Saturday 24 August 2019

After The End - Clare Mackintosh || Netgalley Review

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They're best friends, lovers—unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can't agree. They each want a different future for their son. What if they could have both?

 A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning.

Having read previous work by Clare i wasn't 100% sure what to expect from this (having now read it) can be described as an emotional kick in the teeth. This was heartbreaking, lovely and just something else. With echos of the feels from My Sisters Keeper & the hysterics i get from the notebook this is not one for those who cant handle emotions.

We meet Max & Pip, one of the strongest couples going, their little boy is sick, seriously sick but they have each other and they have him and that's all that matters. So when the couple for the first ever time cant agree on a course of action for Dylan, we look at how it affects them.

As we get further on, we follow the story down to paths, one if Max had the outcome he wished for, and one if Pip did (i had to check this because i was so confused when reading what was actually happening) We follow a journey of what ifs and see how life pans out.

This book was raw, the scenes were so clear especially the hospital setting (you can tell its something Clare has been through and it translates beautifully into the writing) It sticks with you long after you have finished and even as i was reading it i couldn't even begin to comprehend how i would handle something like this.

This book was beautiful, poignant and well written. It left my heart in pieces but i loved the fact we got to consider alot of the what ifs and see what could of happened. This book is a real tear jerker and i simply adored it (obviously the subject matter was a hard and heavy one but because of how it was tackled). Simply beautiful

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