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“A bold, impossible-to-categorize, and riveting blend of psychological suspense, literary thriller and the paranormal…Afterwards proves that Lupton isn't just good — she's wickedly good."
Seattle Times

“A gripping novel.”
—New York Times Book Review

“Lupton’s finely wrought portrait of motherly love is genuinely moving.”
Boston Globe

“Readers...will be equally smitten with Afterwards, as much an homage to the mother-daughter relationship as it is a crime novel...There are so many twists, turns and heartbreaks in this tragic, tense novel.”
USA Today
 
“With its hint of a Jodi Picoult family saga blended with an eerie Ruth Rendell mystery, Afterwards should appeal to readers of both genres.”
BookPage

“Lupton takes her readers on a totally harrowing ride as she melds a suspenseful procedure with an emotionally fraught drama. Within a taut and sinuous narrative, heartbreak over a broken family vies with fear that the arsonist will return…Masterful pacing and a highly charged atmosphere combine to make this an exceptionally gripping read.” 
Booklist, starred review

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

“Excellent and full of plot twists.”
The Daily American

"Lupton’s superb follow-up to Sister…The uncommon but convincing narrative technique, adroit twists, and memorable characters combine to provide a wise and poignant portrait of a family confronted with malice and heartbreaking decisions.” 
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A wonderful mix of smart thriller with tear-provoking literature; a fine blend of Jodi Picoult and P.D. James…Lupton has written a riveting story that will resonate with readers long after they have turned the last page.”
Library Journal, starred review
 
“A full-throttle psychological thriller, ring-fenced by a mother’s love…With each turn of the page, Lupton seems to add another element and motive to the mix…This compulsive read confirms Lupton’s instinctive commercial flair.”
Kirkus

"The author of the outstanding Sister has done it again - in fact she's outdone herself. It's hard to come up with enough superlatives to do justice to Afterwards, a brilliant mystery where the two key investigators are both in a coma....Rush out to get a copy - and add Sister too if you haven't discovered it yet. They are both brilliant reads.”
—Bookloons.com

“Rosamund Lupton (Sister) offers up an intricately plotted combination of thriller, speculative fiction and mother-daughter celebration in Afterwards…Lupton delivers a top-notch mystery with red herrings galore; even the most seasoned mystery reader will do a double-take at the arsonist's identity. However, the rich emotional topography is the most spellbinding feature in Afterwards. At its heart, Lupton's story deals with parents and children, the bonds that allow family members to share their joy and their pain and the struggle parents face between wanting their offspring to stay children forever and needing to let go…Readers are encouraged to grab a box of Kleenex, put Mom on speed dial and discover what comes afterwards.”
Shelf Awareness

“Afterwards is an exceptional literary thriller that resonates with depth and despair. It’s got it all: a gripping plot with twists and turns, a horrific crime, and a beautiful love story layered into the fine fabric of a family, who are torn apart by a devastating betrayal.”
—Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing and Never Knowing

“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, New York Times bestselling author of Carte Blanche and Edge

“Brilliantly conceived and executed, Afterwards asks a mother's most terrifying question: what if your children were in mortal danger and you were unable to do a thing to save them? It's a heartbreaking and fearless journey that proves once again: Rosamund Lupton is truly a force to be reckoned with.”
—Carla Buckley, author of The Things That Keep Us Here

Library Journal
After Grace tries to save daughter Jenny from her blazing school, they both wake up in the hospital, badly burned. Then Grace realizes that the fire was set intentionally—to eliminate Jenny. British author Lupton started off big with Sister, tellingly both a New York Times best seller and a Times Editors Choice, and she seems to be keeping things big; lots of strong UK reviews for this one. Anyone who loves thrillers should take a look.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307716552
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 274,701
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

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    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 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

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Wow!

    Loved this book. What a moving, engaging story. It is a mystery, but also, and maybe primarily, a love story. A parent's love for his/her child, a wife's love for her husband, and his love for her. I was torn the entire time I was reading this between wanting to find out "who dunnit" and not wanting this wonderful story to end. I enjoyed Sisters - this was even better. Can't wait to see what comes next.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Incredible Story

    This is the first book that I've read by this author. I now plan to read Sisters. This book, Afterwards, is one of the most original books that I've read. It was a mystery and a love story. All the characters were fleshed out so well that I felt like I would recognize them on the street. Their emotions felt very real and logical There were plenty twists and turns that kept me engaged and wanting to read more. Though I finished the book days ago, I am still thinking of the characters and story. I think this is the best book I've read all year! Don't pass this by.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

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    "Afterwards: The Novel " by Rosamund Lupton was a won


    "Afterwards: The Novel " by Rosamund Lupton was a wonderful thriller, suspense mystery read. This novel was definitely one that was a page turner till the end. There are so many twist and turns with surprises.... you will really have to keep up with this fast pace novel which is good since this is a VERY long read.

    This novel was written in a second person point of view...after understanding that.... I was able to understand the story line much better. Believe me be ready for lies, secrets and lots of half truths that is all around this plot of the investigation. In "Afterwards" you will find this was a novel of a mothers' love for her children and husband.

    In this England community... Gracie Covey while at a Sport Day celebration for the children...she discovers the school is on fire...seeing that her son Adam is safe she then see that her daughter Jenny is not .... so he enters the school and is trapped on the third floor.... and then next Gracie awakes in a hospital...unable to move or talk..trapped in her own body...but she knows she is alive .... along with her Jenny....which now the novel appears to be somewhat paranormal....in that she and her daughter can only communicate....but both Jenny and Gracies' mind is alive and able to move about the hospital and other places(outside their body)..... but they are unable to communicate with anyone else. It is very interesting at this point on seeing how this author was able to relay...what has happen to them, on to eavesdropping on the family...friends and even the hospital staff.....then to the story moving on to discover that this fire at the school was from arson.... and fear comes that this arsonist is the same person who had been harassing her Jenny earlier. The two...Jenny and Grace start to seen what was going on... however, this was not possible for the other members of the family.....Jenny could not be protected by Grace....now I will not say more about that.... you will have to pick up this wonderful novel and find out how this all comes out. Be ready for a well written read.

    I felt that all the characters were off the chart... Very Good and very captivating.......Detective Sergeant Sarah MacBride....the sister in law to Gracie was definitely my heroine as well as one of my favorite characters. This author was really able to make a very believable story on a mothers determination to keep her children safe....even though her body is incapacitated......"There is no happy ending but there is 'Afterwards."

    "Afterwards:The Novel" is a very absorbing book that I simply enjoyed and I was very surprised in the guilty person(s) that will leave you speechless. WoW!

    I found this book to be very intriguing and an extraordinary novel and if you are in for a good thrilling, suspenseful mystery... then "Afterwards: The Novel" is a good read for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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 8, 2012

    Wonderful

    Very moving. Give it to your mother. Satisfying mystery and lovely family drama with some mysticism thrown in.

    1 out of 1 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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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Not yet available wait until after April 24 th

    This title is not yet available. After I read it ,after April 24th, I think, I will then be able to review it.

    1 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    One of the best books I've read

    Great story, couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    This is a page turner that did keep me guessing as well as turni

    This is a page turner that did keep me guessing as well as turning pages as fast as I could, despite the fact that at about half way through I had a feeling I could predict at least one part of the book's ending. Which, was fine because it was a great ending to a well executed story with strong, solid writing. Great book!

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  • Posted May 29, 2014

    Original and captivating; beautiful writing style. I found that

    Original and captivating; beautiful writing style. I found that I reread sentences and paragraphs just because of the gorgeous phrasing. the character development was masterful. I will now purchase Sister.

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    Really different

    I found this book to be different from most everything that I've read. You always think you know the answers but find out your answers where not right. It seemed to drag a little at times but is well worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Great read

    I loved this story about a mother and daughters love for family. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    What a gifted writer

    Such a unique, wonderful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    not highly recommended

    Interesting..very different...pretty good read

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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 March 16, 2013

    Good story

    A different approach and a good book - the only thing i would change was the ending, it kept on and on and on---

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    My favorite book. I am in love with it.

    I literally was sobbing hysterically at the end. I can not possibly reccomend this enough. Please, please read this. 10 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    wonderful, well written and so different

    wonderful, well written and so different

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    To This is just a Random Story I thought up

    Cool!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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