Eve A. (Henderson, NV)
I do believe in "out of body" experiences but I wasn't sure that I would enjoy a book with that theme. I almost didn't finish this book but once I decided to give it a chance, I found myself enjoying it more and more. The story is told in a unique way and the plot twists and turns to keep you interested. It is a well written commentary on family relationships - how much we know about our loved ones - how much we think we know - and how much we don't know. I think book clubs would love this book as there is quite a bit to discuss. I am now going to go back and read the first book by this author.
Joan N. (Evanston, IL)
Beautiful and Sad
A beautiful and sad book that I couldn’t put down. A woman and her teenaged daughter are badly burned in a school fire. While in the hospital, they get together in an out-of-body experience to solve the mystery of the fire and why and how it happened. A very moving story about love and loss.
Kristen H. (Lowell, MA)
"Afterwards" was captivating from the beginning with lots of suspense. I loved this book because it never once gave away who did it and it told another story within that story of just how far a mother is willing to go to save her daughter.
Mary Ellen B. (Hebron, CT)
Out of Body Experience
Shocking and suspenseful, this book is about the tangled relationships of parents, children and staff at a private school in England. When an arson fire badly injures a teaching assistant and her mother, it is the unconscious victims who reveal the trail to uncover who is guilty. The author accomplishes this by the clever convention of allowing them to leave their bodies. There are many twists and turns involving a solution to a hate crime as well as the disclosure of financial problems at the school. Many twists and turns keep the reader engaged.
Eileen F. (Drexel Hill, PA)
Page turning thriller that is told by not quite ghosts. At times the implausibility of it all was frustrating and hard to get past. As a detective story and a tale about familial love this story was firing on all cylinders. Another good book from Rosamund Lupton.
Diana C. (Delray Beach, FL)
Parallel Universe Whodunit
After the sudden fire at a primary school, a mother embarks upon a crusade, with her daughter's aid, to get to the bottom of this senseless and horrific act. The twist here is that both mother and daughter have been existing in an outer-body dimension, which proves problematic for crime solving. Although this book is very well written with characters that evoke genuine feelings on the part of the reader, had this story been written in traditional prose, it would stand out as a top-notch mystery, with emotional and gripping unforeseen twists and turns.
Lauren C. (Los Angeles, CA)
Like "The Lovely Bones" but in a good way
It is hard to read this book without thinking of "The Lovely Bones", but I thought that this book worked very well even though some elements are similar.
In this book a mother and her daughter are hurt in a fire at a school, and while their bodies are in the hospital the mother follows her friends and relatives around to figure out what happened to them. While this is an unusual way to solve a mystery (although it has some common elements with "The Lovely Bones"), I found it to a compelling read. I very much enjoyed the solving of the mystery and by the end of the book I thought that the emotional twists also worked well without getting maudlin or sappy.