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Book Tour: Review of Melissa Foster’s Chasing Amanda

Posted by Julie on June 14, 2011 in About Me, Book Review, Julie Arduini, Writing |

From Chasing Amanda’s 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.








From Julie:

I’m posting a little backwards but it’s all good.  Melissa Foster’s second novel is Chasing Amanda. Next week  I’ll be telling you about her first book, Megan’s Way. Stay tuned, won’t you?

It seems no matter where I go in cyberspace I see Melissa Foster’s work. I’ve never seen an author work harder in getting their name and work out to the masses. She’s created a genuine buzz for her new release, Chasing Amanda.


Chasing Amanda takes the reader to Boyds, Maryland where Molly Tanner lives after a traumatic experience made her leave Philadelphia. Living in Boyds gives her new friends, opportunities and a start over with her husband after a lot of adversity stemming from the event in Philly.

Boyds doesn’t stay peaceful long and Molly finds herself in the middle of circumstances that take her back to what happened in Philadelphia. Molly has the choice to let other people handle it or try to right what she thinks was a wrong she caused years ago.

Melissa Foster’s writing reminds me of Ted Dekker. The suspense is so strong I’m waiting for theme music to jump out and scare me as I turn the pages. Just when you think as a reader you have the situation figured out, a new twist appears. Melissa does a great job bringing closure to Molly’s past as well as opening eyes to the reality of past, present and future of life in Boyds.

I look forward to reading more, even about another character from Boyds. I’d like to see the author dig deeper into the characters, especially Molly’s husband. There is a lot more that could be done even though this story was written with a great tie of loose ends. It was also done well to explore new possibilities I hope Ms. Foster takes.

My only caution is for readers of faith who do not like reading profanity. There is strong profanity throughout the book.

If suspense and towns and people with secrets is your kind of book, than you will devour Chasing Amanda.

To purchase, click here.


photos from Melissa Foster and Amazon

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