Thursday 8 August 2013

Kara feels her life has taken on a claustrophobic quality. Her marriage to Daryl has ended due to an affair. An affair even her own mother doesn't believe has actually happened. She thinks that due to Kara's mistrusting nature, she is wrong about Daryl and is desperate to push the two of them back together again. Kara feels smothered by her mother's constant interference in her life and when she gets the opportunity to leave behind her mother, her small town and the small town gossips, Kara decides that at long last she will be able to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. However, unbeknown to Kara, she is being watched from the shadows. Her fate is to take a terrifying new twist and Kara's life depends on others to save her from a terrible and terrifying ordeal. She is kidnapped by someone called Roland, who is trying to plant memories in her head and who appears to know everything about her. Who is this frightening stranger and why has he come into Kara's life? Little does Kara know, but he has always been in her life!
I just loved this book. I adore a psychological thriller and this book did not disappoint. The descriptions of Kara's imprisonment and her confusion are very well written and the setting for the story - the power plant - provides such a creepy backdrop. I could almost feel the hairs on the back of my neck prickle during the descriptions of the dark and damp corners of the building with its maze like layout. This is a very cleverly written book with an interesting back story and ever developing plot. The development of some of the characters of the book is surprising and courage comes from those characters you least expect. This book explores the fragility of a relationship between a mother and daughter and the secrets between them. The consequence of such secrets? Death and fear! I could imagine this book being made into a movie. It's a very suspenseful story full of plot twists. I'd highly recommend it! This is the second book I have read my Melissa Foster and I am definitely now a firm fan of her work!

Paperback, 306 pages
Published February 21st 2013 by World Literary Press (first published February 14th 2013)
0989050807 (ISBN13: 9780989050807)
Kara Knight can't wait to leave her hometown for the promise of nursing school and a fresh start on her future--leaving behind an over protective mother, a broken heart and painful memories. However, twenty-five miles away, the brother she doesn't know is determined to be reunited with the sister he cannot forget. 

Kara is abducted and thrown into her obsessive captor's delusional world. As the past she thought she knew unravels around her, Kara struggles to make sense of the memories that come creeping back, threatening her sanity and her safety. Meanwhile, Kara's mother races against time to save the daughter she fears she will lose when a long-held secret is revealed. The hours tick away as Roland plays out his plan--to take Kara with him into death at the exact moment of their birth, never to be separated again. 

TRACES OF KARA is an action packed, pulse pounding psychological thriller/suspense novel that features a determined killer who slowly loses his grip on reality as his carefully detailed plan starts to fall apart and a heroine determined to move forward with her life who now must reconcile everything she believed to be true about her family with the reality of their tragic past.

About The Author
Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary CafĂ©. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
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3 Responses so far.

  1. Great review JB. Glad you enjoyed Traces of Kara.

    Thank you for reviewing as part of the tour! I know how busy you are.


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