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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

AFTERWARDS by ROSAMUND LUPTON



This was creepy/fantastic in the (you can't say the nicest way) but certainly in a way that caught your interest, held it throughout the book. You were also hoping and cheering for a good ending but sadly it was not all good.

A fire at the school where Adam and Jenny attend seems very much like what it appears. An accident. Grace realizing that Jenny is still inside the building rushes in to get to her. Both of them are badly hurt in this fire.

What transpires next is what I would consider art in story telling. How this author weaves in the story of every caring parent, wanting to protect and guard their children against all odds that life throws at them and this continues irrespective of whether the child is 7 or 17 or 37. The instinct to protect and how this continues in this story, despite both mother and daughter being unconscious and acting out of their bodies as it were makes for a fantastic read.

The story is a mystery thriller as well and although it is sad, it is not a story that is grief stricken and did not leave me feeling the way I do with some sad stories. I've given up on Jodi Picoult as it leaves me depressed for days afterwards. Lupton did not do that for me and that was really good.

Very interesting reading - drifting between fantasy and fact for the reader was unusual but intriguing.

7 comments:

Audra said...

Very nice review -- I couldn't finish this one -- I just couldn't stand Grace -- but it had a fascinating premise.

Yvonne said...

This sounds really good. Great review!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds like a book I'd have to be in the right mood to read. Glad it was a winner for you.

Anna said...

The combination of "creepy/fantastic" has me curious.

Nise' said...

I started this one and put it down, not sure why. It still sits on the shelf.

bermudaonion said...

You've piqued my interest but I'm not sure about the part when they're unconscious.

Bookworm1858 said...

This was such a hard read-with all the pain within as well as the writing style but worth checking out as it was so enthralling.