Book Review: Chasing Amanda by Melissa Foster

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

I shared with you all how I love my Kindle in my last post. I was browsing through the top-100 section of the Kindle store and came across Chasing Amanda. I scanned the description and it grabbed my attention.  This was the best $.99 I’ve ever spent!

From the back cover:

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.

This book reminded me of the show Medium in some ways. I love Foster’s use of pronouns, and generic terms like Mummy, which kept me guessing who the abductor was. Let’s just say I didn’t see it coming. I love books that keep you guessing and play mind games with you. It’s a great combination of mystery and thriller with a touch of paranormal activity.

The differentiation between characters and the mingling of the stories kept me turning the pages. I read this book over the course of a few days and then on two-hour train ride. I couldn’t put it down!

I’d love to share more of what I thought of the story with you, but I’m afraid I’ll ruin it for those of you who want to read it. You should. It’s a great book. I immediately downloaded her other book. I’m looking forward to reading it.

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