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By (author) Rosamund Lupton

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  • Publisher: PIATKUS BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 200mm x 36mm | 380g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0749942169
  • ISBN 13: 9780749942168
  • Sales rank: 398

Product description

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.

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Author information

For years Rosamund Lupton has been a script writer for the BBC. She lives in London with her husband - a doctor - and two children.

Customer reviews

By Kate 30 Jun 2014 4

Having read Sister and enjoying it, I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It is not a light read but not difficult either which made it perfect for my holidays (I detest a light book with no story to it).
I really enjoyed how the story unraveled and presented the reader with a beautiful portrayal of familial love.

By Patricia 22 Sep 2012 1

I bought this book based on the reviews to read on holiday. Even as a holiday book I found it hugely disappointing. I loathe books written with one eye clearly on film rights. I note the author was a script writer so perhaps that came thru'. I'm afraid this book had little of interest for me. It was too reminiscent of The Lovely Bones but without the quality of writing.There was nothing profound, genuinely moving or original in this sanitised tale of middle class London mothers falling out. Sorry, I am the voice in the wilderness here but there are just too many other really good books worth reading!

By Paraskevi Papadaki 29 Mar 2012 5

this book is by far the best i read last year....i must admit, that it is much better than "sister". couldn't put it down.....definitely a "must have" one!!

By Mireya 26 Aug 2011 3

Another great book by Rosamund Lupton. Lets the reader enter a world between life and death. Highly recommended.

By Hannah 09 Aug 2011 5

Loved Rosamund's first novel, and this one is just as good, if not better. She seems to be improving on her writing style and technique with each book, and I very much look forward to the next. More please!!

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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 Extraordinary...heart-stopping...[an] ingenious thriller Mail on Sunday I became insanely gripped ... The word compelling is used lightly of mystery and crime novels this one will define it for you Daily Mail In a LOVELY BONES-style conceit ... Lupton works her theme of the corrosive effects of ambition with insight and gusto Guardian The smartly crafted characters create an addictive whodunit ... [it] flits between a fast-paced criminal investigation and the beautifully written musings of Grace as she hears that she and Jenny will probably never wake up making this an unmissable read Heat Loved THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE? Well this is even better Company Compulsive reading right from the start ... Pacy and compelling She 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 Daily Mirror Extraordinary...heart-stopping...[an] ingenious thriller Mail on Sunday A bold, impossible-to-categorize, and riveting blend of psychological suspense, literary thriller and the paranormal ... wickedly good Seattle Times Lupton's dexterity at handling the subplots and possible suspects is dazzling ... [she] creates such lovely, believable feelings in all of her characters, that what's ostensibly a supernatural story feels very, very human