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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  590 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad's a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlo ...more
Hardcover, 283 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Merit Press
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Clara AFTERMATH is intended for both the teen and adult audiences. Readers in both age groups will enjoy it. Thanks for asking! xoxo

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Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Please. Please don’t let that happy, almost fantasy looking cover fool you like it fooled me. I completely understand why that cover was used for this book, and even though I read the synopsis, for some reason I thought this book was going to be a happy story. In a way, you can say it is. But in the same way, you can also say it isn’t at all…

This is a serious story about a girl who was kidnapped, held for four years and then escapes by a twist of fate. But when she gets home she realises a lot h
Liza Wiemer
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book!!! It's powerful, emotional, gripping, hard-to-put-down with lots of twists and turns you won't predict. AFTERMATH will leave the reader thinking about these characters and the choices they made. How well do you know your community? How well do you know your brother? What would make a "seemingly normal" person kidnap a young girl and hold her prisoner? What happens afterward?

I read this book in a day. Three weeks later, I'm still thinking about this family—how each one found different
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
Charlotte Weatherstone was abducted when she was 12 years old and held captive in Alan Shaw's attic for four years. When he suffers from a stroke a paramedic happens to hear Charlotte, she is discovered and found in a wire cage.

From there it's Charlotte trying to cope with life, realizing that she's free and her Keeper won't hurt her anymore. That while she was gone her family broken in many ways and all the while she's trying to solve the location of a girl that Alan had prior to her, a girl he
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story was intense and definitely has a ripped-from-the-headlines feel to it. As a parent, child abduction is my worst nightmare, and there were moments when Charlotte's story was incredibly difficult to read. I cried, my heart breaking not only for what she endured, but the damage it did to her family in her absence.

Charlotte's return home, while joyous, is only the tip of the iceberg. For 4 years the memories of her family, the hopes and dreams she shared with her twin sister, are what ke
Briar's Reviews
Aftermath by Clara Kensie is a Young Adult novel following the "aftermath" of a teenage girl's abduction.

This book was a hard read - it's emotional, raw and enraging (at times). Clara Kensie has written one magnificent story in the form of a young adult novel. Honestly, it was written beautifully but the subject matter was so tough, serious and so full of pain.

The plot of the story is as followed: Charlotte was abducted by her "Keeper" about four years ago. Somehow, she gets lucky and gets her
Holly's Little Book Reviews
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I cannot stop thinking about this book. When I started reading Aftermath, I had NO idea what I was in for. Clara Kensie wrote an addicting read filled with suspense, questions, and intense emotion.

After being kidnapped and abused for four years, Charlotte has been found. This novel is about what comes next... what happened during those four years and how Charlotte, her family, friends, and community have changed. I honestly am not sure I can put into words how much this book made me think and h
Karen • The Book Return
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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'Aftermath' is a young adult novel about Charlotte. She is kidnapped from a football game when she is eleven and is held in her kidnapper's attic for over four years. She survives by imagining that her twin sister, mother, and father are leading a wonderful life without her. She imagines that her twin sister is living everything 'double' for Charlotte.  Her kidnapper has a stroke and falls down falls down the stairs. The EMT's then fi

Patty Blount
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm ridiculously proud to have read and provided a cover quote for this stunning new title from 2015 Rita winner, Clara Kensie. Aftermath is a ripped-from-the-headlines story about survival and healing and the power of family. The thing that really stood out for me is that -- despite the situation that Charlotte has endured? This is ultimately, a story of hope. Love, love, love! ...more
AMAZING story! Review to be posted very soon!
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and utterly unexpected.

I fell in love with Clara Kensie's writing a few years ago when she wrote her Run To You Series. So, when I heard that she was writing something new, of course, I had to get my hands on it. And let me tell you, I was not in any way disappointed.

Aftermath is refreshing, unique and so unexpected. Aftermath is well written and utterly captivating. It is a story that is not only intense, but will grip you the entire time. This is a story about survival and what happ
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Aftermath by Clara Kensie is an emotional novel of courage, survival and hope.

Four years after she was abducted by a pedophile, sixteen year old Charlotte Weatherstone is finally rescued from her kidnapper and she wants nothing more than to pick up her life where it left off. Her happy homecoming is marred by the discovery that her twin sister Alexa is now a rebellious, defiant and troubled teenager and her parents' once idyllic marriage fell apart due to the strain of her disappearance. Despite
Laura Rash
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a read! Just when I thought the drama had peaked another swell rolled in!
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Charlotte is free. After four years of captivity, she's free. No longer living in her kidnapper's attic, she can finally reunite with her parents and sister. She did on discovers her mom's drinking, her dad has a new family and her twin has gone from cheerleader to druggie.

AFTERMATH is the story of Charlotte's return and her family's adjustment. Clara Kensie pulled me into Charlotte's life from the first paragraph. Empathizing with her and Alexa was a given. I liked the protective bond between t
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Charlotte was kidnapped and and held by a monster for over 4 years. During that time, she held onto the thought that her family was safe and happy. However, she learns the truth is much more complicated.

It’s hard to rate a book that explores awful content. Can I say the book was wonderful, despite the horrible things that happen within it’s pages? This is something I’ve struggled with before. It’s hard to describe how a miserable story touched me, made me feel and gave me something to think abo
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book follows Charlotte who has been kidnapped when she was a young child. Charlotte kept going at her kidnapper's house by thinking of her loving family assuming they were doing great and had moved on without her. When Charlotte is finally found and released she has found out that her family has completely changed from when she was abducted.

First I love Charlotte as a character. The author did an amazing job creating a teenager who has been abducted and found. I felt like the emotions that
Alexis Johnson
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so my official review will be on my blog but as for now I just want to put here how amazing this novel was.
I had cried, laughed a bit, smiled, cried more, wish something had happened, cried a lot more.

This is the best novel I've read all year, tying with The Architects song by A G Howard.
The writing was well, and the characters well-formed.

I can't wait to read more from Clara Kensie and I hope everyone who sees this reads this novel because ... seriously. Best. Book. Ever
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bottom line, this book is both heartbreaking and hopeful. We need more books like this one because this topic is more real than we sometimes treat it. You can see my full review at Gabriella M Reads. ...more
Colleen Turner
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This might be one of the most heart-breaking yet touching and hopeful novels I've read in a good long while! From page one the reader is thrown into a crate in a locked attic room with Charlotte and from that moment on you feel every emotion - fright, anxiety, confusion, anger, and, yes, even happiness - with Charlotte and her family as they navigate through this new world created by her kidnapping. I did have to put it down from time t
AK Mama Reads
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Pleasantview.  Locked in the attic of my keeper’s house there was nothing pleasant about my view.”

Where do I even begin with this startling book?  I tried my best to avoid other reviews and blurbs regarding this book, because I knew when I signed up for it that it would be better to not know too much to start.  That wouldn’t have been a problem, though, as there are so many surprises along the way so I wouldn’t have felt prepared if I had read every review and snippet available before hand.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was such a compelling read and it broke my heart more than once, but then Kenzie slowly pieced it back together again. Why do I love when an author does this to me?!

Charlotte was abducted when she was eleven and now it’s four years later and she is free. But is she really free now? Yes, the daily horrors she endured have finally come to a stop, but her nightmare is far from over. Everything changed while she was imprisoned and her entire
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Author Clara Kensie and her publicist for allowing me to read this ARC, in exchange for an honest review.

I don't rate very many books a 5. But this is one of the very select few that I will. I got approved to read this ARC this morning. I just finished it,15 minutes ago. I feel like I should mention, this will be a trigger book, if you have triggers to things such as rape, molestation, violence, this book may not be for you. I will add, Clara w
K.M. Robinson
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness, ripped right from the headlines, this story is about as real as it gets. I thankfully have never been personally touched by a tragedy like an abduction, but the fall out from an event like this is very real and Clara Kensie does a fantastic job of portraying how a family reacts to a child being taken. She focuses on Charlotte, the girl abducted and held captive for four years, but never once does she neglect showing us her family and what they've gone through, each family member ...more
A. Musquiz
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a story of recovery. We follow our main character Charlotte who's been held captive for four years by her kidnapper and follow her journey to recovery as she comes home to a family she feels she no longer recognizes. Charlotte was a strong character that was emotionally unstable and scarred from the things she went through over those four years that she was being held prisoner. Charlotte's family is not the one she r
Carrie Ardoin
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are always, and have been recently, stories of those who have been abducted getting rescued. We watch with rapt attention as we are shown the details of who took them, how long they were kept, and the deplorable conditions in which they were forced to live. But how often do we think about what becomes of their lives when they try to get them back to normal?

Aftermath is the story of 16 year old Charlotte Weatherstone, whose 4 year ordeal ended when she was rescued from a cage in an attic. H
Becky Price
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely loved this book. It was so deep and dark, and truly felt real. Everything that takes place in this book could take place in real life and that is what I loved about it. I also loved that every time you got comfortable with the storyline, a new shocking event would pop up to completely throw you off. I kept finding myself saying, "What!", "Oh my god!", and "No!" outloud throughout the entire book. This book had me hooked! I didn't really know if the subject of abduction survivors wou ...more
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Well thought out. Well written. Full of emotional ups and downs.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
As a young teen, Charlotte was kidnapped, and spent over four horrible years as a prisoner of her kidnapper, locked in his attic. The only thing that kept Charlotte going through the violence was the thoughts of her family: her mom, dad, and twin sister, Alexa. She imagined Alexa fulfilling all the fantasies the girls wrote down in their dream book. Then, one day, Charlotte manages to escape. She's suddenly "free," but the life she returns to as a sixteen-year-old is nothing like she imagined. H ...more
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I thought the blurb of this book was a really intriguing one. As I read the book, it was very clear how well the title fit and I liked how it wasn't just about the aftermath of Charlotte having been kidnapped, but also how her family was affected.

I was able to empathise with Charlotte really early on, but I felt I didn't really get to know the other characters as well, since I was only seeing them t
Jennifer Whitling
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Aftermath Review -
Release Date - November 15, 2016
Clara Kensie

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. Aftermath is a young adult novel, but the subject matter is dark and recognizable in today's society, calling to mind Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Lee Dugard.

Charlotte's story starts out with her being held captive in an attic. She's been a powerless victim of kidnapping and torture for four years, after being abducted at 11 years old. After unforseen circumstances she's di
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
We often might think that when a child is found and returned to her or his family that all will go back to normal, to the way things use to be. However, that is oftentimes not the case as the family tries to switch from the loss to the dealing with what has happened to the missing child as well as to the family. Family dynamics change even under the best of circumstances and when a child in that family goes missing everything changes.

Charlotte has been gone for four years abducted at age eleven
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“Some stories won't have a happy ending, but there's always hope that the next one will. Hope is everything. Even when there's nothing else. Especially when there's nothing else.” 10 likes
“My Keeper took everything from me: my home, my family, my voice. He made me powerless. But I'm home now. It may be split in two, but I have it back. My family may be broken, but I have it back. I have my voice back. I am not powerless anymore.” 2 likes
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