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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 before the next big eclipse, Cassie - who has returned to her home town to care for her ailing grandmother - suspects the disappearance is connected to her sister: that whoever took Olive is still out there. But she needs to find a way to prove it, and time is running out.

448 pages, Paperback

First published March 5, 2019

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Fran Dorricott

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Profile Image for Jess☺️.
470 reviews83 followers
April 29, 2019
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 was right under your nose as a reader let alone right in front of the characters.
It also has those kind of moments where all you can think is ' oh for god sake come on ' and in the next breath the ending leaves you with
' oh my god ' 😱
I recommend this to everyone.
Profile Image for Diane McPhail.
Author 4 books312 followers
January 29, 2019
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 know to be a demon--but which one?--make for an unstoppable, unforgettable read. I was fortunate enough to have received an ARC of this remarkable first novel. We can only look forward to more.
Profile Image for Sian.
15 reviews19 followers
January 17, 2019
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 more by this author.
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760 reviews24 followers
February 21, 2019
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 closer to the truth of the disappearance of Olive.

The plot is tightly woven and pulls you into this mystery like a magnet. There are so many secrets and lies that it was impossible to guess who the perpetrator was. Just as I thought I had it sussed another curve ball appeared to blow that theory out of the water.

Good likeable relatable characters, plenty of suspense and momentum kept this read at a fast pace - I devoured this in just under a day. The 'who dunnit' does not come out until the very end; a very accomplished debut that results in a very enjoyable read. I look forward to Fran's next novel - 5 stars and highly recommended.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Debra.
1,116 reviews76 followers
March 5, 2019
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's sister and the girl who has just gone missing in the present day that Cassie can't help but thinking that they are linked in some way, so she starts to investigate.

Yes, this story does have aspects that are pretty typical for thrillers but there were a few twists and turns in this story that I really were not expecting and I have to be honest and say that I really did not figure out the ending before it happened. That one did really surprise me!!

A really surprising thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Profile Image for Acqua.
536 reviews189 followers
October 17, 2019
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 characterization and pinned every single character in a predictable role. Even the main character isn't much more than the classic figure of the mystery-solving figure with alcohol problems and a past unresolved tragedy which is obviously tied to the present one; at least, unlike most characters that belong to this archetype, she is a lesbian and ends up in therapy.

I also think that if you're going to write a multi-PoV novel and the book is not only perfectly understandable but also deeply predictable if the reader outright skips one of the two PoVs, there's a problem. This is a story about child abduction and child sexual abuse. When I understood that there would be many chapters in the point of view of an abducted child, the choice for me was either skip all of them or DNF the book - I chose to skip/heavily skim, and I didn't feel like I missed any relevant information. I can see reasoning both for including that kind of content and not doing that, so it's more complicated than "just don't include this kind of thing", but the way it was done here... I'm not sure it was the best choice.

Overall, my impression of this was that it was deeply average. I'm already forgetting most of the details and it's only been a few hours. Just another story about a murderer/kidnapper/horrible person in a small town with a quirk, following a struggling journalist who has to discover who they are before they strike again. Not boring, but not remarkable either.
Profile Image for Sue Gerhardt Griffiths.
787 reviews37 followers
October 31, 2021
For a debut…wow!

Who'd have thought a child would go missing during a solar eclipse…(it really doesn’t bear thinking about) while the darkness sweeps over the earth Olive is snatched away, just like that.

Great premise and absolutely nailed the delivery.

Thrilling, captivating and countless twists that keep the reader guessing.

A brilliant mystery thriller.

Audio version was excellent.
Profile Image for J.L. Slipak.
Author 13 books28 followers
March 13, 2019

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 wait to see what was going to happen next.

All the characters were regular ‘Joes’ with regular issues. What made them extraordinary was the way they developed as the story progressed, very effective. As the story unfolded, these characters became more complicated and layered. The reveal was bang on.

Loved the ending, loved this author. Can’t wait to see what she does next.
Profile Image for Jodie Moone.
97 reviews5 followers
March 3, 2019
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 read the amazing, but haunting, story of Olive.
Profile Image for Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog.
424 reviews6 followers
March 7, 2019
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 gem for avid Thriller fans!

I adored the fact that this was from the Sisters perspective, it made it so much different from traditional Crime stories of being from the view of the investigator, and also gave it that bit more of a personal feel. The back story was wonderfully done, so that we can connect with the Characters, and truly understand the pain, frustration and need to know the full story.

The dual timelines were perfectly done, at each point giving you just that added bit of context, a bit more detail so you were gripped tightly by the flow of the story, whilst holding back enough to keep you guessing, and certainly guessing incorrectly.

I loved the Authors writing style, it was an intriguing mix of easy to follow and read, and eerily honest feeling. It has the somewhat disturbing skill of making you feel like you are in the story, and as you can imagine, with a thriller that is both uncomfortable and invigorating at the same time.

The chapters are just short enough, they aren’t too long, which I find in Thrillers just adds to the suspense and tension all the more, giving you just the right amount of detail and keeping you engaged, without giving the game away too quickly.

Add in the gorgeous detail that’s easy to follow which is often found within the Young Adult Genre, and this is the perfect book no matter what your mood! Want something engaging, that will grip you from start to end? Perfect. Fancy something easy to sink into and wind down with? Perfect. Something new and a bit individual? Perfect.

This story really does have a little bit of everything going for it!

Overall, this was a lot of fun to read, and kept me up late into the night because I kept thinking “just one more chapter”. I needed to know where this was going! And I will certainly need to know where the Authors subsequent stories go as well!
Profile Image for Freddi Freeth.
3 reviews
March 19, 2019

So many ways to be kept guessing! A real page turner from start to finish. I really believed in all the characters. Highly recommended.
Profile Image for Yvonne.
669 reviews26 followers
February 25, 2019
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 and save the missing girl.
Cassie had a lot of issues, a failed relationship, anger problems that caused the loss of her job and the guilt of her missing sister. Added to this she was sole carer for her Gran who suffered from Dementia. Living back in the village of her sister’s disappearance brought back a lot of memories and whilst the majority were bad, she still had good thoughts of Marion, her 1st love.
From the moment Olive is abducted, you are drawn into a mystery that spans years. The story starts at a steady pace, but when another girl gets abducted, the pace quickens as you can sense Cassie’s urgency in solving the case. The character’s slowly come to life as you are reading and with such detailed descriptions, you would think it would be easy to guess who was behind it. As the story is written in 3rd person, it enables you to follow the investigation step by step and you get to learn more about Cassie’s younger life. Inserted throughout the story, is Olive’s journal and the more you read, the more you find out what happened to Olive after the abduction and what she had to suffer. Cassie and Marion's relationship rebuilds slowly and there were times that I just wanted to yell at Cassie to get her to tell Marion how she felt about her.
I love suspense thrillers that whilst the clues are there I was unable to guess who is behind it and this was one of those books, I think I went through the majority of the characters and still was not right. The story was well plotted and at the end, it was all tied up nicely and well explained.
If you are looking for a thriller with twists that will keep you guessing then this is a book for you. This is a great debut novel and I cannot wait to see what comes next.
Profile Image for Stephanie.
858 reviews13 followers
March 5, 2019
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 been correct.

I liked Cassie and seeing her loyalty to her Gran, having to cope with her illness felt real but it wasn’t depressing or overpower the story. Instead, it helped show the devastation that Olive’s family went through when she disappeared.

I liked the excitement surrounding the eclipses. I remember going outside to witness them in the past, hoping to feel different but being left disappointed after experiencing nothing because of cloud cover.

One of the stronger parts of the novel was Olive’s story. It was original and was at times poignant. I’m not too sure that I would cope as well if I had to face what she did.
70 reviews2 followers
February 27, 2019
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 beckons, the memories of the one before it re-surface, weighing Cassie down with an intensity that spills from the page. When the second child disappears in chillingly similar circumstances to Olive it becomes apparent that the forthcoming eclipse has reawakened an evil that inhabits the shadows and hunts its prey in the darkest of hours.

The disappearance sets into motion a chain of events that made me want to read at break-neck speed to discover the girl’s fate and to find out who in this sleepy town filled with myth, folklore and superstition was capable of carrying out such a heinous act.

The characters are meticulously brought to life, I felt Cassie’s emotions, her love for Marion , her hollowness at the loss of her sister and her compulsion to find out the truth, as if they were my own. The plot is constructed in such a manner that I felt its pull constantly and found myself carrying out as many tasks as possible with one hand - just so I didn’t have to tear myself away from it for a moment.

After The Eclipse is an astonishingly good and accomplished debut, full of heart and with an effortless flow and grace to it that not only makes it an immensely enjoyable read but also makes it impossible to forget. Highly recommended.
June 7, 2019
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
Profile Image for Melody Loomis.
Author 2 books11 followers
February 13, 2019
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 detailed Olive’s abuse, all of it was certainly implied and it makes you feel so sad for her.
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Author 5 books97 followers
December 7, 2018
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!
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732 reviews
March 19, 2019
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 says “Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware, B.A. Paris and Clare Mackintosh”
Profile Image for Kylie.
264 reviews13 followers
March 14, 2019
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 to figure out the villain before the ending reveal.
Profile Image for Jenny Eckloff.
Author 1 book1 follower
March 11, 2019
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!
Profile Image for Angel McGregor.
Author 15 books15 followers
March 6, 2019
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 the 'whodunnit' vibe as she refused to acknowledge her captor by name. Cassie is a stunning lead character and the depth of emotion that Fran writes into her makes you feel for her every single step of her journey.

The 'crime' aspect of the story was more a psychological thriller, which I have recently found out that I love, so having been so worried about not liking this book, I did a full 360 and couldn't get through it fast enough by the time everything started to unravel at the end! I finished it in a frenzy of pages needing to know what had happened to Olive! An absolutely fantastic debut novel and I can't wait to see what Fran does next!!
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2,237 reviews63 followers
June 11, 2019
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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 hill she would have a better view. It was only half an hour to go until it became dark, until the eclipse.
When she approached Wilow Lane, that wasn’t a place for many cars, a van pulled up alongside of Olive, she recognised him, if Olive doesn’t get a move on she will miss the eclipse, so she decided to get a ride.

Olive Warren disappeared.
Sixteen years later Cassie returns as a journalist when another local girl goes missing. Cassie suspects that the disappearances of the girl is connected to her sister and that whoever took Olive is still out there.

I recommend after the eclipse by Fran Dorricott as is an excellent writer building suspense after suspense. If you like Claire McGowan, Paula Hawkins, and Angela Clarke, you will be in for a big treat reading after the eclipse by Fran Dorricott.
I’ve enjoyed this novel so much that I will most certainly want to read the next book by Fran Dorricott
August 28, 2021
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There are hundreds of books that follow this book's storyline. The characters could have made this rehashed story more interesting but sadly, I found that they were all very undeveloped.
The main character was the typical lead for this sort of book, I wanted to like her but I found her jealousy to be grating (she basically demands to know if her ex-girlfriend is sleeping with someone). She also did not sound like an experienced reporter, if anything she seems to behave and think in a very 'angsty teenager' way.
The other characters were forgettable and the 'culprit' was quite obvious.
Although the writing was competent the switching between povs was unnecessary. The chapters focusing on Olive being hold captive only served to slow down the main narrative and made the mystery less mysterious.
I read this a week ago and I already recall very little about it.
Not bad, not great, just...okay.

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2,039 reviews60 followers
April 26, 2019
A good intense read. I liked the story of Olive and of her sister Cassie years later still trying to find her when another girl goes missing in similar circumstances.
There are a few red herrings to lead you a merry dance before the suspect is revealed !
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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499 reviews40 followers
October 28, 2021
3,5 stars
Hmm. What to say. On one hand predictable, on the other original and intriguing. Yep, that sounds about right. I had a bit of trouble getting into the story, but I don't regret reading it. Won't do it again, but it was time well spent nevertheless.
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