Wednesday, July 6, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Afterwards

Title: Afterwards

Author: Rosamond Lupton

Publisher: Piatkus Fiction

RRP: $29.99

ISBN: 9780749942113

Release Date: July 2011

Pages: 480


An absolutely stunning second novel from the author of SISTER.

When love recognises no boundaries . . .

Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. One mother, Grace, sees the smoke and runs. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside.

Grace runs along to tree-lined driveway, which Jenny had walked down only a few hours earlier. She goes into the burning building to rescue her child.

Afterwards, Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her family from the person who's still intent on destroying them.

Afterwards, she must confront the face of evil and discover the limitlessness of love.


For years Rosamund Lupton has been a script writer for the BBC. She lives in London with her husband - a doctor - and two children.


Afterwards is the second novel by author, Rosamund Lupton and another great read. The plot moves along at quite a fast pace where you need take cover from all the red herrings that are thrown at you, aiming to lead you astray. I would put money on no one being able to guess who the arsonist is until you are told at the end. I can't help but compare Afterwards to a blank canvas, with each new layer of watercolour added, you notice something you hadn't realised was there before.

There are a couple of tearful scenes within the book which really moved me and found me reaching for my box of tissues. So be warned now and be prepared.

If you love a thriller with a difference then read this book.

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