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Nine years ago, Molly Tanner witnessed a young girl's abduction in the busy city of Philadelphia, shifting her occasional clairvoyance into overdrive. Two days later, the girl's body was found, and Molly's life fell apart. Consumed by guilt for not acting upon her visions, and on the brink of losing her family, Molly escaped the torturous reminders in the city, fleeing to the safety of the close-knit rural community of Boyds, Maryland.

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CHASING AMANDA (Mystery/Suspense)

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Nine years ago, Molly Tanner witnessed a young girl's abduction in the busy city of Philadelphia, shifting her occasional clairvoyance into overdrive. Two days later, the girl's body was found, and Molly's life fell apart. Consumed by guilt for not acting upon her visions, and on the brink of losing her family, Molly escaped the torturous reminders in the city, fleeing to the safety of the close-knit rural community of Boyds, Maryland.

Molly's life is back on track, her son has begun college, and she and her husband have finally rekindled their relationship. Their fresh start is shattered when a seven-year-old girl disappears from a local park near Molly's home. Unable to turn her back on another child and troubled by memories of the past, Molly sets out to find her, jeopardizing the marriage she'd fought so hard to hold together. While unearthing clues and struggling to decipher her visions, Molly discovers another side of Boyds, where the residents--and the land itself--hold potentially lethal secrets, and exposes another side of her husband, one that threatens to tear them apart.

"...a story of madness and mystery that drew me in from the first paragraph...a tale of love, retribution, hope and betrayal...a page turner that will leave you breathless..." --Readers Round Table

"...the MUST READ THRILLER of 2011. Intelligent, entrancing, luminious." --Author Dean Mayes

"CHASING AMANDA is a fine psychic thriller, highly recommended." --Midwest Book Review

"[Foster's] newest release captivated me. [It] covers a subject that is every parent's nightmare. The story had me hooked and shocked. The characters are well written." --Jeanette Stingley, Women's Literary Editor, Bella Online

"...Foster's writing reminds me of Ted Dekker. The suspense is so strong I'm waiting for the theme music to jump out and scare me as I turn the pages." --The Surrendered Scribe

WINNER, READERS FAVORITE AWARD: Paranormal
WINNER, GLOBAL EBOOK AWARD: Paranormal
FINALIST, (2) READERS FAVORITE AWARD: Women's Fiction, Mystery

"Foster captures the terror and fear of an abducted child as well as the passion and resolve of the woman who is driven to rescue her before it’s too late in this riveting, polished page-turner." --IndieReader.com

IndieReader Bestseller List for 7 weeks!

"A gripping story of deceit, secrecy, horror, and finally triumph. I will definitely search out more of this author's work." --Author Patricia Paris

"Chasing Amanda is a story about trust and betrayal, hope and healing, perseverance and justice." --Bestselling Author Geraldine Solon

"Watch out Nicholas Sparks, here comes Melissa Foster." --P. Martin

"Secrets make this tale outstanding." Hagerstown Magazine
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"Great mix of suspense, paranormal, and character." --NYT Bestselling Author, Joni Rodgers
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"...compelling, character-driven mystery with a paranormal edge." --Honest Indie Book Reviews
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"To say that this novel is sheer, literary brilliance is an understatement. This book will not let you down, nor will you be able to put it down." -eNovel Reviews
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An emotional read that tests the strength of one's own ability to deal with a parent's worst nightmare.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615477527
  • Publisher: Solstice Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/22/2012
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Foster is the award-winning, bestselling author of three novels, Megan's Way, Chasing Amanda, and Come Back to Me. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, and WoMen's Literary Café, a literary community. Melissa is currently collaborating in the film production of Megan's Way. Melissa has written for Calgary's Child Magazine, and Women Business Owners Magazine. She hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa is currently working on her next novel, and lives in Maryland with her family.
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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    A Fascinating Read!

    Chasing Amanda is a well-crafted suspense novel. In this page-turner, Melissa Foster accurately describes the emotional turmoil suffered by a mother who has tragically lost a child. In Chasing Amanda, Ms. Foster weaves a complex tale by capturing the fragility of several poignant relationships – wife and husband, mother and son, sister and brother, neighbors and friends—into one riveting main theme. Brava Melissa Foster, Chasing Amanda is a superb novel.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

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    Great book!

    Chasing Amanda is a riveting story. Molly Tanner, unknowingly witnesses the kidnapping of a young girl who is later found dead. The horrid tragedy haunts her nine years later, as her mind is flooded with memories and regrets when another young girl is missing. Molly experiences the knowing, a form of ESP that gives her clues as to the condition and whereabouts of this little girl. She risks everything--her marriage, credibility, and even her life-to rescue her alive. Pros: This book is very well written. The characters are developed nicely, the storyline is consistent and the pacing is fast and mesmeric. The imagery is fabulous. I could picture the scenes quite clearly. It has been quite some time since I've enjoyed a book this much. Cons: Can't think of a single one. Overall: Highly recommended. I was totally captivated by this story and its characters. I also have Melissa Foster's novel, Megan's Way, in my TBR stack. I look forward to reading it!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    Phychic regret fuels thriller in "Chasing Amanda"

    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 a child's abduction to the resolution of another's with the finesse of a writer whose work is far beyond her years. She will have you drawn in like a lamb and have your emotions twisting inside of you before you know what's hit you!


    Characterization is key in this novel and it is achieved to such a fine point that each person is "living" and breathing in our minds. My favorite, of course, is Molly who has to live with seeing and not helping with a child's abduction. Molly's paranormal gift of "seeing and knowing" help her in her journey to understand many things, but it also makes some things in life more complex. As we are drawn into the complexities, and we're given different perspectives through the stories of different people that Melissa sets up, we struggle to sort out who the real villain is!


    Ms Foster's ability to keep the ending a secret from the reader is a lot of the powerfulness of her novel. The suspense will kill you! In a good way... One of the fascinating elements of the novel is Molly's relationship to the small town she finds herself in. We can understand this small town mentality...the secretive ways that so many townspeople hold dear...and the barriers to newcomers they put up. To live with the resistance of these people lends a tension to the story that works.


    Melissa is at the top of her game in writing this suspense thriller. It's great fun to read, engrossing and exciting with many characters that will grab you and claim your attention. The element of not knowing who the "bad guy" is until Molly finds out in the end, is wonderful because it keeps us working on the mystery.


    There are lots of women mystery/suspense writers, not so many with the element of paranormal...and not so many who come close to writing as well as Melissa Foster. "Chasing Amanda" has already won several awards for best women's novel, suspense/thriller, paranormal. You better check it out, soon!


    5 stars for a great book and an author with a great future!


    Deborah/TheBookishDame

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Great Book!

    After reading Megan's Way, I knew this would be another terrific read. I was kept on my toes the entire book as you try to figure out who is the kidnapper. This author is great at keeping you wanting to read and read and not stop. I look forward to many more books by Melissa Foster.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    Loved it!!!!!

    Highly recommend it. I loved it. I found it hard to put down. It had a twist at the end that I didn't expect.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Chasing my Wasted Time Back

    One would have to assume that if anyone gave this book, "Chasing Amanda," five stars they are not avid readers. Foster committed the perfect crime by throwing a whole bunch of characters into a book, but not developing them fully, and by making the main character, Molly, a dysfunctional, "psychic" idiot who doesn't speak well for the world of clairvoyancy. I have never disliked a main character so much in my life! This book was selected for a book club; otherwise, I would have stopped reading it. The entire book seems to have been written by someone with rampant ADHD who hasn't taken their medication--meaning the content was all over the place. Our book club selected this book as a mystery, but it behooves me to say that Foster spills the beans on the guilty party pretty quickly, or I am used to reading thrillers and mysteries that leave me guessing. Then you just follow along reading the insanity of all parties involved. As a matter of fact, a pastor keeps a challenged child locked up in the house or cellar for twenty years because that's what the family wanted, and she finds two (2) other people ("friends") who are willing to assist her keep this child from society. I can see why this book is print on demand and you have to pay for it first...

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    This is a CAN'T MISS READ!

    "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 people, a new home, and new surroundings. Molly wasn't running away from what happened, but it was a part of her and of the families healing, as it had affected them, as well, with Molly's distress.
    A local Pastor, Pastor Lett, has also helped Molly work through the traumatic situation Molly witnessed. Pastor Lett called Molly's recovery process, 'cleansing the chaos from her mind'. Molly could live with that, and her visits were getting less and less with her. Molly was making progress. However, Molly still had visions. Molly called them "The Knowing". These visions Molly had were not happening very often at the moment, thankfully
    Every morning Molly goes for a run through the woods. This one morning she had a vision of a little girl named Tracey being abducted. When Molly returned from her run, she found out it was true, and "The Knowing" was back. The visions were back.
    This book takes us through all of the search efforts to find Tracey. No one could find her, and Molly continued having "The Knowing" haunting her. She kept getting visions of Tracey over and over as to what was happening to her, but couldn't quite make the details out clear enough. Molly was being hard on herself about seeing the abduction back in Philadelphia again, and made a pact with herself this time she was going to try to help more with this abduction of Tracey. This time she was not going to keep so quiet about what she saw and knew.
    The visions kept coming to her. She couldn't make them out clear enough yet to be able to tell exactly what and where Tracey might be.
    Molly did eventually go to the police and told them a little bit of what her capabilities were. She was laughed at by some, but taken more seriously by one of the Officers.
    This story twists and turns and goes in every different direction than what you might expect it to go through. I thought I knew who the abductor was, and how the entire story plays out. I was completely fooled and shocked as the story unfolded and all the answers came out.
    Melissa Foster's masterful writing talent weaves a story that pulls you in and keeps you reading right to the end. You can't 'just' put her books down because you want to know how everything unfolds. This book 'IS' a "Can't Miss" read!
    Melissa Foster's other book she has written, "Megan's Way" is being made into a movie at this moment. I can't see why this book has not been chosen to be made into a movie as well. Melissa Foster is an author to watch. Her masterful writing abilities result in amazing stories. I look forward to reading more of what she writes. I can't wait to read her next book
    This book was "FREE" from the Author, Melissa Foster, in exchange to read this book and write a review about it. It is NOT required for my review I write to be either positive or negative, but, "of my own opinion." I was NOT provided with "ANY" monies to accept, read or write the review. Following FTC guidelines.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

    THRILLING SUSPENSE

    When a little girl is abducted in the small town where Molly lives, she thinks that her past is haunting her again. Assaulted by visions and strange dreams, will she get over it, trying to save her personal life, or will she try to help to find this girl? Nobody said that would be an easy thing to do, and Molly has to go through a lot of troubles.
    I have loved this book, but I cannot give it 5 stars because there were lots of things that were quite predictable. I knew some of the things that were going to happen at the end right at the middle of the book. I didn’t find that unexpected twist that I enjoy so much in books. It also had, in my opinion, some unnecessary bad language.
    But the story is a very good one, and very clever. It is complex, with lots of characters, but it is not difficult to follow the course of action. I liked the story because I identified with the protagonist, Molly. It is the kind of story that makes you guess and wonder all the time, while you follow Molly in her quest of the truth. It is a thrilling story that will keep you hooked from the beginning to the end. I would like to see this book being turned into a film.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Kritters Ramblings

    A gripping novel that will keep you in your seat reading until the whee hours because you MUST find out how it will all unfold. A story of 3 lost girls and the woman who has visions as to their whereabouts and how they ended up stolen from their families. A suspenseful book with just a hint of some paranormal twists. I definitely had a hard time putting this one down when it was beyond my bed time! There were a few slow spots that I would have speed up a bit and a lot of searching in the woods for the little girl, but as a whole this book sped along like a train.

    I think the one thing that I absolutely loved was the description of the characters and places. I could really picture each character and feel their personalities - they became lifelike. The setting - Boyds, MD was unqiue and described with such detail that I felt as though I could picture it right in front of me. A distinct city with a rural setting that allowed for certain events to occur that could never have happened anywhere else.

    As with every suspense, I rate a book as to how far in advance I find out who dun it or if they are in the story at all. I think I realized the captor at the best moment, because I spent the rest of the book trying to confirm my hunches. A perfect amount of hints were given along the way, but nothing too blatant.

    A suspenseful book that is definitely worth the grab. A book for both genders and most ages to read whether it be in the middle of summer or curled up in the winter.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    Not a fluffy feel good read but a seriously thoughtful journey into joy from despair.

    Goodreads Book Synopsis

    Nine years ago, Molly Tanner witnessed a young girl's abduction in the busy city of Philadelphia, shifting her occasional clairvoyance into overdrive. Two days later, the girl's body was found, and Molly's life fell apart. Consumed by guilt for not acting upon her visions, and on the brink of losing her family, Molly escaped the torturous reminders in the city, fleeing to the safety of the close-knit rural community of Boyds, Maryland.

    Molly's life is back on track, her son has begun college, and she and her husband have finally rekindled their relationship. Their fresh start is shattered when a seven-year-old girl disappears from a local park near Molly's home. Unable to turn her back on another child and troubled by memories of the past, Molly sets out to find her, jeopardizing the marriage she'd fought so hard to hold together. While unearthing clues and struggling to decipher her visions, Molly discovers another side of Boyds, where the residents--and the land itself--hold potentially lethal secrets, and exposes another side of her husband, one that threatens to tear them apart

    My Thoughts


    How many of us have watched the Stepford Wives or read the book and wished we could live in such a picturesque and tranquil small town setting? Due to a tragedy that occurred nine years prior Molly Tanner gets to move to such a place in Maryland, however just like the fictional town of Stepford Connecticut Boyd's has buried secrets that are every bit as shocking to Molly as they are to long time residents.

    Having read this stories description when asked to be a part of the fall blog tour for the author my first response was going to be a no to reading and reviewing Chasing Amanda as it sounded like something quite intense and a bit out of my comfort zone as I prefer fantasy over reality... I was pleasantly surprised, Molly captured my heart as soon as started reading... You could feel her anguish coming through the pages of the book, how could anyone ever live with themselves if they knew deep in their soul that they could help a child escape from a dangerous situation? It was inspiring to watch how Molly not only stood up to but actually defied her own husband to follow her heart, despite the fact it may cost her everything she holds dear, to try to help find little Tracey!
    There is an entire cast of characters in this book that the reader learns a little more about with each turn of the page, there is however no difficulty at all in following what is going on as the story flows easily and before you even realize the time has passed the mysteries are revealed and the book is finished.

    While it is true that the book put me through quite a bit emotionally living out the terrible memories that caused Molly and her family to move to Maryland in the first place and then watching the plot unfold with all it's many twists and turns that take you from despair to joy I realized after finishing that not only was Chasing Amanda something that I enjoyed over all but the story had a positive impact on me because it had a positive outcome.

    I recommend this book to those of us who like to stretch our reading into areas we normally would not go.

    {E-Arc review copy provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review}

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    shallow characters stupid motivations

    Wow the authors friends must have wrote all the positive reviews. The story was ok but the characters are so shallow and the motivation to do what they do is really ridiculous. The anti climax was tedious and i just couldnt wait for it to end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I honestly thought that t

    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. I was astonished, so I got on Amazon to write my review. 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?

    PROS:
    Plot: This book is definitely a page turner. Melissa Foster is quite good at creating a mystery. And it was the only thing that kept me reading.

    CONS:
    Characters:
    I couldn't help disliking Molly. Her character just didn't ring true to me. The cast of supporting characters wasn't that great either. They don't act like real people in my opinion. One second Molly is talking with Cole, a second later Cole says something and she starts YELLING! There's no indication before hand that Molly is upset. No building up to it whatsoever. I kind of got the impression that Molly is bipolar.

    Dialogue:
    One of the biggest hurdles that writers face, is giving characters their own voice. Melissa Foster hasn't even come close to jumping that hurdle. In fact, she's not even on the running track yet. Every character talks exactly the same. The only exception is the Chinese couple who talk in clipped sentences. Which Molly conveniently points out to us. Thanks, Molly, it wasn't obvious enough.

    Writing:
    The writing in this book is downright atrocious. When it comes to "tell vs show," Foster is without a doubt a "teller." In that, she directly /tells/ us what the characters are feeling, instead of /showing/ us through their actions. Instead of simply saying, "Molly was annoyed" a billion times, it is much more effective to show us her annoyance with a sigh or an eye roll. Molly has no mannerisms, she simply has states of being. I think this is the biggest reason why I disliked her character so much.
    There is a lot of filler content in this book. The never ending pointless descriptions made me put it down more than once. The professionalism of her writing is on par with Stephanie Meyers'. Who, in my opinion, is one of the worst published writers to emerge in the past few decades.

    Overall, the book was okay. It would have been a good first draft and whoever decided to publish it at this level should be ashamed.
    In a way, I'm glad I read it. Now I see more clearly what I do wrong in my own writing.

    2.5 stars

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Holding my interest

    This book is pretty good but I would not have purchased it if I had paid closer attention to the subject matter. I don't believe in psychics and that is what this book is about. However it is very well written and I'm interested to find out how it ends. If you like tales with psychics in them you will really enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Loved it

    Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    This book seems interesting

    Love it

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    Do you know the feeling when you're reading a book you love and

    Do you know the feeling when you're reading a book you love and you want for it to end because you need to find out what happens? However, something tragic occurs once you get what you want: you have no more book to experience, wonderful world, vivid characters, twisted storylines ... only a resonating message.

    This is what I feel about Chasing Amanda by Melissa Foster.

    If you want to publish traditionally or self-publish, Chasing Amanda is a novel that you must read to enrich your storytelling. As writers, you can study this book for its magical story, the three-dimensional characters, and writing style (which is enchanting).

    Chasing Amanda follows the story of Molly Tanner. Molly carries the guilt and devastation from when she witnessed a child's abduction, and only days later realised that the child's body she heard on the news was Amanda-the girl she let be abducted.

    Nine years later, another girl, Tracey Porter, disappears. Molly can't separate herself from this case for two reasons. She feels connected to Tracey because of Amanda. Second, Molly is seeing visions of things that tie her to Tracey. The visions bring her closer to what might have happened to the innocent girl. They become stronger, pushing her determination further.

    Molly won't let Tracey be taken like Amanda was. And although she knows her marriage might fall apart because of the irrational things her husband thinks she's doing, Molly knows she never had a chance to walk away-she must help find Tracey.

    That's the book description, the necessary part of any book review, but I want you to take away more than that. I love reading book reviews that inspire me, make me want more of the book because of how it stands as a piece of art, a story, a message, a show of courage, heroism, love, hate ... I hope this review shows you how much more this book is than a `story'.

    Chasing Amanda will stay with you. It plays out like a movie, but it has the beauty of artwork. Melissa Foster deserves all 240-odd five- and four-star reviews from Goodreads for this novel. The narrative is excellently crafted (yes, I envy her talent massively), the characters are deep and real, the story-W-O-W- is gripping, twisted, and it'll shock you.

    I wish I read this book a long, long time ago.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    This book was very entertaining. What Melissa excels at is getti

    This book was very entertaining. What Melissa excels at is getting inside her characters' heads and telling us precisely what they feel. It absolutely rings true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Just okay

    Book kind of drags on a little. I liked the plot just could have been about 100 or 200 pages shorter.

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