Book Review: In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings

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Genre: Thriller

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

After a woman’s mother unexpectedly passes away, she learns she was kidnapped as a toddler and the couple who raised her are not her biological parents.  Shattered by this devastating discovery, she decides to leave her present life behind and meet the family she was taken from.

This was an emotional read and the author did a great job of explaining the points of view of each of the characters.  Although the main character was kidnapped as a toddler, she grew up in a mostly happy home and was loved by the parents who raised her.  On the other hand, her biological family were torn apart by her disappearance and never recovered from the trauma of losing her.  The main character is conflicted by her feelings of loyalty toward the people who raised her and the knowledge that what they did was wrong.  The story is told in both the past and present, allowing the reader to better understand the kidnapper’s motive and the effect it had on the biological family.

This book was both intensely sad at points and uplifting at others.  The author’s portrayal of the situation was very realistic and it was easy to imagine the devastating consequences of the kidnapping.  I really enjoyed watching the main character break out of her shell and become her own person as she learned more about where she came from.

This was a great read and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers!

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