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Top Customer Reviews
I loved this story.
I loved the fairy tale connection and the reminder that originally, most fairy tales were not light and happy, but dark and dangerous.
I loved the exploration of mothers and daughters and best friends.
I loved the twist at the end.
I loved that the author felt such a sense of responsibility about telling even a fiction story involving abuse.
I loved that the story didn't have a "happily ever after." It would have been just wrong.
What I didn't love...
The editing on this book was not good. At the beginning, the story was good enough and the errors few enough that I (almost) didn't notice. As I got deeper into the story, the mistakes, typos and errors became more abundant and glaring. This story was too good for that. It deserved better editing.
I didn't love the ending. I know that I said I loved the twist, and I did. But only as an alternative to the expected ending. After reading the ending I DID understand it. I still didn't like it. But that's life. And this book was about the unpleasant parts of life, so the ending worked.
This author is someone you should read. I do encourage her to hire an editor next time around though.
In The After opens with a woman recounting her experience bonding with her mother over fairy tales leading into a class, as an adult, analysing them clinically; a kind of thing that, as a male reader, still managed to resonate with me. Not because I shared these experiences, but because Ashley's style conveys this kind of thing so well. There are few words spent on this part, compared to its importance to the rest of the book, but I knew before I'd hit page four that this book was going to be one of my favourites.
There's emotion woven into the very flesh of this story, and every sentence evokes a feeling of some description. We're inside the characters heads, we know them and feel what they feel. We are guests in their lives. For the good times, for the bad times.
This book is about the bad times. In The After says that "No one takes pictures of the bad moments", but that's just what it is. It's a picture of a woman's misery.
It's fair to say I loved this story, but being unashamedly gushing isn't what I do. So here goes.
I felt the decision to change from first person in the prologue to third person for the remainder was remarkably effective but a little jarring. I, generally speaking, prefer to read third person prose; but in this case loved being inside the head of the woman we'd later learn to be Sidney. Perhaps I'm just dumb, but it took me a few pages at least to figure out we were now seeing Emmy not through Sidney's eyes.Read more ›
Books about domestic abuse are never easy reads. When I started this novel, I didn't really know how harrowing it would become. I was hooked by the premise that promised a lot of mystery and heartbreak, and the dark side of a fairy tale gone wrong. Nevertheless, something in the execution fell short of capturing me emotionally. It took me a while to become invested in the story, mostly due to the character of Sidney. While Emmy grew to become a person I love, Sidney was a tough nut. I was put off by her tendency to engage in long monologues that broke the otherwise smooth and easy-flowing narrative. The length she goes to help her friend is admirable, but as a person, I just couldn't connect with her.
Though the emotional pay-off came a bit late, I found myself reading the rest through a veil of tears. It is hard not to, seeing that Emmy is a woman who sacrificed her own well-being in favor of her daughter. I can't imagine any mother staying cool at that. There's a twist too, though I'm fairly certain that you've seen this sort of twist in TV dramas. Still, it comes as a surprise, and the closure is, if tough for all parties involved, a very satisfying one.
All things considered, this is a well-written and powerful family drama, and my complaints are completely based on personal biases. So please do consider giving this book a chance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hooked from the first page. One of those books you just can't put down.Published 17 days ago by megan boynton
The books grabbed my attention from the beginning, I barely stopped reading until I finished. Well crafted, plotted, and very believable. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Leslie A. Bienz
I loved this book...I got lost in the story...and became attached to these two girls.. . I see parts of me in each of them....Published 16 months ago by Kelly Verstraete
A great first book, smiling, crying, hope feeling as if y you were a part of their life a friendship. Could not put it down. An inspiring read.Published 18 months ago by Holley Will
I enjoyed this book. I really felt for Emmy but wanted her to wake up and smell the roses, too. Oddly enough, I was hoping it would end similarly (don't want to give the twist... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cynthia
Amazing. Wonderful. Heartbroken. Emotional.
Those are just a few of the things I thought/felt while I read In The After. Read more
I really enjoyed this book. It was way more than I expected. I love a book that can take you through the entire range of emotions as you read. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Wendi
A mystery with magical undertones. Loved the characters, the story telling is first rate. There are nice people you will grow to hate, and not such nice people you will learn to... Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Kathy Jordan
This book is an awesome read about life-long friendships, abusive relationships, and change. It gives the reader a different perspective of spousal abuse from not only the person... Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Dianna Davis
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