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Burning Mystery


If you are looking to read a gripping page-turner than be sure to read Afterwards (A+) by Rosamund Lupton.  We meet the cast of this thriller at the beginning of the annual sporting event at Sidley House School.  Grace Covey is there to watch her 8-year-old birthday boy Addie compete in the outdoor events with his fellow classmates. Inside the building, her 17-year-old daughter is working as the school nurse. As Addie returns to his classroom to get his birthday cake, the school fire alarm begins to ring loudly and insistently.  In a panic, Grace charges into the burning building to save her children from the fire’s flames.  As the fire races and the building begins to collapse, Grace is knocked unconscious by flaming debris.  The smoke and flames also overcome Jen as she tries to exit the third floor nurses station, so begins this exceptional thriller.


As Grace and Jen lay in the hospital’s emergency room, both critically injured, they discover that they can escape their bodies. Their spirits are able to communicate with each other.  Soon the fire is declared arson and both Grace and Jen in their present forms become involved in the efforts to identify the arsonist.


As they eavesdrop, they discover many things about the lives of friends and family that they would not otherwise know and in the process learn things about themselves as well.


Lupton does an incredible job of writing and brings the reader right into the thick of the investigation.  The story captivated me and I was riveted to every page.  Like Sister, Lupton’s first novel, her approach to story telling delivers a unique reading experience. She takes ordinary situations and creates extraordinary mysteries.


I highly recommend everyone read Afterwards being sure to do it sooner than later.


One response to “Burning Mystery

  1. Joanne June 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks Ro for writing such a great review-Just bought the book -can’t wait to get started-hopefully I will be able to put it down before I go to sleep-Will let you know

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