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After the End

by Clare Mackintosh

Book Club Recommendations Books of the Month Family Drama Modern and Contemporary Fiction

LoveReading View on After the End

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.

Liz Robinson

After the End Synopsis

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.

With the consequences of an impossible choice threatening to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again.

But anything can happen after the end . . .

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After the End Press Reviews

Brilliant - The Sun

A beautifully written and thought-provoking tale . . . A must-read. - Woman's Weekly

I haven't read a book that's moved me so much for years. After the End does something incredible, it made me cry yet uplifted me. A beautifully written, astonishing work. -- Kate Hamer (An) emotional read . . . Poignant - Good Housekeeping Books of the Month

Deeply moving . . . no emotion is left unturned . . . While there's no denying this is a relentlessly sad novel - it's far from an easy read - you will feel uplifted by the end - Nottingham Post

Searing, emotional depth . . . an important story - Sunday Express

The bestselling author of I Let You Go shows that in these devastating, complex situations, there is no right answer - Daily Mirror Book of the Week

A heart-wrenching tale - but it is also a story bursting with courage, hope and so much love - Sun

Deeply moving and page-turning . . . tailor-made for book clubs - VIP Magazine

Prepare to have your heart broken - Woman & Home

Heart-breaking . . . deftly handled . . . [After the End] shows that in devastating, complex situations, there is no right answer. - Daily Express

A heart-rending read and will have you debating what you would do in the same situation. A perfect book club choice - Prima

A complex structure exploring future alternative outcomes invests you hugely in their struggle - leaving you wondering what would i do? Moving without being mawkish, this will linger long in the memory - Sunday Mirror

This stunning book is something of a departure for bestselling thriller writer mackintosh, who questions what it costs to stand up for what you believe in - Daily Mail

Cleverly structured to look at both sides of a heart-breaking situation, this thought-provoking book draws upon the author's experiences, and manages to feel both personal and universal - Sun on Sunday, Fabulous Magazine

Mackintosh's depiction of the long-distance loneliness, grit-eyed exhaustion and beleaguered hopes of the parent of a terminally ill child are moving. Yet this is a life-affirming story, too, in its richly drawn depiction of the Iranian consultant Leila's background or its scarred central characters' re-emergence blinking into the world - Sunday Times

This deeply moving tale . . . leaves no emotion unturned - iNews

An astonishing read that reaches into our very souls, turns us inside out, leaves us weeping, and yet hoping for a brighter future -- Liz Nugent Captivating . . . tailor-made for book clubs and for fans of Jodi Picoult - Publisher's Weekly

A breath-taking and powerful story . . . Riveting - Sunday Post

Beautiful, sumptuous and tender, this story is one of parents and impossible decisions. Completely relevant to today's issues, this delicately personal and heart-wrenching tale is a tribute to human spirit - Magic Radio Book Club

A heart-rending story, superbly executed -- Rachel Abbott A heart-wrenching, character-driven story - Best

So delicately balanced and never indulgent. So perfect -- Veronica Henry 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 -- Jill Mansell 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 This is the most moving book I have read this year. After the End made me cry but in the best possible way. I felt I was there, right inside the pages, wanting to hug each character. Put this on the top of your list. You won't regret it -- Jane Corry 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 Impressive, thoughtful, authentic and moving -- Jill Childs 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 An exquisite novel - tragic, clever, life-affirming and original all at once -- Catherine Isaac I read After the End in one emotional sitting. It's beautiful, original, moving and thought-provoking -- Sinead Crowley One of the most moving stories I have ever read. It's perfect -- Joanna Cannon Amazing, heart-wrenching . . . an absolute must-read -- Mike Gayle Moving and thought-provoking - Independent

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 -

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780751564914
Publication date: 28/05/2020
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780751564945
Publication date: 25/06/2019
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780751564914
Publication date: 28th May 2020
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Book Club Recommendations, Books of the Month, Family Drama, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Clare Mackintosh

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 Photography

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