As part of the Cornish Reading Challenge 2016, I read In Her Wake by the incredibly talented Amanda Jennings.
A perfect life … until she discovered it wasn’t her own
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 also 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 the tale of Bella Campbell, as she is forced upon a road that leads to discovery – of her family, of her past, of herself. This journey leads her to Cornwall, where she uncovers secret after secret, in an attempt to finally uncover who she really is.
The imagery evoked by Jennings is beautiful. The rugged Cornish landscape, so familiar to me, was brought back in a nostalgic rush with her words. The siren’s call of the sea, so wonderfully described, reminds me of my own early days in Cornwall, before I was accepted as an honourary Cornish maid. If you love Cornwall, either as a local or an emmet, you’ll love getting lost in this book.
Jennings also does something I’ve never seen before – the inclusion of the Cornish language. A wonderful addition to an already beautifully compelling novel.
Reading this book reminded me of being a girl from upcountry, thrust into the depths of Cornwall, but with an open mind and an open heart. Cornwall (and Plymouth, which I make no apology for loving as well), filled them.
In Her Wake twists at every turn. You’ll think you know where you are, and then Jennings will do it again. Superb.
You can download In Her Wake now, and the paperback will be published by Orenda Books in April. To find out more, visit the publisher’s website, or follow the author on Twitter, @MandaJJennings.
What are you reading for the Cornish Reading Challenge 2016? Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter!
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