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Afterwards: A Novel

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

I read Rosamund Lupton's debut novel 'Sister' last year. You may

I read Rosamund Lupton's debut novel 'Sister' last year. You may remember me raving about it - it was a fantastic read. I jumped at the chance to read her second novel - Afterwards. Another absolutely brilliant read - one I would highly, highly recommend!

I was hooke...
I read Rosamund Lupton's debut novel 'Sister' last year. You may remember me raving about it - it was a fantastic read. I jumped at the chance to read her second novel - Afterwards. Another absolutely brilliant read - one I would highly, highly recommend!

I was hooked from the opening paragraph of the prologue.

"I couldn't move, not even a little finger or a flicker of an eye. I couldn't open my mouth to scream....Only one thing for it, I said to myself, thinking of you, and I slipped out of the wrecked ship of my body into the black ocean."

Grace Covey is volunteering at the outdoor sports day at her son Adam's private school. Her older child Jenny is working inside as the school nurse that day. When a fire breaks out, Grace races to find her children. Knowing Jenny is still trapped in the building, Grace runs into the burning building. She finds her, but the two of them are terribly injured. Cue prologue. Yes, Grace and Jenny are able to leave their ruined bodies. Now, anyone thinking this might be a mainly paranormal type of read is wrong.

Honestly, Afterwards is so many different reads. In the beginning I saw it strictly as a mystery. Grace and Jenny are able to follow along with the investigation into the fire - for it was arson. And Grace and Jenny cannot communicate with the 'outside' world. Piece by piece, along with the victims, we are able to cobble together what really happened that day. There is much more to this fire than meets the eye. Lupton employs many twists and turns and some red herrings along the way that kept me guessing at the identity of the 'culprit' until the last few chapters.

But, in addition to the mystery is the deeper story - that of a mother, daughter, son, husband and father. Grace's love for her children is achingly beautiful, powerful and so poignant. (Hint - have tissues ready for the last few chapters - I finished the book with tears in my eyes)

Lupton uses a second person point of view that takes a bit of getting used to in the beginning, but it works for this story. I can't see it being told in any other fashion. Once I finish writing a review, I head out on the net to see what others think. I was quite surprised to see there were mixed reviews on this book. For this reader, it was an absolutely addicting, stay up late

posted by Twink on April 26, 2012

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This was like reading a book with two different plots. The "

This was like reading a book with two different plots. The "mystery" was only ok. The "narrators" were distracting. I could not connect and never felt involved with the characters.

posted by sduyka on May 1, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    A mystery and love story with twists and turns that keeps one engaged to the very end.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    This was like reading a book with two different plots. The "

    This was like reading a book with two different plots. The "mystery" was only ok. The "narrators" were distracting. I could not connect and never felt involved with the characters.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Disapointing

    Difficult to follow writing, laccks integrity, the story ws disturbing and unstisfying

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    This is just a random story I thought up

    It was dark. Too dark, in fact. The darkness didn't seem natural. Didn't seem right. Why was there darkness? What had happened? And I couldn't move. What? What was movement? What was I? I don't understand! What was understand?! Then light. Bright light. Blinding light. How did I know these things? Instinct? Distant memory? What were those? It didn't matter, because my eyes adjusted and I saw two people standing there. One seemed to have glasses. What were eyes? adjusting? two? people? glasses? And how did I seem to know? I sat up. Asking myself questions seemed useless. Not that I knew anything. Including my own thoughts. The one with the glasses started talking. I realized that his words had meaning. I don't know how to explain it. Somehow, the strange syllables registered in my mind as meaning something. He said, "Your name is Rhine. You were made to be perfect. You have perfect memory, perfect health, perfect appearance, and amazing strength and knowledge. You cannot be killed, and all your wounds will heal instantaneously. Do you understand?" I nodded. I had a feeling that signified that I did, in fact, understand. He nodded back, then left. The other person standing there was dressed differently, I noticed. He was tall and really thin, with narrow gray eyes and longish black hair. But he seemed friendly enough. "Hey," he said. "My name's Rael. I'm sorta like your big brother." He pulled down the neckhole of his shirt to reveal his right shoulder. There was a mark that looked like it had been burned into his flesh. Imagine an equilateral triangle split into thirds. Then take away the triangle itself, leaving the lines that had split it. Then, between each line, put one more line that points at the center where the first three lines meet but doesn't actually connect to the center. Got that image in your mind? That was the mark on his shoulder. He continued: "You're going to get a mark like this. It's the mark of a perfect human being." I thought I understood. I later found that I was supposed to act perfect, live up to my expectations, be a good little boy. Yes, I also learned that I was male. They'd even burned the mark into my shoulder, like they did Rael. But they couldn't control me. They'd given me free will, and I'd decided that I didn't want to be the way they wanted me to. That's why we're in this situation now. Basically, it's their fault I'm holding a gun to your head. ((If you liked this, I'm gonna see if there's space at 'secondus' all results. I'll write more chapters there.))

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 14, 2012

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    Posted April 19, 2012

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