After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell

About the book

Alice Raikes takes a train from London to Scotland to visit her family, but when she gets there she witnesses something so shocking that she insists on returning to London immediately. A few hours later, Alice is lying in a coma after an accident that may or may not have been a suicide attempt. Alice’s family gathers at her bedside and as they wait, argue, and remember, long-buried tensions emerge. The more they talk, the more they seem to conceal. Alice, meanwhile, slides between varying levels of consciousness, recalling her past and a love affair that recently ended. A riveting story that skips through time and interweaves multiple points of view, After You’d Gone is a novel of stunning psychological depth and marks the debut of a major literary talent.

Reviewed by  Ten for Books Reading Group:

Well liked by all the group, unexpectedly! Blurb does not do justice to the wonderfully unsentimental description of loss of a partner. Good characterisation, believable, interesting. This is not chick lit, but very accessible.

Star rating: ****

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1 thought on “After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell”

  1. Review by Logos Reading Group:
    Style of narrative was particularly engaging for half the group, the other half struggled. The author generated great empathy for main character. Really mature accomplishment! Some found the language a bit jarring.
    Star rating: ***


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