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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Solstice Publishing (March 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615477526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615477527
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,783,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"...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..." --Readers Round Table

"...the MUST READ THRILLER of 2011. Intelligent, entrancing, luminious." --Author Dean Mayes

"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."
"CHASING AMANDA is a fine psychic thriller, highly recommended." -- Midwest Book Review

"[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." --Jeanette Stingley, Women's Literary Editor, Bella Online

"Secrets make this tale outstanding." -- Hagerstown Magazine
"...Foster's writing reminds me of Ted Dekker. The suspense is so strong I'm waiting for the theme music to jump out and scare me as I turn the pages." --The Surrendered Scribe

2011 Top Ten Kindle Books, Pixel of Ink
AMAZON Top Bestselling 100 Kindle, MYSTERY and THRILLER
"Melissa Foster is truly a wonderful story teller and if you enjoy suspenseful romances, you will love this book." -- Readers Favorite 5 STARS

From the Author

I began writing Chasing Amanda in 2006, set it down to write Megan's Way in 2008, and revisited it in 2009 with even more subplots in mind. The idea came to me while running solo down White Ground Road, which is mentioned in the novel. Much of the landscape and architecture mentioned in the book is true to Boyds, and is just as foreboding in the dark of night as it is portrayed in Chasing Amanda. Boyds, however, is not a town where any of these events have taken place, nor are the people likened to residents of the small town. I tend to write about my worst fears, and, as you will read, this touched on the one that scares me the most. I hope you enjoy the story. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

Customer Reviews

The story was well written and kept me in suspense.
Amy Weldon
The story was confusing at times, and was a little too long.
Hannah Gittel
Read this book, you'll not put it down until the end.
Nancy of Utah

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288 of 297 people found the following review helpful By nanascurse on April 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
In "Chasing Amanda" Melissa Foster guides us in helping Molly; wife, mother to a teenage son, search for a missing girl. The young girl has disappeared from their quiet, rural community; a place where things like this simply don't happen. For Molly, it's deja vu. Several years earlier, while living in Philadelphia, she witnessed a similar event. She did nothing at that time, and has been tormented by her inaction ever since.

Molly's special gift, or curse, is her clairvoyance. She can sometimes 'see' things that others cannot. In Philadelphia, she failed the little girl, whose body was found shortly after. Now, she promised herself that she would not make that mistake again. Molly persists, using her clairvoyance and sheer stubbornness in an effort to find the child. In doing so, Molly exposes her town's shameful secrets, presenting a conclusion to this story, that I never saw coming!

Melissa Foster's skill with her characters, drew me into the story immediately. The suspense that followed made this book a definite page-turner!
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Reed on May 24, 2011
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Melissa Foster has truly done it again. Weaving the reader through the intricate dealings with relationships, but also bringing twists and turns to the plot to keep you from putting the book down! Foster does a fantastic job making the reader feel the emotions and urgency the characters feel. It is like you are along for the journey. Put simply....A MUST READ! Wonderful follow-up to Megan's Way! Absolutely cannot wait for her next book!
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98 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on July 13, 2011
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Molly's life was turned upside down when she witnessed the abduction of Amanda, but didn't recognize it as an abduction. In an effort to try to save her life and marriage, she moved her family to the small town of Boyds. Everything seems to be getting better until a little girl goes missing. Molly feels compelled to help find her, even if it means destroying the peace she has finally found. Can she find Tracey before she loses everything she loves?

I enjoyed the storyline, but didn't like Molly. I found her selfish, unrealistic and just plain annoying. I have tried to figure out why I disliked her so much, but I can't pinpoint any one thing. In the first few chapters, I found myself sympathizing and siding with her husband more than her, and I just never got over that.

Since Molly's character is such a big focus in the book, I found it hard to get into the rest of the story. I did find myself interested in how the kidnapper was. There were hints here and there, and I did figure it out about halfway through the book. This didn't detract from the story as I was still trying to figure out more of the back story.

Overall, this was an interesting storyline with lots of secrets to be revealed. I really wanted to love the book, but I couldn't connect with, or even like, the main character, which definitely affected my opinion. This is a book I would recommend as I am sure I am in the minority regarding Molly.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By James L. Hatch on May 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I usually like to let a story simmer a bit before writing a review, but this time I am making an exception because Chasing Amanda by Melissa Foster is exceptional. What a marvelous and uplifting story. The writing is superior to nearly all novels I have read, and the editing left few issues to trip over as I traversed the story.

Molly is the Chasing Amanda heroine, a woman plagued by complacency guilt. Her "gut" told her to intervene in a potential child abduction eight years past, but she lacked faith in her own feelings and hard facts on which to act. After the child, Amanda, is murdered, Molly blames herself. Consumed by guilt, she becomes so depressed and dysfunctional that she nearly destroys her marriage and family. In an attempt to rebuild her life, she and her family re-locate to Boyds, MD. Over several years, she manages an incomplete and a shaky recovery, but is then confronted with a similar situation when another little girl, Tracy, is kidnapped. Once again, Moly is confronted with "The Knowing", paranormal visions that enable her to feel and "see" the terror experienced by the missing child. She vows not to fail Tracy, as she had Amanda, and is determined to follow the powerful seizure-like visions that grip her body when The Knowing overtakes her. The police and her husband believe she's losing her mind, but her son has faith in her ... and visions of his own.

The writing is superb; the novel is spellbinding. I especially enjoyed the dialog between Moly and her son because Melissa Foster nailed it. The vernacular is current--the exact phrases and expressions one would expect from a young man. I also enjoyed the third person presentation that enabled me to know what each character was thinking.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Terri Lee-Johnson on May 17, 2011
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Novelist Melissa Foster is back with a new novel and you'll find no signs of a sophomore slump here. Chasing Amanda is an emotionally charged read that explores the boundless wounds of the loss of a child and the perplexity of a paranormal gift: "the Knowing". Both of which notoriously tear families and, even towns, apart.

"And now it's like he never existed to them. They pummeled him and forgot him--forgetting that he was a person, a brother, a son. Pummeled him and walked away, thinking they were protecting their community from"

Molly relocates, with her husband and son, to Boyds, Maryland after a devastating loss in search of peace in a small town atmosphere only to be met, eight years later, with unresolved mysteries and shameful secrets of the town in which she thought she'd found some semblance of normalcy.

I can empathize with Molly's desire to right a wrong by finding the currently missing little girl, Tracey. It's hard to imagine not only reliving the pain of your own familiar experience but also being impelled with visions of the current victim's ordeal. The men in her life are struggling with their own conflicting feelings of her gift often wondering if it's merely a question of her sanity being intact. The other residents of this farming community all seem to be lost in their own mired pasts. At almost every turn, another secret arises meanwhile, Molly battles with the Knowing that wants her to find the little lost girl and the fact that she hasn't fully forgiven herself for her own loss. The chain of events lead to an unexpected ending that I honestly thought I had pegged early on in the book. Many secrets come to light and the townspeople truly begin to heal while others have to face their past demons and retribution.
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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked." International bestseller, M.J. Rose



New York Times & USA Today Bestseller
2013 Readers Favorite Award, Gold Medal Winner (Southern Fiction)
2013 Readers Favorite Award, Finalist (Historical Romance)

SLOPE OF LOVE (The Remingtons)

USA Today Bestseller


2014 Readers' Favorite Award, Silver, Contemporary Romance

HEARTS AT PLAY (The Bradens)

2014 Readers' Favorite Award, Gold, Romance Sizzle


2014 Readers' Favorite Award, Silver, Romance Sizzle


2014 Readers' Favorite Award, Bronze, Romance Sizzle


2013 Dan Poynter's Global eBook Award, Gold Medal Winner (Thriller)
2013 Dan Poynter's Global eBook Award, Bronze Medal Winner (Suspense)


2014 Readers' Favorite Award, Gold, Realistic Fiction
2014 Readers' Favorite Award, Gold, Finalist (2 categories): Fiction Drama, Fiction Suspense

2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality)
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Fiction/Drama), Finalist (Women's Fiction)
2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Finalist (Spirituality)
2011 New England Book Festival, Honorable Mention (Spirituality)

2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Paranormal), Finalist, (Women's Fiction, Mystery)
2011 Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards, Winner, (Paranormal)
Top 10 Books of 2011, Pixel of Ink
Amazon Top 100 75+ Days running
Indie Reader's Bestselling List That Counts (8 weeks)
Top Books of 2011, The Write Agenda


2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist,
2012 Readers Favorite Awards, Finalist
2012 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books Award, Finalist
2011 Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Awards, Finalist
Top 5 Must Read Books of 2011, IndieReader
Top Ten Books of 2011, Tea Time With Marce
IndieReader Best Reviewed Books of 2011, Huffington Post


MEMBER: League of Extraordinary Authors.

Comments from Melissa:

Hello everyone! I grew up in Maryland with my mother, a slew of wonderful brothers, and never a shortage of friends. I am passionate about writing, reading, living healthy, and helping others do the same, and enjoy just about anything outdoors (and anything chocolate!). I love to chat with readers and book clubs, and welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me. You can also catch me on

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