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After Her | [Joyce Maynard]

After Her

Summer, 1979: A dry, hot Northern California school vacation stretches before Rachel and her younger sister, Patty - the daughters of a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful) detective father and the mother whose heart he broke. When we first meet her, Patty is 11 - a gangly kid who loves basketball and dogs and would do anything for her older sister, Rachel.
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Labor Day and The Good Daughters returns with a haunting novel of sisterhood, sacrifice, and suspense.

I was always looking for excitement, until I found some....

Summer, 1979: A dry, hot Northern California school vacation stretches before Rachel and her younger sister, Patty - the daughters of a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful) detective father and the mother whose heart he broke.

When we first meet her, Patty is 11 - a gangly kid who loves basketball and dogs and would do anything for her older sister, Rachel. Rachel is obsessed with making up stories and believes she possesses the gift of knowing what's in the minds of people around her. She has visions, whether she wants to or not. Left to their own devices, the sisters spend their days studying record jackets, concocting elaborate fantasies about the mysterious neighbor who moved in down the street, and playing dangerous games on the mountain that looms behind their house.

When young women start turning up dead on the mountain, the girls' father is put in charge of finding the murderer known as the "Sunset Strangler". Watching her father's life slowly unravel as months pass and more women are killed, Rachel embarks on her most dangerous game yet...using herself as bait to catch the killer. But rather than cracking the case, the consequences of Rachel's actions will destroy her father's career and alter forever the lives of everyone she loves.

Thirty years later, still haunted by the belief that the killer remains at large, Rachel constructs a new strategy to smoke out the Sunset Strangler and vindicate her father - a plan that unexpectedly unearths a long-buried family secret.

Loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case that terrorized Marin County, California, in the late 1970s, After Her is part thriller, part love story. Maynard has created a poignant, suspenseful, and painfully real family saga that traces a young girl's first explorations of sexuality, the loss of innocence, the bond shared by sisters, and the tender but damaged relationship between a girl and her father that endures even beyond the grave.

©2013 Joyce Maynard (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-21-13
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Endearing and Heartbreaking Sister Bond"

    A wonderful sister story. These two California girls had what I would have died to have at their age – a tight sibling relationship, a fun dad who drove a hot car and open handed independence. Who would have known that with all that, they still didn’t have the world by a string?

    Joyce Maynard writes a strong passionate novel that vividly describes sisters that barely survived the seventies. I gladly rode on their emotional rollercoaster with them through those crazy teenage thoughts, peer pressure and disappointing parents. Woven in is a very clever and captivating detective investigation that had this reader gasping aloud.

    I greatly enjoyed After Her and highly recommend it. The summary is accurate. I could not put it away and was sneeking listens. When this book opened up and I realized that Joyce Maynard was narrating her own book I said out loud to myself, “Always a bad decision.” It wasn’t. By the end of this listen I was claiming it a perfect choice.

    I'll be singing M M M MY Sharona for days.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Pennsylvania 10-27-13
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    "Great relationships and characters"

    Not just a serial killer murder mystery, but very much about family dynamics. I feel that girls/women might identify more with this book as it involves the relationship of two sisters and the relationship with their father.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Krista Golden, CO, United States 10-17-13
    Krista Golden, CO, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful to listen to, decent story"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. I especially liked that the author was the reader, which means she read it to me just the way it was written in her head (and her voice was amazing to listen to for that many hours). I also respect how Joyce Maynard develops her characters so fully. I will likely think of Patty every time I see a little girl playing basketball, and Detective Toricelli every time an officer gives a press conference, and I will carry with me the sadness of true love unfinished and broken homes and dreams not fulfilled for awhile. And have nightmares about killers and piano wire and shoestrings and rusted out trucks. The only downside was that there was some repetition due to the robust character development efforts, which sometimes really slowed down the story just when I was getting excited and anxious to know what was going to happen next. I'd have to listen, listen more...wait for it...wait for it... Overall, a decent listen from an accomplished writer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Oneal California 10-16-13
    C. Oneal California 10-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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    "Well written and narrated"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it wasn't predictable and the end brought a strange awareness I hadn't realized had happened.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Perception is Reality


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Venice, FL, United States 10-09-13
    Kindle Customer Venice, FL, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2010

    Listening to audiobooks is a guilty pleasure. I travel a lot so listen to about four per monthly. Biographies are a favorite.

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    "Haunting and Compelling"
    Would you listen to After Her again? Why?

    Probably not even though I thought it was compelling. Since it's a murder mystery of sorts I wouldn't listen again because the suspense would be gone.


    What about Joyce Maynard’s performance did you like?

    Excellent reader. One of my favorite books is her autobiography of her time with JD Salinger - don't think it's on audio, though. Such a sad story as she loves her sister and father so much - I think she did a great job of pushing this message through her voice and storytelling.


    Any additional comments?

    Would have given it five stars except the ending seemed a bit abrupt and too "tidy" - was hoping for something a bit more exciting or suspenseful, but overall great listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy NEW YORK, NY, United States 11-01-13
    Kathy NEW YORK, NY, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "CAPTIVATING STORY"
    What did you love best about After Her?

    The reader (the author) and the family story. Joyce Maynard is a writer definitely worth the time.


    What other book might you compare After Her to and why?

    I don't usually read or listen to books about the gruesome topic in this book but the family story is transformative and the reader (author) is excellent. I look forward to more of
    Joyce Maynard's readings...and moreover her writing!!!


    Have you listened to any of Joyce Maynard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The flow of the story is moving....no giving away the surprises along the way.


    Any additional comments?

    This book kept me on the trail during many miles of walking!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    linda Sandy, Utah, United States 01-23-14
    linda Sandy, Utah, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I have three questions, OK four."
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    If you listen to this book please let me know....
    1. Did her father like women?
    2. Did she and her sister play outside a lot?
    3. Did she ever start her period?


    Any additional comments?

    Good grief! Was this written by a high school student?

    Just wondering

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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