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The Judas Scar by Amanda Jennings

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‘Scars. We all carry them. Some are mere scratches. Others run deeper.

At a school rife with bullying, Will and his best friend Luke are involved in a horrific incident that results in Luke leaving.

Twenty-five years later their paths cross again and memories of Will’s painful childhood come flooding back to haunt him. His wife, Harmony, who is struggling after a miscarriage that has hit her hard, wishes Will would open up about his experiences. But while Will withdraws further, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic stranger from her husband s past, and soon all three are caught in a tangled web of guilt, desire, betrayal and revenge.’

Firstly I would like to thank Amanda for asking me to review her book and sending me a copy. I really appreciate it.

The Judas Scar is one of those books that once you pick it up you find yourself emerged in it and unable to put it down, within no time you are utterly gripped and desperately seeking all the answers.

Harmony and Will have been together over twenty years, after suffering a miscarriage their marriage is also suffering as a result. Harmony is devastated and Will’s detachment to the whole thing is hard going for her, she wants to try for another baby but Will has never wanted a baby and reminds Harmony that he was very clear about it from the beginning.

At a friends party Harmony meets a man who makes her heart race, instantly he wants to whisk her off for dinner. She of course reclines because she loves Will.

Soon Harmony and the stranger are crossing paths again at a dinner party and it turns out that the stranger, Luke, is an old school friend of Will’s. Will has fought hard to keep his past hidden and cannot hide the shock and utter horror of seeing Luke again.

It’s obvious to everyone at dinner that Will and Luke are hiding something, the tension hangs in the hair.

I won’t tell you anymore because I really think that this is one of those books that, if I go into too much detail will ruin it for you. I cannot talk about it without giving away little clues and I refuse to spoil a book for anyone.

My heart went out to Harmony, she had a husband who has never really opened up to her and lost her only chance of a baby, yet she still adored her husband. What she goes through as the story progresses is completely believable and you can’t help but feel so sorry for her.

Will and Luke’s relationship was enthralling, they shared something from their pasts that they were both hiding. Both attended boarding school, where bullying came in the form of teachers and pupils alike. They formed an unlikely friendship and it made you turn page after page, desperation clawing at you, as you tried to find out what it was they had done.

Amanda’s writing is engrossing and will have you up all night trying to finish it in one go.

I really enjoyed this book, from beginning to end I was hooked. Throughout the book you can physically feel the tension as it builds and builds that is just waiting to explode.

Dark, compelling and full of emotion. Just perfect!

You can buy The Judas Scar here.

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