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Traces of Kara (A Psychological Thriller ) Kindle Edition

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

"Psychological suspense at its best, weaving a tight-knit plot, unrelenting action, and tense moments that don't let up, ending in a fiery, unpredictable revelation." Midwest Book Review

"TRACES OF KARA is a twisted, eerily atmospheric tale with an ending that will shock you." Author Barbara Taylor Sissel 

"Hannibal Lector, Freddie Kruger and the Tami Hoag villains combined with the emotional bond of Jody Picoult, Jane Fitch, and Steel Magnolia." Author Clare Ayala

"TRACES OF KARA is a thriller that offers the readers unexpected twists and turns as one page follows another [and] will keep readers absorbed throughout its pages." Readers' Favorite 

"TRACES OF KARA is a minute by minute thriller...[it] will test your bravery, loyalty and make you want to hug your own family." Stephanie, Beauty Brite Blog
"I put Melissa Foster in the same class as Reichts, Gerritsen et al. Why this is not on the New York Times best sellers is probably due to not enough publicity. She's that good, folks, and I guarantee you'll think the same after reading this one!" Margaret Lyons Moore
**WINNER** GOLD AWARD, Dan Poynter Global Ebook Award, Thriller
**WINNER** BRONZE AWARD, Dan Poynter Global Ebook Award, Suspense

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1784 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: World Literary Press (January 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BGEPK36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. Melissa also co-writes the Love on Rockwell Island series with New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. 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. Her 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

"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak


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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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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on February 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is Melissa Foster's 4th book, which is soon to be published. Having read her other three books and enjoying the real and vivid characters, the sensitive and truly moving story lines, I was very honored to be able to enjoy an advance reading copy of her newest book "Traces of Kara".

From the very first page, "Traces of Kara" was riveting and hard to put down. Kara Knight is a young woman from the small town of Williamsport, Maryland. She is recently separated and hoping to be accepted to nursing school. She works the night shift at the power plant in town, biding her time until her dream of becoming a nurse becomes a reality.

Kara has no idea of the demon who is stalking her and watching her every move. She reports for her shift one evening and expects to find the new hire, who is due to report. She mistakenly takes the man she sees in the plant as the new employee and begins to describe what he needs to do to help her clear the coal chute. Kara quickly finds out that this man is not who he appears to be. He immediately refers to her as 'Marissa' and professes his love for her and expects the same from her. What happens next, as Melissa Foster spins her truly gifted and talented web of suspense, will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the end. This story has characters that are strong and real. Even they do not realize their true strength until they are up against the demon that is set on killing 'Marissa' and himself at the exact time of their twin birth. The life that Kara knows and remembers may not be as she recalls it and the people in her life will surprise her with their true strength and love when she needs it most.

I have truly enjoyed each of Melissa Foster's books and this book is no exception. She is a true artist with words and her stories are moving and more vivid with each work of art she shares with us, her loyal readers and fans.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Cindy J. Smith on February 15, 2013
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Wow, Kara just wanted to put her broken marriage behind her and start a new career. Her mom kept telling her she was wrong about her husband, thinking Kara was still hurt by past losses. Roland had a order of protection against him keeping him from the twin sister he loved. Someone forgot to reinstate it and he is out to find her. His motto, "Born together, die together."

This gripping tale shows how, even though well meant, hiding the past is not good. Read the secrets Kara's mom kept from her. A page turner. Melissa has written a harrowing tale and the end makes it even eerier.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By CMash on February 15, 2013
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Gripping!! Within the first few pages, I was pulled and transported into the story. I knew that this was going to be a white knuckle read!! The main plot takes place during a 24 hour time period, with glimpses and hints of the past. Ingenious!! The characters brought to life with her amazing writing style, so much so, that I actually felt the emotions that the characters experienced. The suspense heart pounding, whereas I found myself having to read faster as if I was watching a time bomb ticking away. Masterful!! The chapters alternated between characters and the tension increased with every turn of the page. The story line progresses with inklings and teasers of how and what the connections are between the characters until it all unfolds of the thrilling interwoven plot. Brilliant!! A definite can't put down read!! Not only do I recommend this read, but her other works as well.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By CRISSY on February 15, 2013
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Kara's life is pretty much routine; school, work and home. After a failed relationship all Kara want is to get away from her small town and go to college. Kara whole world comes crashing down after Roland appears in town. Kara has no idea who Ronald is but Roland knows a lot about her and they may have more in common than she knows. Roland has loved Kara from a distance for years and he plans on showing her just how much. Roland appearance in town affects everyone in more ways than one. He wants Kara and nothing and no one will stand in his way. He's back and he's back with a vengeance. Mimi believes the choices she has made in life have been to protect her daughter. What happens when the past comes back to haunt you? What if a part of your life you thought you imagined became reality? If the one person you loved kept a secret from you that could cost you your life? What if you needed help but help never seemed to come? Kara day starts off normal but a turn of events leaves her fighting for her life.
Traces of Kara will definately have you on the edge of your seat. This book is definately worth readying. I highly recommend this book for reads who love reading a great book full of thriller, suspense and mystery.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lori Swerda on February 15, 2013
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There is no point in this book that you can put it down so be prepared to read begininng to end! I love how it all takes place basically in a one day time frame. That's unusual for a novel but it totally worked. I think it kept me reading the pages faster and faster knowing that the outcome just HAD to be close. The characters are easy to follow and all have very different voices. The setting is so creepy, I'll be freaking out if I ever have to drive by an old power plant again. Can you say Detour?!? I really enjoyed "Chasing Amanda", the first book I read by Melissa Foster so I knew I'd like this one too and that proved to be very true!
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