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Afterwards | [Rosamund Lupton]

Afterwards

There is a fire and they are in There. They are in there.... Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. And one mother, Grace, sees the smoke and runs. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her. 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 fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.
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There is a fire and they are in There. They are in there.... Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. And one mother, Grace, sees the smoke and runs. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her. 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 fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.

©2011 Rosamund Lupton (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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    Amanda Near Abingdon, United Kingdom 05/07/2011
    Amanda Near Abingdon, United Kingdom 05/07/2011 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader who usually has two or three books on the go at one time I particularly enjoy historical fiction such as Barbara Erskine's.

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    "Spellbinding"

    I was completely gripped by this book which was beautifully read. I was completely caught up in the trauma of the fire and the results of it. The two main characters are left as spirits - not alive and not quite dead - who wander the hospital watching their family and friends and their behaviour after the catastrophe. Will they live or will they die and who caused the fire in the first place? Excellent.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer London, United Kingdom 03/11/2011
    Amazon Customer London, United Kingdom 03/11/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but very similar to Sister"

    While this is a good book I wouldn't suggest reading it in proximity to Lupton's other work Sister. The narrative voice and style are virtually identical as are the themes of love, tragedy and death. While both are good the are so indistinguishable I feel I have ruined both by reading them side by side.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Naomi leixlip, Ireland 26/08/2011
    Naomi leixlip, Ireland 26/08/2011 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"

    Even now I can feel the enjoyment of Sister, which I really enjoyed. Afterwards is nothing in comparison with Sister. I kept wishing the book to end. I found the whole concept without giving the game away a joke. The story kept going around and around in circles. Certain situations I realized the outcome, half way through the book. I wouldn’t recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Hagley, United Kingdom 14/07/2011
    Victoria Hagley, United Kingdom 14/07/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW"

    Knocks the socks off 'Sister'.

    Made me write my first ever audiobook review, and I've listened to hundreds!

    Considering I am an athiest and don't believe in spirits, ghosts... whatever... this book did not annoy me like The Lovely Bones.

    I became hooked almost immediately. Maybe because I am a mother of an 8 year old boy?

    I was gripped by the exciting storyline, but also by wanting to know the emotional impacts on the various characters.

    I will definitely be watching out for any future Rosamund Lupton. Thank you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda eastbourne, United Kingdom 25/06/2011
    Lynda eastbourne, United Kingdom 25/06/2011
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    "Afterwards"

    I really enjoyed this book. An amazing insight into possible life after death. I loved the way she discribed angels. A mother's love is never ending and I loved the way she understood each of her children and how she summed up the love she had for her husband after 19 years. A good read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Hampton, United Kingdom 27/01/2013
    Carolyn Hampton, United Kingdom 27/01/2013
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    "Good story, nice twist, well written."

    I loved the different angle this book came from. It could so easily have been another "who dunnit", (and I do read a lot of them) but this is far more personal and had me involved at every step.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Oxford, United Kingdom 26/12/2012
    Katherine Oxford, United Kingdom 26/12/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent"

    I very much enjoyed listening to this. I had semi-expected that it was going to be similar to 'Sister', her first novel, but it was really quite different. Written from the point of view of the mother, it's about the relationships within the family, but with a strong element of the detective novel. It's a very interesting premise, and could be unbelievable, but isn't. It really lives up to the promise of her first novel. Very well narrated, it's an excellent listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Warrington, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Philip Warrington, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
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    "Good mystery novel"

    Well read by Finty Williams. A detective story with a novel twist. Enjoyable, but I lost a bit of interest after I guessed who dun it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Braintree, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Wendy Braintree, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Evocative,"

    I found this book immensely intense, with believable and compelling characters. Well written, beautifully narrated by Finty Williams. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra new cumnock, United Kingdom 23/03/2012
    Sandra new cumnock, United Kingdom 23/03/2012 Member Since 2011

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    "not what I expected"

    Well, we certainy know how the main character feels about her family right from the start of the book, and through, and through, and through and all the way through it. Even with the unpredictable end, we still know. Kind of lost the story in all the emotion and explanation of feelings all the way through, found it difficult to endure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Daryl
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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    "Definitely not as strong as "Sister""
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I found Grace to be whiny and clingy and suddenly realized that I was in the land of schmaltzy maternal love. If the narration had been stronger, I might've slogged through this book, because I enjoyed "Sister," Lupton's previous outing. As it was, I couldn't handle both a lackluster narration with monotonous dialogue alongside the however-understandable desperation of a mother whose child is very badly hurt and who herself is hurt and cannot reach out to her family.


    What aspect of Finty Williams’s performance would you have changed?

    Dialogue, by far. some jokes were meant to be funny and she delivered them flatly, and her narration did not differentiate the characters well at all.


    Could you see Afterwards being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Probably a movie... it might actually work as a drama piece.


    Any additional comments?

    reading this one in print, thanks. Others compare this book either favorably or unfavorably to "Sister," and I have to say I found it wanting, both due to the narration and the endless descriptions of longing for one's family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Santippe
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    "Formulaic Emotionalizing...Boring, boring..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Narrator is fine, but the text is mediocre, at best.


    What was most disappointing about Rosamund Lupton’s story?

    Long, long overwrought, sometimes hysterical mother-love speeches, over and over again-- which may move many readers, but increasingly irritated me. I hung in there for a while, until I couldn't bear any more. So disappointed because the reviews were so positive.


    Have you listened to any of Finty Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Finty Williams is a very talented narrator...no question. She kept me listening for as long as I did.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Great set-up: the fire, the out-of-body experiences. Clearly great potential for a suspenseful plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I found it hard to believe that the characters who find themselves experiencing an out-of-body existence would have so little to say to themselves or to each other about it--unbelievable. Of course, I did stop listening about a third of the way in...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Fisher
    12/11/12
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    "Excellent reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Afterwards to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy just listening while I knit so anything audio is better for me.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Kept guessing the next bit, but I was mostly wrong


    Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favorite?

    The Mum for sure


    If you could rename Afterwards, what would you call it?

    Between two worlds.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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