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In Her Wake

Published by Orenda Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

A young woman is forced to question everything she thought she knew, when a family tragedy leads to a series of startling revelations … and dark secrets. A stunning and emotive psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Cliff House and The Storm.

‘Beautiful, seamless writing, Jennings has a magic warmth and addictive quality that keeps you reading on and on’ Lucy Atkins

‘Hauntingly beautiful’ Clare Mackintosh

‘Thoughtful, atmospheric and deeply immersive, it wields an almost mesmeric power over the reader’ Hannah Beckerman

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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.

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‘A gripping concept powers this emotional, sinuous thriller in which one woman’s life is played out against what might have been’ Fanny Blake, Woman & Home

‘Heartbreaking and emotionally stunning … one of the most mature genre novels I’ve read for a long time’ Scottish Herald

‘This mesmerising and haunting thriller is a true literary beauty’ Heat

‘Delicately weaves loss and grief in a very human story with a strong heart’ Sarah Hilary

‘Enough twists and turns to give you whiplash’ Tammy Cohen

‘A writer of rare and exceptional talent’ Steve Cavanagh

‘A gripping and powerful read … will keep you turning the pages’ Simon Kernick

‘Beautifully written and emotionally charged, Amanda Jennings has created compelling exploration of self, memory and the slippery bonds that tie a family together’ Eva Dolan

‘An assured, evocative, rites of passage tale that will captivate readers of psychological suspense’ Mari Hannah

‘I have fallen head over heels in love with this compelling and beautiful book. Already one of my favourite authors, Amanda Jennings has created something outstanding … one of my favourite reads of all time’ Louise Douglas

‘Moving, perceptive and beautifully written story with a devastating conclusion that will stay with you’ Howard Linskey

‘Gripping and hauntingly beautiful, with a totally unexpected twist in the tail, In Her Wake is simply brilliant – I loved it’ Jenny Ashcroft

‘A beautifully written, emotionally charged novel that stays with you long after you read the last page’ Jane Isaac

‘A haunting and compelling read, charged with perfectly observed emotion and a poetic gift for language’ Iona Grey

‘One of those novels that you know is going to stay with you for a very long time after you finish it’ Louise Voss‘Mesmerising storytelling’ Mel Sherratt

‘Amanda Jennings propels herself into my list of favourite writers’ Luca Veste

Amanda Jennings made her literary debut with internationally bestselling Sworn Secret. Her second book, The Judas Scar, was optioned by a film and television production company shortly after release. She is fascinated by how people react to trauma and deal with its long-lasting effects, and also the relationships that exist within a family unit. She used to work at the BBC but now writes full-time and looks after her three daughters and menagerie of animals. She writes a popular blog and is a regular guest on BBC Berkshire’s Book Club. She enjoys running, writing workshops, is a judge for the Henley Youth Festival creative writing competition, and is involved with the Womentoring Project, which offers free mentoring by professional literary women to talented up-and-coming female writers who might otherwise not have access to such an opportunity. She is a regular speaker at festivals and book events, combining her childhood love of the stage with her love of writing. She likes to be active, preferably beside the sea or at the top of a snow-covered mountain, and when she isn’t writing she can usually be found walking her dog and enjoying the peace and solitude of the great outdoors.
Follow Amanda on Twitter @MandaJJennings

  • Publisher: Orenda Books (April 1, 2016)
  • Length: 373 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781910633298