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.
As soon as I saw the cover for this book it really pulled me in, I loved it’s slightly mysterious darkness and the water theme is always a winner for me.
I will admit that this book did take a bit of getting into for me and was what I might call a slightly slow starter, but please if you do find yourself thinking this when reading it keep going and stick with it.
The twist in Bella’s story was brilliant, I couldn’t believe that the secret had been kept hidden for so long and no matter how much I thought about it I could not imagine how devastating the news was for her without having to deal with a family tragedy on top of it all.
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.
I am a sucker for an old Cornish tale so the stories that were woven into this book were music to my ears, especially the mention of mermaids because I was definitely was one of those kids who wished they were a mermaid. Let’s be honest, part of me still does.
One thing I could feel from the book is Amanda’s love for Cornwall, the way she writes about the area is powerful and although haunting I found the images her writing evoked utterly beautiful and I don’t think she could have found a more perfect backdrop for Bella’s unfolding story.
If I hadn’t been on enough of a rollercoaster ride of emotions throughout this book, then the ending finished me off! I had to go and make sure to give my mum an extra hug, it was everything I wanted the end of the story to be.
A stunningly beautiful and haunting novel of what happens when secrets are revealed and the ripples they cause become more like tidal waves.