What Comes After by Joanne Tompkins #joannetompkins @riverheadbooks #characterdrivenfiction #libraryloan #audiobook #fiction #literaryfiction #mystery #bookreview

Susanne’s Review:

A Gripping, Raw, Character-Driven Story about Loss, Grief, and Forgiveness.

A murder-suicide of two teenaged boys.

Two families rocked to their core.

A pregnant teenage girl, who appears out of nowhere.  

Jonah and Daniel seem like best friends. Then one takes the life of the other, for reasons unknown. This tragedy both connects families and destroys the lives of Daniel’s father Issac, and Jonah’s mother Lorrie.  

When Evangeline, a pregnant 16-year-old girl arrives in the woods behind Issac’s house, he takes her in, thinking she knows more than she is letting on about his son.  He, of course, is right.  

Struggling to trust, understand and be there for each other, these characters try to find a path forward in the face of tragedy.  

Devastating, harrowing, and yes, at times, hopeful, (though I admit that sounds impossible), this is a story of finding forgiveness, and strength and learning to put one foot in front of the other when all hope seems lost. Rufus, Issac’s dog, was one of my favorite characters, though certain scenes broke my heart.  

An absolutely brilliant novel, that kept me riveted to the storyline, this was a buddy listen with Ms. Kaceey.  So glad we listened to this together and were able to discuss it.

Thank you to my local library for loaning me a copy of the audiobook.

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