First line:‘I dreamt vividly the night she died.’
Blurb: 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.
Bella is close to her mother, so close that she spent nearly every minute of her childhood with her. So when Bella’s mother dies she is grief-stricken and has to face the terrifying prospect of living without her. But when a dark and tragic family secret is revealed, Bella’s world is literally turned upside down. Bella is forced to go on a journey to find out the truth which will question not just her own identity but her life too. Can Bella survive the fallout or will it destroy her?
The character of Bella is shy, passive and tends to let others control her who I deeply sympathised with, but what kept me hooked into the story is the way she grows as the novel progresses as she is forced to confront a devastating family secret.
The author uses very beautiful descriptions of Cornwall (as someone who has never been) which felt so realistic to me – I felt I was right there with Bella. The novel contains themes about identity, loss, toxic relationships, self-discovery and betrayal which the author trickles into the plot without it overshadowing the action which I loved.
This is a must read with its vivid imagery and beautiful writing which takes you on a heart-breaking journey of deceit and discovery.
With thanks to Orenda Books for my copy of In Her Wake.
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