Thursday, 25 July 2013

Book Tour, Book Review and Giveaway - Traces of Kara by Melissa Foster - Psychological Suspense

Paperback, 306 pages

Published February 21st 2013 by World Literary Press (first published February 14th 2013)

0989050807 (ISBN13: 9780989050807)
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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.

My Review
I was initially a bit confused as to who all the characters were and where they all fitted in, but when I got a little further into the book I was engrossed.
I really felt for Kara, who so desperately wanted to leave the small town she lived in to begin life as a nurse. However whilst she continued with her studies she had to continue working at the coal plant which dominated the small town.
What she didn't realise that she was being stalked by Roland Greer, who was convinced she was his long lost twin sister. Whilst she was on a night shift at the plant, Roland managed to gain entry into what is seen as a secure plant. What happens next is terrifying for Kara and many others.
As I said at the start I was a bit confused with the characters, but I soon became totally immersed in the story and what was going to happen next to Kara and others. It was a great plot, full of suspense and a real page turner. It was well written, and the way the author had described the plant with all it's nooks and crannies, and hidden rooms in the basement. It made you feel like you worked there yourself and knew the plant intimately. The characters were well described in that you could picture them for yourself, and you felt their pain. It kept you wanting to read until the end in that you could not put the book down.
I felt the way in which the author described Roland's obsession as a stalker was well researched. How she talked about what was going through his mind now and in the past. You could see how someone who was slightly unbalanced could take easily take their obsession to the next level, with disastrous consequences.
I would certainly read more by this author if she continues to write suspense novels in this way.


Author Bio 

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 Café. 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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