After The End by Clare Mackintosh @claremackint0sh @LittleBrownUK

Book Description:

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 . . .

My Thoughts:

Firstly I need to say how very different this book is to the authors others. Having loved her other books which are under the psychological genre, this one couldn’t be any further away in terms of genre.

Max and Pip are a loving couple who find themselves having to make one of the hardest decisions I think anyone can be faced with when it comes to their son. All through the story in fact I was so torn as to which direction I would have gone. It’s one of those scenario’s where you wish you could see what the future holds. In a way this is what the author brings to the reader. We get a chance to see which direction the couples lives take, depending on which decision is made.

This really is such a hard review to write as, as you can see, the blurb doesn’t give a great deal away. There are so many things I want to say about the story or talk about but think it may spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it so I really am trying to be as vague as I can be.

The story alternates between Max and Pip so we get to see what is going on inside their heads. These two characters were just fabulous. I loved both of them. The more I got to know them the more like old friends they became. It felt at times like I was right by their side going through everything they were going through. I know it’s only fiction but you really couldn’t come across a nicer couple.

After The End is a thought provoking, at times heart wrenching and emotional read. The author has written about a topic that I am sure could split many of us. People will certainly have their own thoughts on the matter but this story is more than that, it’s about the aftermath and how you live with that decision. It’s certainly something I don’t envy anyone and at the end I felt so bereft at having to leave these characters behind. I shed so many tears through out the story and I don’t regret one of them. The sign of a very talented story teller and a story that will definitely stay with me for a long time to come.

My thanks to NetGalley and Little Brown Book Group UK for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

After The End is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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