It could have been me.
Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.
A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest.
Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake.
In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.
I have missed reading Katie’s books. I have never been disappointed by anything I have read of hers. This book was no exception.
This book starts with any opening scene that is full of mystery and wonder. I went back to read it after I got into the book a little because I needed to read those moments again.
Autumn is a character who just can’t move on but there are glimpses of hope. Her family is there for her and a bit crazy, very realistic.
Paul is trying to move on as well, but he has a secret of his own, one I didn’t see coming at first After it is revealed to the reader I wanted him to tell someone. It would make it so much easier for people to understand what is going on with him.
I really enjoyed Reese, Paul’s daughter. She is a typical teenager, rebelling a bit and dealing with her heartache.
I kept wondering if Autumn and Paul would fall for each other and how could that work? I won’t tell you if they do or not, you will just have to read for yourself and see how Katie has crafted this beautiful story.
This is an amazing read that will touch your heart and mind.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.