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After the End by Clare Mackintosh
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really liked it

I put off reading this book for a long time because I was worried that the plot would make me too sad. And it really did. Deciding whether to pull the plug on your child's life support would easily wreck any parent, let alone when the two parents disagree. These types of experiences strain a marriage so much and that's partially the focus of this story. Many people wrote in the reviews that they didn't like the second half of the novel where the narrative splits in half and you get a Sliding Doors like experience of finding out how each choice would have turned out.

But I loved it.

I didn't necessarily find each of the narratives super-engaging but what I loved was the way it highlighted how there's no "right" choice in this scenario and how regardless of what path they had chosen, their relationship would still have taken the intolerable tax of losing a child. To me, this demonstrated how impossible the choice was. It was a great example of showing and not telling.
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Reading Progress

November 9, 2019 – Started Reading
November 9, 2019 – Shelved
November 10, 2019 – Finished Reading

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