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Publisher's Summary

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
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5 out of 5 stars
By Joy Gray on 06-05-15


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!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Santippe on 05-02-14

Formulaic Emotionalizing...Boring, boring...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Narrator is fine, but the text is mediocre, at best.

What was most disappointing about Rosamund Lupton’s story?

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.

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

Finty Williams is a very talented question. She kept me listening for as long as I did.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Great set-up: the fire, the out-of-body experiences. Clearly great potential for a suspenseful plot.

Any additional comments?

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...

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-03-11

Good but very similar to Sister

While this is a good book I wouldn't suggest reading it in proximity to Lupton's other work Sister. The narrative voice and style are virtually identical as are the themes of love, tragedy and death. While both are good the are so indistinguishable I feel I have ruined both by reading them side by side.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Naomi on 08-26-11


Even now I can feel the enjoyment of Sister, which I really enjoyed. Afterwards is nothing in comparison with Sister. I kept wishing the book to end. I found the whole concept without giving the game away a joke. The story kept going around and around in circles. Certain situations I realized the outcome, half way through the book. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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