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Review of Life After by Katie Ganshert

Life After by Kate examines the lives of people after a train explosion kills hundreds of people on a snowy winter night in Chicago. We follow Autumn, the sole survivor of the bombing, and Paul, along with his children, whose wife was on the train. Autumn struggles with survivors guilt and is trying desperately to heal from the tragedy. Paul has demons from his past and regrets that haunt him as he tries to find a way past his wife’s death and help his children do the same.

Overall I really enjoyed the story and the main characters. I cheered them on and watched them grow and found joy when they began to heal and move on with living. I loved the interactions between the children and the other characters in the book and found that they brought a lot of depth to the story.

I also enjoyed the way it was written. I normally don’t like when a story is written from multiple view points but in this story it was nice to get two separate views of the same incident. I also thought the journal entries and letters that were included added depth and extra nuances to the story.

I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend the book.

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