Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton

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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 love.

About Rosamund Lupton

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ROSAMUND LUPTON lives with her husband and two sons in London. She is the author of the widely praised New York Times bestseller Sister.
Published April 24, 2012 by Broadway Books. 434 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Happy middle-class facades crumble and suspects multiply like flu germs in the nonstop second novel by British publishing sensation Lupton (Sister, 2011), quirkily narrated by the out-of-body spirit of Grace, a brain-dead mother in the hospital, badly hurt when rescuing her 17-year-old daughter J...

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Publishers Weekly

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Unusually, the gravely injured Grace and Jenny are having out-of-body experiences, wandering the hospital and other places in search of the truth, as Jenny remembers little of the day’s events, and Grace is suspicious of Jenny’s boyfriend, Ivo, and her daughter’s other relationships.

Feb 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Afterwards

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Apr 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Afterwards


Her heroine Grace is badly burned in hospital, along with her daughter Jenny, after a fire broke out at Grace’s son’s school.

Jul 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Afterwards


Her confident, eloquent style and nerve-jangling plot, not forgetting the jaw-dropping twist, soon pushed it to the top of the bestseller list.

Jun 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Afterwards

Teen Reads

On this day, Grace's 17–year-old daughter, Jenny, has been assigned to work as the school nurse.

Apr 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Afterwards

City Book Review

Grace tries to gather all the information she can to figure out who set the fire, and who may still be trying to kill Jenny.

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Although the book is structured as a crime novel, it’s also a study of Grace’s unfolding respect for the woman—who Grace was once willing to dismiss as judgmental, controlling and cold.

May 31 2012 | Read Full Review of Afterwards

We Love This Book

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.

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Library Journal

I tend to focus on the story I am writing, rather than the book that I’ve written, but I do worry about a reader being disappointed by a new book.

Mar 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Afterwards

Shelf Awareness

Quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said, "The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon's monopolistic grip on the publishing industry."

Apr 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Afterwards

The Booksellers New Zealand blog

As a fan of Donna Tartt (who famously took ten years between her first book, The Secret History and her second, The Little Friend) I was surprised to find that Rosemary Rosamund* Lupton’s second book Afterwards was to be published in New Zealand just eight or so months after her first.

Jul 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Afterwards

Women's Post

While their unconscious physical bodies are trapped in the in the role of passive observers, Jenny and Grace decide to work together to scrutinize the cause of the fire.

Jun 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Afterwards


I left town this weekend and took Rosamund Lupton’s newest book, Afterwards, with me.

May 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Afterwards

Curtis Brown

Afterwards, Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her children from the person who’s still intent on destroying them.

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