02 March, 2013

#BookReview :: Traces of Kara by Melissa Foster

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. 

The book starts off by introducing us to Kara and Roland, two seemingly unconnected people residing miles apart from each other. Kara, recovering from the ordeal of divorce, is planning to join Nursing school. Things are complicated as her mother doesn’t really understand her decisions and wants her to get back with her ex-husband. Roland on the other hand, is a disfigured man with a past. His is being closely watched by the local police even though he hasn’t toed the line in some time now. But little do they know that he is biding his time and planning his way to be reunited with his sister. As the story progresses we find out surprising connections and history between the two protagonists. Past revisited and secrets are revealed.

When I read Chasing Amanda by the same author, I felt like a third person watching the whole story play out as I couldn’t really connect with the characters. But in this book, I felt a bit more connected to each character as the developed through the story. It was a mixed experience of sadness, horror and sympathy as author gave us insight to each character. No one is really what they seem to be at first glance and as a reader it was a rollercoaster journey to find out the complete truth in the end.

The plot itself is amazing with twists and secrets revealed every now and then. It’s a full-fledged psychological thriller that will not fail to give you goosebumps at some point. This tale of love and deception will have you on the edge right till the end. The pace of the story and the style of narration are good. The characters as portrayed by the author, compliments the plot and when put together ‘Traces of Kara’ turned out to be an unputdownable page-turner. 

Buy the Book

No comments:

Post a Comment