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Prepare yourself for an emotional read… full of deep abiding love and hope, there are also parts of this book that caused an intensely physical ache long after I’d finished reading. I don’t want to give too much away, I want you to be able to enter as I did, and experience all that is on offer. So, let me just say that Max and Pip have to make an impossible decision, one that will affect them forever more. The prologue sets the scene perfectly, and I felt a fellow sharp intake of breath at the last sentence before moving to chapter one. This is one of those books where I didn’t make many notes as I read, I was completely caught up in the story. Each character is perfectly placed, their emotions reaching out from the page to touch my heart and soul. There are times when right and wrong do not exist in a clear, comprehensive format and this book successfully shreds presupposition into tiny confetti-like pieces. After I had finished reading, the note at the end by Clare Mackintosh sent goosebumps skittering down my arms. After the End is powerful, provocative, and I can wholeheartedly recommend this extraordinarily beautiful read. I have chosen it as one of my picks of the month and a LoveReading star book.
The powerful and page-turning new novel from number one Sunday Times bestseller, Clare Mackintosh.
Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they're facing the most important decision of their lives - and they don't agree.
As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again.
But anything can happen after the end . . .
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
I was privileged to be able to review this book prior to publication as Clare Mackintosh is one of my favourite authors. After the End is very different from her psychological thrillers and is written from the heart about a subject which is close to her and is emotionally heart-breaking from the very beginning. Full review
This novel will break your heart and put it back together piece by piece. You will never forget reading After The End and you never should. Full review
When I began this book I knew nothing about it (except that I had enjoyed other books by the author) and I quickly realised that this book was going to be different. Max and Pip are happily married with a young son, Dylan aged nearly 3. Terrifyingly, Dylan is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and a heartbreaking decision has to be made by both parents. Full review
Have just finished Clare Mackintosh's extraordinary, heartrending life-lesson of a book - it is an absolute tour de force. Everyone should read After the End. Impressive, thoughtful, authentic and moving -- Jill Mansell
One of the most moving stories I have ever read. It's perfect -- Joanna Cannon
After the End is a gorgeously written and sincerely moving novel. First it broke my heart, but then helped put it back together in unexpected ways. I know it will preoccupy my thoughts for a long time to come -- Rhiannon Navin, author of Only Child
Clare Mackintosh takes us on a heart-rending, vivid journey through one of the toughest situations a parent could face - she's Britain's answer to Jodi Picoult -- Lucy Atkins
A tender, heart-breaking, uplifting, truthful marvel of a novel. Clare Mackintosh has taken her already wonderful writing to a whole new level -- Adele Parks
An exquisite novel - tragic, clever, life-affirming and original all at once -- Catherine Isaac
A powerful exploration of grief, love and the way in which all decisions - both large and small - can have life-changing results. -- Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost and More Than Words
I read After the End in one emotional sitting. It's beautiful, original, moving and thought-provoking -- Sinead Crowley
Such a perfectly poised novel, with authentic heart and depth, that examines the worst moments of our lives, and still somehow uncovers hope and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. Everyone should read this beautiful book -- Rowan Coleman, author of The Summer of Impossible Things
Unforgettable and profoundly moving, this is a novel about the bottomless human capacity for love and endurance, even in the most heartbreaking circumstances -- Rosie Walsh, author of The Man Who Didn't Call
A moving and thought-provoking novel. Cleverly written, with hope as well as heartbreak -- Libby Page, author of The Lido
A beautifully written novel, compelling and clever, tender and true. I can't stop thinking about it -- Liane Moriarty
Both utterly heart rending and incredibly uplifting, After the End is the most moving book you'll read this year -- Lisa Jewell
Publication date: 25/06/2019
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||25th June 2019|
|Publisher:||Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Family Drama, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Literary Fiction, Star Books,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant, and now writes full time. She is the founder and director of Chipping Norton Literary Festival, and lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and their three children. Author photo © Smart PhotographyMore About Clare Mackintosh