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In The After by [Mackler-Paternostro, Ashley]
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"This book will rip you apart emotionally, and that's what makes it so incredibly powerful and one of the best books I've ever read!" - Ashley of Booknook.me
"Ashley Mackler-Paternostro paints a painfully accurate portrait of a domestic violence victim whose own prince turned out to be something different from what she envisioned." - Ivana of Willingtoseeless.blogspot.com
"The tale unfolded quite slowly, until the punch of an ending, which I NEVER saw coming. But I liked it this way...years of friendship can't be retold in just a few chapters." - Carrie Ardion of Sweetsouthernhome.net
"In The After plays to Ashley's strengths ... The Milestone Tapes proved me wrong, challenged my preconceptions and told me, in no uncertain terms, that Ashley was brilliant, her stories were tissue-snatchingly wonderful and that I'd be the first to snatch up a copy of all of her books whenever they're released. In The After vindicated this choice." - David Adams, author of The Lacuna Series

About the Author

Ashley Mackler-Paternostro lives in Naperville, Illinois with her husband and their three dogs. She considers herself a bit of a magpie, picking up inspiration for her novels from the world around her. In The After is Ashley’s sophomore effort, her first novel, The Milestone Tapes, was published in the spring of 2012. More information can on Ashley can be found by visiting her website: www.ashleymacklerpaternostro.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1228 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479209244
  • Publication Date: October 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QU3LII
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One of the things I love about today's publishing landscape: we get to read these awesome stories that might never see the light of day otherwise.

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.
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Once upon a time, children's stories stared with "Once upon a time". Now, this opening is apparently the domain of eloquent, extremely well written stories that convey a kind of subtle beauty and tragedy, where the characters dreams and ambitions meet the harsh indifference of reality.

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.
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Ashley Mackler-Paternostro paints a painfully accurate portrait of a domestic violence victim whose own prince turned out to be something different from what she envisioned. From one moment to the next, Emmy is gone without a trace, and her life-long best friend Sidney, knowing what was going on behind the closed doors of Emmy's home, cannot accept the fact that Emmy would simply walk away and leave her daughter behind. A race with time begins to prove that something happened to Emmy, something horrible, but everyone continues to turn a blind eye, even the police.

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.
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The story is so well written but the editor did no favors for the author. The book is riddled with grammatical errors and it's hard to find a page without one. There were times I thought of quitting the book but the story was so compelling. It's important to read the story and ignore the errors because its is still worth reading.
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