From the bestselling author of Sister.
There is a fire and they are in there. They are in there . . .
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 family 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.
'A gripping novel.'
New York Times Book Review
'A bold, impossible-to-categorize, and riveting blend of psychological suspense, literary thriller and the paranormal…Afterwards proves that Lupton isn't just good — she's wickedly good.'
The Seattle Times
Lupton’s finely wrought portrait of motherly love is genuinely moving.'
'Readers...will be equally smitten with Afterwards, as much an homage to the mother-daughter relationship as it is a crime novel...There are so many twists, turns and heartbreaks in this tragic, tense novel.'
If you need something terrifying that feels both perfectly normal and upsettingly strange, pick up Afterwards, by Rosamond Lupton, the British writer behind the intricately plotted Sister…Lupton’s dexterity at handling the subplots and possible suspects is dazzling.'
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.'
Excellent and full of plot twists.'
Like Lupton’s acclaimed debut, Sister, her sophomore effort is 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.'
Library Journal starred review