It’s been one full year since Autumn Manning survived Tragedy on the Tracks and she’s still struggling to figure out why she was the only survivor of the fateful Chicago train bombing. When Autumn begins receiving letters from the twelve-year-old daughter of one of the victims, Vivian Elliott, Autumn finds herself reluctantly drawn into the lives of the Elliot family.
I was intrigued by the book synopsis and was excited to begin. I had no idea what an amazing story awaited me. As I began reading, I had the distinct impression that Life After would be one of those rare books that has the ability to touch my heart. And I wasn’t at all wrong.
Ms. Ganshert hits all the essential points that make a book a truly wonderful read. Her characters are incredibly likable, relatable and real. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where I’ve truly liked every single character – until reading this book. The plot was intricately woven, yet the author handled telling the story perfectly. Ms. Ganshert was able to expertly peel away the emotional layers to reveal answers at a perfect pace. No early story info dumping here. Readers continue to really get to know the characters right alongside them as they experience, grow and learn. I loved that!
There are some decidedly “religious” undertones in Life After – honestly, how could there not be? The subjects of survivor’s guilt, why we are here, the purpose of our lives and other existential questions are the threads that run through this book. Yet, I didn’t find the book to be preachy at all. It was absolutely lovely.
This is the first book I’ve read by Katie Ganshert, but I’m now a fan. I’ll definitely be reading more from her. I highly recommend Life After. Thanks to Blogging for Books and the publisher for providing me with a complimentary ARC!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton