Feb 17, 2015

The Judas Scar by Amanda Jennings

Blurb

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. 

Source

I won this book from Sophie and bought a copy for myself as well, because I treasure my signed edition.

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Review

Harmony is very unhappy. She's had a miscarriage and ever since that moment she wants nothing more than to become a mother. Unfortunately her husband Will isn't very happy with this wish. He doesn't see himself as a father. That's a result of his troubled childhood, a time he doesn't talk about at all. Harmony knows nothing of his past and what happened between him and his former best friend Luke. They both went to the same boarding school.

 Harmony and Will are having problems and Harmony is attracted to Luke. She doesn't know her husband's history with this man and she has no idea what kind of wounds are being reopened because of their meetings. She now plays a part in something she doesn't know anything about.

Will and Luke have been bullied and abused. Their time at school was horrible and it has formed them. Every day their adult life is being influenced by their past. It broke my heart to read about what happened to those two boys. Amanda Jennings has written about it in such a beautiful and brave way. The feelings of all the main characters are perfectly understandable even though it doesn't mean they're right and without consequences. People who have been the victims of such terrible actions have to carry this burden with them for the rest of their lives. Amanda Jennings has phrased their emotions and inner struggles really well. The Judas Scar is such a good book. The story is strong and it managed to make me feel so many things at the same time. I highly recommend this novel, it's gripping and very impressive.

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