Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. And one mother, Grace, sees the smoke and runs.
She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her.
Afterwards, Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her children from the person who’s still intent on destroying them.
Afterwards, she must fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.
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In Afterwards, we see a master’s touch on every page. Uncompromising emotional impact, a poet’s sonorous style and a gripping story all come together to make this a transcendent literary experience. I guarantee this novel will touch everyone. Jeffery Deaver
A brilliant whodunnit...an unmissable read. 5 star review
Heat Magazine Full Review
Rosamund Lupton’s thrilling debut novel Sister was one of last year’s bestsellers, and this ingenious follow-up confirms her as a compelling storyteller.
The Daily Mail Full Review
Her first novel, Sister, was a stonking succes, but the second by Rosamund Lupton called Afterwards, might well surpass it.
I became insanely gripped by the clever story...The word 'compelling is used lightly of mystery and crime novels - this one will define it for you."
The Daily Mail
It’s a brilliant portrayal of a woman who will do anything to defend her brood.
Woman's Own, 4 stars Full Review
This is a beautifully written story of the limitless of parental love.
Rosamund Lupton's first novel Sister was the fastest-selling debut by a British author, which could arguably have been a hard act for her to follow. In Afterwards we have an equally stunning second novel, beautifully crafted and utterly engaging, a highly original 'whodunnit' that will keep you guessing until the end.
We Love This Book
Afterwards is a gripping psychological thriller that packs a big emotional punch. An impressive follow-up to Lupton’s bestselling debut novel Sister.
Take A Break
Afterwards packs such an emotional punch that you’ll be wiping the tears from your eyes.
Sunday Express, 4 stars
Lupton works her theme of the corrosive effects of ambition with insight and gusto.
In the follow up to Lupton’s bestselling debut, Sister, an arsonist is on the prowl, with one family his intended tinderbox.
Deftly combining crime and family drama, this is a viscerally affecting story.
Lupton’s follow up to her bestselling Sister is a masterclass in emotional suspense.
Woman & Home
Lupton pushes the boundaries of our imagination with the manner in which the mystery is solved, creating a stunningly good read that’s impossible to second-guess. A literary crime novel that’s as clever in its premise as it is well written.
There is no doubt that Lupton is THE author to watch for gripping stories.
Masterful pacing and a highly charged atmosphere combine to make this an exceptionally gripping read.
Booklist, starred review Full Review
Masterful pacing and a highly charged atmosphere combine to make this an exceptionally gripping
read. Joanne Wilkinson
Booklist Full Review
A bold, impossible-to-categorize, and riveting blend of psychological suspense, literary thriller and the paranormal.
A wonderful mix of smart thriller with tear-provoking literature; a fine blend of Jodi Picoult and P.D. James...Lupton has written a riveting story that will resonate with readers long after they have turned the last page.
A full-throttle psychological thriller, ring-fenced by a mother’s love…With each turn of the page, Lupton seems to add another element and motive to the mix…This compulsive read confirms Lupton’s instinctive commercial flair.
The Mail on Sunday
This is a startlingly original book…Part magic realism, part mystery – this is a gripping and powerful read.
News Talk Radio, New Zealand
The absorbing storyline will have you up till the small hours. It’s a book you’ll want discuss with friends and think about for days to come….. Characters in Afterwards are all given a life of their own, and no assumption is left unturned. The best novels communicate extraordinary themes through ordinary settings.
NZ Woman's Weekly
Loved The Time Traveller’s Wife? Well this is even better.
As with Lupton's debut Sister, Afterwards has bestseller written all over it. She has found a way of combining searing emotion with page-turning plotting. Book of the Week
Pacy and compelling.
She Magazine, Book of the Month
Readers who fell in love with British author Rosamund Lupton's powerful 2011 novel, Sister, will be equally smitten with Afterwards...There are so many twists, turns and heartbreaks in this tragic, tense novel.
The New York Times
A juicy English thriller.
It is difficult to decide what to praise most highly in AFTERWARDS. Should it be the people who live and breathe on these pages? The perfect pacing of the plot? The intriguing who-done-it puzzle? The ticking-clock urgency of Grace's quest to help her children? All of these elements work together in this marvelous page-turner, surely destined for many "Best Of" lists.
Afterwards turns out to be an original psychological thriller, written in a literary style with a surprising imagination that celebrates the triumph of family love over death.
La Razón Digital