Title: Life After
Author: Katie Ganshert
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Description from Goodreads: “On the day of a late spring storm, in Chicago, Autumn Manning boarded an “L” train. A bomb explodes, killing everyone in the train car except for Autumn—the sole survivor. A year has passed and Autumn suffocates under a blanket of what ifs and the pressing desire to bring the victims back to life, every day, if only for her. She doesn’t want their stories to be forgotten. She wants to undo what cannot be undone. An unexpected ally joins her efforts, also seeking answers and trying to find a way to stumble ahead.
But one victim’s husband, Paul Elliott, prays to let the dead—and their secrets—rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to hurt his loved ones.
Caught between loss and hope, these restless souls must release the past to embrace a sovereign God.”
Review: Such a powerful story about grief, survivor’s guilt, and how one tragedy can bring people together and form an unbreakable bond. I cannot even begin to imagine going through what these characters went through and unfortunately, many people have had to experience this. I am no stranger to grief, I have lost loved ones that were really close to me, some young, some not, due to car accidents and sickness but I have been fortunate enough to have never had to experience survivors guilt, and I pray I never have to. This book opened my eyes to the real pain and grip that survivor’s guilt can have on a person.
These characters felt truly real to me. The writing was so vivid I could see the story unfolding before my eyes. When I had to put this book down, it always took me a few seconds to re-associate myself with the real world. This story was both suspenseful and captivating. I was hooked from the first page.
Yes, this is a romance, but not completely; this focus’ more on the tragedy and the aftermath of that. The healing journey for each of these characters was the most important part, the relationships that grow from that are secondary, or to me they were.
Recommendation: I loved this book, it was a bit sad but it got happier as the book progressed. I would recommend this book to anyone.
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*