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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  8,683 ratings  ·  1,370 reviews
Fans of SISTER, read Rosamund Lupton's next novel, 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 rush. 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 ar...more
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Crown (first published 2011)
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Simon Lipson
As abysmal as Sister was readable. For a start, the protagonists are bloody angels or spirits or something, telling the story (too dull to precis here, but it's about who was responsible for burning a public school down - good riddance to it, I say) whilst their corporeal selves lie comatose in hospital having been injured in the blaze. I thought this madness would resolve itself in something satisfyingly realistic, but no, it appears Ms Lupton is happy for her 'spirits' to communicate with each...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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3.25 out of 5

Afterwards was a lot of things for me: frustrating, alienating, weird, intriguing, and eventually, quite moving. There's a lot of hype built around this newish author, largely due to the wild success and continued love for her first novel, Sister. With that in mind, I went into this sophomore effort with high hopes that were never quite met. There's a lot of potential in this novel about mothers and daughters, love, and independence but i...more
Linda
I'm afraid i was really disappointed with this, Sister was fantastic but this certainly wasn't. The mother-and-daughter-as-disembodied-spirits just didn't work for me, Grace talking to her hubby was really irritating and sometimes i wasn't even sure WHO she was meant to be addressing! There was far too much gushing sentimentality, very corny lines and why so much overuse of italics?? I didn't care about any of the characters either and all these things combined made this a bit of a slog. Maybe i...more
Hannah Webster
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Lela
What a strange concept. I rather like it as an idea to consider as possible. There was too much drama & repetition & the culprit was pretty obvious to me all the time. Some folks say they had trouble following the pronouns/characters but it seemed clear enough to me. Maybe you need a muddled mind to follow it! However, I turned the pages as fast as I could and I lost sleep (lots of sleep....all sleep) finishing it. Not really as good as her book, "Sister," but still a very good read!!
Rebecca
I can't even finish this book. Sister was really good. This is awful. I skipped to the end to see what happens (something I've done many times) but the ends didn't seem to justify the turgid writing I would need to endure to get there. OK, it wasn't turgid, but just so difficult to read! A floating spirit wife talking to "you", her husband whilst trying to uncover a mystery that is just plain nasty? It was hard to maintain just who was being discussed at any time. It's left a bad taste in my mou...more
Len
I've enjoyed this book. Another great literary work by Rosamund Lupton.

The POV is a wonderful idea coming from a person the other characters can't see. I don't want to include spoilers here. I loved Sister by Rosamund Lupton and this one is as impressive and as powerful as her first novel.
Luanne Ollivier
I read Rosamund Lupton's debut novel 'Sister' last year. You may remember me raving about it - it was a fantastic read. I jumped at the chance to read her second novel - Afterwards. Another absolutely brilliant read - one I would highly, highly recommend!

I was hooked from the opening paragraph of the prologue.

"I couldn't move, not even a little finger or a flicker of an eye. I couldn't open my mouth to scream....Only one thing for it, I said to myself, thinking of you, and I slipped out of the...more
Brian
Warning: I shouldn't have read this. It's not my kind of novel and this is by no means an unpartial review.

I hugely disliked the central character and she is pretty much what this book is all about. What I found so objectionable was her outlook on life. It's summed up neatly in this extract in which she talks about how she felt when she first met her husband.

'In that prim little tea shop you told me that you were desperate to be away from the confines of university and out there doing 'stuff'....more
Lisa
Just finished this book, had enjoyed Sister so though i would try this. Its quite strange at times but actually i did enjoy it a lot. I literally could not put this book down, just had to know what happened next.
Kris Irvin
Holy. Crap.

This book just skyrocketed to the top of my favorites list. Have I ever read a book so intense and moving as Afterwards? No. No I have not. I kid you not my friends, this book - the last page, I cried. I have never actually sobbed during a book before. This one killed me. It broke my heart.

And it was a beautiful agony.

Now for the bad parts - it's very, very British, which I happen to adore, but I know some Americans can't translate to our cousins across the Pond. If you don't have a...more
Elva Kenley
Although this was a very readable book, in terms of being a page turner with an intriguing whodunnit mystery...I found myself quite irritated most of the time.

Overall I found the whole plot too contrived, the twists and turns were not particularly believable - not because the situations were outrageous or because of the lovely bones-style conceit - but because they didn't seem true to characters. The characterisation seemed to twist out of shape to fit plot contrivances. When the villain is fina...more
Sónia
Quem me emprestou este livro disse logo que talvez eu não fosse gostar. E confesso que, mesmo tendo-o terminado de ler há pouco, as sensações que me despertou são ambíguas.

Reconheço que está muito bem pensado/estruturado, tem uma estória comovente e bastante emocional mas igualmente maçadora. Penso que se tivesse menos 150 páginas valorizava-o (ainda) mais. Isto sem falar na componente paranormal/mística/”o que lhe queiram chamar”. Para mim não há hiatos entre a Vida e a Morte e, mesmo a Alma s...more
Cleo Bannister
Afterwards is not a conventional story being narrated by Grace a woman who has left her body in a hospital bed. Grace is in a coma but her supernatural self is on a mission to find out who started the fire which she and her beloved daughter Jenny were so terribly injured. Jenny has also left her badly burnt body in intensive care unit and together unseen by anyone else they set about piecing together the events that led up to the fire, on sports day at a prestigious private school.

This book has...more
Vox
I don't know how to discuss Afterwards, by Rosamund Lupton, because it defies categorization.

On the one hand, and at its most basic, it is a mystery. Grace runs into a burning school building to rescue her daughter Jenny, who is trapped inside. As Grace and Jenny recover from their wounds, Grace learns that the fire was arson, and she sets out to discover who is to blame.

But this book is so much more.

It is the story of parents. Grace and her husband, Michael, have 17-year-old Jenny and 8-year-ol...more
Nikki
I am seriously loving this author at the moment! I really enjoyed Sister; such a captivating tale of two sisters love. As a girl who only has one sister I found the whole story incredibly moving and what an amazingly shocking ending.
Now Lupton has released her second novel Afterwards and it's another heart wrenching story! This time focused around a mother's love and the million different emotions that includes. Somehow through this storyline she has woven a crime novel into it as well, with t...more
Kandice
Don't start reading this book until you can read it all the way through to the end. A combination of suspense, mystery, and family drama, this book will stay with you long after it's finished. While I enjoyed Lupton's first novel, I found I couldn't remember much of it later. I sincerely doubt I will forget this story for a long time to come.

Narrated by a mother who rescued her daughter from a burning building, the story weaves in and out as Grace tries to discover who would set fire to a school...more
Brenda
Aug 17, 2011 Brenda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Grace Covey is at Adam, her 8 year old son's school for their sports day. Jenny, her 17 year old daughter, is inside, operating as the medical officer for the day. Everyone is having fun, it is hot, when suddenly the fire alarm goes off. The school is on fire, high up, smoke coming from the widely opened windows. Grace races toward the school, then sees Adam outside, being cared for by the daughter of a friend. But Jenny is still inside. She runs flat-out toward the building, then inside and up...more
Laraemilie
‘What is there afterwards?’ an existential question Rosamund Lupton has obviously thought about when she chose the title of her new book. Grace is at sports day on a bright and warm summer day. Suddenly, the lovely afternoon turns into a nightmare: the school is on fire, and she knows that her daughter is inside. She runs to rescue her. The police soon find out that it is arson. Who committed that terrible crime? The culprit must be arrested as soon as possible, because Grace’s family is in dang...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I think if you're a fan of Lovely Bones but want something less inspirational in tone, then this might be your book. Unfortunately, despite my love of the woo-woo and supernatural/paranormal/just-plain-odd, I really didn't click with this book's conceit or the narrator. I made it about one hundred pages and quit, daunted by the remaining 300.

There are a few reasons why this didn't work for me, starting with the heroine, Grace. Or maybe it was the writing style first, and then Grace. Told by Grac...more
Marleen
Grace Covey is at her eight year old son Adam school’s sports day when she sees smoke coming from the school building. In a panic she runs towards the school, afraid for her children. She finds her son outside the school building being minded by the daughter of a friend. Her daughter, 17 year old Jenny, is still inside though and Grace runs into the building in a desperate attempt to rescue her little girl. She manages to reach Jenny and to drag her downstairs, but she collapses before she can g...more
Debbie "DJ" Wilson
This book just sucked me in from the first page. I would give it a 4.5 stars. There are just so many layers to this book. The central theme involves a fire started at a school, ruled arson, that leaves two critically injured. Those two turn out to be mother and daughter. The story focuses on this family and who could have wanted to burn down the school. As it turns out, while mother and daughter are near death they are able to leave their bodies and communicate with one another. They are also pi...more
Cynthia
“The last of the senses to go is love.”

I was blown away by Lupton’s “Afterwards”. It’s incredibly inventive and though it’s on the romance side of the mystery genre it wasn’t cloying. Likewise the fantasy or paranormal elements feel believable. The story is told in almost omniscient, first person, present tense by a mother who is a fulltime homemaker. Grace has a son, Adam who’s just turned eight and a beautiful seventeen year old daughter, Jenny. On Adam’s school sports day Jenny is working as...more
Beadyjan
The author took a big risk with the concept of this book - a novel narrated by the spirit of a woman in a coma, whose astral body wanders at will around the hospital in which she lies accompanied by the spirit if her daughter with whom she can converse. I had a few niggling doubts right at the start as to whether it would work - however it did and in style, the authors skilled accomplished writing saw to that.

Grace is Mum to teenage Jenny and 8 year old Addie. At the beginning of the book Grace...more
Sarah
Jun 19, 2011 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
So, this is the second book by Rosamund Lupton. Her first book, Sister, I thought was excellent, and so I was really pleased to pick up this book last week, hoping it would contain the same killer twist as Sister.

Firstly, this book should have been called 'Mother'. Afterwards for me, doesn't really convey what the book is about. It's written from an interesting view point (two out of body 'spirits') but I just couldn't feel any empathy towards the characters at all. I suspect any mothers that re...more
Alison Kennedy
Having read 'Sister' and loved it I was concerned this novel would disappoint as Sister felt so unique to me and it is hard to do that a second time. However, this is yet another unique offering from Rosamund Lupton. In many ways it replicates what was good about Sister and the unique narrative styles are refreshing to read. Unlike Sister where the real narrative only becomes clear right at the end, this is more straightforward; but with a little bit kept back for the ending.

The story unfolds i...more
Diane D.
After having read Sister, I knew that I would want to read everything that Rosamund Lupton writes in the future. Afterwards: A Novel did NOT disappoint.

As with Sister, Afterwards: A Novel is a mystery, but so much more as personal voices and character background raise the story to a much higher level.

The story is told in the voices of Grace and Jenny, a mother and daughter who have been critically injured in a school fire which appears to have been deliberately set. Although Grace and Jenny lie...more
Serendipity Reviews
Rosamund Lupton amazes me! She can create crime investigators out of normal everyday people and make it look extremely natural. You would think that would be enough of a talent for an author, but then Rosamund twists every thing leaving you in complete shock by the end of the book as you would never have guessed that the person responsible was even involved in the crime.

I loved Sister so much that I was worried that Afterwards wouldn't be able to live up to its predecessor, but it does it with...more
Cindi
May 18, 2012 Cindi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Grace, a devoted mother of two, narrates Afterwards, a compulsively readable thriller from the Rosamund Lupton of Sister fame. Grace is in a coma resulting from her heroic efforts to rescue her children from the burning school. In her current out-of-body state, Grace will become obsessed with finding out who is to blame for setting the fire that has devastated her happy family.

The point-of-view in this novel is very unique. Grace is nearly omnipresent and can overhear conversations that in life...more
Megan
Once I got past the awkwardness of "comotose woman as narrator," I quite enjoyed this book. It only took me a few chapters to recognize the value of having the unconscious woman "leave her body" and follow other characters around invisibly, and by that time, I'd gotten used to it, so it didn't bother me any more. It was basically a literary device that enabled us as readers to eavesdrop on a lot of conversations. This had two main benefits: It sped up the process of relating all the information...more
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Rosamund Lupton started writing when she could first hold a pencil. She studied English literature at Cambridge University. Following her BA degree, she was a freelance copywriter and reviewer, including writing reviews for the Literary Review. She won a TV play competition and became a full time screenwriter, working for the BBC and independent film companies. When her youngest child started scho...more
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“I'm a sliver-thin light, diamond sharp, that can slip through gaps in the world we know. I will come into your dreams and speak soft words when you think of me. There is no happy ever after - but there is an afterwards.
This isn't our ending.”
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