Friday 16 May 2014

The Judas Scar by Amanda Jennings


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.


The minute I read the prologue for The Judas Scar, I was gripped. I needed to know what had happened that had got the unknown man into the dangerous position he was in.

I have read a similar novel to this recently in that people are never who you think they are on the outside. We all have a secret hiding beneath the surface, it's just a case of when it will come to light. I can happily say that this one did not disappoint!

Will and Harmony seem perfectly happy in their marriage but as the title of this book tells us, there are scars lurking underneath and a chance encounter with an old school 'friend' brings those scars right back to the surface again and some shocking truths are revealed.

Each character was incredibly intricate and especially Will. He has so much bottled up and hidden in his past, it's no wonder he has not truly moved on, but I could never truly sympathise with him. I felt more sorry for his wife Harmony on the other hand as because of Will, it prevents her from being truly happy.

I like trying to unpick the title of a book and when I discovered why it was called the Judas Scar, I thought it was really clever!

The book starts off at quite a steady pace but then it rapidly picks up momentum and then everything starts to surface. 

There was a lot of tension in this and you are constantly just waiting for it to go bang! Amanda's writing keeps you on the edge of your seat. 

The Judas Scar is available from Amazon UK

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