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Traces of Her

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  70 reviews
An unsolved murder.

Rose isn’t surprised anymore when her free-spirited step-sister, Willow, decides to disappear off somewhere without notice. But something feels different this time. When Willow sends her a mysterious package containing photographs of suspects in a cold case she is obsessed with solving, Rose realises she needs to find her sister before things get out of
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Published October 25th 2019 by HQ Digital
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Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Good story, strong plot, some unexpected twists, turns and revelations and a rum cast of characters with a writing style that wasn’t my favourite!
So how to review this one then?
Well the story is quite complex and revolves around a fairly dysfunctional family that have a past of lies, secrets and the usual, oh and a family wedding where 2 sisters died!
One of the dead sisters daughters is now on the trail of the man she thinks was responsible for the murders, she has 5 or so to choose from and her
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Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I have read some outstanding books this year and Traces of Her is another one to add to that list! I was instantly drawn to the cover of the book and knew I had to read this before I read what the story was even about! The story opens with a prologue that sets the tone of the book instantly. It is haunting, chilling and still gives me goosebumps when I think about it. From this point on, Amanda had me so engrossed in this book. I was hooked and I couldn’t put it down, which resulted in me devour ...more
Mandy White
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come
WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! Where do I even start? This book was, simply put, mind blowing!

I was hooked from the beginning and simply could not stop reading, devouring TRACES OF HER in two sittings! I loved the alternating narratives and timelines between Rose and Ava and just had to keep turning pages to find out what truly happened 18 years before.

The story opens with a Prologue that sets the tone instantly with a chilling sense of foreboding that is so haunting it will give you goosebumps. From this po
Amanda Brittany writes a powerful story, with excellent characterisation and a gripping plot.

I was instantly drawn to the cover of the book and just knew I had to read 'Traces of Her' before I had even cast my eye over the synopsis! The story opens with a prologue that immediately sets the tone of the book. It is all-consuming and chilling and from this point onwards, Amanda had me totally engrossed in this story.

Told from the perspectives of Rose and Ava, this book crackles with tension. With
After not hearing from her younger stepsister for over a month, Rose is surprised when she gets a call from Willow out of the blue. But something seems off—Willow sounds desperate and she asks Rose to come visit her and help her. So as any big sister would, Rose heads off to the cottage Willow is staying in, but when she arrives, Willow is nowhere to be found. It’s like she just vanished out of nowhere. And as Rose looks into what Willow was doing before her disappearance, she discovers Willow w ...more
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Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. As a thriller lover, this story kept me guessing until the very end. I was a little confused in the early pages, trying to keep track of all the characters, but after a few flashback stories, I had it all nailed down. I truly felt for Ava and adored how much she loved her daughter Willow. This story was definitely heart wrenching at times and I seriously wanted to shake both her mother and sister to understand their incredible cruelty. While the end was a surprise, it ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Traces of her" is my first book by Amanda Brittany and it certainly won't be the last. If you like domestic suspense/thrillers, this book is definitely for you. It kept me guessing till the very end. When I thought I had it all figured out then another twist came along (even the last sentence was a twist I didn't see coming). I felt so deeply for Ava and how bad her family treated her. With past and present storylines, the author did a good job tying it all nicely at the end.

Thanks to Netgalley
Vikki Patis
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I devoured Traces of Her, desperate to find out the secrets hidden between then pages. Brittany is a superb writer, highly skilled at keeping you gripped, staying up late to uncover the secrets.

It being set in both Hertfordshire and Cornwall, two places I have lived and recognised, made it even better.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Traces Of Her by Amanda Brittany is a fabulous heart racing contemporary psychological suspense. I was intrigued and glued from the start.
The novel is very cleverly constructed drawing the reader in immediately. It is set in 2001 and present day, from alternating points of view in the first person. As we ‘hear’ different voices, we know who they all are except one. I was gripped and guessing as to who this was, but failed in my attempts.
A cold case murder comes alive as a daughter searches to so
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!! I was hooked from the start and couldn't stop reading it. I loved how the book alternated between Ava and Rose. I didn't find the story confusing or hard to follow. Loved Ava. She wanted the best for Willow and was a wonderful mother. I hated the way her family treated her. Gail was an awful sister and had no heart. Was there any love in that family because there wasn't any family support system? At first I wasn't too sure about Peter, but I changed my mind with how he was with Willo ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
'I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.'

Overall rating: 5 stars

I'll start by saying that this mystery kept me reading well into the night. I just had to finish it. Fast-paced and interesting read. However, the events in this book warrant a trigger warning, so keep that in mind while reading.

It's told from 3 Points of view, but flows well with minimal confusion. Rose, Ava and YOU. Rose keeps you in the present. Her paranoia and anxi
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
An engaging murder mystery that kept me entertained for a few hours.

Rose isn't surprised by the sudden disappearance of her always unreliable sister Willow.
However, this time is different as Rose receives a mysterious package sent from Willow with photos of a cold murder case she had been obsessed with.

Rose has to find her sister before its too late, and also had to dig deeper to solve those long forgotten murders.
Will Rose and Willow survive and uncover the killer, or they will be his next vi
Cathy Thompson
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly written thriller filled with so twists and turns and a shocking ending ! This page turner is a must read !!! Thanks to Netgalley and HQ Digital for the opportunity to read and review this book ! #Netgalley #HQDigital #TracesOfHer
T.J. Fox
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall: 3/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5 Stars
Believability: 2.5/5 Stars
Personal Opinion: 3/5 Stars

If I could separate the events in this book between the current time’s events and the events that happened in the past and put them into two different books, I would have loved the book that focused on the past and probably would have DNF’d the book that focused on the present.

All of the events that focused on the past and Ava’s character, were great. That whole storyline was interesting and I was really
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was quite a complex mystery which had me lost in some parts with the sheer number of characters, but brought me into the story with its intrigue.

Rose did not hear from her stepsister Willow for over a month, then cane to know she was investigating the death of 2 sisters 20 years ago. She knew to find Willow, she had to solve the cold case.

My first book by author Amanda Brittany, the story was told in dual timelines. The mystery kept the plot going. Many characters muddied the trail, but it
Lady Delacour
Short choppy sentences
kept story from flowing
One character was very
Whiny, as to the others,
I had no thoughts for.
Overuse of; For God's
Sake, became jarring.
1 Not for me, Star.
Foul Language.
Priya Shrinath
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to come
Donna Hines
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
How can you not give this one a 5 star glowing review?
When Rose's stepsister Willow goes missing all hell breaks loose.
Because Willow has uncovered that she's adopted & that there are several possible suspects to her mom's murder.
If that's not enough the polaroids of the men in question that was sent via package to Rose while Willow was missing might stir the thriller juices in the pot.
Folks, this was a chock full of nuts with a slice of honey.
Ava has so many secrets that I don't know how sh
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in a matter of hours. I couldn’t put it down, I had to find out what was coming next. The suspense throughout had me on the edge of my seat and it’s a constant page turner. I can’t wait to read more by this author.
Melissa Young
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible! It had guessing all over the place and the wow moments kept coming! Even the ending was impressive!
The story is told from the points of view of Ava in the past and Rose in the present. Rose is searching for her sister Willow, who often runs off on her own but Rose feels that something is different this time and when her sister sends her a txt and a package with a note and photographs and asks for her help in finding her mother’s killer. Rose and her daughter Becky head
Amanda Jordan
Mind Blown! Those are the best words to describe this book! When Rose's step-sister, Willow disappears it's nothing new. Willow then sends Rose a package with photos of suspects in a cold case. Then Willow disappears without a trace and Rose rushes to pick up where Willow left off. As Rose follows the trail it is clear that someone doesn't want her asking questions. Can Rose figure out what happened before it's too late?

Again I will say mind blown! A psychological thriller that leaves you stunne
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an opening! I love a strong hook in the beginning of a book and Amanda Brittany did not disappoint! She is a true talent in this genre. I don't like to give away plot details so I'll keep it brief. A dysfunctional family, a missing person and an incredible cast of characters. A strong plot full of twists and turns, and a rich, satisfying mystery that keeps you turning pages.
rina dunn
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a thrilling, compelling read this book is! Be warned though there's a lot going on! This has a complex storyline with many characters although I did connect well with all of them.

Rose's step-sister Willow is known for being a wanderer never staying in one place for long she is determined to find out who killed her birth mother.
When Rose receives a letter containing four photographs of male suspects and a desperate plea for help, Rose sets off for Cornwall to help very concerned for Willow
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read a couple of Amanda's books now and those I have read, I have thoroughly enjoyed. I read the synopsis for her most recent book, 'Traces Of Her' which was released on 25th October 2019, and I was most intrigued. The book screamed 'you need to read me' at me and so I settled down with a nice cup of tea in one hand and the book in another hand and began to read. I finished reading it fairly recently and all I can say is 'wowzers'. I flipping well loved reading 'Traces Of Her' but more ab ...more
Jacqueline  sharp
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good psychological thriller, I enjoyed reading this book, I did get a little muddled with so many characters at times, but the overall story is very good. Well plotted well laid out. Told in a dual timeline, Ava from the past and Rose from the present. Rose is a headmistress living in Hertfordshire. She is used to her stepsister Willow disappearing, so has thought nothing of not hearing from her for a month. But when Willow does call, she sounds different, desperate. She is staying in a cottag ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I will confess at first I thought oh no, this is not the book for me, it's too chick-lit. But then there was a murder... yay!
The murder took place in the past, so this book runs along 2 timelines. It's a very complex, involved story, one you can't just leave in the middle of a chapter. In the past we have 2 sisters, forthright Gail and downtrodden Ava..... both of whom die on Gail's wedding day. Or do they? Only one body is found on the beach.
Present day is mainly about Willow, daughter of one
Inn Auni
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
This book has some of the things I dislike; multiple point of view in first and third, mysterious point of view, teenager, past and present point of view, and yet, I was hook from the beginning.

The writing style was the main contributor as it flows with a pace that kept building with suspense and even though you probably have guessed the plot, the rapist, the killer, it wasn't something you abadoned half-way.

Willow was on a quest to finding out about her past. And Rose was the ever doting sister
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So this was my sixth quarantine read! I must say this was THE most exciting thriller that I’ve read in a few months. We are taken through a supposed double murder from the early two thousands. That’s all I can tell you without giving away this incredible plot. The novel is told between two different timelines; and through the voices of four characters. This book is so captivating I literally did not put it down for three days. The mystery is set in a British seaside town that really sets the sce ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
2nd story by this author, enjoyed the 1st more.

I had a hard time getting into this story, the writing on this one threw me off for some reason. Plus there were a lot of characters and events to keep track of. I found myself going back and rereading sections in the beginning. After a while I picked up speed.

I did like the format as far as alternate narrators and timelines. I enjoyed the sections from the past more than the present.

There were some twists but the final reveal? Wow, did not see t
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Also writes as A.J. Brittany

Amanda Brittany is the best selling author of psychological crime thrillers HER LAST LIE, TELL THE TRUTH & TRACES OF HER.

I LIE IN WAIT is out in August 2020

Her debut, HER LAST LIE is being made into a film supported by Creative Scotland, and has so far raised over £8000 for Cancer Research UK from eBook royalties.

Amanda lives in Hertfordshire in the UK with her husband

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