Afterwards: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton
Amazon Book Description: The school is on fire. Her children are inside. Grace runs toward the burning building, desperate to reach them. In the aftermath of the devastating fire which tears her family apart, Grace embarks on a mission to find the person responsible and protect her children from further harm. This fire was not an accident, and her daughter Jenny may still be in grave danger. Grace is the only one who can discover the culprit, and she will do whatever it takes to save her family and find out who committed the crime that rocked their lives. While unearthing truths about her life that may help her find answers, Grace learns more about everyone around her — and finds she has courage she never knew she possessed. Powerful and beautiful, with a riveting story and Lupton’s trademark elegant style that made Sister such a sweeping success, Afterwards explores the depths of a mother’s unswerving love.
My Review: I first discovered this author about a year ago when I read her first novel Sister (my review here). At the time, her next novel wasn’t coming out until April of 2012 and then I was waiting for it to appear in the library as an ebook (because I’m cheap), so when I searched for what to read on our Babymoon and this popped up as available, I jumped all over it. Rosamund has done it again. A captivating story, which struck me to the core… maybe because I’m pregnant… about the lengths a mother will go to for her child(ren). Also, a special look into how a father deals with the same tragedy in a different, but just as emotional way – and how a marriage twists and turns as information is uncovered. I loved the mother’s voice throughout and the unique approach Rosamund took in telling this story, just as she did with Sister. A refreshing book that is seemingly straightforward, but not predictable in the least, I enjoyed reading every moment and getting to know each character only to find I (and the mother) were all wrong about them. A great story about manipulation, innocence, and unbending love that turns a mother into a protective bear when the time calls. A great read, even if simple and sometimes far-fetched, highly recommend.
Next up… The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer or the our next bookies selection, which I can’t remember right now (ha!).
**I was not asked to, or compensated for, writing this book review.