In Her wake by Amanda Jennings


Book Description:

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.

My Thoughts:

In Her Wake is a story filled with secrets and fraught relationships that makes for quite a sinister yet emotional read.

Bella’s whole world is understandably turned upside down after some pretty shocking revelations are discovered after the death of her mother. It makes Bella question everything about her childhood, the person she is as well as her relationship with her husband.

The story is mainly all set on the Cornish Coast which I loved. Like Bella, I could very much feel the different types of weather on my skin as well as the noises and the smells. I really had to stop myself from getting in my car and just leaving everything behind like Bella, as the thought of the people, the houses, the coffee shop and most of all the coastal walks and beach, it just sounded so tempting.

I really liked Bella’s character. All her life she has let people look after and do everything for her and I think the revelations give her the courage to stand up on her own two feet for a change. I could feel her whole out look on life change slowly throughout the story and I very much enjoyed seeing the new person she was becoming as it was definitely for the better.

Dawn is another great character. Bella turning up on her doorstop has opened her up to so many emotions which I thought the author portrayed perfectly. The devotion and care she has shown for her mother really moved me and I found myself so many times just wanting to reach out to her and give her a hug.

It is so hard to say to much more about the story without giving the storyline away so I’m not going to.

A beautifully written novel, where the characters really touched 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.

Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

In Her Wake is available to purchase from Amazon.


  1. my fiancee read this on holiday – she was gripped! She doesn’t read much but she was emotional too when she was reading and at the end! A great book by all accounts from here too


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