Rikki has a secret. She can't remember her mother. Being raised by her grandmother in Queens, every time she asks Rita a question, the older woman falls apart and refuses to discuss the matter. Desperate to learn the truth, Rikki finds a hidden album with family photographs. Can the boy in the picture with her mother be a long lost uncle? Determined to unlock the mystery, she embarks on a journey from New York City to Toledo, then on to Detroit and Phoenix to meet Harry, a writer who is struggling with his own issues of identity.
From the award-winning writer of The Intersect, comes After the Fall, a fast-paced, engaging read, with twists and turns that will surely surprise. After the Fall: an emotional roller-coaster of a mystery packed with personality and charm. Once you start the journey you won’t be able to turn back.
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Rikki is a teenager in 2005. She lives with her Grandma Rita in Brooklyn but hates it. She misses Detroit Michigan and the house that she can barely remember. But when she tried to talk to her grandmother about her mom her grandmother locks up. Deciding that she needs answers, Rikki goes out on the quest for information on her own. This is a very touching story, one that is out of my normal realm but one that needs to be read. We all deal with events in our lives differently, especially loss. It seems many people end up pushing those that care about them away even though they are trying to protect them. Rita is a good example; yes I really did want to slap her upside the head. But you can see how she has protected herself over the years and it’s very sad. I admit that I really enjoyed Harry and Beetle. Beetle is an aging dog that Harry just loves and is not ready for his loss. But Harry has his own story that will touch you too. Of course the ending was a surprise and heartbreaking at the same time. Prepare yourself, you will need several tissues. I’m not one of contemporary stories, especially if you are going to be crying at the end. But this is an amazing story and one that should be read, even if it is not your normal thing. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite After the Fall by Brad Graber is a well-written story that explores the themes of family, identity, and the importance of being connected, with a strong appeal to readers who enjoy sleuth, adventure, and stories with emotional and psychological depth. Rikki aches to know who her mother is, but her grandmother doesn’t seem to think that knowing her mother - whom she can’t remember - is something to worry about. For Rita, the question of Rikki’s mother is taboo. But a photo album Rikki finds hidden at home, one she pores over in the morning while her grandmother sleeps, may be the key to unlocking the mystery of her past. But clues in the photo album soon get her traveling from New York to Toledo and from Detroit to Phoenix to meet Harry. Will this writer, a man with issues of his own, turn out to be her uncle? Brad Graber has a great skill for narrative and character. I felt this was going to be an enjoyable ride the moment the story started with Rita and Rikki. The suspense is introduced quickly and the reader is left with questions that need answers, questions that will force them to read on to find the answers: Why can’t Rita tell Rikki the truth about her mother? Can Rikki uncover the truth without the help of her grandmother? These are questions I wrestled with as I followed the story. The protagonist is well-explored, a character in search of her identity and whose drive for truth sets her on a challenging path. After the Fall is an intricately plotted and well-written story with deep human and emotional layers, a sympathetic portrayal of what characters experience when disconnected from their roots. It is a really refreshing read.