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Chasing Amanda

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  2,847 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
If you're looking for a family drama filled driven by suspense with emotionally compelling characters, CHASING AMANDA will reel you in.

One child murdered, another missing. Potentially lethal small town secrets revealed.

Dealing with parenting, a mother's love, and trusting one's faith--CHASING AMANDA comes at you at breakneck speed and just a touch of the paranormal.

Kindle Edition, 409 pages
Published March 22nd 2012 by World Literary Press (first published April 12th 2011)
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Miss Kim
Oct 08, 2011 Miss Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that enjoy hitting their heads on cinderblocks.
This is my reading experience with ‘Chasing Amanda’

10% - This is an interesting premise.

25% - I’m really into this…. *chomping popcorn*

50% - Ignoring the world around me….hmmmm…well this is interesting... there are a few people that are in on the bad stuff.

75% - Annoyance is starting to set in. I want to finish it tonight. I have to know! Wait...suddenly there are ghosts thrown in the mix. huh.

90% - WHAT? Are serious? The end makes no sense. All these extra people are not needed….and end up hav
Dec 17, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: never-read-again
I have mixed feelings about this book. I honestly thought that this was written by a teenager in high school. As I finished the last page I thought, that wasn't too bad for high school level. Next thing I know, I'm looking at a picture of a 40-something-year-old woman. And here I find out it's won awards...? I am completely confused. Did I read a different version of the book than everyone else?

Plot: This book is definitely a page turner. Melissa Foster is quite good at creating a mystery.
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Jun 17, 2011 Sarah (Workaday Reads) rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Molly's life was turned upside down when she witnessed the abduction of Amanda, but didn't recognize it as an abduction. In an effort to try to save her life and marriage, she moved her family to the small town of Boyds. Everything seems to be getting better until a little girl goes missing. Molly feels compelled to help find her, even if it means destroying the peace she has finally found. Can she find Tracey before she loses everything she loves?

I enjoyed the storyline, but didn't like Molly.
Nov 14, 2011 AJ rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels, fiction
Again, a 99 cent deal. I think I have to stop with these!

I really liked the original premise of this book, and think it would have been a great way to delve into some really deep and interesting psychological moves. The main character witnessed an abduction 10 years before, though she didn't realize it as it happened. When she found out that the girl she saw being put into a car was later murdered by the man she saw, she deals with incredible guilt and a wish to atone. Then, when a girl goes mis
Stacy Eaton
Aug 30, 2011 Stacy Eaton rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, suspenseful, emotional and fulfilling. That is what this book was to me.

Author Melissa Foster took a subject that is intense in nature alone and made it into an emotional intriguing story from start to finish. The plot line of this book was intricate and carried many twists. Normally I can figure out the "who done it" pretty quickly, but Ms. Foster kept me guessing on this one. Although as I look back on it, I wonder how I didn't see it. She did a great job hiding it.

This story is w
Dec 08, 2011 Naomi rated it did not like it
Oh my good Lord, this book dragged on and was way over the top dramatic. If I didn't have to read this book for a challenge, I may or may not have given up on it. There were points where I would lose serious interest in the book and move onto other books and times when I would zone out while reading it.
May 30, 2011 Fran rated it it was amazing
Chasing Amanda
Author: Melissa Foster
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Observations and noticing small details and remembering them can often make all the difference in the world when an investigation is ensuing or reporting the news. But, how often do we discount the sounds of a child, the screams of a temper tantrum as trying to get someone’s attention because they did not get what they want or just a child who throws tantrums. Reliving and revisiting events can be the difference between solving cases or n
Jeanette Stingley
May 10, 2011 Jeanette Stingley rated it it was amazing
I was very impressed with Megan's Way as it was Foster's first book. She has a way of drawing you into the world of her story instantly. Chasing Amanda, her newest release, captivated me just as quickly as Megan's Way.

Chasing Amanda covers a subject that is every parent's nightmare: Your child being abducted, never to be seen again. Molly Tanner witnesses an abduction of a young girl 9 years prior to the story taking place. Her life is forever changed as you can imagine after the little girl's
Dec 05, 2012 Mishael rated it it was amazing
So many people have already written plot descriptions about this book, so I won’t bore you with that. I will share my impressions of the book, though.

1) I read this book MONTHS ago, and it’s still inside my head…and that’s a good thing. Really effective fiction (in my view) changes the reader in some way and gets them thinking—and thinking, and thinking, and thinking… That’s what Chasing Amanda did for me, and I love it!
2) It’s a really, really good mystery. I was convinced I knew who the kidnap
Webbweaver Reviews
Jul 28, 2011 Webbweaver Reviews rated it it was amazing
Molly Tanner has a wonderful life…now! She has a lovely husband who she adores, a son off to college with a bright future and she lives in a close-knit community in a great area…now. But things were different for Molly nine years ago. When a young child went missing in Philadelphia, Molly had visions she did not act upon and the child was found murdered. Guilt ridden, her family moved to Boyds Maryland and things got better.
Now, a seven-year-old girl has disappeared and Molly cannot ignore it. N
Emma Meade
Aug 12, 2012 Emma Meade rated it liked it
I can't imagine the guilt Molly must have felt when she failed to recognise that an abduction was taking place before her eyes. Ten years or so later, Molly is still chasing Amanda, and refuses to turn a blind eye when a local child, Tracey goes missing. Neither the police or her husband are thrilled when Molly starts doing her own investigation. While I understood Molly's frustration with her husband's lack of support, I did understand where he was coming from. Molly discovers a necklace that p ...more
Andy Holloman
Oct 13, 2011 Andy Holloman rated it really liked it
... terrific suspense/paranormal thriller by melissa foster, would highly recommend to anyone that enjoys a well constructed novel with characters that are feel just like the folks down the street.... parts of the novel were a little redundant.... I truly like how melissa ran the two main threads of the story simultaneously - the main characters search for the missing girl , and the missing girl's desparate attempts to survive her incarceration.... the husband of the main character was quite ann ...more
Charity Marie
Nov 14, 2011 Charity Marie rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-appeal
I have to admit when I began to read this story I had high expectations. The author had received many favorable reviews, awards, and was heavily marketing the book through various social media. I don’t recall whether I actually purchased the book or got it free through a promotion but because it was a fellow twitter friend and author, I committed myself, without telling the author, to reviewing it when I finished. I am a big believer in supporting other writers and this is one way I try to show ...more
Laurie Carlson
“Chasing Amanda”by Melissa Foster

It is now eight years ago since Molly witnessed the abduction of a little girl in a Walmart parking lot. Molly has had the hardest time getting over this traumatic situation, as she felt she could have done more to help this little girl. Molly, her husband Cole, and her son, Erik, decided to move away from Philadelphia, the town where this occurred eight years ago, to a new town, called Boyd, for a fresh start for Molly. Here they are making a new life with new p
Without cracking open a page, I knew "Chasing Amanda" was going to be a great book. I had recently read Melissa Foster's "Megan's Way" and was so wrapped up in her writing style, that I knew she wouldn't disappoint. She didn't, in fact, I found it difficult to decide which book I loved more!

"Chasing Amanda" is a book about regret, redemption, "gifts", the balancing of family and doing what's right, and so much more. Melissa is a master storyteller who can lead us masterfully from the horrors of
Jun 29, 2011 Charlie rated it really liked it
After reading Chasing Amanda I had to ask Melissa Foster if she was a fan of any paranormal shows because the main character, Molly Tanner, and the tone of the overall story reminded me of the hit television show Medium. I've been tossing around whether to mention that or not because I don't want readers to think it is a spin off of sorts. Chasing Amanda definitely has it own original voice, characters, and plot. However, for me the comparison to Medium is a bonus and a compliment because I love ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Alison rated it it was amazing
Chasing Amanda is a complex novel full of characters wearing the mask of one life and living the turmoil of another.

Molly Tanner seems to have it all. Married for many years to her husband Dr. Cole Tanner, they are still in love and extremely happy. Her son Erik has gone to college, but phones regularly and remains close to his parents. However, Molly struggles with the gift (and curse) of "the Knowing". She can see and feel things that have happened or are going to occur. Nine years prior she i
Caroline Clemmons
Molly Tanner’s is cursed/gifted with clairvoyance, which she call Knowing. For the most part, she’s kept it hidden for fear of rejection. But her life fell apart nine years ago when she witnessed a child, Amanda, being abducted from a parking lot and didn’t question the man who said the girl was screaming because he wouldn’t buy her a doll. Molly saw in her visions what happened to Amanda, and has lived with debilitating guilt since then--to the point of almost losing her sanity. To help her, Dr ...more
An intriguing novel with a middle-aged female protagonist, Melissa Foster’s Chasing Amanda, blends a contemporary abduction mystery with touches of the paranormal to create a tale that’s both scary and absorbing. Molly Tanner has never quite forgiven herself for not trusting her visions and saving a young girl she once saw abducted. But years have passed; she’s recovered from the depression that kept her unavailable to husband and son, and now she’s settling into that disjointed time when the ne ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Josee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought the premise of the book was good and as a 99 cent Kindle download that didn't have too much religion in it, I figured I'd give it a shot. Would I pay more than 99 cents? No.

The basics are simple: 9 years ago, Molly Tanner saw a young girl's abduction in Philly, causing her clairvoyance to start acting up. Two days later the girl's body was found, and Molly still can't get over the guilt. In fact she feels so guilty she moves her husband and son to Boyds, Maryland. (farmland). Everythi
Paula Ratcliffe
This book was captivating and very intriguing wondering if Molly would be able to solve the missing pieces. Like what happened to Rodney Letts and what secrets the minister held inside her. What made the Boyd house so secretive that no one was allowed in. What secrets Hannah held close to her chest. And who took Tracey and what happened so many years ago with Kate another kidnapped victim and did Rodney hold the secrets or was he to blame. I applaud how Molly was able to percever when she had do ...more
Norma Budden
Feb 19, 2012 Norma Budden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like reading fiction books about psychic abilities
Recommended to Norma by: the author
Typically, I do not read books pertaining to clairvoyance or psychic capabilities - so why is it that Chasing Amanda drew me in so completely? I believe in having a sixth sense, to be sure, but feel it has to do more with having a certain feeling about a situation or something one is about to do/say, not necessarily seeing something unfolding.

Even so, for the sake of a fiction story, I was willing to read Chasing Amanda and was pleasantly surprised by the story line. The characters were rich and
Amber Frangos
Jan 04, 2012 Amber Frangos rated it did not like it
This is my amazon review.
This book has failed on so many levels. Throughout the book all of the characters nodded, stood, blood rushed, jumped, sat, walked, bent, responded, spat, hissed, retrieved, limped and so it goes. Clichés abounded that made the reading boring, dull. I read the positive reviews before I purchased the book and while reading it I kept thinking "did they read the same book?" I asked unabashedly (adjective courtesy of author). It's sad that the storyline was blocked by the p
Apr 13, 2011 Doreen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of "Megan's Way" and everyone else
Recommended to Doreen by: recommended this Melissa Foster book to myself
In "Chasing Amanda" Melissa Foster guides us in helping Molly; wife, mother to a teenage son, search for a missing girl. The young girl has disappeared from their quiet, rural community; a place where things like this simply don't happen. For Molly, it's deja vu. Several years earlier, while living in Philadelphia, she witnessed a similar event. She did nothing at that time, and has been tormented by her inaction ever since.

Molly's special gift, or curse, is her clairvoyance. She can sometimes '
Dec 21, 2011 Melodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A young girl goes missing in a small town. The anguish of the parents, the attempts by the townspeople to try to find her.This is a scenario that has played itself out so many times over the years in fiction and heartbreakingly in real life.
But this mystery is so full of twists and turns a person could get whiplash trying to keep up. I was so sure I knew the culprit.The story just had to catch up with my conclusions. But then oh no, that couldn't be, could it?
This is the sort of mystery that
Jun 25, 2012 Diane rated it it was ok
I downloaded it for free onto my Kindle. That was the appropriate price.

The plot lines move steadily, but not fast, and holds your interest. However about 2/3 into the book the author seems to get mired down in the story-web she's created. From this point on the plot gets confusing and frustrating. Just when she should be tieing up all the ends of the story lines, Melissa Foster starts throwing in ghosts, more and more characters and sappy dialogue. She leaves us with more questions than when w
Beth Lind
Oct 08, 2011 Beth Lind rated it it was ok
The book was ok. There were so many things that just didn't ring true to me. The setting was a small town where everyone knows your name -- except they don't. And that small town had a Panera. The main character, Molly, just seemed to annoy me. She was so dramatic at so many points. And it didn't make sense for her to be the one person really trying to find the missing girl.

The only thing that kept me reading was that I wanted to find out if the missing girl made it back safely to her parents.
Judi Coltman
Oct 30, 2011 Judi Coltman rated it really liked it
An intriguing twist draws the reader in. An abduction witnessed years ago haunts a woman who has flashes of ESP. She could not help Amanda and it forced her to make a new life somewhere else. Unfortunately her new life gets caught up in another child abduction except, this time, she is determined to find the child. Faced with the jeopardy of losing her husband, she forges ahead, allowing her "sight" to guide her - much to the distress of the local citizens who seem hellbent on hiding a secret. K ...more
Boyko Ovcharov
Jan 17, 2014 Boyko Ovcharov rated it it was amazing
Chasing Perfection
From what I gathered from the Kindle preview, I could claim that the style is really charming and addictive in a positive way. Thrilling, suspenseful and action-packed with an emotional touch and human side. Lots of twists, turns and unexpected developments. The author is well renowned and this book is definitely worthwhile. Looking forward to exploring her works further.
Jeanette Hornby
4 and a half Stars. A novel filled with secrets, intrigue, and suspense. This book was a page turner. Melissa Foster created in-depth characters with unique personalities, and situations that were original and thought-provoking. Her method of hiding the truth from the reader was ingenious. I highly recommend this novel.
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