Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2012
: After Grace drags her teenage daughter, Jenny, from the inferno that engulfs her school, they awake in the hospital and find themselves outside of their damaged bodies. Only they can see or hear each other, a state that becomes more agonizing once Graze realizes that the police are calling the case closed, while whoever set the blaze still wants Jenny dead. Fiercely determined to protect her daughter, aching to bring comfort to her husband and son, Grace races to find the perpetrator and make them known. Like Lupton's celebrated debut, Sister
--an Amazon editors' pick for a Best Books of 2011--this twisty, inventive thriller delivers a powerful portrayal of a woman's love for family transcending all boundaries. --Mari Malcolm
"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)
""Afterwards" is an exceptional literary thriller that resonates with depth and despair. It's got it all: a gripping plot with twists and turns, a horrific crime, and a beautiful love story layered into the fine fabric of a family, who are torn apart by a devastating betrayal." --Chevy Stevens, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Still Missing" and "Never Knowing"
"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, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Carte Blanche "and "Edge"