Monday, July 25, 2011

Book Review: Chasing Amanda by Melissa Foster

Chasing Amanda by Melissa Foster
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Publish Date: April 12, 2011
Paperback, 377 pages 
Fiction, Suspense, Paranormal
 ISBN: 9780615477527

My Review:
If you enjoy suspense, then Chasing Amanda is the book for you.  Weaving in and out of different perspectives from different characters the suspense builds and builds before finally coming to the climax that you never saw coming.  I loved Chasing Amanda and feel like Melissa Foster has a true way with words and storytelling.  Everytime I picked the book up and started reading I was right back in Boyds which really was a whole different world to me and into Molly life as she tries to find the missing girl Tracey as she sees snippets in her mind.  I felt her fear as she had to choose between trying to save this girl and saving her marriage as the tension mounted in her home as well as in the community.

The story is woven beautifully and artfully.  I love how it is told from different perspectives and you are never really sure who the "bad guy" is until Melissa finally gives that part to you.  I loved watching Molly unravel the town secrets.  I like small town books like this because small towns are always full of secrets.  Sometimes this type of book can be handled not-so-well and other times just wonderfully, like in Chasing Amanda.  I just can't say enough about this book.  The characters were interesting, I cared about them and they engaged me.  The plot sucked me in and didn't let me go and the writing is wonderful.  What more can you ask for in a book?

I highly recommend you check this book out if you enjoy suspense, and even if you don't you might want to give it a try anyway.

My Rating: 5/0/5.0

About the Book:
Nine years ago, Molly Tanner witnessed a young girl’s abduction in the busy city of Philadelphia, shifting her occasional clairvoyance into overdrive. Two days later, the girl’s body was found, and Molly’s life fell apart. Consumed by guilt for not acting upon her visions, and on the brink of losing her family, Molly escaped the torturous reminders in the city, fleeing to the safety of the close-knit rural community of Boyds, Maryland.

Molly’s life is back on track, her son has begun college, and she and her husband have finally rekindled their relationship. Their fresh start is shattered when a seven-year-old girl disappears from a local park near Molly’s home. Unable to turn her back on another child and troubled by memories of the past, Molly sets out to find her, jeopardizing the marriage she’d fought so hard to hold together. While unearthing clues and struggling to decipher her visions, Molly discovers another side of Boyds, where the residents--and the land itself--hold potentially lethal secrets, and exposes another side of her husband, one that threatens to tear them apart

About the Author (from her website): 
Melissa Foster is the award winning author of two novels, Megan’s Way and Chasing Amanda. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, and is currently collaborating in the film production of Megan’s Way. Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written a column featured in Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa is currently working on her next novel, and lives in Maryland with her family. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping women see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.


FTC Information: I received this book from WoW - Women on Writing for an honest review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.


Melissa Foster said...

Crystal, thank you for the lovely review!


Sheila Deeth said...

Lovely review. I enjoyed the book too.

Lindsay said...

I have to say while I liked the book, I was dissapointed that there were some things left un dealt with at the end! It stated in the book that Newton bought some dresses at the hospital sale, and Molly thought it was weird because he only had grandsons...and, Kate as Mummy said that she had friends helping her and that's how she got the made me assume Newton was helping her?!? That was never cleared up!

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