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Laurel Macintosh swore to Luly and Zack Reed she would always look after them as her own, and proves it to them every day. As tensions continue to escalate in the Reed household, their parents count on her more and more. One day, however, Laurel acts on an aggravated impulse and disappears with the children, while on a sanctioned sailing trip, leaving the parents bewildere ...more
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Píaras Cíonnaoíth
A gripping crime thriller filled with nail-biting suspense...

ON THE BACKS OF WAVES by Chiara Kelly is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The author weaves an exceptional crime thriller filled with nail-biting suspense. Intriguing twists and turns ensures that this book will captivate the reader from the first page to the last. From beginning to end, the author holds the reader’s interest. In addition, the characters are drawn with g
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Julie Porter
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
New Book Alert: On The Backs of Waves by Chiara Kelly; An Imperfect, But Engulfing Storm of A Psychological Thriller About Child Abduction and Obsession Dead Ahead
By Julie Sara Porter
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Spoilers: On The Backs of Waves by Chiara Kelly has the ingredients of a great summer read: tight suspenseful plot, interesting but not too involved characterization, wealthy upper middle class family caught up in some sort of thriller situation involving kidnapping and mysterious deaths, an unbalanc
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Evelyn
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
On the Backs of Waves is a book written by Chiara Kelly, an American editor and writer. Her master’s degree in criminal justice gives her experience and adds realism to the story. It is a fast, absorbing and captivating novel about a nanny whose name is Laurel. She loves and protects two children, Luly and Sack, but when they start having problems at home, she decides to kidnap them. She starts a travel by sea with the children and her boyfriend.
The plot is interesting and it has a little bit o
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Michelle
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Receiving this book in the mail wednesday was a god send. I love reading water based books anyway but in the summer with no access to adventures this book was needed by my mind and soul. Luly could so be me watching the water and being mesmerized by it and loving the pink sand. Truly a magical thing. The complexity of love in the many relationships in this book were wonderful. We were given what we needed when we needed it information wise and that was great. A heartfelt water adventure that I a ...more
Ivy
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways, thriller
A fast read with the thrill of the sea, abduction, and lots of tension.

I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways - the following is my honest review.
The summary of this book does really that - it summarizes what lies ahead in this book. While it reads fairly well and quickly, it often felt very shallow and surface level to me. I did not feel particularly attached to the characters or the story. The most thrilling storyline was the last half or so of the book. Everything leading up to it
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the-librarian
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
On the Backs of Waves is an interesting premise with lots of tension. The fact that children were victims in the book really upped the tension for me.

The book is well-written with an interesting plot and developed characters. The idea of a trusted caretaker kidnapping your children is one that is nightmare-inducing. This book brings the nightmare to life and makes for a gripping story.

I enjoyed the realistic dialog, the constant tension, and the realistic depiction of the trauma an incident such
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Aurora
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this as part of a Goodreads giveaway and the following is my honest review.
I hope spelling/ grammar/ plot errors are corrected in future editions. great cover! good story, well paced, unexpected attitudes throughout and a surprising author's note, which I usually don't read.
Sonya Loyer
3/3.5 stars, 386 pages
I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.
This is a story that involves a nanny, sailing and 3 missing people (2 children and an aunt). It's a thriller centered around a nightmare scenario for parents.
Pegboard
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chiara Kelly puts much drama, emotion, and mystery in her novel, On the Backs of Waves. Told by several of the characters, you get the story behind the circumstances that led to the nanny, Laurel, taking possession of Luly and Zack. Her love and care for children is more out of grief because of her own trauma. Mila and Moriah hired Laurel since Moriah went back to work. With their marriage in need of attention, Laurel decides she will care for Zack and Luly, permanently.
 
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Jessica
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miles and Moriah Reed are living a parent’s worst nightmare: their two children, Luly and Zack, have been kidnapped by nanny and her boyfriend while out on a sailing trip. This trip was supposed to last for 10 days, but when they never come back, Miles and Moriah alert the coast guard and the police and attempt to figure out just what happened. Laurel, the nanny was very close to the family and the children, living in their home and she loved the two kids as her own since she was unable to have ...more
Cassie Lacina
This took me a long time to get into and there are lots of different characters narratives going on at once which was a bit confusing at the beginning. Overall a decent story, but it didnt suck me in quite like I expect from books.
Rebecca
Sep 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won a Kindle copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.
Jenny Leverington
Loved this page turner. Such raw emotion and also mystery. I couldn't put it down.
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Chiara Kelly is an American freelance writer and editor currently living in Seoul, Korea with her husband and three sons. Her debut novel, "The Lady Leathernecks" is based in part on her service in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2001-2005. She is a graduate of Campbell University and Boston University. Her genre of interest involves contemporary women's fiction with a military twist and some added Kor ...more

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