About the Book
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 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.
In Her Wake is a novel that I could just carry on reading indefinitely. It’s one of the few that I felt a little lost when I finished it, the only way to describe it was bereft.
In it we meet Bella, who whilst coping with bereavement learns that her whole life has been a lie. All she knows is that she has been controlled, first by her mother Elaine and then by her husband. When she decides to find out the truth she is determined to do so on her own terms.
It’s hard to review without giving any of the story away. What I learned from the various comments that I had seen that this would be a novel which I would enjoy more if I knew as little about the storyline as possible.
So, I will state that you will need tissues. Bella copes with bereavement, loneliness, bewilderment, betrayal and loss. But she also learns how to accept the reasons why her life was the way it was and how to rebuild her life. It’s hard to imagine how anybody could cope with the situation that everybody who features in the novel do. The easiest emotion would be anger, but there would also be relief, closure and acceptance.
This novel will be up among my top reads of 2016, I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. If you decide to read it, get the tissues and pick a quiet corner where you can read undisturbed. An amazing, at times heart breaking bur very rewarding novel that I will think about for a long time.
With thanks to Karen Sullivan for the copy received. I also have a treasured limited edition signed copy.