For my thriller loving readers, TRACES OF KARA is a much darker book than any of my previous books. TRACES OF KARA is a psychological thriller, or dark women's suspense novel.
*** Update: UK BESTSELLER on Amazon.com, Mystery, 2/17/13***
"Psychological suspense at its best, weaving a tight-knit plot, unrelenting action, and tense moments that don't let up, ending in a fiery, unpredictable revelation." Midwest Book Review
"TRACES OF KARA is a twisted, eerily atmospheric tale with an ending that will shock you."
Author Barbara Taylor Sissel
"Hannibal Lector, Freddie Kruger and the Tami Hoag villains combined with the emotional bond of Jody Picoult, Jane Fitch, and Steel Magnolia."
Author Clare Ayala
"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked."International bestseller, M.J. Rose
"TRACES OF KARA is a tense and engrossing read."
"Traces of Kara is a minute by minute thriller...[it] will test your bravery, loyalty and make you want to hug your own family." Stephanie, Beauty Brite Blog
TRACES OF KARA
Kara Knight can't wait to leave her hometown for the promise of nursing school and a fresh start on her future--leaving behind an over protective mother, a broken heart and painful memories. However, twenty-five miles away, the twin she doesn't know exists is determined to be reunited with the sister he cannot forget.
Kara is abducted and thrown into her obsessive captor's delusional world. As the past she thought she knew unravels around her, Kara struggles to make sense of the memories that come creeping back, threatening her sanity and her safety. Meanwhile, Kara's mother races against time to save the daughter she fears she will lose when a long-held secret is revealed. The hours tick away as her captor plays out his plan--to take Kara with him into death at the exact moment of their birth, never to be separated again.
TRACES OF KARA is an action packed, pulse pounding psychological thriller/suspense novel that features a determined killer who slowly loses his grip on reality as his carefully detailed plan starts to fall apart and a heroine determined to move forward with her life who now must reconcile everything she believed to be true about her family with the reality of their tragic past.
"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal."Author Jennie Shortridge
"CHASING AMANDA - the MUST READ THRILLER OF 2011. Intelligent, Entrancing, Luminous."Author Dean Mayes
"Secrets make this tale outstanding." Hagerstown Magazine
"...compelling, character-driven mystery with a paranormal edge." -- Honest Indie Book Reviews
"CHASING AMANDA is a fine psychic thriller, highly recommended." Midwest Book Review
"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
"Melissa Foster’s writing reminds me of Ted Dekker. The suspense is so strong I’m waiting for theme music to jump out and scare me as I turn the pages." The Surrendered Scribe
"COME BACK TO ME is a perceptive and penetrating look at the intricacies of love, respect, and relationships. Foster's characters are solid; her writing style engaging, and her story moving." IndieReader.com
"Look out Nicholas Sparks, here comes Melissa Foster."Perry M., a reader
"[COME BACK TO ME] in the same league as books written by such authors as Nicholas Sparks, Jennifer Weiner and Kristin Hannah." Author Carrie Green
"[COME BACK TO ME]..a hauntingly beautiful love story against the backdrop of betrayal in a broken world."Sue Harrison, Bestselling author of MOTHER EARTH FATHER SKY
"COME BACK TO ME is passionate, romantic, and moving. A vivid story of loss and hope - a fine read for a wide audience."Midwest Book Review
"A story of dark realities and faith in the future--validation of love and friendship--a love story with twists and turns that will keep you reading to the end."Kaira Rouda, author of HERE, HOME, HOPE
"Foster's writing [COME BACK TO ME] captures the complexity of life, and keeps you flipping the pages til the end--surprising you all the way through."Kathleen Shoop, bestselling author of The Last Letter.
"This amazing book will satisfy all those readers who love a good thriller. Chasing Amanda is the second book written by Melissa Foster, and like her first book, Megan's Way, is very hard to put down. The author is very versatile in her writing."Readers Favorite Awards
"Megan's Way...a cast of characters so real and so flawed that you will not only feel you know them, you will feel a part of their lives."Peeking Between The Pages
"Megan's Way...beautiful and tender portrayals...very enjoyable read on the order of a Jodi Picoult novel." The Bookish Dame
"Melissa Foster is an up and coming star...she belongs in the ranks with the absolute best with Chasing Amanda and Megan's Way.. Foster writes page turners and we can hardly wait to turn the pages of her next book." Glenna Gonzales, Yahoo Contributor Network
"Very few books have been able to get raw emotions out of me and Chasing Amanda just happens to be one of those rare books." Book Flame Review
"This is a well-written, well thought-out thriller with a kick-butt ending and it will definitely keep you on the edge. Melissa Foster is a writer to watch and Chasing Amanda is THE book for thriller lovers."Author DJ Weaver
"...absolutely wonderful..your warm, fascinating, and memorable characters, your descriptive words that made me picture each scene as if I were there, the foreshadowing that kept me thinking throughout, and then the twists in this very touching and profound story....the mother-daughter relationship you so aptly depict between Megan and Olivia (and Holly) is unlike any other..."A review of Megan's Way, by Linda R
"I first read Chasing Amanda and it was wonderful. I couldn't put it down. ...I bought Megan's Way and Come Back to Me. I just finished Come Back to Me and it was also wonderful. You are an amazing writer! Please continue to write more... it has been a joy to put the little ones to bed and fall into one of your books." Michelle
"...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 and can't be put down..." A review of Chasing Amanda, by Readers Round Table
"[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." A review of Chasing Amanda, by Jeanette Stingley, Women's Lit Editor, Bella Online