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The Resource Afterwards : a novel, Rosamund Lupton

Afterwards : a novel, Rosamund Lupton

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Afterwards : a novel
Title
Afterwards
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a novel
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Rosamund Lupton
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eng
Summary
"From the author of the acclaimed bestseller Sister comes a gripping, thrilling story of a mother who will do anything to protect her child. The school was on fire, and Grace's last memory is of trying to reach her daughter, Jenny, trapped inside the inferno. While their burned bodies are frantically cared for by doctors, Grace and Jenny awaken in the hospital in a strange in-between state. When they learn that someone purposefully set the fire, and Jenny may still be in grave danger from someone who wants her dead, Grace realizes she may be the only one who can discover who might be responsible. The police are looking at Adam, Jenny's younger brother, who is struck mute by the horror he witnessed and can't defend himself when he is accused of the arson
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  • /* Starred Review */ When her children’s school catches on fire, Grace runs headlong into the inferno, determined to rescue her 17-year-old daughter, Jenny. But both end up unconscious and in critical condition in the hospital. It’s there that the two find themselves unfettered from their bodies and able to travel the hospital hallways, where they learn that the fire was set deliberately and that Jenny was the target. Grace discovers a newfound appreciation for her sister-in-law, Sarah, a smart and determined detective whom Grace had previously thought to be cold and judgmental. As the gutsy Sarah homes in on the arsonist and provides Grace’s devastated husband with emotional support, Grace rues the fact that they were never really friends. Grace must also comfort her daughter, who can barely stand to look at her severely burned face and whose chances of survival are only 50/50. Lupton takes her readers on a totally harrowing ride as she melds a suspenseful procedural with an emotionally fraught family drama. Within a taut and sinuous narrative, heartbreak over a broken family vies with fear that the arsonist will return to complete the job of killing Jenny. Masterful pacing and a highly charged atmosphere combine to make this an exceptionally gripping read. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: British author Lupton’s first novel, Sister (2011), was both a New York Times best-seller and a Times Editors’ Choice, and her stellar sophomore effort looks to keep the momentum going. -- Wilkinson, Joanne (Reviewed 03-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 13, p48)
  • /* Starred Review */ A blaze at a suburban London school takes on sinister overtones in Lupton’s superb follow-up to Sister (2010). During a sports day at the school of Grace Covey’s son, Adam, the building catches fire, and Grace races inside when she realizes that her 17-year-old daughter, Jenny, a temporary teaching assistant, has not emerged. Defying official sanctions, Det. Sgt. Sarah McBride, Grace’s sister-in-law, doggedly pursues the questions in the aftermath. These include the accusation that Adam set the blaze, though he’s traumatized from the fire and unable to speak; the possible roles of investors, staff, journalists, and fired employees; and an earlier poisoned pen campaign against Jenny. Unusually, the gravely injured Grace and Jenny are having out-of-body experiences, wandering the hospital and other places in search of the truth, as Jenny remembers little of the day’s events, and Grace is suspicious of Jenny’s boyfriend, Ivo, and her daughter’s other relationships. The uncommon but convincing narrative technique, adroit twists, and memorable characters combine to provide a wise and poignant portrait of a family confronted with malice and heartbreaking decisions. Agent: Felicity Blunt, Curtis Brown. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 6, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 06, p)
  • After Grace tries to save daughter Jenny from her blazing school, they both wake up in the hospital, badly burned. Then Grace realizes that the fire was set intentionally—to eliminate Jenny. British author Lupton started off big with Sister , tellingly both a New York Times best seller and a Times Editors Choice, and she seems to be keeping things big; lots of strong UK reviews for this one. Anyone who loves thrillers should take a look. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed November 15, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 19, p51)
  • No one is above suspicion when a cozy scenario of suburban family accord morphs into a full-throttle psychological thriller, ring-fenced by a mother's love. Happy middle-class facades crumble and suspects multiply like flu germs in the nonstop second novel by British publishing sensation Lupton (Sister, 2011), quirkily narrated by the out-of-body spirit of Grace, a brain-dead mother in the hospital, badly hurt when rescuing her 17-year-old daughter Jenny from a burning school set alight by an arsonist. Jenny, whose spirit is also hovering, has three weeks to live unless a transplant heart can be found. Now the two observe Grace's husband and son Adam trying to deal with the tragedy's aftermath while the police—notably sister-in-law Sarah—investigate the fire. With each turn of the page, Lupton seems to add another element and motive to the mix: Jenny has a hate-mailing stalker; Adam has been bullied; Grace's best friend has an abusive husband; the school is in financial trouble. Sarah, like Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, is the no-prisoners-taken investigating heroine who risks everything in pursuit of the truth, while Grace observes silently from her fourth dimension. The sinuous chain of plot twists reaches right to the story's literally heart-rending conclusion. Despite excessive length and the sense of suffocation that can arise from Grace's interiorscape, this compulsive read confirms Lupton's instinctive commercial flair.(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2012)
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10056302
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Lupton, Rosamund
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6112.U77
LC item number
A69 2012
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novels
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Afterwards : a novel, Rosamund Lupton
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"4/12"--Jacket
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text
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ocn753624713
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
386 pages
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9780307716545
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2011041524
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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9780307716545
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(OCoLC)753624713
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Afterwards : a novel, Rosamund Lupton
Publication
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"4/12"--Jacket
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn753624713
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
386 pages
Isbn
9780307716545
Lccn
2011041524
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780307716545
System control number
(OCoLC)753624713

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