Friday, February 17, 2017

Life After by Katie Ganshert

Book description:

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.

My review:

   I didn't dislike this book, but I have to be honest and say I wasn't crazy about it. I do try to be as honest with my book reviews while also being as nice as I can about criticisms.

 What I liked:

The plot: The plot was very good. The book revolves around a woman who was the lone survivor of a train bombing, her guilt and how her life intersects with a family who lost their wife and mother in the bombing. It was an interesting look into how a lone survivor might react and feel.

The characters: Autumn comes off sounding like she needs a padded cell most of the time, but she was still an interesting character who I never got to like very well. I did like Paul and his kids, and they made the story more interesting.

The Christian aspect: God was definitely offered as the solution and hope for the issues people faced in the book.

What I didn't like:

  A lot of the actions of the main character (Autumn) came off weird and bizarre to me, along with her interactions and conversations with the Elliot family.

  To be fair, the author writes well...... I just had difficulty getting into the story.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Katie (K.E.) Ganshert was born and raised in the exciting state of Iowa, where she currently resides with her family. She likes to write things and consume large quantities of coffee and chocolate while she writes all the things. She’s won some awards. For the writing, not the consuming. Although the latter would be fun. You can learn more about K.E. Ganshert and these things she writes at her website

Life After is available from Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishing.

Thanks to Waterbrook/Mutnomah for the review copy.