Saturday 14 June 2014

Review ~ The Judas Scar by Amanda Jennings

Title: The Judas Scar.
Author: Amanda Jennings.
Publisher: Cutting Edge Press.
Release Date: May 1, 2014.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK

Will and Harmony's seemingly idyllic marriage is left shattered after she loses a baby she didn't realise she wanted. While at a friend's party, she raises the subject of trying again, and Will s reaction leaves her hurt and confused.

Removing herself from the crowd, she encounters an enigmatic stranger whose advances she rejects, only to later discover that the handsome man is Will's childhood friend from boarding school, Luke.

When Will, struggling to confront the culture of bullying that marred his childhood, reveals a secret too painful for her to bear, Harmony is left caught between the husband she loves and the promises made by an obsessive stranger...

The Judas Scar is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It only took me about a chapter before I knew it was heading that way but Amanda blew me away with her incredible writing as this novel got stronger and stronger.

Harmony and Will both have their own demons, on top of the main issue affecting their marriage – the fact Harmony, still suffering from her miscarriage, is wanting to try for a baby when Will under no circumstances wants to become a father. Miscarriage is not the only serious theme in this book, bullying and abuse being simply two others but that the author could write as sensitively as she did without holding back from the seriousness of the events really wowed me. It was written, developed and handled better than I would expect from any other author.

Harmony, Luke and Will were three complex, intriguing characters. The twists and changes in each character as the plot developed kept me gripped and I liked how the characters weren’t controlled so we knew who to side with and who to dislike – nothing was black and white and the intricate way everything was tied to the characters’ youth and choices made in the past was really compelling and fascinating.

The Judas Scar was tense, dark and every turn in event unfolded flawlessly. It was twisted and completely impossible to put down (maybe that says a lot about me…). It was a one-sitting kind of read and so spectacularly written. Powerful, emotional and just the perfect novel.

Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK


  1. This sounds like an amazing book to read! Great review! They always cost me money ;).

    1. Sorry for costing you money! Well, not really ;) but if you buy any of the ones I've reviewed, buy this one!


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