After You'd Gone, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (11 ratings)

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The groundbreaking debut novel from Maggie O'Farrell, AFTER YOU'D GONE is a stunning, best-selling story of wrenching love and grief. A distraught young woman boards a train at King's Cross to return to her family in Scotland.

Six hours later, she catches sight of something so terrible in a mirror at Waverley Station that she gets on the next train back to London. AFTER YOU'D GONE follows Alice's mental journey through her own past, after a traffic accident has left her in a coma.

A love story that is also a story of absence, and of how our choices can reverberate through the generations, it slowly draws us closer to a dark secret at a family's heart.

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Definitely her best work. The descriptions of personal loss and emotional rawness in this novel are magnificent.

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4

Alice steps,off the curb into traffic and ends up in a coma? Was she trying to kill herself? The story unfolds through members of her family! Made me cry!!!

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4

Unsettling - uplifting, depressing, insightful. If you are living a comfortable, complacent life without deep emotion or purpose then this book may make you wonder whether you should be doing something more ... or maybe stable mediocrity is less risky? I knew by page 80 that I would finish it - and the further in I got the more engaged I became.

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2.5

An intriguing premise - after witnessing an unsettling sight while on a visit home, young journalist Alice Raikes returns to London, steps into the path of oncoming traffic and ends up in a coma. In unraveling the events leading up to Alice's current predicament, O'Farrell switches (sometimes with jarring frequency) between different aspects of the Raikes family's history. Overall, <i>After You'd Gone</i> is a light and entertaining read, but the major plot twist isn't properly concealed and the dialogue has a B-grade, soap opera feel to it.

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3

very well-written - but too much happens to the main character - cut the story back slightly and it would have been a lot better.

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