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Afterwards [Paperback]

Rosamund Lupton
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Book Description

9 Jun 2011

There is a fire and they are in There. They are in there . . .

Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. And one mother, Grace, sees the smoke and runs. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her.

Afterwards, Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her family from the person who's still intent on destroying them. Afterwards, she must fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (9 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749942169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749942168
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,039 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 (

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

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed 16 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this book down 11 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply compelling 1 Nov 2011
By Helen
My bookaholic, 11 year old daughter recommended this to me after nabbing it from my Mother-in-law on holiday. Yes I know, she probably should not have read it. However, she's more mature than a lot of adults I know and she wants to read 'the world', so who am I to stop her. Some may say a crime thriller is not suitable for an 11 year old but there's nothing in this book that would not come up in a PG film and the rare use of bad language - nothing more than I know she hears at school. Indeed, I think I'd prefer her reading this type of the book than the endless stream of vampire books aimed at her age group these days. Her recommendation was perfect. I have not been able to get into a book for some time but this book just draws you in. The beautiful, sometimes heart-breaking, descriptions of profound love that a mother holds for her child were both subtle and extremely moving. The way it is written is unusual and interesting but it is easy to find the 'out of body' experience believable (if a little convenient).

The plot unfolds with enough red herrings to keep you guessing and my theory for 'whodunit' - and there's more than one 'it' involved here - changed several times. What I really loved about this book was the juxtaposition of the tenderness of the main character's feelings to all whom she loved and the evil cynicism of the crime that was committed, which sits there coldly next to you as you read. The yin and yang of it all works perfectly and the courage of the narrator/main character makes you feel you are right by her side and there's no way you'll leave her till the end of the book.
Loved this so much I have now started 'Sister' and am just as enthralled at the halfway point -in fact probably more so.
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Afterwards 18 Jun 2011
By Jkings
Format:Kindle Edition
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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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab holiday read 17 July 2011
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 18 July 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having read the opening chapter of this book at the end of her other novel, Sisters, I have to say I didn't have great hopes. The whole 'lost' theme was fully explored in Sisters and this seemed to promise more of the same. But it is actually very good and yes, it is about loss too, but it is totally different and I'm very glad I went ahead and bought it. Can't wait for her next book now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 15 Jan 2014
By Nicola
Format:Kindle Edition
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read this year 2 Jun 2012
By Adele
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really great read.
Published 7 days ago by DennyB
5.0 out of 5 stars çompletely engrossing
Wonderfully absorbing story, very true to life, dispute the fact that many of the characters are nearing death. Beautifully written.
Published 10 days ago by barbara wallin
4.0 out of 5 stars I kept on turning the pages.
I enjoyed this book. I think everyone would guess how it's going to end but it's still a very good story and the plot develops very nicely. I will read this author again.
Published 15 days ago by Abra
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good. Kept me guessing.
Published 21 days ago by Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondering
As a mother i cried the whole way through, but in a good way; utterly wonderful, emotive and brilliantly written.
Published 23 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as 'sister'
very compelling, gripping read. I connected with the characters & the story line. & trying to figure out who the culprit was, was exciting!! The ending was heart breaking. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Amy-Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really well written book - it grips you right ...
A really well written book - it grips you right from the start and makes you want to keep reading.
Published 28 days ago by Pam
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
A who done it This book was interesting, and was written in a very different perspective, it makes you think about life after death. The ending was sad.
Published 1 month ago by Ms. L. C. Coughlan
5.0 out of 5 stars A good readRosamund
Be prepared to have your tissues at the ready when you read this story. I'd already read Rosamund Lupton Sister which I really enjoyed and was also sad but this one made me cry but... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rita
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