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From the author of the acclaimed "New York Times" bestseller "Sister" comes a compelling, thrilling story of a mother who will do anything to protect her child. The school is on fire. Her children are inside. Grace runs toward the burning building, desperate to reach them. In the aftermath of the devastating fire which tears her family apart, Grace embarks on a mission to find the person responsible and protect her children from further harm. This fire was not an accident, and her daughter Jenny may still be in grave danger. Grace is the only one who can discover the culprit, and she will do whatever it takes to save her family and find out who committed the crime that rocked their lives. While unearthing truths about her life that may help her find answers, Grace learns more about everyone around her -- and finds she has courage she never knew she possessed. Powerful and beautiful, with a riveting story and Lupton's trademark elegant style that made "Sister" such a sweeping success, "Afterwards" explores the depths of a mother's unswerving more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 680.39g
  • Crown Publishing Group (NY)
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0307716546
  • 9780307716545
  • 820,844

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"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." --"Seattle Times ""A gripping novel."" --New York Times Book Review " "Lupton's finely wrought portrait of motherly love is genuinely moving." --"Boston Globe " "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." --"USA Today" "With its hint of a Jodi Picoult family saga blended with an eerie Ruth Rendell mystery, "Afterwards" should appeal to readers of both genres." --"BookPage" "Lupton takes her readers on a totally harrowing ride as she melds a suspenseful procedure with an emotionally fraught drama. Within a taut and sinuous narrative, heartbreak over a broken family vies with fear that the arsonist will return...Masterful pacing and a highly charged atmosphere combine to make this an exceptionally gripping read." --"Booklist," starred review "Lupton's dexterity at handling the subplots and possible suspects is dazzling. ... Lupton creates such lovely, believable feelings in all of her characters...that what's ostensibly a supernatural story feels very, very human." "Excellent and full of plot twists." --"The Daily American" "Lupton's superb follow-up to "Sister."..The uncommon but convincing narrative technique, adroit twists, and memorable characters combine to provide a wise and poignant portrait of a family confronted with malice and heartbreaking decisions." --"Publishers Weekly, " starred review "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,"show more

About Rosamund Lupton

ROSAMUND LUPTON lives with her husband and two sons in London. She is the author of the widely praised "New York Times" bestseller "Sister."show more

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