There is a fire and they are in There. They are in there.... Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. And one mother, Grace, sees the smoke and runs. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her. Afterwards, Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her family from the person who's still intent on destroying them. Afterwards, she must fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.
©2011 Rosamund Lupton (P)2011 Hachette Digital
I bought this because I loved Finty Williams narration of The Girl with All The Gifts and I wanted more! This did not disappoint. The story was emotional and wonderful and the narration was perfect!
Narrator is fine, but the text is mediocre, at best.
Long, long overwrought, sometimes hysterical mother-love speeches, over and over again-- which may move many readers, but increasingly irritated me. I hung in there for a while, until I couldn't bear any more. So disappointed because the reviews were so positive.
Finty Williams is a very talented narrator...no question. She kept me listening for as long as I did.
Great set-up: the fire, the out-of-body experiences. Clearly great potential for a suspenseful plot.
I found it hard to believe that the characters who find themselves experiencing an out-of-body existence would have so little to say to themselves or to each other about it--unbelievable. Of course, I did stop listening about a third of the way in...
Not really. I found Grace to be whiny and clingy and suddenly realized that I was in the land of schmaltzy maternal love. If the narration had been stronger, I might've slogged through this book, because I enjoyed "Sister," Lupton's previous outing. As it was, I couldn't handle both a lackluster narration with monotonous dialogue alongside the however-understandable desperation of a mother whose child is very badly hurt and who herself is hurt and cannot reach out to her family.
Dialogue, by far. some jokes were meant to be funny and she delivered them flatly, and her narration did not differentiate the characters well at all.
Probably a movie... it might actually work as a drama piece.
reading this one in print, thanks. Others compare this book either favorably or unfavorably to "Sister," and I have to say I found it wanting, both due to the narration and the endless descriptions of longing for one's family.
For the lack of a better term this was a real page turner. Every time you think you have the answers you don't.
This was a great book!! Left me wanting more.
The entire book was memorable, the whole story flows together.
I enjoy just listening while I knit so anything audio is better for me.
Yes. Kept guessing the next bit, but I was mostly wrong
The Mum for sure
Between two worlds.
Highly recommend this book.
"Unusual Perspective holds your interest"
This book is written from an unusual perspective- It keeps you interested and holds you in suspense as the mystery unfolds. One of my best reads !
"Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton"
This story grows from one character to a cast of characters in an absorbing and organic manner, as the tale of tragedy becomes unwound. Narrated by the not-yet dead victim, it is both heartbreaking, beautifully written and a compelling who-dunnit all in one.
Every mealtime I updated my family on the latest twists and turns and then I cried buckets at the very end. Two indications of an extremely well written and touching story. Totally captivating and highly recommendable.
This book is so well written and perceptive, that although initially I found the story rather implausible it is so sensitive and good to listen to it kept me hooked. More please.
"A Fantastic Read"
This is a fantastic read. This is one of the first few audio books I have listened to. This book is definately a must read! I thoroughly enjoyed each chapter in the emotional journey of the characters involved. Even though the stroy line has a sad undertone and almost a supernatural presence it will keep you intrigued and wanting to listen to for hours.
Absolutely loved this book, was hooked from start to finish and beautifully read. A definate must !!!!
Not a bit as good as her previous, The Sister. Felt it was overindulgent in the filial love department, but then maybe that is her style. Found the whole premise of the story unbelievable.
love Finty Williams and this is a charmingly interwoven book about love, loss, crime and sacrifice. I listened as I love Finty's voice sooooooo much (after the girl with all the gifts) and ended loving the book and staying up way to late to finish it.
as a blind woman Audio is just the best thing I could ever wish for...
will be looking up more of her books....
"Rivetting story full of intriguing twists"
Because I enjoyed it, it was full of interest and I think you would hear new things a second time around.
It does have a resemblance to Sister, not surprisingly.
Good pace, good intonation, good differentiation of characters.
There were lots of moving moments but I think when Mike finally manages to talk to Adam - they start the dialogue through a closed door and then Adam opens the door. The conversation is full of poignancy and pain but also hope and love.
I enjoyed how the story gradually revealed the cause of the fire and the motivations of the suspects and was seen through the eyes of one of the victims of a fire who is near death.
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