CHASING AMANDA

CHASING AMANDA

by Melissa Foster

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BN ID: 2940015743722
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 12/07/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 406,250
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About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and new adult romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name, Addison Cole.

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Chasing Amanda 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Dr-BE More than 1 year ago
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.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Humbee More than 1 year ago
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
Laurie_Carlson More than 1 year ago
"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.
Austenite78 More than 1 year ago
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.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
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.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
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}
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
redmore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I truely enjoyed this book from the first page till the last. I was completely stumped on who did what and how it was all going to tie together untill the author wrapped it all together neatly for me. I love when that happens personally. This book has so much going on you have so many parts of the story to identify with. The empty nester as the son goes off to school,making right from past regrets, living true to yourself, and so much more. The book is set when a young girl in Boyd, MD turns up missing. The main character Molly is now faced with past regrets of not getting involved in a past child abduction and has to relive how that outcome has haunted her for years. Determined to not make the same mistakes she jumps in to make things right putting herself, her marriage, and everything she loves at risk. Yeah it has everything from page one. I love it.
BookishDame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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*I received this book gratis for review. However, I received no monetary compensation and my opinions are my honest and thorough evaluation of the book.
ccourtland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 these types of shows and books. The main character is persistent, but not overly confident and despite doubt from others, she embraces her intuition and connection to the universe. Whether this is spiritual or not, it's 'some thing' that can't be ignored. Also, the guilt of a previous inaction drives Molly Tanner, which makes her susceptible and well, human. A past misstep or what she may deem as a terrible mistake is the catalyst for her future determination. Lastly, I thought it was important that the female character ultimately trusts herself even when those closest to her waver. Often we tend to second-guess the person we should listen to the most, our self.Lately, I've noticed a trend in writing, redundancy. This may be a stylistic approach or develops from feedback received through beta readers and editors, but it is something I've noted in several 2011 releases. The reiteration of details can appeal to or annoy the reader. This is going to come down to personal preference. I like to think I'm a fairly astute reader, so I get edgy when details are repeated and events are over-thought and explained. In other words, you don't need to tell me the character took a step in order to move forward. I can figure that out. Although not overly obvious, and readers may appreciate the detailing in this particular story, I felt there was some redundant telling that I would have red-marked and cut out. Then again, some boobie book reviewer (like me) might type, 'wasn't really explained.' Ha, probably can't win on this one. Like I mentioned, it is a personal stylistic taste and by know means a huge deterrent.
Nicnac63 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author/Goodreads. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission¿s 16 CFR, Part 255 : ¿Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.¿
kaitlin_btts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We both read this book and then discussed our thoughts, thus realizing we thought a lot of the same things. The premise of this book freaked us out. The idea that we could potentially walk past a screaming child who had been kidnapped (and we didn't know) really made us think. (Now every kid that's crying that Jenny walks past makes her wonder if they're kidnapped).So as frustrated as we found ourselves getting with Molly for not getting over it that many years later, we also had to remind ourselves that we have no idea how we would react in that situation. Would we need therapy too? Maybe.Her husband really frustrated us, but then again, we understood his annoyance as well. To us, he felt like a typical man in his whole idea of just wanting Molly to understand it wasn't her fault and basically get over it.This book was a pretty fast read, because we wanted to find out what happened. Although there were some parts that felt repetitive.We aren't sure if it was because we received a copy to review, but the text of the eBook went from large to small and some parts were bold and some weren't. The spacing was also a bit off so sometimes it was a part that was supposed to be a pause to start a new character's thoughts, but because of the way it was set up we had to re-read it and realize it was supposed to be a longer break.All said, this was suspenseful book and one we would recommend!
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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
Ems_Mom More than 1 year ago
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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