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After the Darkness by Honey Brown
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Dec 21, 12

bookshelves: australian, aww2012-challenge, great-aussie-reads-challenge-2012
Read from December 15 to 16, 2012

Trudy and Bruce Harrison seem to have it all – a happy marriage, three healthy children and a successful business. Then one afternoon as they are returning home from a trip away they make the fateful decision to stop at a Gallery on a lonely, country road. What happens there changes their comfortable life in an instant and sends them on a journey that will test everything they thought was safe in their world.

Right from the beginning you get a sense of reality about this novel – that something like this could happen to an average couple who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I liked the way the author explored the different ways that people cope with the same event and how self-preservation is ultimately the most powerful driving force for most human beings when faced with adversity.

I thought both the main characters were well developed and believable. Although you may not entirely agree with their actions, you could understand how fear can drive people to do things they wouldn’t normally consider. You also understand that until you have faced a traumatic experience, you really can’t predict just how you would respond.

Suspenseful right from the beginning, After The Darkness is also a compelling read that twists and turns in many directions before reaching its conclusion. Yet at the same time you also get the sense that something like this is never really over, that Bruce and Trudy will always live with the shadow of that one afternoon and all its aftermaths.
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