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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749942169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749942168
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (468 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosamund Lupton was a screenwriter for many years before writing her first novel - 'Sister' . It was the winner of Richard & Judy's bookclub 2010 and broadcast on Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. It was one of Amazon's fiction top ten picks for 2010 and the fastest selling debut in the history of WH Smith. It was published in the USA on 7th June and was picked by the New York Times review of books as well as receiving critical acclaim in a wide variety of other national media. Her second novel 'Afterwards' was published on 9th June in the UK and in its first week of sales went into the Sunday Times best seller list and has had widespread critical acclaim.
She lives in London with her husband and two children.


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In AFTERWARDS, we see a master's touch on every page. Uncompromising emotional impact, a poet's sonorous style and a gripping story all come together to make this a transcendent literary experience. I guarantee this novel will touch everyone (Jeffery Deaver)

Extraordinary...heart-stopping...[an] ingenious thriller (Mail on Sunday)

I became insanely gripped ... The word compelling is used lightly of mystery and crime novels this one will define it for you (Daily Mail)

In a LOVELY BONES-style conceit ... Lupton works her theme of the corrosive effects of ambition with insight and gusto (Guardian)

The smartly crafted characters create an addictive whodunit ... [it] flits between a fast-paced criminal investigation and the beautifully written musings of Grace as she hears that she and Jenny will probably never wake up making this an unmissable read (Heat)

Loved THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE? Well this is even better (Company)

Compulsive reading right from the start ... Pacy and compelling (She)

As with Lupton's debut SISTER, AFTERWARDS has bestseller written all over it. She has found a way of combining searing emotion with page-turning plotting (Daily Mirror)

A bold, impossible-to-categorize, and riveting blend of psychological suspense, literary thriller and the paranormal ... wickedly good (Seattle Times)

Lupton's dexterity at handling the subplots and possible suspects is dazzling ... [she] creates such lovely, believable feelings in all of her characters, that what's ostensibly a supernatural story feels very, very human (Oprah.com)

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A stunning second novel from the mega-selling author of SISTER.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Julia Hockley-Schwarz on 16 Oct. 2012
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I read "Sister" first and then "Afterwards" straight after. I was very impressed with both books, I like Afterwards slighlty more.
It must be one of the best books I have read in the last decade.
Not only does Lupton create wonderful mysteries that the reader is invited to solve alongside the main characters, but she has also an exceptional talent for writing and prosa.
I would strongly recommend both books to anyone!
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190 of 205 people found the following review helpful By Louiseog on 11 Jun. 2011
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What would be a great thriller has an added twist with the narrator of this story who has tried to save her daughter in a fire. We know from the first page (so its not a spoiler) that she is talking to her husband while her body lies in a coma. Grace can follow the investigation into the arson attack although no-one can hear her and the development of the story is detailed and well thought out.
I am not a fan of ghost stories but this was not one and was an excellent twist on an excellent story. What is a thrilling thriller has emotion added due to this format. And I wept at the end!
Or I would have done if I had not been dishing up tea with the book in my hand - couldn't put it down!
Definitely a book of the year for me.
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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Jkings on 18 Jun. 2011
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This book has become one of the most moving and beautiful books I have ever read. Despite the inevitability of the ending the twists and turns made this an exciting read. The journey Lupton takes us on is heartbreaking and so real. I sobbed at the end and have thought about it for days afterwards. This book will stay with you for a long time after you have finished it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adele on 2 Jun. 2012
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I have been looking forward to reading this for some time and have been saving it for when I can sit down and read it without distraction. Thank God I did. It is easily the best book I have read this year.

I loved the angle it was written from, so original, I was hooked from the prologue!

The relationship between the mother and her daughter was beautiful and it was so refreshing to have a pleasant teenager who actually got on with her mother. The pace was just right, each page revealed a little something about each character and, just when you thought you had it all figured out, you were gently nudged in another direction. Everything was done so subtly, it was beautiful. I found myself feeling indignant about someone at the beginning of a chapter and then ready to go into battle for them by the end.

My stomach was literally tied into knots by the time I had finished and I was exhausted with the effort of concentration. I just didn't want it to end, mostly because I guessed what the ending would be (it was virtually inevitable), but also because I felt that I knew each of the main characters so well they were like members of my own family. I can only guess how devastated the author was when this tale was finished.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Loulou99 on 17 July 2011
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I absolutely loved Sister and couldn't wait to read this. I was not at all disappointed. I read it in under two days and would have read it in one day if only I didn't have to do other stuff!!!! The characters were so well developed and the story great. I did guess the villain but I doubted it quite a few times. I was slightly disappointed by the ending of Sister (as though Rosamund Lupton had run out of steam by the end) and hoped this would be better and it was. I loved the mother-daughter relationship and cried many times.
I can't recommend this book enough. Loved it. My book of the year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola on 15 Jan. 2014
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My only complaint about Rosamund Lupton's books is: where is the next one?!! Both Sister and Afterwards are painfully brilliant in their prose and unpredictability. Although cleverly written, her books are not just for the literati; they appeal to everyone. I have never bothered to review a book in my life, but credit where it's due, Lupton can do no wrong in my eyes. Read it and weep - literally! I cried all the way through Sister and bawled at the end of Afterwards, and I'm not easily moved. Cannot recommend both books enough. I hope to God she brings out her third book soon - I'm fed up with checking on Amazon, only to be disappointed: she IS that good!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bibliophile on 9 Sept. 2012
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I really enjoyed this book,and like many other reviewers I found it hard to put down. I did make the mistake of turning to the last page when I had read 200 pages-a thing I never usually do-and what I read was a synopsis from Rosamund Lupton's book without realising it Sister-so the actual ending of the story was totally different than I imagined or had cheated,in the synopsis there were no character names. I am always pleased when authors find alternative ways of telling stories-one day each year,letters,and even from a prospective of being dead,it means the novel is not dead. To give any specific information would spoil the experience of reading the book,but suffice it say that it certainly a good summer reading book,and I would have thought a real encouragement to read more,even its only Rosamund Lupton's other book The Sister.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Messer on 23 Aug. 2011
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Having just caught up on Sister and finding it so affecting and memorable I was worried that Rosamund Lupton couldn't keep up the high standard for Afterwards. I had nothing to worry about - she has managed to surpass it. I finished reading last night having taken every possible opportunity I could to grab some time with it over the past few days. I just cannot get the story and the characters out of my head. Moving, gripping and well written, her characters and wonderful and I feel bereft at them having left me.
The mother and daughter relationship was fascinating and made me think of my own mum who I lost a couple of years ago now - this is one of those books that makes me miss her even more - its so unfair that she never got the chance to read something she'd have loved as much as I did.
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