As I have stated before, Max Vos is not a 'cookie-cutter' author, I never know what I am going to discover when I begin one of his stories. True to form, Life After Living was very different from previous Max Vos works I have read.
This is an absolutely amazing book! I was hooked from the first page and if it were not for pesky things like driving, family and sleeping, I would have finished it in one evening. The amount of research that went into writing this book was very evident. I came away with a better understanding of PTSD, I won't pretend to claim a thorough understanding, but I know much more than I did when I began the book. This is the story of two men who have experienced some devastating events in their lives, both past and present, trying to navigate their way to making peace with their pasts and building productive, satisfying lives.
I'm going to be truthful here, parts of this were unbelievably hard to read, my mantra became, 'know where your tissues are at all times'. Don't get me wrong, there were many lighthearted and funny moments, but there were also Sisyphus-like moments where I despaired of that rock ever making it over the mountain. The unique understanding the two men had of each other and with the devotion and support some true friends, they create a HEA that worked for them and hopefully, others as well.
Beyond a couple of typos, the only issue I had with the story was that the names of the main characters were difficult to manage at first. I read very fast and similarity of having one name beginning with a 'V' and the other with a 'W', it took me almost a third of the book before I could stop referring to them as 'four-character name' & 'five-character' name. Yes, I know, sounds like a personal problem.
I highly, highly recommend this book, it is purely and simply a great story! Though if you are looking for Max Vos' normal high-intensity romance and over-the-top sex, you will find it considerably toned down. At times shocking and heartbreaking, the story will grab your heart and take you on an emotional roller coaster ride from the beginning right through the epilogue, loved it!