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After the Eclipse

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  417 ratings  ·  102 reviews
A stunning psychological thriller about loss, sisterhood, and the evil that men do, for readers of Ruth Ware and S.K. Tremeyne

Two solar eclipses. Two missing girls.

Sixteen years ago a little girl was abducted during the darkness of a solar eclipse while her older sister Cassie was supposed to be watching her. She was never seen again. When a local girl goes missing just be
Published March 5th 2019 by Titan
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Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After The Eclipse by Fran Dorricott is an edge of you seat, guessing game of a thriller. whilst reading you get a little heart sore too, there are many moments where your given enough descriptions of certain things in the book that your mind and heart fills in the blanks and turns it a little darker.
You need plenty of time to read this as it's easy and page flipping.
It's the kind of book you read and everyone could of done it and in the end you still can't actually believe who it was and what w
Diane McPhail
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good thriller and good writing.
Thrillers and mystery are not my normal genre of choice, but this is a book that may convert me. Dorricott has achieved a stellar debut, layers of mystery on mystery that keep the reader entranced and engaged. Like the guilt-ridden protagonist, Cassie, I found myself jumping to all sorts of conclusions, thinking I could foresee what was coming, only to turn the corner to another complete surprise. The pacing, the straightforward language, the very ordinariness of the characters, one of whom you ...more
Hannah Whitten
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Twisty, creepy, and impossible to put down. Loved this.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, a big thank you to the author for letting me borrow a copy of After the Eclipse.

This book is heavy with guilt and fraught with tension; Cassie is a mess who spends her life chasing the past to try and make up for it. The twists are delicately woven together, leaving you guessing with every reveal. This read balances a detailed mystery with an emotional rollercoaster that works incredibly well. An amazing story with complex characters and intricate relationships, I can't wait to read mor
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great debut novel, full of twists and turns, a real page turner.

16 years after the disappearance of her sister, Cassie returns to Bishops' Green where it all happened to take care of her gran who has dementia and to escape her life in London. Haunted both by her sister Olive and her own guilt Cassie (a journalist) finds herself enmeshed in trying to uncover a similar disappearance in this sleepy backwater town. In doing so she embarks on a journey of self discovery and finally gets close
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just could not put this book down!! This is only my second book that I have marked as 5 stars this year so far.

With this story, we follow Cassie in two different time lines. You have Cassie when she was younger and at the time when her sister went missing right about the time of an eclipse. You then have the older Cassie who has returned to her home town when another girl goes missing, just in time for the next solar eclipse. There are so many similarities between the disappearance of Cassie'

Rep: lesbian mc, bi li

CWs: implied child abuse and rape, alcohol and drug abuse
This was suspenseful and incredibly compelling, for something in which I guessed who the culprit was the moment he appeared on the page. While the book constantly tries to mislead the reader, the combination of heavy-handed foreshadowing and stereotypical characterization of every single side character didn't leave much space for the reader to imagine other outcomes. I never suspected anyone else.

While it did keep my attention, After the Eclipse disregarded the idea of complex, realistic charact
J.L. Slipak
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Okay, this book kept me turning pages. It took one day to read, even with breaks. A fantastic psychological thriller with one major creep factor. The building tension, fast pacing, chilling plot with lots of unexpected twists and turns–perfect.

The author can weave a story, drawing the reader into a dark and disturbing world of compelling intrigue and shuddering outcomes. Love the tight writing and the author’s voice. You couldn’t
Jodie Moone
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What. A. Book.

I have tears still fresh in my eyes as I write this, and I’m still reeling from the ending. This was a book that blew me away, left me feeling like I was running a marathon, and more emotional than I expected to feel.

Cassie was brilliant, fiery and such an amazing character I feel like I know her. The details of the setting - being from Derbyshire myself - was brilliantly done, and every single scene I felt I was stood in.

I want to give this book to everyone I know, and let them
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy your thrillers with a bit of a difference, a unique angle, fast paced storyline and memorable characters, then this is certainly the book for you!

Having recently started my journey into the Genre of Thrillers, I have dived into it wholeheartedly for a couple of reasons. The stories are as varied as the Authors who write them, as are the changes of direction in the storylines. Yet the situations are eerily believable in how they come about. This Author has certainly delivered another
Freddi Freeth
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

So many ways to be kept guessing! A real page turner from start to finish. I really believed in all the characters. Highly recommended.
Yvonne Davies
On the 11th August 1999, the UK experienced a full solar eclipse. I remember standing with my work colleagues outside the office looking up at the sky. This story captures that opportune moment, whilst everyone was excited about the eclipse, 11-year old Olive Warren was abducted. 16 years later and in the build-up to another eclipse, another girl has gone missing. Cassie Warren is still suffering from the guilt of losing her sister, now an unemployed journalist, can she find who took her sister ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy fiction of this type, an unexplained disappearance that is explained as the novel progresses. Combined with another disappearance in modern day in the same area. And this novel doesn’t disappoint.

However, it was one where I guessed correctly who was responsible and saw hidden twists very early on. But, unusually it didn’t stop me reading and enjoying the novel. In fact I liked finding that I was correct in my deduction and there were a few occasions where I questioned if I had be
Stef L
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cassie only looked away for a moment during the full solar eclipse in 1999, that moment was all it took for her younger sister, Olive, to be abducted and to never be seen again.

Sixteen years later, Cassie returns to Bishop’s Green to take care of her ailing Gran. Whilst the town seems almost unchanged, Cassie herself has altered irrevocably, haunted by the sister that was never found and filled with emotion at the thought of seeing her first love, Marion, after so many years. As the new eclipse
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representation: sapphic mc's, f/f romance
trigger/content warnings: suicide, child sex abuse

me: i think he's the culprit

him: is the culprit

me: see i'm telling you i have the mind of a mastermind. master- i have the- mastermind. what's that? i don't know, but i'm so creative like that
Melody Loomis
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this one. I don’t read a lot of mystery type books but this one kept me reading because I wanted to find out who took Olive and what happened to her. The writer did a good job at making me guess too, because just about every male character with the exception of the police officer, I suspected at one time or another! And just when I was sure who I thought it was, nope, I then suspected someone else! The subject of the book matter is really sad though. While there weren’t any scenes that d ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book. It was well-written, twisty, and kept me gripped right to the end. I loved the way the story was woven around the two eclipses, and I liked the main character - she was a bit different from the norm, and I found myself totally relating to her guilt and determination to uncover the mystery! A great read!
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me interested throughout and I couldn’t put it down towards the end! It is is story told in alternating chapters about an 11 year old girl named Olive who was abducted during an eclipse. 16 years later another 11 year old girl, Tilly is abducted during an eclipse. Olive’s sister Cassie and her girlfriend detective Marion are trying to figure out if they are related. Every other chapter is Olive telling her story. It is quite an intriguing read. The book jacket ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Trigger warning for: Suicide, sexual assault, child abuse

Mysteries / thrillers aren't usually my genre so Dorricott's novel isn't exactly my cup of tea, but saying that, I did binge read the whole thing in a weekend :')

The main character Cassie is a bit self-righteous to me so I *do* feel like Marion could do better. But Cassie is full of action so she keeps the story moving at a fast pace which I very much appreciated. The mystery develops at a good pace, leaving lots of room for readers to try
Jenny Eckloff
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing book.

I'm not usually one for thrillers, but this is definitely an incredible introduction, at least for myself. It kept me guessing all the way through, leading me down a warren of rabbit holes in an attempt to settle on who I thought had done it! I will definitely be picking up more books like this in the future!
Pamela Scott
Review to follow when I take part in the blog tour on the 25 February
Angel McGregor
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, I was a little skeptical about picking this up... I know Fran, and I'm not a huge crime reader, so I didn't want to read it and not like it because I wanted to support her. However, I bought the book, and after hearing a couple of people talk about it, I got excited to read it when my pre-order arrived!

Wowsers!! I loved the prologue from Olive's point of view and found it fascinating to hear her chapters all the way through. I worried that it may ruin the suspense, but all it did was add to
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this thriller about a woman who returns to her childhood home where her younger sister disappeared 16 years ago and then another girl goes missing...

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Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review and more are on my website

I do love a suspenseful story. After the eclipse grabbed my attention from the first page.

Don’t we all tell our children, never get into a car even if you know who it is.

Eleven year-old Olive as excited that the whole town of Bishop’s Green was coming together to watch the eclipse.

Olive decided that she didn’t have to go by her sister Cassie’s one rule stay in sight.

Wanting a better view Olive knew Folly Hill and from the hi
Liz Barnsley
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cathy Cole
After the Eclipse was a pleasant read. I liked the character of Cassie as well as the author's writing style. However, I'm afraid that this is going to be faint praise.

I knew the identity of the abductor the first time the person was described. It had nothing to do with how the scene was written. Not at all. But after all the crime fiction I've read, sometimes you can just tell. I will say that the person's modus operandi was a bit different, which definitely added some spice to the ending of th
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
It’s been a while since I have read a psychological thriller so I was looking forward to reading After The Eclipse as it sounded like an interesting premise. Two girls go missing sixteen years apart, coinciding perfectly with a solar eclipse.

It follows Cassie, sister of the first missing girl, as she returns home to take care of her grandmother. When the second girl goes missing just before the eclipse, it leads Cassie to thinking it’s connected with her sisters disappearance all these years ago
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