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
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
I found this book immensely intense, with believable and compelling characters. Well written, beautifully narrated by Finty Williams. Loved it.
"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.
"Unusual Perspective holds your interest"
This book is written from an unusual perspective- It keeps you interested and holds you in suspense as the mystery unfolds. One of my best reads !
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