Traces of Kara by Melissa Foster
Published by: World Literary Press
Publication Date: Feburary 21, 2013
Review Copy from: Author
Edition: ARC Kindle
My Rating: 5
Synopsis (from book): Twenty-nine year old Kara Knight has her sights set on leaving the small town of Williamsport, Maryland, which holds bad memories of a recent separation and no chance for a future. Her hopes are shattered one evening when she’s mistaken for Roland Greer’s long-lost fraternal twin, and thrown into her obsessive captor’s delusional world. Kara struggles to make sense in the darkness that envelops her and plan her escape. The hours tick away as Roland Greer plays out his–to take them both into death at the exact moment of their birth, never to be separated again.
Kara’s mother, Mimi Stone, races against time to save the daughter she fears she will lose when her long-held secret, and sordid past, is revealed.
Traces of Kara is a psychological thriller that will make you question every memory.
My Thoughts and Opinion: I, first, want to thank author, Melissa Foster for her generous gift and honor of giving me the opportunity of reading the galley of her soon to be published novel. Melissa has been a frequent visitor on my blog and since her first visit we have kept in touch. She is a kind, sweet, caring, genuine person with a huge heart besides being a fantastic author. After reading her books, Megan’s Way and Come Back To Me, she was put on my “authors to read” list. In the latter part of 2011, when I was dealing with some difficult and emotional personal issues, Melissa would offer words of encouragement. I emailed her not to long ago, telling her that my husband and I were going on a much needed and well deserved vacation and asked if her next novel would be published prior to us leaving as I would love to read her next novel while we were away. She responded that her next book was still in the hands of her editor but sent me the galley version for me to enjoy. And enjoy, I did! Thank you Melissa!! And now, my thoughts and opinion of Traces of Kara.
Gripping!! Within the first few pages, I was pulled and transported into the story. I knew that this was going to be a white knuckle read!! The main plot takes place during a 24 hour time period, with glimpses and hints of the past. Ingenious!! The characters brought to life with her amazing writing style, so much so, that I actually felt the emotions that the characters experienced. The suspense heart pounding, whereas I found myself having to read faster as if I was watching a time bomb ticking away. Masterful!! The chapters alternated between characters and the tension increased with every turn of the page. The story line progresses with inklings and teasers of how and what the connections are between the characters until it all unfolds of the thrilling interwoven plot. Brilliant!! A definite can’t put down read!! Not only do I recommend this read, but her other works as well.