A young woman is forced to question everything she thought she knew, when a family tragedy leads to a series of startling revelations … and dark secrets. A stunning and emotive psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Cliff House and The Storm.
‘Beautiful, seamless writing, Jennings has a magic warmth and addictive quality that keeps you reading on and on’ Lucy Atkins
‘Hauntingly beautiful’ Clare Mackintosh
‘Thoughtful, atmospheric and deeply immersive, it wields an almost mesmeric power over the reader’ Hannah Beckerman
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.
‘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
‘Heartbreaking and emotionally stunning … one of the most mature genre novels I’ve read for a long time’ Scottish Herald
‘This mesmerising and haunting thriller is a true literary beauty’ Heat
‘Delicately weaves loss and grief in a very human story with a strong heart’ Sarah Hilary
‘Enough twists and turns to give you whiplash’ Tammy Cohen
‘A writer of rare and exceptional talent’ Steve Cavanagh
‘A gripping and powerful read … will keep you turning the pages’ Simon Kernick
‘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
‘An assured, evocative, rites of passage tale that will captivate readers of psychological suspense’ Mari Hannah
‘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 … one of my favourite reads of all time’ Louise Douglas
‘Moving, perceptive and beautifully written story with a devastating conclusion that will stay with you’ Howard Linskey
‘Gripping and hauntingly beautiful, with a totally unexpected twist in the tail, In Her Wake is simply brilliant – I loved it’ Jenny Ashcroft
‘A beautifully written, emotionally charged novel that stays with you long after you read the last page’ Jane Isaac
‘A haunting and compelling read, charged with perfectly observed emotion and a poetic gift for language’ Iona Grey
‘One of those novels that you know is going to stay with you for a very long time after you finish it’ Louise Voss‘Mesmerising storytelling’ Mel Sherratt
‘Amanda Jennings propels herself into my list of favourite writers’ Luca Veste
Bella Campbell, the narrator of this unsettling psychological thriller from British author Jennings (The Judas Scar), discovers after her mother's death and her father's subsequent suicide that they weren't her real parents, that she was kidnapped as a child from another family to replace the dead daughter so beloved by her crazed "mother." For Bella, perhaps this explains all the troubling dreams that might, in fact, have been memories. Bella sets out from London for St. Ives in Cornwall, the home of her birth mother, according to her father's suicide note, in search of answers. Shocked and fearful, Bella slowly explores her past, which turns out to be much more troubled than her early fantasies. In this story of rebirth, Bella moves slowly beyond victimhood. Unfortunately, the pace is rather slow, as she needs time to agonize over and analyze each decision, to put each puzzle piece in its correct place.
Loved this story. Will be recommending it to my book-loving friends.