After You'd Gone

After You'd Gone

by Maggie O' Farrell

Judy Stanton: After reading "The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox," I was motivated to read more by Maggie O'Farrell. "After You'd Gone" is evidently her first novel. Like the Vanishing Act, it is not easy to follow. She flits around in time and from Alice, to her mother, to her grandmother, all at different stages of their lives. In one way, it was frustrating and confusing; but, I have to admit, in another way, it was enticing. You may know something awful has happened, but you likely won't find out what it is until she wants you to know. So, it keeps you guessing, hypothesizing, and updating your idea of where the book is going. Ultimately, I did really enjoy reading "After You'd Gone" with its multiple mysteries. I thought she did an excellent job of exploring relationship issues among friends, families and lovers, and the deep emotions that remain "After You'd Gone."
Rating: ****

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