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Afterwards by [Lupton, Rosamund]
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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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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1271 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0749942169
  • Publisher: Piatkus (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YD1KTO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 503 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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I downloaded this book on the day of release but I can say with some trepidation as, although I loved 'Sister', I felt a little let down by the end of that due to the twist and was wary that Rosamund Lupton would do the same again.

However, I wasn't disappointed at all; I can thoroughly recommend this book but be prepared to have tissues to the ready.

I was deeply moved by the whole concept of this story but I struggled a little at first with the fact that Grace was talking to Mike, during her out of body experience, and at times I found this a little confusing in the beginning as I had to keep going back to make sure I was fully aware of who she was talking to. Having said that when I eventually got my head around it I literally could not put it down. I was totally and utterly hooked and desperately wanted to find out who had started the fire and why (albeit I had my suspicions from a clue in the early part of the book but wasn't entirely sure I was right and why this person would commit such a terrible act)and what would happen to Grace, Jenny and the gorgeous little Adam. Sarah became my hero due to the fact that she became so utterly engrossed in trying to find the arsonist etc, and that Grace's love and admiration for her grew.

This is certainly desperately moving and as I turned the last page I felt utterly bereft that I wouldn't be reading about this lovely family's love and life any more: it felt so real to me. I didn't want it to end.
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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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