bella’s father triggers a quest that forces her to reassess her family, her identity and her sanity. Haunting and elegiac, this atmospheric novel asks questions about parents and children, partners and siblings and how we define ourselves.’Hannah Beckerman, Sunday Express

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 ‘We expect twists and turns in this kind of book and sometimes these can feel awkward or can strain credibility, but never here. Jennings introduces enough revelations and reversals to satisfy even those readers most addicted to surprises. But what I love is that each twist follows naturally from earlier events … In Her Wake is not defined by its genre and although it could certainly be described as a page-turner I found myself trying to slow down as I read because there was so much to relish.’Chris Curran

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‘Interspersed with the present-day narrative are snippets from Bella’s father in the past, vital plot devices that Jennings uses with an expert hand to propel the reader onwards. It’s slick, smart storytelling with real heart, and by the end the reader really feels they’ve been through the emotional wringer with Bella every step of the way. Uplifting in the face of desperate circumstances, In Her Wake is an accomplished and compelling story’

Doug Johnstone, Big Issue

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‘This is an utterly beautiful read that I didn’t want to end. I felt swept away by the prose and the emotion of, not only Bella as she stumbles through the discoveries she makes, but the stunning Cornish coastal setting where the majority of this takes place. Jennings’ does a fabulous job of breathing life into it and makes you care deeply for the characters’ Rebecca Bradley

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‘You don’t need a crystal ball to predict that In Her Wake will be one of the hit psychological thrillers of 2016 … so much more than a thrilling read: it is one of the most subtle and skilfully told novels I have ever read in this genre. Tonight, I have sat down and tried to figure out exactly how Amanda Jennings has managed to write something so effective and effecting, and to explain why you absolutely must read this book’ Jo Hogan

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Book of the Week, Crime Thriller Hound

Number one – Top Five Reads Heat Magazinw

Reading Group Choice for April – LoveReading

Selected for the WH Smith Summer Fresh Talent Campaign

Nominated for Most Recommended Book at the Dead Good Read Awards 2016

In Her Wake was chosen as one of the books of 2016 by Espresso Coco

In Her Wake was selected as one of the top 20 reads for 2016. My Chestnut Tree Reading

In Her Wake was selected as one of the top reads of 2016. For Winters Nights

In Her Wake was selected as a top read of 2016. Have Books Will Read

Hannah Beckerman selects In Her Wake as a hidden gem of 2016 in The Guardian’s ‘Hidden Gems of 2016’ The Guardian

In Her Wake has been selected as number 26 on The Crime Time Top 100 Books of 2016. Crime Time 

In Her Wake has been selected on Carol Lovekin Author’s top books of 2016. Carol Lovekin Author

In Her Wake was selected as the Number One book of 2016 in the top five of 2016 on Crime Fiction Lover

In Her Wake was selected in the Top Ten Reads of 2016 by Portobello Book Blog.

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Author

Amanda Jennings made her literary début with the internationally bestselling novel Sworn Secret. Her second book, The Judas Scar, was optioned by a film and television production company shortly after release. She is fascinated by the ways people react to trauma and deal with its long-lasting effects, and also the complex relationships within a family unit. She used to work at the BBC, but now writes full-time and looks after her three daughters and a menagerie of animals. She writes a popular blog and is a regular guest on BBC Berkshire’s Book Club. She enjoys running writing workshops, is a judge for the Henley Youth Festival creative writing competition, and is involved with the Womentoring Project, which offers free mentoring by professional literary women to talented up-and-coming female writers who might otherwise not have access to such an opportunity. She is a regular speaker at festivals and book events, combining her childhood love of the stage with her love of writing. She likes to be active, preferably beside the sea or at the top of a snow-covered mountain, and when she isn’t writing she can usually be found walking her dog and enjoying the peace and solitude of the great outdoors.

Online Reviews

 

‘The writing is sublime, just beautiful in its simplicity. With a captivating story, who could ask for more?’

My Reading Corner

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‘In Her Wake is psychologically chilling, but it is also a beautifully observed story of a journey of self-discovery. Amanda Jennings’ words are alluring, persuasive and so incredibly elegant, the reader is carried along effortlessly into Bella’s world. Her characters scream with realism, her settings are well observed and precise and the insight into the human mind and the power of family relationships is both unsettling and convincing … a powerful page-turner from an author who goes from strength to strength’ Random Things Through My Letterbox

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‘In Her Wake is a profoundly moving story of loss, grief, depression, acceptance, forgiveness and renewal that is beautifully written and deeply humane. Jennings dives beneath the surface of her characters to reveal heart-breaking and tragic moments of self-awareness that lead to the decisions they make, characters who have no concept of the waves of physical and emotional devastation that they will leave in their wake at the time. It’s one of the most subtle and immersive psychological thrillers I’ve read in long time’ Pam Reader

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I’m every so slightly speechless. This is an utterly compelling, completely addictive read that is extremely beautifully written. There are several books that are being heralded as “psychological thriller of the year” and I’ve read these books … In Her Wake blows all of them out of the water. This, people, is the psychological thriller of 2016’

Reading Room with a View

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‘Every now and then, I come across a book that is so perfect, and that moved me so deeply, that I doubt I’ll ever be able to find the right words to write about … The depth the author brings to her characters is really exceptional – real people, people you know, people you feel with and hurt for. This was a very special book – one that will stay with me for a long time to come. It’s not often I’m lost for words, but this book was absolute perfection…’

Being Anne Reading

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In Her Wake is an outstanding novel, a triumphantly tense and spellbinding story of what makes a family and how those secrets you try so desperately to keep, always find their way out, sometimes with the most tragic of consequences. Full of sharply observed emotions, complex characters and an exquisitely depicted Cornwall setting, this is easily one of the best and most powerful books I’ve ever had the honour of reading’ Reviewed the Book

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Amanda Jennings has raised the bar and cleared it effortlessly. A truly captivating, gripping read that touched my heart. The hurt, pain and raw emotions were so vivid I could feel my chest tighten with emotion at every page turn. A book I devoured, but the story still resonating a week later’ Crooks on Books

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Amanda Jennings is a talented author and has set a high benchmark for others to follow. Her use of powerful language and vivid descriptions results in a highly thought-provoking emotional read. I was tearful in so many places along Bella’s journey of discovery and I struggled to put the book down. I know already that In Her Wake is going to be one of my top reads of 2016’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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Hauntingly captivating, In Her Wake is a pure example of a book that is powerful in its simplicity … this is one hell of a psychological thriller and one that once it grabs you, it will never let you go. The overriding emotional pull is quite incredible; it’s as if at any moment you can expect to read the book with one eye closed and a sharp intake of breath necessary to continue, just to turn the page … In Her Wake is a beautifully written book, one that is both powerful and disturbing in equal measures, a book that you wish you’d written’ Milo Rambles

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‘Exquisitely painful, shockingly beautiful, and absorbing on every single level, In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings was stunning. Every page, which then led to every chapter, dragged me deeper and deeper into the story unravelling before me and when I finally finished and turned the last page, feeling as if I’d been thrown into a tumble-dryer and flung about a few times, I was able to exhale’ Becca’s Books

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 ‘A gripping, tense and compelling book which I was unable to put down. Covering a multitude of topics and spinning the reader round several times I highly recommend this psychological thriller which should be “huge” this year’ Tracy Fenton, TBConFB

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 This is an amazingly written book, full of “I wasn’t expecting that” moments, I cried at certain scenes and laughed in some parts that I maybe shouldn’t have. THAT is a good book. I shall be recommending it to everyone I come across’ Laura Prime

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‘Amanda Jennings is a talented author and has set a high benchmark for others to follow. Her use of powerful language and vivid descriptions results in a highly thought-provoking emotional read. I was tearful in so many places along Bella’s journey of discovery and I struggled to put the book down. I know already that In Her Wake is going to be one of my top reads of 2016. I can’t praise it highly enough. It’s eerie and haunting in a captivating Cornwall setting, with a deep and tragic plot. This book will stay with me for a long time’ Off the Shelf Books

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‘She’s done it again.  That high priestess of weaving in twisty turns and stings in tails has done it again’

Nellie Pom Poms

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‘There is also a dream-like, almost supernatural strand to the story – as enticing and mysterious as the sirens singing to Ulysses. A book which can be read on many levels: a romping good tale of unanswered questions and suspense, but also a poetic, thoughtful piece on the intricacies of human relationships, loss, regrets, identity and lost dreams’ Finding Time To Write

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‘Set in and around Cornwall, In Her Wake spans decades and intertwines the stories of a group of people who were all changed by one event. Narrated by Bella with small scatters from Henry, Bella’s father, Jennings’ paints an incredible picture that at once confuses and compels’ Blabbering about Books

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‘Questions adopt an urgency as Bella’s plight becomes the readers own and the secrets which are exposed wreak havoc on her emotions. Intoxicating and vivid, this will leave you battered and bruised, feeling punch-drunk but you will come out the other side and love every minute of it’ Crime Pieces

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Fab round-up of In Her Wake launch

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‘It held me captive in its atmospheric pages for hours and I just kept telling myself one more chapter until the early hours of the morning’ Alba in Bookland

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‘In the past I feel I may have been overgenerous with my five stars for reviews, but if I could I’d give In Her Wake even more’ Anne Coates on Goodreads & other sites (blogger)

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‘It was only when I closed the book and set it aside that I realised tears had been rolling down my face, such was the effect this book had on me and I’ve waited a couple of days before writing this review, because I wanted to think about it, and somehow put my jumble of thoughts into some kind of review. In Her Wake is a remarkable and very rare kind of story, one that will touch every reader that picks it up, and I can’t imagine a single person finishing this book and not wanting to recommend it to everybody they know (and even some people that they don’t). Believe every single bit of praise you’ve read about this book because it is all true. I honestly cannot recommend it enough’ Book Addict Shaun

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‘I don’t want to give away too much but ultimately this book is about love overcoming destruction and devastation; of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Just even thinking about it stirs emotion in me! ‘In Her Wake’, unsurprisingly, gets 5 stars from me. A stunning read’ Joy Kluver

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This will haunt you not only while reading but afterwards .The story is layered and very complex and one that I felt just kept unraveling … a dark and chilling book’ Charlene Jess

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‘An engrossing and fast paced psychological thriller that I could not put down. With vividly drawn characters and atmospheric writing this will be one of the most enjoyable books you will read this year’ Sheila O’Reilly

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‘The real beauty of this book is the exquisite penmanship of the author. This is a domestic drama with psychological twists which reads like a work of the most outstanding literary accomplishment. It is utterly breathtaking and completely mesmerised me the whole way through’ Beady Jan’s Books

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‘I really enjoyed the style, I enjoyed the present and the past, I enjoyed the fact that slowly but surely you were allowed to become party to the whole story. I will say that the beginning was a tad predictable, but that changed wonderfully and you were tossed and turned around constantly’ Book Geek

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‘The imagery evoked by Jennings is beautiful. The rugged Cornish landscape, so familiar to me, was brought back in a nostalgic rush with her words. The siren’s call of the sea, so wonderfully described, reminds me of my own early days in Cornwall, before I was accepted as an honourary Cornish maid. If you love Cornwall, either as a local or an emmet, you’ll love getting lost in this book’ The Bandwagon

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‘Every shocking secret is unexpected. Just when you;ve recovered from one – BOOM – there’s another and it grips you without a chance to breathe – very apt since this is only a portion of what poor Bella must be going through. Talk about unearthing family secrets – I’ve not read anything quite as gripping or unique as this before on this theme. secrets grow like weeds and they take over the beauty of a garden or the mind of a person until you have to fight to clear the truth’ The Booktrail

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A Love Reading choice!

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‘The plot is one big rollercoaster of intrigue and there’s some superb twists!  Amanda has a special kind of magic in her writing and this book certainly cast a spell on me.  This is honestly the best book I have read so far this year! Wow, just Wow!’ Compelling Reads

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‘Amanda Jennings has written what will be one of the books of the year, In Her Wake is absolutely breathtaking, a psychological thriller that will haunt you. In Her Wake is like an onion, as you peel away each layer it will leave a tear in your eye especially as you get closer to the core. This is a book you have to read and tell others about’ Atticus Finch (A Library Thing, Goodreads, etc.)

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‘I am suffering from book-withdrawal symptoms. A strange sort of absence that afflicts you once a book you have consumed in several breathless sittings finally gives up all of its secrets. I have just finished reading Amanda Jennings’ In Her Wake, a psychological thriller full of emotional depth and intelligence. The book follows its first-person narrator, Bella, on a literal journey to discover her true identity, amidst a maelstrom of grief and family trauma.Without wishing to give too much away, Amanda uses flashbacks, dreamlike sequences and a touch of the supernatural to weave her story together. In some ways, this feels like a ‘first novel’ into which the writer has poured her heart and soul, and yet at the same time it is the work of someone who has honed her craft (this is actually Amanda’s third, published novel).’ Country Wives

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In Her Wake is evidence that Amanda Jennings is making a mark as one of the most persuasive and engaging of psychological thriller writers around today (and, God knows, there is plenty of competition). Her first two books, Sworn Secret and The Judas Scar were efficient enough, but it is with the new book that Jennings really comes into her own as a writer with a real command of her craft. The central character of In Her Wake, Bella, shares an element with many other current female protagonists in the genre – she enjoys a pleasant and comfortable life which is roughly torn apart by a series of destabilising discoveries. After these dramatic revelations, she retires to the exquisite Cornish coast, where her life is to become more — rather than less – complicated and dangerous. Jennings demonstrates the perfect balance between creating psychological veracity for her troubled heroine and the mechanics of thriller plotting’ Barry Forshaw, Crime Time

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‘This book has elements of two of my favourite reads of recent years – there’s the darkly deceptive, twisty-turny brilliance of Clare Mackintosh’s  I Let You go coupled with the ethereal beauty of Simon Sylvester’s The Visitors. Think of the real-life disappearances of the likes of Ben Needham and Madeline McCann and it isn’t too much of a stretch to imagine a Bella-style revelation, but In Her Wake also has a hint of the supernatural lurking at the edges, the reader occasionally catching a glimpse from the corner of their eye like some fleeting, unexplained movement on the periphery of your vision. My book of the year? It’s possible because this is going to take some beating!’

Crime Fiction Lover

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‘The plot of Amanda’s book will keep you reading, without a doubt. Not only that, but her ability to place past and present, reality and imagination so close that each can be seen from the other separated as if by a thin veil is genius. In the end, though, it is the characters in this book which will make me read it again. There are no utterly bad people and no utterly good people in this book. There are good people who do bad things and bad people who lean towards good things. Like the coastline full of contrasts where the story is set – strength and fragility; altruism and selfishness sit side by side’ The Preacher’s Blog

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‘Amanda has written with such sensitivity and this captivating read brought me to tears. In Her Wake is an extraordinary story and with twists and gripping emotion, it changes from a psychological thriller to a story of self discovery and then back again’ Tracy Shephard

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Interview with Amanda Jennings, Crooks on Books

Guest post by Amanda Jennings on grief – Being Anne Reading

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In Her Wake is one of those books that you wish you could unread, just so you could read it again in blissful ignorance, to recapture the emotions felt with each discovery. (Men in Black memory zapper, anyone?) Ultimately, this book is a tale of the far-reaching effects of people’s responses under pressure, how horrendous acts are carried out for the love of others, for what they felt was best at that snapshot moment in time, and how those acts eat away at the perpetrators, no matter how honourable their intentions were. The different ways that people cope with grief is predominant throughout, and is demonstrated via Jennings’ characters wonderfully. I think that being a mother gave this story an extra level of emotional bite, but I think that Jennings would evoke an emotional response in the most stoic of readers with this narrative. I could not put this book down until I knew Bella’s story and I will be absolutely recommending this book to anyone who likes a psychological page turner.’ Segnalibro

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Guest post on her route to publishing, by Amanda Jennings – Random Things Through My Letterbox

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‘In Her Wake is perfect for anyone who is in love with the sea and the seaside and is looking for a complex novel about the gray areas in life, and how to live with them … one of the best novels that I will read this year’

Books and Reviews

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‘Moreover, for such a deep, complex books it reads effortlessly, thanks to Ms Jennings wonderful writing style. „In Her Wake” was a hooking story about how far a person can go in the name of love – heartbreaking, grim and taking your breath away. Highly recommended!’ On My Bookshelf

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‘Describing this book as a psychological thriller leads you to expect one big twist at the end, turning everything you thought you knew on its head. This book isn’t like that – it’s littered with twists, which is fabulous for reading it, not so good for reviewing it, as I don’t want to spoil it for all you lovely people who are going to read it, if you haven’t done so already. And you will read it, because this book has got “Big Summer Hit” written all over it.’ Crime Worm

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‘Rarely have I been so utterly gripped by a story that I wanted to race through it at top speed, and believe me, when I want to, I really can speed read but such is the emotional pull of the story that almost with a feverish compulsion I read until my eyes ached with tiredness. And yet, as much as I wanted to discover what happened to Bella, bizarrely, I didn’t want the story to end, because then I would have to say goodbye to a set of characters who had become as dear to me as friends.’ Jaffa Reads Too

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‘A family tragedy reveals a dark secret from Bella’s past – suddenly everything she thought she knew is turned on its head. Her life is a lie and she is given just enough information to uncover the truth.  In Her Wake follows Bella’s attempts to uncover the truth about her past and it is an amazing journey that you simply must read. Dark, intense and utterly unputdownable.’ Grab This Book

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‘Amanda has written with such sensitivity and this captivating read brought me to tears. In Her Wake is an extraordinary story and with twists and gripping emotion, it changes from a psychological thriller to a story of self discovery and then back again.’ Postcard Reviews

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‘Amanda Jennings writes so beautifully, I can’t begin to give In Her Wake the praise it deserves. It kept me up until late into the night. I didn’t want it to end but I finished it far too quickly. I just didn’t want to put it down. For all of its heavy themes, In Her Wake is not a depressing novel – it’s one that is life-affirming and inspirational, full of hope. I did cry a fair bit but some of those tears were tears of happiness. I couldn’t have cared for Bella any more. I loved her so much, just as I did the other characters whose lives Bella alters with her stay in Cornwall.’

For Winter Nights

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Q&A with Amanda Jennings: Country Wives

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This is an incredible novel of a woman’s journey seeking the truth and identity it is dark and at times just plain chilling and plays with your mind. But In Her Wake also has hope, something we all cling to from time to time. Amanda Jennings latest offering In Her Wake has just become of the best books I will read in 2016. I urge you to pre-order your copy and discover the writing of Amanda Jennings for yourself.’ The Last Word

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‘a truly wonderful and beautifully written story’ A Lover of Books

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‘The excellent plotting is accompanied by fantastic characterisation. Jennings doesn’t portray cardboard cut-out characters, she brings them to life in such a way that allows the reader to get inside their heads. To enable the reader to feel empathy for the worst of characters demonstrates powerful writing that is not easily achievable. Her examination of the motivation of individuals is incisive in making sense of events. There is a real poignancy to Jenning’s writing and her handling of perspective is excellent. There are interesting glimpses into the way the subconscious works to allow people to rationalise events that don’t apparently make sense.’ Nudge Book

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‘I have been putting this review off for some time now because I don’t think I can find the words to do it justice. This has been the most captivating and haunting read of the year so far.’ Aggie’s Books

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‘Amanda Jennings has a phenomenal gift for story, layering real depth onto each and every character in the book. She also has a wonderful ability to bring you into a place – I’ve been to Cornwall many times over the years and could almost feel myself back there with Bella, with the sand between my toes on the beach and the waves crashing nearby.’ EspressoCoco

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‘Books of this calibre should be revered until the end of time. You know the ones I mean, don’t you? Those that evoke every emotion, challenge your waking thoughts, their perfect wordage standing out from the crowd, otherwise known as extraordinary’ Little Bookness Lane

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In Her Wake is a coming-of-age story about identity and family secrets. While the story is original, I was reminded – in a good way – of various other novels I’ve reviewed: How to Make a Friend for the power of the imaginary friend; A Year of Marvellous Ways for the mermaids; and The Cold Cold Sea for reasons I’d better not say’

Anne Goodwin

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‘I’ve always enjoyed Ms Jennings novels, loved them even, but with this book, this time, she joins the ranks of those authors that I talk about automatically when asked for an opinion on who to read – and that list is smaller than you might think.  People who know me will know who else is on that list and now you can add Amanda Jennings. In my (humble) opinion “In Her Wake” is a breakout novel, the one that took her out of “very good” and into “Incredible” – proper storytelling, proper storytelling I say, not trying to fit into some kind of market trend but being entirely its own thing. And a wonderful thing it is too’ Liz Loves Books

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Interview with Bella, the protagonist of In Her Wake! Vicky Newham, plus review – Click Here

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‘With In Her Wake Amanda Jennings deftly weaves a tale that draws the reader in and make you want to read more. Full of beautiful, almost lyrical prose, In Her Wake is a compelling tale of how suffering, depression, loss and grief can effect a person in differing ways, and how all of these things can be overcome’ From First Page to Last

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‘This is a stunning story of heartbreak, identity, love and loss. It has the perfect title, the perfect cover and is the most beautifully written, breathtakingly powerful book. I cannot recommend it highly enough’ Reading Writes

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‘There is revelation after revelation throughout the book and like Bella, I was taken by surprise, even shocked, as the whole story is eventually revealed. I think it says a lot for Amanda Jennings’ writing that even with the characters who you initially think are appalling, you may in the end find you have a little sympathy and understanding for them.  In Her Wake is such an amazing book, with its author skilfully weaving together themes of grief, identity, belonging and hope. It is a captivating and beautifully written book and I simply loved it’ Portobello Book Blog

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Q&A with Amanda Jennings at Reviewed the Book

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‘Jennings’ writing is simply stunning throughout this whole release. Even the most seemingly mundane elements are described beautifully and, about four chapters in, it became one of those books that made me say: ‘Oh my gosh, listen to this line…’ to whoever was sitting next to me’ Charley Barnes, Madhatter Reviews

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‘Amanda Jennings has written a quite gorgeous, considered and beautifully layered tale of one woman discovering her life was not what she thought – we follow her on an extraordinarily moving and emotional journey that explores many themes including family, identity and trust. The characters will all be as real to you as the person standing next to you, the sense of time and place is evocative and highly engaging, a story which once started grips you from the very first sentence until the very last word’ Liz Loves Books

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In Her Wake is a novel of much more than simple plot shock; shaded with warm, but often painful relationships by day and disturbing magical realism by night. Jennings entwines the grief of Bella’s past and her tentative new beginning with such empathy that, by the end of this very absorbing and atmospheric story, I’m sure I’m not alone in crying and cheering with her every step of the way’ Claire Thinking

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‘Beautifully written, In Her Wake is a story of toxic relationships, family betrayals and self-discovery. It’s both gritty and tragic, and achingly emotive and heart-warming. In short, it’s a stunning must-read of a novel.’

Crime Thriller Girl

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‘I loved Jennings’ portrayal of Cornwall itself and its unique landscape and weather patterns which so cleverly seemed to echo and reflect the surge of emotions that arise in Bella. The changeable nature of the natural environment of Cornwall is consistently drawn on throughout, so like Bella you can almost feel the sand between your toes, coupled with the mercurial mixture of rain, sun and breeze, and the stomach dropping wonder of a stroll along rugged cliff-tops, with the waves crashing below’ Raven Crime

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‘And here’s the thing; with that final revelation about Bella, In Her Wake broke my heart. Absolutely laid waste to it. I had to stop reading for a day or so. I haven’t read something so emotionally powerful and affecting in some time. The last time I think I’ve been hit quite so hard was possibly by Juame Cabré’s Confessions. Don’t get me wrong, though; I thoroughly enjoyed this book and for all the heartbreak it is, at its heart, a genuinely wonderful story of hope. No matter how dark the past the future can still be a bright and welcoming place.’ Mumbling about Music

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Once in a while a book comes along that leaves you breathless, lost for words and with a worry that whatever review you write it just won’t communicate the pure emotion of how each and every sentence made you feel! This book was the “perfect storm” of books where everything just came together perfectly in one place and at the right time. I’ve never felt more like giving a book 10 stars!!’ My Chestnut Reading Tree

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‘Conversation with Amanda Jennings & Tammy Cohen’ at Grab This Book

A new short story by Amanda Jennings is featured at 451 Life

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‘I didn’t just read In Her Wake, I experienced it; the vacuum of loss, the exhilaration of new life; the frustration, the pain, the exploration and the hope. Just like a good play, a good book is an immersive experience with no need for virtual reality technology, just words on a page mysteriously laid down by an artist to enthrall’ Live Many Lives

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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…’ Bibliophile Book Club

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Guest post: ‘Five Books from my Past’ at Shotsblog

Guest post: ‘The inspiration of Cornwall’ at For Winter Nights

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‘I would say that ultimately this book is an exploration of families, identity, betrayal, and what happens to us when the root of everything we know gets turned upside down. If you like thrilling, shocking and exciting books written with a great skill and beautiful prose then this author and this book are for you. You can tell with every word, sentence and page that writing is her craft.’ Reflections of a Reader

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Great interview with Amanda Jennings, talking about the her ‘desert island discs’ at Off-the-Shelf Books

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Fabulous chat between Louise Beech and Amanda Jennings! Click Here

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‘It is actually difficult to put into words how I felt about this book, the stories from each of the characters are wonderfully interwoven into a novel that is frankly fabulous!’ Have Books Will Read

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‘This is a beautifully written book that perfectly captures the emotional turmoil that the characters face. It deals with love and loss, hope and desperation. It explores family life, marriages, relationships and how they change, and the lengths people will go to maintain them. As past secrets and betrayals are discovered the full story of Bella’s life gradually becomes clearer and this is perfectly paced. Bella’s story is also interspersed with snippets of her father’s life which help to fill in the gaps in the story that Bella is desperate to fill. I was continually shocked and surprised by this novel, and moved by the characters’ plight’ The Owl on the Bookshelf

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‘A beautifully written novel, where the characters really t.ouched my heart. Reaching the end made me even more emotional as I didn’t want it to end as I was that wrapped up with Bella and Dawn and their lives. Truly moving’

By the Letter Book Reviews

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‘In Her Wake, by Amanda Jennings, is a psychological thriller that crosses genres into literary and women’s fiction. If, like me, you dislike pigeon holing books then this is a good example of why doing so can limit the potential outreach of what is a great read. It has well developed, believable characters and a plot that has breadth and depth. The tension required for a thriller is there in spades but this is also a story about people and the importance of family. It will leave the reader pondering well beyond the final page’ Never Imitate

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‘Amanda Jennings has thought about every word she uses, this keeps the reader glued to every page … a mixture of loss and grief, with many twist and turns so you never know what is going to happen next’ I Read Novels

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Interview with Amanda Jennings on Shaz’s Book Blog

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‘The themes of family, faith, trust, dependency, mental health, the power of relationships and most importantly a sense of self that are the backbone of this novel were really striking. I could feel my thoughts being pulled in all directions while reading this book, but in a good way. There was so much emotion packed into the story that I found myself going from happiness to sadness all in the space of twenty pages, it was wonderfully written’

Books and Boardies

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‘What really set this book apart for me was the author’s ability to set the scene and place me right there in the moment. The mere mention of the salty air and I have no problem imagining that I am at the coast, probably because I’ve been there so many times, however I had never been to Dawn’s house, yet I could smell that tomato soup and hear that old TV crackling. I was particularly touched by Elaine’s desperation and her harrowing experience of anguish and grief. I found Dawn an unusual character, outwardly abrupt and abrasive, yet driven by love and devotion. The whole cast came together to spin a complex tale of suspense, peppered with a mix of emotions that will take you on a thrilling journey’ Ampersand Book Reviews

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‘Amanda Jennings is able to convey true raw emotion and portray a distinct realism in her characters and the experiences that they share. I felt compelled to read more. I NEEDED to know what happened next. She is a master storyteller, drawing the reader in and leading them to become deeply invested in the outcome. In Her Wake deftly explores different kinds of loss and how family can hurt us like no other, but also beautifully juxtaposes profound hurt, loss, and betrayal with redemption, healing, and at times, finding our way back to a place that we didn’t even know we longed to be. Brilliant, poignant, and a must-read!’ Robyn’s Reviews

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‘I could spend all day talking about this book and never run out of things to there. There aren’t enough adjectives in the world to describe how much I love it. So, take my advice, buy this book right now. Then close yourself off from the outside world until you’ve read it. Once you’ve finished you’ll look up and see the world in a whole new light’ Michael Wood, CrimeSquad

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In Her Wake is a page-turner with unexpected and satisfying twists and a unique adventure into one woman’s journey’ The Book Review Café

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Unexpected & glowing plug for In Her Wake by David Preven on BBC Radio Oxford

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‘The author tackles so many issues and cleverly manages to dovetail them in a credible, informed and very readable way. A mature woman discovering who she really is, on so many levels, a hackneyed theme, but there is sufficient psychological depth that the reader can root for her, despite her gauche and controlling sorties into a world that is very new to her. A gripping and enthralling read’ Trip Fiction

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Q&A with Amanda Jennings on Books & Boardies

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‘In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings is so beautifully written, so painfully observed, it hurts. At times I felt ‘In Her Wake’ had an air of the Victorian gothic about it, other-worldly and cold, as this fades we are drawn to Cornwall, to the beauty and warmth of both the people and the coastline, of myths and mermaids, and longed for love intertwined with Bella’s restoration of self. I wept and raged and cried, and loved her, and so wanted her to be happy and well and whole. I still think about this book, a lot, and have been attempting to finish this review for weeks, but wanted to capture the emotional journey I travelled along with Bella, and to hopefully encourage others to read this book’ Secret Life of Books

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‘In Her Wake is tremendously atmospheric and it’s this, together with the intriguing story of Bella’s past, present and future, that held me in its wake. The beauty of the Cornish coast made me want to believe that Bella was going to triumph; that she was going to absorb the beauty into her life somehow. Amanda Jennings writes so evocatively about loss, grief, hope and forgiveness; these are the reasons I found it impossible to leave it unfinished. A truly magnificent read.’ Woman Reads Books

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‘This very brief summary doesn’t even vaguely do this wonderful book justice, which I hope won’t be off-putting. It’s a beautifully told story, just as emotionally compelling as it is a gripping page-turner. Though the twists and turns come thick and fast, the heart of the story remains Bella’s own journey of personal discovery and the shocks feel realistically woven in, rather than gratuitous. The pace veers from pulse-racing to a gentler one, and it is these warm, emotionally affecting moments which draw the book above your average psychological thriller. One scene involving risotto has particularly stayed with me’ Back to the Books Blog

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‘Tread carefully dear reader, all is not what it seems! A slow start, in fact I began to think it might be a tad to “literary” for me, and maybe a bit too intellectual as well. You know, like one of those prize winning books we think we ought to read but never do. However, don’t be fooled. The writing is so good that before I knew it I was getting mad at one of the characters, you know it has to be good when you are getting mad at a fictional person, so I would advise you to stick with it, it is so worth it’ Audio Thing Blogspot

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Chat with Amanda Jennings at Books and Boardies, plus FABULOUS review!

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‘From the characters to the location – Amanda Jennings brings them alive as each page turns. I felt the emotions, the sand beneath my feet and heard the waves crashing onto the beach. I don’t even want to say anything about the plot other than it is cleverly twistedly crafted – please go and read it and find out. This has got to be one of the top reads of the year. Loved it!’ Chapter in My Life

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‘……..This is a page-turning psychological thriller which covers a difficult subject; a subject so terrible, so unspeakable that many of us hold on to our children when we should allow them their independence. It is also a very well written novel, demanding a measure of emotional commitment from the reader. The characters are very real, with all the usual flaws, prejudices and sometimes unwise actions of real people and the relationships are fraught with tension. There is tragedy and hope, love and hate and all the tension you’d expect from difficult family relationships. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel where the questions were still being asked until almost the final page, and I look forward to reading more from this interesting author.’ Breakaway

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‘In Her Wake’ is beautifully written psychological thriller. The premise of the story is grounded in reality, and while the concept is maybe not entirely unique, the manner in which Amanda Jennings tells Bella’s story is both beautiful and heart wrenching at the same time. This is not a fast paced thrill ride and if that is what you are seeking, this may not be the book for you. What it is, is a book that in spite of this is still capable of delivering surprises and twists, and the overwhelming sense of dread and astonishment as you start to realise the full nature and, at times, horror of the situation which unravels within this book…. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is one which I would advise you savour rather than rush through. It is not that kind of story. Absolutely. But however you paint it, whatever genre you choose to place it in, this is a brilliant piece of writing and I highly recommend it. ‘ Jen Meds Book Reviews

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‘If you love a story that’s full of suspense, this is the book for you! Bella has “a perfect life” according to the description on the back cover. But the story has hardly begun… Married to a stultifying husband who essentially likes to control, Bella has learned to be biddable. At the death of her father, Bella makes a discovery that profoundly changes the notion of who she is and compels her to follow up on scant information by heading to St Ives, Cornwall. So if you’re heading to Cornwall to surf the waves, be sure to take this book along!’

 Trip fiction Top Holiday Reads

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‘It is difficult to do justice to a review of this wonderful book without giving away spoilers. Suffice it to say that Amanda Jennings’ writing makes this a superb page turner with plenty of surprises along the way. Unlike many other psychological thrillers, In Her Wake combines the drama of the story with a large dose of emotion and makes it a ‘must-read’ in my opinion.’ Goodreads

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‘This absolute gem is a foray of vibrant and engaging characters and places. It is a story which once has you in it’s grip will fail to let you go. Unlike many of my top reads this isn’t a racing tale of pursuit or escape to keep the pages turning but a superb depiction of emotional turbulence experienced by the central character which capture you and refuse to let you go until you have reached the truths the book conceals.  The depictions of settings in this book reinforced my love of the book, the writing style painting vivid and tangible landscapes and relationships to weave your curiosity through the pages from first to last.’ Pottylaura

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‘In Her Wake is a novel that I could just carry on reading indefinitely. It’s one of the few that I felt a little lost when I finished it, the only way to describe it was bereft … This novel will be up among my top reads of 2016, I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. If you decide to read it, get the tissues and pick a quiet corner where you can read undisturbed. An amazing, at times heart breaking bur very rewarding novel that I will think about for a long time.’ Stephs Book Blog

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‘‘In Her Wake’ is a beautifully written psychological thriller … You feel the guilt, the emotion, the bewilderment and the exhaustion of the characters as they live it, the confusion of Bella as she struggles to understand what has happened and how her life has changed, and the ultimate betrayal she continually feels throughout the novel as one by one, people who she felt she could trust let her down. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is one which I would advise you savour rather than rush through. It is not that kind of story. If you rush you may miss the beauty of the setting, the calm of the sea to contrast against the out of control whirlwind which is Bella’s life … This is a brilliant piece of writing and I highly recommend it.’ Jenna Medlicott

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In her Wake is packed with twists and turns and its ending certainly gives you with lots to think about. Amanda writes her scenes beautifully. I could visualise the scenes clearly in my mind and taste the salt of the sea air on my tongue. I really connected with the characters, and I felt Bella’s emotions as she embarked on a traumatic journey. The story pulls you right into Bella’s world and stays with you long after you have finished. A five star read, I thoroughly recommend it. Jacob Reviews Books

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‘A literary thriller, rich with complex characters whom you come to empathize with set in a historical place rife with legend and physical beauty.  A novel of regrets, ethical dilemmas, crimes of passion, guilt, and renewed relationships. A story of parents and children (both the good and the bad), dysfunction in its many forms, and ties that bind whether they be made of emotion or blood.  A novel that questions “What is the true cost of emotional security?” I’m certain that “In her wake” will make my ‘favorites of 2016″ list.  A compelling read with many plot twists.  Very highly recommended!’ Fictionophile

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‘I enjoyed the fact that although this most defiantly is a psychological thriller, it is a little different. The last chapters are extremely compelling. I was utterly hypnotised by Jennings’ writing as I tried to keep up with the rapid revelations and final few twists. I loved the ghostly atmosphere of the book and how formidable and unnerving some of the characters were … I found myself immersed in her personal journey, fully involved in her attempts to reconcile what she knows with what she thought she knew and as afraid of the next blurred memory as she was herself. Recommend!’ Bibliomaniac

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‘This was was such a dramatic story… and I loved every page. In Her Wake is a beautiful, sad and moving book about good people making wrong decisions … this is a book I’d recommend to everyone, but especially those who want to read something different and emotional.’ The Misstery

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‘In Her Wake is an outstanding book that combines a superb psychological thriller with a thoughtful and searingly honest look at family relationships and the deep need to understand who you are. That it’s also written with such beautiful prose and with breathtaking descriptions of the Cornish scenery makes this a book that deserves every plaudit that comes its way.’ Hair Past A Freckle

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Amanda does Wordy Wednesday with Tattooed Mummy

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In April, In Her Wake was part of Books on the Underground, with 50 free copies handed out!

 

‘Twists and turns – all but the last ‘near-death’ scene reflecting Jennings talent at presenting a ‘curve-ball’ that is both surprising and, once described, totally obvious.  More than once did I find myself exclaiming – “Oh Yes, I can see that happening , but I’d never have thought of it!” This is the first Amanda Jenning’s book I have read but, given the complexity of both her character portrayals and her plot-lines it won’t be the last.  A thoroughly good – and absorbing – read.’ The Library Door

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In Her Wake was featured on Bed Time Book Club – The Pool

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In Her Wake was featured on Jen Med’s feature week. Jen Med’s Book Reviews

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In Her Wake is a top 10 book of 2016 at Reflections of a Reader

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In Her Wake was selected as a top 20 of 2016 at Bibliophile Book Club

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‘The moments of palpable tension make this work absolutely gripping. The characterisation and landscape descriptions are flawless. A fabulous book.’ In Her Wake was selected as one of the top reads of 2016 at Prime Crime

In Her Wake was selected in the top 10 books of 2016. Reviewed the Book

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‘This is story with a heinous crime at it’s core. The story-line is gripping and complex, with multiple layers, unveiling a frightening truth and the depths that people will go to hide a wrongdoing. In Her Wake has been my first novel by Amanda Jennings and also my first novel from the Orenda stable. I can honestly say I’m already excited at the prospect of picking up my next one.’ Swirl and Thread

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‘In Her Wake was a book that consumed me whilst I was reading it and it was one of the most vividly told and most memorable books that I have ever read. It was a book that drew a real emotional response from me, and I finished the book believing the story within and seeing these fictional characters as real people. Characters that I still think about now, long after finishing the book. Amanda Jennings is an extremely talented author, and one that all readers should discover if they haven’t already.’ In Her Wake was selected as a top ten of 2016. Book Addict Shaun

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‘Along the way, the reader gets to enjoy the local characters, like Dawn Tremayne and her mum, Alice. The author showed the reader the village of St. Ives in all its colorful quirkiness, which helped ease the shocking truths that seemed to come out of nowhere…and just kept unfolding. 4.5 stars.’

Accidental Moments

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‘Well this is a belter of a book, one that both took me by surprise and delighted me with the affection I felt for the key characters. In my mind a successful book has a number of elements, a mystery, a strong plot underpinned by believable characters, preferably in extraordinary circumstances, In Her Wake hits these and has that special something extra too.’ Cleopatra Loves Books

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IN HER WAKE isn’t your typical psychological thriller—it’s much more. While it absolutely delivers the chilling, often shocking reveals that readers have come to expect of the genre, it offers its readers (or listeners, in this case!) more emotional depth as well … As much a story of personal discovery as it is a twisty psychological thriller, IN HER WAKE was an excellent introduction to the world of audiobooks for this newcomer.’ Crime By The Book

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‘The brilliant narrator accompanied me in the car every day on my way to and from the day-job. I was completely hooked. I can’t recommend this incredible story-telling experience highly enough. In Her Wake is a chilling and complex psychological thriller which is beautifully narrated, and will have you listening late into the night.’ Laura Bambrey Books

 

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