Today I am so thrilled to be sharing my review on its publication day for Traces of Her by Amanda Brittany. Happy publication day Amanda!
Traces of Her by Amanda Brittany
Release Date: 25th of October
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 384 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: HQ Digital
‘Rose. Rose. Pick up, please. I know who killed her. I know who killed my real mum. I’ve worked it out.’
When Rose’s flighty stepsister Willow disappears to Cornwall, she can’t help but roll her eyes. Willow is always taking off and there is always some kind of emergency.
But after Willow discovers that she was adopted and her birth mother died in tragic circumstances, her trip to the coast sparks a search into her past.
Two days later, when a package arrives at Rose’s house containing a series of four polaroids of four different men, Rose knows that Willow is in trouble. Each photograph a possible murder suspect, their family life begins to unravel, leaving one crucial question unanswered…
Who killed Willow’s mother?
I have read some outstanding books this year and Traces of Her is another one to add to that list! I was instantly drawn to the cover of the book and knew I had to read this before I read what the story was even about! The story opens with a prologue that sets the tone of the book instantly. It is haunting, chilling and still gives me goosebumps when I think about it. From this point on, Amanda had me so engrossed in this book. I was hooked and I couldn’t put it down, which resulted in me devouring it in one sitting.
Told through alternating chapters between Rose in the present to Ava in the past and spanning across three timelines, Amanda has crafted an intriguing and interesting plot that follows two sisters Willow and Rose in Willows journey in seeking out the truth when she finds out that she was adopted and that her birth mother Ava died in tragic circumstances. When Rose receives a package from Willow containing four photographs of men who she thinks are potential murder suspects in the death of her mother, Rose then becomes concerned when she does not hear from Willow again and it takes her, with her daughter Becky to the seaside town of Cornwell where she needs to solve the mystery in order to save Willows life and exposed who was involved in the murder of Ava all those years ago.
There are a few characters in this book that keep you on your toes as to where and how they fit into the story. At no time did this cause confusion for me and I think it enhanced the story more and kept me second guessing as to who is involved. For me there was no obvious choice and I enjoyed not thinking too much and just letting Amanda take control and take me on the journey. I instantly connected with the three main players of Rose, Willow and Ava. They are well developed and have been written perfectly. I really resonated with them. Amanda has also balanced this out with some unlikeable characters which have also been written extremely well in the roles that they play.
I really enjoyed Amanda’s writing style. It flows seamlessly through well structured sentences and is effortless in its approach. It is emotive and descriptive, but not over the top where you just wish it would move along. I often listen to meditation music when I read and in the case for this book, I was listening with the sounds of a thunderstorm and rain which was perfect and fitted in so well with the tone of the story. Especially with the following extract taken from the prologue. Through these sounds and Amanda’s writing, I felt I was a part of the story watching from the sidelines as it all unfolded.
Extract from the Prologue
She lies on the sand dressed in yellow satin, a ring of sodden flowers clinging to her blonde hair like seaweed. The pendant around her slim neck says “Mummy” – a gift from Willow. Grasses stir in the howling wind and a mist rolls in from the Celtic Sea, moving over her lifeless body – ghosts waiting to take her hand, lead her away from this lonely place where seagulls cry.
A new author to me, Amanda is definitely now on my radar. I look forward to many more books from her. Traces of Her is a story that is full of mystery, suspense, twists and turns that result in a jaw dropping reveal and is definitely a must read for fans of the psychological thriller genre. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review this Traces of Her which I can not recommend highly enough.
Thank-you to NetGalley, HQDigital and Amanda Brittany for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Traces of Her which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
About Amanda Brittany
Amanda’s debut novel HER LAST LIE reached the Kindle top 100 in the US and Australia and was a #1 Bestseller in the UK. All her eBook royalties for HER LAST LIE are being donated to Cancer Research UK, in memory of her sister who lost her battle with cancer in July 2017. It has so far raised over £7,500
Her second psychological thriller TELL THE TRUTH reached the Kindle top 100 in the US & was a #1 Bestseller in the US.
Amanda is represented by Kate Nash at Kate Nash Literary Agency.
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