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After Me

(Kate Sawyer #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  813 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Twenty million in diamonds missing.

Kate Sawyer, a cop in witness protection, holds the key.

If she could only remember.

Early-onset Alzheimer’s clouds the past. Stem cell therapy is working to clear it.

But time is running out for Kate.

One night she finds a dead man in her bathtub with a note stuck in his pocket.

I know what you’ve done.

Her cover blown, Kate runs, the clock is
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published December 27th 2016 (first published December 19th 2016)
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Deacon Tom F
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Explosive Story that I enjoyed. It is about a woman's desperate quest to survive

Kate Sawyer finds a dead body in her bathtub and off we go!

An ingenious plot. She is in witness protection with Alzheimer's. With her cover blown, Kate’s on the runs as those close to her are being killed.

I love how the intertwining of memory loss mixed in to this fast paced story. I recommend it — a great easy read.
Oct 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning! Definitely not a cozy! However, I enjoyed it very much. Kate Sawyer says that it was hell to lose one’s memory and not lose one’s mind. I understand where she is coming from. After my father had a stroke he told us that it seemed as if someone had knocked over his filing cabinet and dumped out all of the files. When someone would ask him a question he had to sort through all the loose papers until he found the correct one and then he could answer the question. He then told us that he pu ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am familiar with this author and her fun, comedic side with the Lucky books. Yet, this new path the author has taken with her thriller/romantic suspense books has me intrigued. I will say that while I did enjoy this book, I struggled with it as well.

Just like Kate's memory, it was slow to come back. Which is how I felt reading this book. It was touch and go for me. It took me several chapters in the beginning to get into this book. After that I would read a few chapters and than put the book
Dalene W.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good read

This was an enjoyable book. It was fast paced and unique in that the main character, a female detective has early onset Alzheimer’s. I hope to read the second book about. Kate in the near future.
Jodi Pomerleau
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
At first I enjoyed the story..a woman detective with early onset Alzheimer's involved in 20 million dollars worth of missing diamonds that people are desperate to get back. But repetition upon repetition of how she is missing parts of her memory got to be tedious. The flashbacks were enough to fill in those gaps and not have to continually waste pages on that point. A lot of improbable stuff happens. How could Kate continually physically best thugs, despite the injuries to herself? The ending wa ...more
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kate Sawyer faces the daily struggle of remembering her own identity due to early-onset Alzheimer symptoms. That, coupled with the fact that she's in Witsec, leaves her ill-equipped to deal with people from her former life who want a fortune in diamonds returned to their mobster organisation and believe that she is the key to the gems' location.

This was a challenging read. Kate's story rings true to life and the rabbit hole of her journey is not for the faint-hearted. There are many partial flas
Apr 30, 2021 rated it liked it
B & N offered this to be read a bit at a time. What I didn’t realize was that they would remove the book after posting the book in it’s entirety soooo i didn’t like it enough to pay for it. I didn’t finish it but felt 3 stars was appropriate.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really loved this book! It takes you deep inside your mind, swirling with emotion... Gone is the wry humor of the Lucky series - this is heart-rendingly serious, grippingly fast, surprisingly innovative and deeply moving, and I kept rooting for the heroine from start to finish.

And the writing... excellent! All the thoughts swirling through Kate's head are so well stringed that you vividly feel her dispair, her torment, her doubts, her grief and her pain, as if her stem cells are in yo
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly loved all the suspense in this book. One fast paced, and turn pager. The first page until the end had me intrigued.
Kate Sawyer a former NYPD undercover cop had been injured. When someone sends her a message its pretty scary. The problem is she can't remember things. Even who she is.

All the pieces are coming back, but who can she trust? The one person supposed to protect her she's staying away from.
She turns to Detective Beck Hudson. A gut feeling she can trust him.

That's when things bec
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In After Me, this story is about a medical thriller. When Kate Sawyer gets hurt in a takedown, she goes into the Witness Protection Program. Then she finds a dead guy in her bath tub. She knows someone is after her, but she doesn't know who. Her memory has been messed up after she got hurt. She undergoes into a experimental stem cell treatment, hoping to regain her memory. This book is well written, the pace starts from the first page and doesn't stop until the last. You will NEVER guess who is ...more
Jerry B
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We picked up this ebook freebie after seeing it billed as a medical thriller. We used to be fond of such tales from the likes of Robin Cook and the late Michael Palmer, but haven’t seen much action in that genre lately. Anyhow, the book starts with a really original premise – 40-ish ex-cop (as it turns out) Kate Sawyer has a type of early Alzheimer’s to the point where she practically narrates her life on her phone so that she can remember necessities – and often writes highlights on her arms an ...more
Susan Bissell
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this story a fasted paced murder mystery, keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. It is a well-written story about a former NYPD undercover cop who now lives in Portland, Oregon after being injured in a takedown gone terribly bad. Now Kate in is WitSec program hiding from the bad guys. She has early onset Alzheimer and she is only in her late 30's, she is in an experimental stem-cell program, but her biggest problem is she can't remember who they are ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I can't imagine what it would be like to lose your memory and then slowly get it back, piece by confusing piece. But this is the story of Kate Sawyer. An undercover cop for the NYPD, she has been involved in something terrible, but can't remember any details. Her past haunts her and people are after her. She has a handler named Dan who put her into WITSEC to protect her, but it turns out she has better friends who find her along the way. She also has a brother who she hasn't been in contact with ...more
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This turned out to be a pretty good read after all. For me it required some concentration at a time I wasn’t really willing to give it that much. The plot was pretty convoluted. You have a heroin that’s got early onset Alzheimer’s before she’s even 40. She’s a cop who was badly injured in her last encounter with criminals and can’t remember most of it. Someone is after her but she doesn’t know why except that whoever they are thinks she has stolen diamonds, and they want them back. It m
Marian Bron
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deborah Coonts does it again. I had reservations about downloading this medical thriller by Coonts because I love the Lucky O’Toole novels with all their colourful characters, but I’m glad I did. After Me does not disappoint. I may even like Kate Sawyer’s world a little more than Lucky’s! While the characters who people Kate’s world may not have the colourful idiosyncrasies of Lucky’s friends, each has depth and are complete.

The premise is original. Kate has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzh
Jennice Mckillop
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a definite 5 star book. What an awesome concept: someone placed in Witness Protection who gets diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. But if she can’t remember, does she still need to be in the WitProg? Yes, she does!
Then her caregiver in the WitProg enrolls her in a Stem Cell program for Alzheimer’s, one of only two in the country, but she needs a donation from a relative, a close relative, like a brother she’s learning she has. And that brother could be one of the bad guys.
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
After Me by Deborah Coonts is a book that will keep you turning pages well into the night. Kate Sawyer is a former police woman who worked undercover. She is in witness protection. She also has early onset Alzheimer's. She cannot remember what happened to twenty million dollars in diamonds and the owner wants them back. He has murdered people in his path and he will not stop until the diamonds are returned. Can Kate put the pieces of her memory together and find the diamonds before anyone else i ...more
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fast-paced book that keeps you guessing until the very end. Just like the heroine in the book, Kate Sawyer, you have to piece together the clues to solve the several different mysteries and the murders. And because Kate's character has genetic, early onset Alzheimer's, the way her character is developed keeps the reader conveniently in the dark, so really, you basically keep pace with Kate as she solves the murders. This was a unique experience for me, the way the author cleverly uses words th ...more
Apr 24, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Now in witness protection, Kate is a former cop with an unusual, serious medical problem with her memory. During her last undercover job, twenty million dollars in loose diamonds went missing. Now someone from that night has tracked her down and is eliminating each person connected with the takedown one by one. She’s on the run, trying to put together the pieces and remember who is after her before it’s too late for them all.

This was an entertaining crime thriller! The memory element added to th
Cathy Egan
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great suspense

This is not the type of book I have read from Deborah Coonts before. It has lots if suspense and action. I loved it! Kate Sawyer is the main character. She's a former cop from New York in the Witness Protection program. She has early onset Alzheimers and is being hunted by some pretty bad characters. Her journey into finding the truth and getting her memories back is very intriguing. Lots of new characters and a love interest that is pretty amazing make this a very worthwhile read.
Beverly Laude
Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kate Sawyer has several problems. She has a rare form of early-onset dementia and she is also in the WITSEC program. How can she solve the problems that seem to be pursuing her from her past if she can't remember what she did?

The book was very different and Kate's struggles with her memory were almost another character in the book. At times, it became painfully tedious while she repeatedly tried to remember. But, the story was fast paced, with plenty of twists to satisfy the reader. All in all,
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Original and Touching

I love this book. It took me only two nights to get through because the action rarely slowed long enough that I could easily pause! I could say a lot about the carefully-chosen adjectives, the very precise plotting, and the evident love Coonts has for her characters but staying up to read it means that I'm overtired and can't choose my own words carefully

Do read this. It's lovely on its own but apparently it was meant as a series starter! I'll try to get the second one soon.
Wendell Hennan
This book appealed to me because of the early onset Alzheimers which has ravaged my mother's family. I found that part of the book difficult to read and while the steady recovery from the stem cell treatments from her brother Hank were good news Kate had to resort to writing reminders on her body and deal with pieces of her past that became clear and then faded away. The story itself has more twists than enough and Kate might well be Wonderwoman, taking down men despite physical pain from past i ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a little while for me to get into the story, but once it did I was pretty much racing along with it and found it really hard to put down. Trying to unravel the mystery was a great read, but the book is more than plot, it's also about people. The author has a knack for three-dimensional characters that you come to care about, and wanting to know what happened to them next, finding out what their pasts were and why things were happening in the present, makes for an amazing read. ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, mystery
I absolutely loved this author's LUCKY series. It's not fair to judge other books with different flavors against LUCKY, but I couldn't help it. Although I did enjoy AFTER ME. It still took me a while to get into because the memory thing kept throwing me. Then I realized, this is probably exactly what the main character feels. After I accepted the novel on its own merits, it got better. Gotta say, the ending was kicker! ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing that drew me in was the early-onset Alzheimer's case. The fact that Kate Sawyer was a former NYPD cop who was living in my town of Portland, OR, in the Witness Protection Program. She is undergoing an experimental stem-cell treatment. She hopes to get at least some of her memory back because she has been hunted down and people around her are being killed. This was a well-written mystery ...more
Lois Buck
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
After Me

If you are looking for a book that is similar to the author's "Lucky" series, this is not it. It was a very interesting concept to consider, but there was nothing at all light about this book. It was very deep and sometimes depressing. I often read a book in one sitting, but this one needed to be done in several short sittings for me to get through it. Nevertheless, it was very thought provoking.
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well worth reading

I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book but the more I read the more intriguing the story became. A young woman has lost her memory to Alzheimer’s. She is part of a ground breaking medical trial using stem cell therapy to combat this progressive disease. Tendrils of memories begin to stir but in those tendrils lay terror. Her life is in danger and she doesn’t remember why. This is a very well written psychological thriller and won’t disappoint.
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