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After I've Gone

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  4,224 ratings  ·  315 reviews
YOU HAVE 18 MONTHS LEFT TO LIVE . . . On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount checks Facebook and discovers her timeline appears to have skipped forward 18 months, to a day when shocked family and friends are posting heartbreaking tributes to her following her death in an accident. Jess is left scared and confused: is she the target of a cruel online prank or is this a terr ...more
Kindle Edition, 428 pages
Published June 15th 2017 by Quercus
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sue
I have come across some very interesting subject themes and plots in my time as an avid reader then a reviewer for the past 7 years, this one will stand out in my memory as one that I have enjoyed so much I was either talking about it or anxious to get back to my Kindle to read more of it.

I actually read this in one day by the aide of sync on my Ipad and Iphone. I either had one in my hand or another whilst waiting in the car, waiting at the doctors, waiting for supper to cook.
I was glued.

Jess M
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Mandy White
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
I listened to this book on audible and really enjoyed it. Only problem was the narrator was so slow.. so I had to speed it up to 1.5!
Eva
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the kind of story that keeps me up at night and gives me nightmares because I can’t stop thinking about it and it roots itself firmly into my pea-sized brain!

Imagine waking up one morning, checking Facebook, and seeing posts on your timeline dated 18 months from now, from people utterly heartbroken because you passed away. Now, I don’t know about you but a) I’d rather not know upfront about my untimely demise and b) even if I did, I would most likely do whatever it took to postpone said
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Nicki
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Twenty two year old Jess has found herself caught up in a living nightmare.She has just discovered condolence messages on her Facebook timeline from her Dad,her bff Sadie and other family members and people that she knows.It seems that in eighteen months time Jess will be killed in an accident.Is this a cruel online prank or a glimpse into her actual future?.

Amongst the posts are pictures of a gorgeous baby boy that she has not yet conceived.When the posts reveal that Jess`s death might not have
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Karen Mace
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the nightmare scenario of the digital age! You log into Facebook and find memorial posts in your honour 18 months in the future!! But nobody else can see them! Are you going mad?! Is this a new form of Cyber Bullying? Jess finds herself in this exact predicament and it makes for some very nervy reading as her story unfolds.

Jess is your typical 20 something! Loving life working with her BFF Sadie at the local cinema, living a simple life with her Dad whilst missing her mum who she sadly l
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Dale Harcombe
This novel had an intriguing premise and it was that which initially drew me to the story. The idea is that in January, Jess Mount finds her timeline on Facebook appears to have skipped ahead 18 months. But that is not the most alarming thing. For her family and friends are posting tributes to her after her death. How can that be? Is it an online prank? Or is this showing her what is to come? In among the posts are photos of her son, who has not even been conceived in the current time. Can she c ...more
Michelle
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I've actually had an ARC of this for quite some time but wasn't sure if I'd like it so I kept passing it by in my endless TBR stack. I was afraid I wouldn't buy the whole receiving Facebook posts from the future only to find out that you, will not only be married with child, but also dead in 18 months time.

Our main character Jess lost her Mom when she was just 16 to cancer and she has a bit of a break down after that requires a brief hospitalization.

At 22 Jess is a bit snarky and not all that f
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Kate
This book gripped me like a vice. One of the most enjoyable pageturning psycho thrillers I've read this year.

DebsD
ARC from Netgalley.

This book has a great concept, but the whole thing didn't really hang together for me. The facebook posts felt contrived, especially as the book tries to make them look like facebook posts, complete with dates and times and the profile picture of the person posting. It wasn't that I didn't believe people would (view spoiler)
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Joanna Park
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed this book, it will definitely be on my list as one of the best books I have read this year. I was drawn into the story straight away and found it very hard to put down. The author has a great style that just flows beautifully which makes it very easy to read.

I absolutely loved the main character Jess. She is feisty, independent and just seems to really enjoy life. I liked that she seemed really human and that sh
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Kirsty 📚📖❤️

This book resonated with me so much. I got married at 20 to a man 10 years older than me, suffered abuse (verbal and emotional rather than physical in the book) and had a child before finding a way to leave. Jess, is 22 suffers physical abuse and thanks to the weird Facebook messages knows she will have a child but die at the husbands hand rather than leave. She chooses to carry on with the relationship knowing what will happen to ensure the baby is born. It made me think. Knowing what I do now
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Renita D'Silva
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Love Jess Mount, Joe and Sadie. A beautiful story.
Jules (Never enough time to read)
Probably closer to a 4.5* rating.

I was hooked from the start and didn't want to put it down.

The book was nothing ground breaking in the genre (psych thriller? What's the term for the last crime/drama pageturners?). But it kept me entertained.

Recommended.
BIBLIOMANIAC MJ
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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Rachel Gilbey
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hooked from the first few lines, I realised this was going to be a fabulous book and I wasn't in the slightest bit disappointed.

In a rather strange turn of events, Jess discovers she can view facebook posts from the future, 18 months time to be precise, of friends and family mourning her death.

As time goes on we see what appears to be a dual time line story as Jess struggles to work out what do do about all the future information she is seeing about herself, while at the same time, setting in
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Tony Warren
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
What a strange concept. It started quite well and is very thought provoking, that after one dies, Facebook comments continue. Do they ? But then it got very silly indeed as the comments were more descriptive and detailed. In the end they were all wrong anyway!
It was an OK book and different from what I would normally read but it would be fine for a holiday throwaway.
Yolanda Sfetsos
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good, addictive story.
This is a surprise book I recently received from Hachette. I knew nothing about it, had never read anything by this author, and was a bit confused about the cover because it didn't seem to fit the blurb. But, I'm a sucker for a good thriller and am always willing to give books with an interesting concept a chance.

I picked it up the other day to get a taste and before I realised it, I was several chapters in. And wanted to keep reading because I loved the narrator's voice. After that, I was hooke
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Kath Elizabeth
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TW: domestic violence, physical and emotional abuse

This was an absolutely gripping novel, one where you had to keep flipping pages to find out what happens.

The main character is a 22 year old woman called Jess. One morning on her way to work, Jess yells at a man for being misogynistic and ends up being asked out by another man who sees the whole incident. Jess decides to go out with Lee, and to begin with everything is wonderful. He is from another world - she lives in a tiny town and works in a
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Nicole
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychological
Linda Green was an author that was once on my radar but has fallen off in the last few years. Her chic lit books are ones that I immensely enjoyed so when I spotted her name on After I’ve Gone I had to have a look. With the tag line Status Update; You have 18 months to live on the blurb, I was immediately sucked in. Linda has successfully made the move to thriller writer with her latest novel and it is both unique and contemporary. It is enough to say that the themes are most relevant to today, ...more
Sharon
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publishers for this review copy.

Jess Mount checks her facebook account one morning and finds that her timeline has skipped forward 18 months. Her friends and family are leaving sympathy messages and tributes on her timeline as it is now the day, 18 months later, that she has died. No one else can see these messages other than Jess. She has no idea what is going on, but it gives her a scary insight into her future – a future where she leaves behind her husband, Lee
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Naomi
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars Really interesting storyline and very easy to read. Tugged on my heartstrings a lot & also made me really angry. Half a star taken off just as I thought the ending was a tiny bit flat.
Lynda Kelly
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Back to another 5* read from this author. The first I read by her was as well, then I read one I didn't like anywhere near as much and with this we revert to 5 !! I'm a bit baffled as to why she's messing around changing covers, though. I hate authors doing that and hers are nice ones....
The story got better and better as it went on and I had no idea where it was going to end up but I was up into the early hours dying to know !! I posted my "finished" Tweet between 2 and 3am this morning. A clev
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Tim Heath
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow!

Amazon tells me I purchased this nearly one year ago, but for whatever reason, only started it this week. I've now finished it.

I especially enjoyed this one. It's the second book I've read by the author (I probably finished that last year and purchased this right after) and though it's another first-person book (I keep saying I don't like this POV) I've yet again been won over by this book.

The premise was refreshing (in a creative way). An author likes such surprises. And (potential spoiler
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Louise
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"You Have Eighteen Months Left To Live!"

This is the message that Jess Mount reads when she opens her Facebook page and even worse......only she can see it!

Jess is working at the local cinema with her best friend Sadie, she is grieving the loss of her mum and has a very close relationship with her dad. She thinks her life has turned around when she meets the handsome Lee and they start a relationship. However, the message on her social media page continues to update with more information about Je
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Katherine Hayward
What would you do if you were living your life and suddenly posts saying you'd died started appearing on Facebook?

Wow, what an amazing book! Jess seems to have a great life. She works at the local cinema with her best friend Sadie. I loved the way that Linda Green gives us a really well-fleshed out version of Jess's character-we even learn that she cannot live without eyeliner and the fact she is a Harry Potter fan. Jess is 22 at the start of the book and meets Lee at the station . He'a 10 year
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Clare
With thanks to Netgalley and Quercus in exchange for an open and honest review.

I read Linda Green's book Mumifesto a few years ago which I enjoyed.
When I read the synopsis of After I've Gone, I could not wait to get my hands on a copy.

Jess Mount is 22 years old, smart, sassy and enjoys working at a cinema with best friend Sadie. One day Jess and Sadie are are on the train on way to work when a dirty old man touches her bum. When Jess confronted the man in front of fellow passengers, I loved
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Hannah
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Half-way decent holiday read. I originally rated this three stars because I got through it pretty quick, but more things keep coming to me that I really didn't like about this novel. Too many for three stars.

Jess seems to think love is all about how impressed she is by someone showering her with expensive gifts and holidays. There is very little substance to her relationship with Lee, I didn't understand it at all and hence didn't understand why she continued to see him, even though she was desp
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Lynn
Woman opens up her Facebook page to see messages from relatives that she has died and that she was possibly been murdered by her spouse or as she knows him, as her husband to be. While she prepares for her wedding in 2016, she continues to look at the direct message posts from her relatives and friends which state it is 2017 and that she has died. A rather silly, pedestrian novel on par with Lifetime movies in my opinion. The book is written in some British working class slang but not much, uses ...more
Melanie O'Neill
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was lent this book by a friend who recommended it to me. I really enjoyed this one, an easy read with good relatable characters. It's an interesting storyline which keeps you guessing right until the end. The book is set around West Yorkshire where I'm from so I knew the areas and towns the author was writing about, particularly Leeds, which was an added bonus!
Liz
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
An original and unnerving plot that made very compelling reading. Slightly disappointed that the ending was wrapped up so easily and quickly but otherwise a very good read!
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