Three years ago, Danny Morris left behind a gun, a tonne of questions and a gaping hole in the lives of those who loved him. What he didn't leave was a suicide note.
On the anniversary of his death, his closest friends gather at his parents' beach house in New Zealand's idyllic Marlborough Sounds. Danny's girlfriend, Kate, holds fast to his memory by continuing to live in the house they shared. Struggling to move on with her life, her blossoming feelings for Danny's best friend, Finn, only complicate matters. Withdrawing from his high-flying lifestyle, Max has carved out a much simpler life. Self-medicating with alcohol, fighting off nightmares he refuses to talk about, the memory of finding Danny's body has him sailing dangerously close to the edge. While Finn is finally ready to address his feelings for Kate, trying to save Max from himself dredges up long-buried anger and frustration that threaten to overwhelm him. For Lacey and Gavin, a recent bereavement gives them a heart-wrenching insight of a different kind.
Instead of time easing the pain, the group find themselves stuck in limbo, awaiting the understanding and peace that has so far eluded them.
Three years ago a single bullet ricocheted through all their lives, but this year everything will change.
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About the Author
She is rather partial to dark chocolate and believes in the power of a good vanilla latte. She has a passion for the colour green (particularly in clothes and gemstones) and insists there is nothing sexier than a man in a kilt.
She spent several months traveling around Europe in her late 20's (there's a story there - she'll get around to writing it one day). After ridding herself of her wanderlust, she met the love of her life (while working to pay off said wanderlust) in Edinburgh, Scotland. They moved in together the week after their first date - so yes, she believes in love at first sight. She also believes in women's intuition and following your heart.
She writes on her trusty laptop, predominantly late at night, when it's quiet and interruptions are few. Most of all, she enjoys writing about human behaviour - love, loss, joy, grief, friendship and relationships in general. She loves to put normal, everyday people into situations that will test their boundaries. She is passionately curious about how we, as human beings, react when pushed to the edge.
After living in Scotland for five years, she has now settled back home in New Zealand, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the story of five friends who are gathering together to get through the third anniversary of their friend, Danny's, suicide. They are in pain, because suicide may end the misery for one, it inflicts misery on the people closest to them. Secrets come out. Healing may begin. This is a complicated, messy story about a complicated, messy subject. I honestly think it should be a must read for everyone. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
I wasn't sure at the beginning but after reading the prologue and then starting chapter 1 I couldn't put it down. Read it all in one setting. This book and it's characters could be any town, any house and any group of friends in the whole world. You can relate to everyone of the characters on so many different levels. This level of writing puts a lot of others that I have read recently to shame! Amanda you did an awesome job from beginning to end! This book needs another to tell about how they are all getting along after this weekend! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Recommend to anyone and everyone!
How would you deal with the suicide of a close friend? Between Before and After tells how five people deal with their grief and the emotional devastation left after the death of Danny. This is such an intense, emotional story. It left me completely drained. Amanda Dick did a marvelous job writing a realistic portrayal of the emotional toll that a suicide takes on those left behind. The characters are realistic and sympathetic. I felt their pain. Their story broke my heart and brought me to tears. This is a beautifully written book. Don't miss reading this story.