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Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
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Apr 17, 2012

it was amazing
Read in April, 2012

Rosamund Lupton

Speedy Summary...

A fire at a school leaves devastation in its aftermath...cause of the fire?  It is believed to be arson.

My Thoughts After Reading...

This book begins so sweetly and then suddenly there is smoke, a fire, and devastation.  Jenny and her mum and one other student are the seriously injured.  It was a bit confusing in the beginning...I have to say...because although Jenny and her mum were injured...they were having sort of out of body experiences watching what was happening to them.  I didn't like this approach until I became used to it and I knew what was happening  but it runs through most of the novel...Jenny and Gracie follow all the key players throughout the hospital.  They try to remember what happened and who might have caused the fire.  

The suspense builds and builds in Afterwards...the half truths and lies and secrets permeate the story.  Sarah...sister in law to Gracie is a police detective and slowly begins digging to find out what really is so engrossing and so maddening and so intriguing that I could not stop reading.  The twists and turns and surprises...just kept me reading far into the night...I had about a hundred pages left...probably the best part of the book.

This book touched me in many was beautifully written...precisely done...heartwarming and tragic and uplifting and sad.

It is not a book I will soon forget.
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Patty Thank you so much...

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