Traces of Kara

Traces of Kara

by Melissa Foster


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From International bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster comes her newest pulse-pounding thriller and Kindle Bestseller (Amazon US & UK)

**WINNER** GOLD AWARD, Dan Poynter Global Ebook Award, Thriller

**WINNER** BRONZE AWARD, Dan Poynter Global Ebook Award, Suspense

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.

Q&A with author Melissa Foster

Q: How is TRACES OF KARA different than your suspense novel, CHASING AMANDA?

MF: TRACES OF KARA is a much darker book than any of my others. I allowed Roland Greer to take me to his dark side, and I delve into his motivations in a much more complex way than I had with CHASING AMANDA. This is not just a women's fiction novel, this novel will satisfy men and women, and lovers of dark thrillers--some readers say a few scenes border on horror, but I'm not sure I agree with that.

Q: Is this book a stand-alone novel?

MF: I have had readers request a second book, to see what happens with Kara and Roland. I'm thinking about it.

Q: Does this book offer readers your typical emotionally compelling read?

MF: Definitely. This is more than a thriller. TRACES OF KARA delves into the mother-daughter relationship, the relationship between spouses, and between siblings. The emotions of the characters are raw and riveting.

Q: What authors do you think this book is similar to?

MF: I think this book will resonate with readers who enjoy Tess Gerritsen, CJ Lyons, Lisa Gardner, and even readers of Lisa Scottoline and other women's fiction authors will enjoy the mother-daughter storyline.

Q: What's next for you?

MF: I've just published HAVE NO SHAME, a book about forbidden love in the civil rights era. HAVE NO SHAME is not a thriller, like TRACES OF KARA. HAVE NO SHAME is a historical fiction/romantic suspense. ****

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989050807
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 02/21/2013
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

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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Traces of Kara 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JenZuna More than 1 year ago
This was a true take your breath away thriller! I was a little concerned in the first chapter or so, the story does start a bit slowly, but it turns out that it is vital to the rest of the story having such an impact. This story is so realistic and so plausible that it will shake any reader to their core. Kara lives a fairly boring life and can't wait to get away to the big city to go to nursing school. Little does she know what's in store for her. A lie told to protect her winds up causing her a lot of pain and terror. The bad guy in the story is so bad that you don't even have any place for sympathy for him. He's just crazy and bad! Sometimes bad stuff happens to good people, and this book brings that home to the reader. There was a really great, creepy, ending too. This will definitely be on my favorites list for a long time to come!
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
The beginning was a little confusing to me. I had to re-read some parts to keep track of what was going on, but shortly in (I’d say roughly by Chapter 3) I had everything sorted out. I needed to pay a little bit closer attention to who the characters were that I was following. I’d say a good three-quarters of the book, the chapters are separated by the individual character telling their side of the story and I think I failed to make that connection immediately. I was sucked into the story in no time. I had figured out the “idea” of the story line once I figured out the beginning (and was no longer confused) but I can also say that while I guessed at the story line, the book was full of twists and turns. I would definitely call this one a page turner. I could not put it down (and I couldn’t turn the pages on my Kindle Fire fast enough!) It was different from the typical “murder mystery” type that I enjoy reading. It was definitely more of a… I guess, suspense would be a good word. It kept me on the edge of my seat as to what would happen next. I really did enjoy this book and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys suspense or even if you are a murder mystery reader, you may enjoy this one. It lacked the mystery in my opinion, but definitely made up for it in the page turning thrills. Definitely something I would classify as a “really good” read! Disclosure: I received a copy of this e-book for free in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own.
MsDivatude More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down. I literally had to force myself to put the book down to go to sleep the first night and picked it up first chance I got the next day to finish it up. Then, of course, was disappointed when it was over…only because I wanted more! The author is extremely talented when it comes to creating characters that you have to remind yourself are just that…characters in a novel.  This is the first book by Melissa Foster that I’ve read. After reading Traces of Kara, I have to add her other novels to my reading collection, too! If you enjoy thrillers and suspense, then this is definitely a read for you!
ScoutPF More than 1 year ago
Traces of Evil This is the fourth novel by internationally best selling author Melissa Foster. Her novels defy shelving into a certain genre. She writes beautiful stories sometimes with a little magic, sometimes with some heartbreak, and as with Traces of Kara a frightening tale of obsession and madness. They always have strong characters and voices.  Roland Greer is a mentally and physically scarred man we learn is searching for his sister Marissa. They were separated as young children for an as yet unnamed reason but the reader gets the impression it was a frightening perhaps dangerous event.  Kara Knight is a young beautiful woman who has survived a disastrous marriage, divorce, and a mother who still believes the marriage could be saved if Kara would just listen to Daryl her ex. She has just received an acceptance to the University of North Carolina's nursing school program. It is a dream come true. Her life is finally taking the direction she wants, she can leave her job at the local power plant, and move from Maryland to North Carolina. Everything seems perfect. This novel is a roller coaster of emotion. Suspense, fear, anger and death. The characters you thought you knew, change before your eyes. It's impossible to tell more details without spoilers. I could not put this book down, other than when the fright and emotions became so strong I had to get up and walk away for some breathing time! I highly recommend this exciting novel to lovers of suspense and danger. I do suggest you not be alone while your reading this!!!
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Melissa's contemporary romances-either the sexy or the sweet ones (that she writes under the name Addison Cole)-which I am-you will not believe this one! It is SPINE CHILLING. A psychological thriller at it's best. The ending gave me goose bumps! Kara has a twin of whom she has absolutely no memory. They were separated when they were very young. Her Mom took her away and they started a new life. But the twin never forgot her--obsession is the prevalent word. He finds her---- "Born together-Die together" is his mantra-- Melissa Foster has done a superb job and I recommend this to any one--one word of advice--don't read late at night!!
donnas1 More than 1 year ago
This was a great suspense. It is action packed and keeps you on your toes throughout. Its hard to give too many details without spoilers, but I will say what I can to hopefully try to get you to read it yourself. Kara is trying to get out of her hometown to pursue her dream of going to nursing school. She has quite a few things to get away from including a cheating ex. Her mother really just wants her to be happy but their levels of communication can have issues at times. One day while at work in the local plant she is abducted by a man she does not know. This starts a chain of events that lead to her remember things from when she was a child and fighting back to try to find a way out of her captivity while finding out the truth in her mixed up memories. This is a well-written suspense story with strong psychological issues. It take place at a good pace and you fight along with Kara to figure out what is going on and who this man really is. If you are looking for a good suspense I highly recommend you pick this one up.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
I loved this one!  Big old creepy power plant - on the cusp of being shut down so nearly deserted, a stormy night, a disfigured villain, and a helpless victim - What's not to love?  It doesn't take long for Kara to be off the grid before her mother begins to worry.  She pays a visit to the local P.D. and ends up telling her post high-school boyfriend that she thinks Kara is missing.  He played a part in Mimi and Kara's past, so knows a little something about what might be going on.   Then you have a sharp-eyed cop from a neighboring town who notices that one of his local "possible" lawbreakers is not following his usual routine and has also gone off the grid.  Slowly all the pieces start to fall together and their path's all start to cross.   The action is non-stop, the victims are piling up, and the villain's ending for Kara is right out of a T.V. show.  Loved the way the author wrapped it all up and gave the story closure.   If you like thrillers, add this one to your list!  Melissa Foster is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. 
penandtome More than 1 year ago
Kara Knight has an evil twin she didn't know about, who kidnapped her and is determined that they will die together just as they were born together. Her mother has been hiding the secret for years. Will the mother be in time to save her daughter and son? Obsession can cause people to act strangely.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
A psychological thriller which you will find hard to put down and will want to read from cover to cover. When Kara is abducted her life is turned upside down when she realises who her kidnapper is and what secrets he holds about them both. Not only is Kara's life affected but also her mothers. In the search for Kara her mother has to turn to the police for help before even consulting her husband, which endangers their marriage. The atmosphere that the author creates is first class as Kara discovers more about her past you feel her emotion. The tension and fears that the next of kin feel is exceptional in the search to find where Kara is and who has taken her. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat and makes you believe you are there watching and noting everything that is going on, bringing the book to life. This story will make you ask questions about any gaps or things you cannot remember in your own past. An extraordinary theme to a book where the kidnapped victim finds out things about herself which in her deep conscious she already knew. Whilst on the other side her mother has to reveal the truth which she thought she would never have to, not knowing how much will this damage them now and in the future. Expertly written and a real page turner which keeps the reader enrapt and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good psychological thriller.