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After the End

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  16 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Clare Mackintosh, a deeply moving and page-turning novel about an impossible choice—and the two paths fate could take.

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They’re best friends, lovers, unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip c
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Liz Barnsley
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to start with a review at the moment - reading this so early gives me the opportunity to not have to say too much as yet so nearer publication I will attempt to write a full review and make it count.

I can't even begin to imagine what it took to write this but After The End is incredible. Just that. The sheer weight of emotion in it is astounding, beautiful even in heartache and it offers a perspective and ultimately a choice for the reader that makes you think, really thi
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review to follow as requested by the publisher.
This is something entirely different from the author. Not a psychological thriller but an emotionally heartbreaking and beautifully written portrayal of how a loving relationship can be turned on its head by the most cruel and distressing of circumstances. Stunning writing from Clare Mackintosh that brings us so close to her characters and we're right there with them, through the best and the worst. A remarkable novel. Review to follow closer to publication on For Winter Nights.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
When you get married, you never imagine anything tearing your relationship apart. But even the strongest of marriages falter when tragedy strikes. And unfortunately, the crack in their marriage is unavoidable for Pip and Max when their toddler son, Dylan, is diagnosed with having a brain tumor. Pip and Max manage to be supportive of one another and hopeful for Dylan’s sake for months, up until Dylan’s doctor says that his tumor is increasing in size and that it would be fruitless to continue car ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Max and Pip Adams live in England with their 3 year old son Dylan. The story begins as the Adams are trying to deal with the fact that their son has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Max travels extensively for business and Pip spends every day at the hospital with their son. After reviewing all of the information, Dylan's medical team recommends that no further treatment be offered, only palliative care.

Unable to agree with the review, the parents must decide if they should go to cour
Danyelle Drexler
Clare Mackintosh’s newest novel is veraciously readable and exquisitely written.
It’s both heart lifting and heartbreaking, and you’ll think about it, long after you’ve turned the last page.
A Davis
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Clare Mackintosh, so I was delighted to receive an advanced copy of this novel.

It's very different to her previous books, in that it's not a thriller. It's a family drama, based on very real emotions and unbelievably difficult circumstances. It's every bit as fast paced though, and I devoured it.

Very well written, I connected with all the characters and felt their pain throughout. You'd think it was a true story, based on those characters, and the author's note at the end conf
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Max and Pip are spending their lives in the intensive care unit with their small son, Dylan. Dylan has cancer and is very poorly and unless the hospital agree to extensive therapy in another county, death is the only outcome. Max and Pip want different things and this tale follows their paths.

This story was beautiful without being twee. The human pain was heart wrenching and I did well up a few times reading it.

This was such a contrast to Clare’s previous books and until I read the very end I
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is very different from her other books - it is not a thriller, however like her other books it is a very good read.

'After the end' describes the heartbreak of a child's terminal illness. The book does not hide from the emotional turmoil when parents are asked the most difficult question - should their child live or die?

The 'sliding doors' approach to the story demonstrates that there are no easy answers and I appreciated that there was no sermonising, or obvious 'right solution'. It is a
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a book. Heartbreaking tale of Pip, Max and their ill child Dylan. A nightmare scenario, whichever way you look at it.

The story leaps out at you from the page and at the end you discover that the author lost a child in 2006. That loss and love resonates across the pages, and is illustrated in every word.

I have to admit to getting a bit confused in the middle and clearer signposting to the different outcomes would have helped but ultimately this didn’t detract from this powerful, emoti
Emma L
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Had I'd known what the subject matter was for this book, I would not have requested to read this. The blurb on the NetGalley page did not mention the terminally ill child at all. I can say that the writing style was very engaging initially and I got into the main characters very quickly and you also get to read the Doctor point of view too.

I did find this story very difficult to read and it makes it even more hard to review when you read that the author has used her own personal experiences to w
Christine Rennie
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a thought provoking book, it is not an easy read but it is one that will stay with the reader for some time. There are many options and variables after Daniel’s death and it is these options that will stay with the reader. There is no right or wrong answer, only what is best for the child and the parents concerned. As Clare Mackintosh says at the end she and her husband had this choice to make and
Mia Whittemore
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this as an ARC from Netgalley, and I cant yet tell you how amazing it is, as the publishers as for reviews no earlier than 2 weeks. however, this book is amazing. Its emotional, and loving whilst tearing worlds apart.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Natasha Ellis
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very different from her usual. No review as publisher requested no reviews yet.
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Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant now writes full time. She lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children.

Clare's debut novel, I Let You Go, is a Sunday Times bestseller and was the fastest-selling title by a new c
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