A Novel

Book - 2011
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From the author of the acclaimed bestseller "Sister" comes a gripping, thrilling story of a mother who will do anything to protect her child. The school was on fire, and Grace's last memory is of trying to reach her daughter, Jenny, trapped inside the inferno. While their burned bodies are frantically cared for by doctors, Grace and Jenny awaken in the hospital in a strange in-between state. When they learn that someone purposefully set the fire, and Jenny may still be in grave danger from someone who wants her dead, Grace realizes she may be the only one who can discover who might be responsible.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2011.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780307716545
Characteristics: 386 pages ;,25 cm.


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Jun 19, 2017

Like many other commenters I went back to read this after reading Sister. As with Sister, this book is written from a bit different point of view. In Afterwards, a teenaged girl and her mother (Grace) are terribly injured in a fire. In the hospital the two meet up in out-of-body experiences. They can see and talk to each other but can't be seen or heard by others. Whilst keeping an eye on their bodies, they investigate the fire, now ruled as arson. The mystery is well-plotted and interesting but really takes a back seat to Grace's journey as she learns more about all the people around her. As she comes to finally see her little girl as an adult, her sister-in-law as a loving, caring person rather than a threat, her husband as a capable parent, and her daughter's boyfriend as loyal and steadfast, she also learns secrets that change her view of her best friend. The outcome is sad for some but ultimately hopeful for all that survive.

Jul 17, 2016

One of the best books I have read in years! Maybe ever!!
If you are a mother, or a daughter, or have a mother or daughter, you will never forget this book. Haunting and beautifully written.

Jan 02, 2014

Had read and loved Sisters and found that Afterwards, although very good, was a bit unwieldy and repetative, as it did indeed make its twists and turns...
Yet, my husband ( we read aloud together) loved it and would give it a five, and out of body books aren't usually his thing!

Sep 02, 2013

Intesting point of view.

Jul 06, 2013

A very good read, if your a parent this will grip you in a manner that shall effect you deeply. For those that are just looking for a nice mystery this is for you, a nice easy read.

mrsgail5756 Aug 27, 2012

A very good read. I enjoyed this book I would recommend this book for all to read.

sjmitra Jul 04, 2012

A comatose narrator and a hopelessly sad situation do not necessarily add up to a good read. Lupton's first novel, Sister, isn't exactly a barrel of laughs and the outcome is predictable but it's still an interesting read. Afterwards is just slow, ponderous and pointless.

Jul 03, 2012

Best saddest book I have read in a very long time!

Jun 19, 2012

I loved Sister, which is why I picked up this book. Unlike some reviewers, I thought the premise was rather refreshing and that the book was well-written overall. Highly recommended, but the box of kleenex is a good idea...

Jun 16, 2012

A disappointment after her great first novel The Sister. I found the premise irritating and the whole thing tedious.

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