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In The After

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  28 reviews
There is a reason fairy tales end when they do ... because happily ever after is just the beginning of real life.

Once upon a time in the quaint, forgotten coastal town of Joyce, Washington Emmy Burns existed in the middle of an inconsequential life that resembled a small-town fairy tale; days filled with caring for her daughter Avery, running her small but thriving pottery
Paperback, 398 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Createspace (first published October 14th 2012)
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Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Wow, you guys. In The After is truly an amazing and beautiful (but sad) story! It's one of the most heartbreaking stories I've ever read, but I can't recommend it enough! I love everything about this book: the cover, the title, the characters, the story, and the insane way that Ashley made me hope when there was no hope. When I first read the synopsis, I wasn't totally sure what to expect from this book, but that's what I loved about it! And as soon as I read
David Adams
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time, children's stories stared with "Once upon a time". Now, this opening is apparently the domain of eloquent, extremely well written stories that convey a kind of subtle beauty and tragedy, where the characters dreams and ambitions meet the harsh indifference of reality.

In The After opens with a woman recounting her experience bonding with her mother over fairy tales leading into a class, as an adult, analysing them clinically; a kind of thing that, as a male reader, still managed
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Okay, I am highly impressed with Ashley Mackler-Paternostro... and actually, I am a bit jealous. She is able to create a real-life event, make the characters so tangible, draw you in emotionally, and then master a fantastic story. I can prove to you that I felt so attached to this book and my mind was constantly thinking about what was going to happen next. I stopped reading when I got to work at the part when Emmy disappeared, and a few other things happened (not to spoil anything)… so I a ...more
Margaret Tidwell
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Once again I am not sure where to even start with this book. I loved this book and I am not sure how to even put into words how I feel about it. Her writing right from the start grabs my attention and I can't put the book down until I am finished with the book. The first thing I will say about this book is that at first it reminded me of the Susan Powell case. If you aren't from Utah you may not have heard about this case but that is what I thought this book was going to be like but it didn't en ...more
Brooke Berry
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Like the authors first book, I love that the characters are very real. They are described so well that its easy to understand their emotions, what motivates, frustrates, and excites them. I enjoy that they aren't perfect, just human. While dealing with the topic of domestic abuse, I admire the way it was approached. As a reader, we understand how it started, why she stays, why she feels she can't leave, and why she still loves him. We also understand how this would strain other friendships and r ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really hate domestic abuse - I cannot imagine that there is anyone out there who thinks it is really okay. I'm sure I am wrong, or it wouldn't happen all the time. This book was a book of fiction but based on so much truth. Emmy Burns is described as a quiet, very smart child while her best friend Sidney is outgoing and also very smart. Emmy meets a young man while she is at college, after working very hard to get a full scholarship, and throws it all away because she falls in love with him. S ...more
Carrie Ardoin
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Emmy Burns and Sidney Ruth have been friends their entire lives. That's why, when a detective calls Sidney asking if she has heard from Emmy in the past 48 hours, Sidney knows something is very wrong. She also knows Emmy would never disappear and leave her 7 year old daughter behind. And what she believes, above all else, is that Emmy's abusive husband Stephen is the one behind the disappearance.

Sidney makes the decision to go to the tiny town where Emmy lives and try to unravel the mystery of h
Sep 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Ashley Mackler-Paternostro paints a painfully accurate portrait of a domestic violence victim whose own prince turned out to be something different from what she envisioned. From one moment to the next, Emmy is gone without a trace, and her life-long best friend Sidney, knowing what was going on behind the closed doors of Emmy's home, cannot accept the fact that Emmy would simply walk away and leave her daughter behind. A race with time begins to prove that something happened to Emmy, something ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Amazing. Wonderful. Heartbroken. Emotional.

Those are just a few of the things I thought/felt while I read In The After. This book stirred so many emotions that words simply cannot explain. This is one of the most heartbreaking books I've read in a long time. Emily and Sidney have been friends since they were little and have vowed to always be there for one another. No matter what. So when Emmy goes missing Sidney sticks to that.
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There is much to like about IN THE AFTER. Sidney and Emmy have been best friends since childhood, although they haven't spoke in two years. Sidney receives a call from the police, Emmy was gone missing, without her beloved daughter. According to her husband, she's run away. But Sidney knows her friend is dead, and that her abusive husband has killed her. Sidney spearheads publicity to help find Emmy's body.
Although poorly edited, this book is well written. Toward the second half of the book, I
Michele Whitecotton
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book from the very beginning. The fairy tale theme was a great attention grabber. For me, this book was a solid four stars from the get go. The tragic tale of domestic violence interwoven with memories from the past was the perfect way to tell this story. As we read about the disappearance of Emmy, we were also learning the story of Emmy's and Sidney's relationship from the beginning. I really enjoyed the way the two parts were intertwined. It was a heartbreaking tale of a trouble ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sidney and Emmy are friends, no not just friends, BEST friends. They have been since their early childhood years. So what do you do when your "Best friend" quits college, gets pregnant and marrys her abusive lover?? He is "evil" to Emmy, and Sidney, God bless her for her strength and kindess, tries to be there for her friend and tries to guide her to a better path. But some women take the abuse a lot longer than "outsiders" think they should and what can you do to help? This was a really hard re ...more
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Whilst not my normal genre of reading book, I had seen the high ratings this story and author had received so I decided to give this book a go. Fairy tales are not real and this is as far from a perfect story as you can get. Despite the themes included, the characters are true and likeable and you feel yourself being absorbed in the story. Don't get me wrong, there are parts that I found extremely different to read but that just shows the candor in which the author wrote with. Nobody likes an un ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. Many women will relate to the sort of life-long friendship that Sidney and Emmy have ... that friendship that goes beyond friendship into something visceral as if they are two sides of the same coin. Lives intertwined, lovingly wrapped around each other forever. Tragic, moving, engaging, and so visually and emotionally stimulating you find yourself moving with the characters through this tale. Like all things it had to come to an end, and I could not have wished for a better ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to receive this in a FR giveaway, and this book did not disappoint me at all! The characters are complex and so real, you really feel as though you get to know them by the end of the book. A beautifully written story about the lives and relationships between two best friends and the things that can tear even the closest friends apart. The ending is a surprise, but also not....I guessed it but wasn't completely accurate. Overall, a beautiful book that will be hard to put down onc ...more
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing

An emotional gauntlet. I would easily place this as a top 5 must read for 2013.

I love controversial reads. Works that make you think, feel and live out of your normal comfort zone.

My heart was stripped reading this. I have only felt that raw a handful of times while reading works of fiction.

Read this!

**there were some grammatical errors that got me hung up a few times, hence the .5, but other than that-this book is phenomenal
Opal Mellon
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book about friendship, loss, and the grey areas in life. I didn't see the twist coming, and I tend to pride myself on seeing the twists coming.
This one kept me up reading it. I was expecting it to be a bedside book I read for a half hour before bed but it was not to be. I had to finish it. Good book with a good message and a great ending. It made me think about all of the friends I've had and lost along the way in life. I enjoyed the writing style as well.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This was one of the most amazing stories of friendship that I have ever read. The abuse and horrors Emmy had went through were gut wrenching. As a mother my heart went out to Emmy and Avery, for all they endured, a mother will do anything for her child, even die for her. Sidney and Emmy had such a strong friendship, through thick and thin. This was a great book.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An extremely well-written book about a woman trapped in an abusive marriage and her best friend's attempts to save her. Even the "Nancy Grace"-type of national coverage for the missing Emmy was gripping. The bittersweet ending was a twist that I did guess but quickly dismissed about half-way through, so I was still taken aback. Well done.
Cayce Cook
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was REALLY good. Another one I just could not put down until I found out what happened. The ending totally took me by surprise. I thought it would end several different ways from what it actually did. It was better than anything I was prepared for!! Definitely worth the read!
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very well thought out book well planned and a good story.
I loved the best friends, hard to find good friends like that these days.

I knew this twist was coming... in the middle of the book Sidneys comment to Emmy about getting rid of Stephen is when I knew...
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
A gripping book - hard to put down, and difficult to read at the same time. Quite a bit of strong language.
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Picked this book up as a free kindle addition. I was hooked from page 1 and couldn't put it down. Awesome story of friendship, bravery and the things you do for love.
Rose Beyke
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book sucked me in quickly. It was well written and had a twist of an ending. I thought it was interesting to view domestic violence through the eyes of a friend.
Marsha Belflower
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. A little slow in the beginning. EXCELLENT twist!
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Ashley Mackler-Paternostro lives in Naperville, Illinois with her husband Mark and their three wild dogs. She considers herself a bit of magpie, picking up inspiration for her novels from the world around her. Her novels include The Milestone Tapes, In The After and a short story featured in the collection Holiday Wishes.

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