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Publisher's Summary

You want to know what the worst thing is? It's not the embarrassment, or the looks on people's faces when I tell them what happened. It isn't the pain of him not being there - loneliness is manageable.

The worst thing is not knowing why.

When Justin walks out on Alice on their honeymoon, with no explanation apart from a cryptic note, Alice is left alone and bewildered, her life in pieces.

Then she meets Evelyn, a visitor to the gallery where she works. It's a seemingly chance encounter, but Alice gradually learns that Evelyn has motives, and a heartbreaking story, of her own. And that story has haunting parallels with Alice's life.

As Alice delves into the mystery of why Justin left her, the questions are obvious. But the answers may lie in the most unlikely of places...

©2017 Carol Mason (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Not a mystery or thriller

If you like cupcakes and rainbows this story is for you. This is a mushy romance novel, not a mystery or thriller as advertised. A great disappointment. Boring and predictable.

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Awful

I hated this book and didn’t get past the first two chapters. Unfortunately audible has not allowed me to return it.

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  • Bette
  • 02-05-2017

I kept thinking 'what the heck???'

For better or worse, After You Left will keep you on your toes. Is it a mystery? Well, yeah- but not the one you think it is. Is it literary? Maybe; some aspects of the book are quite fine while others are straight out of the chicklit handbook. Is it engaging? Yes- except when it isn't. And last, 'What did she say?' Narrator Knoweldon does an excellent job but in that whispery-childwoman voice that keeps me rewinding.

Yep, I am ambivalent about After You Left. The story line seemed forced at times but the storytelling was excellent. I'll certainly try more Carol Mason novels because despite everything I've said, After You Left is better than 2/3 of the books I listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-2017

After You Left

Very dry and boring. Very little emotion. Things that don't matter to the story. Rambling

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  • Angela M Shrum, Author
  • 08-07-2017

I wanted to like this book but couldn't

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe someone with a lot of patience, who doesn't look for the narrator to match the character's voice.

Would you ever listen to anything by Carol Mason again?

If she better fit a character, yes.

Any additional comments?

The story's premise was good and well-intended, but the narrator was quite distracting. She couldn't emote well enough.

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  • Patti B.
  • 07-06-2017

Nope

Why couldn't they end the story? They just left it all unfinished. Too long of a book to end without wrapping up any of the stories.

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  • Crystalew
  • 16-06-2017

Just good enough to not fall asleep on.

This book has good bones. There's lots of good twist but the characters are boring and the story ends up being anti-climatic. One of the biggest problems was none of the characters had any fight. It's a book I want drama. I was extremely disappointed that I actually lost sleep listening to the last chapter. It just totally killed the whole book for me. I was looking for more closure from the Alice and Justin story but instead it was just a redundant telling of the E&E storyline.

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  • Bridgie Graham
  • 20-06-2017

Rambling story with grating narration

Try as I might I couldn't finish it and will ask for my first ever refund

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  • Jane
  • 10-12-2017

Mesmerizing and Thrilling

A beautifully written novel that weaves together its stories in a way I could never imagined. It felt real, as if I were there watching and listening, not at all contrived. It also kept me up late, having to read on to understand more, wondering what might happen next. What each person would do, what decisions they would make. This was my first book by Carol Mason. I will be look for another. Also my first book narrated, so beautifully, by Elizabeth Knowelden.

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  • PollyAnna2
  • 06-12-2017

Wow. Wonderful.

I don’t know the last time I enjoyed a book so much. There were times I laughed, times I swooned, and times I cried. Genuinely, shed tears. If you’ve ever known someone or loved someone who suffers from dementia, this novel will definitely, reach into your heart. “Memory keepers” is what my grandmother called the loved ones, of those with dementia, and Alzheimer’s. I won’t give any more than that away. But I will say this, you won’t regret reading, or listening to this one.

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  • Babbs
  • 16-05-2017

Go tell Alice

Okay I'm going to give up on these British writers. Clarified writers that are broken hearted romances. These women seem to believe that stand by your man even after being cheated on and dumped.
Your husband run out on you during you honeymoon leaving you 5000 miles alone and you want him back?
He don't call or text except 2 other times when she contacts him, but have no answers for why! After two weeks he comes back to pick up his clothes spins some story about a 3 mo. old sick son by former girlfriend he was not aware of until day before Alice and his wedding. So the son has an heredity illness that he now feels obligated to raise his son with former girlfriend .
So I say F- him. This man ran with no consideration for her or his commitment to her. She did nothing wrong so she did not deserve his treatment. I guess at 59 I'm a realist so I say "love don't love nobody"
British writers stop making women door mats, put on big girl panties and move on. Justin I call bull.

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  • CJ
  • 25-05-2020

Highly Recommend!!

I am without words...a rare occurrence. This book was so amazingly well-written and narrated. There are so many themes presented--each with so many intricate details--and beautifully woven together that the book transcends any particular category. As you read, you find that the book is never quite what you think it is, and you are always pleasantly surprised and hungry for more. Highly recommend!

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  • Beth H
  • 23-03-2018

Mediocre at best

I must have missed the point to this book. I was waiting for it to get somewhere when it abruptly ended. Story was weak. I think there was supposed to be a twist, but if it was supposed to be then it was highly predictable. The message of the story seemed to be that being unfaithful to your spouse is fine as long as you are in love, which I find morally dubious. Naration was okay. I listened to this on Kindle Unlimited and do a lot of driving; if I had paid for this or had little time to listen, I would have felt quite rather duped.

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  • chrisc
  • 18-02-2018

After you left

I enjoyed the previous book I read by Carol Mason but I found this story jumped about to much.

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  • 😃
  • 03-08-2017

Can't get past second chapter. Perhaps I will try later

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Can't get past the second chapter. Maybe I will try again later, when in a more reflective mood

What could Carol Mason have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing

How could the performance have been better?

Less monotone

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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  • Lauren
  • 07-08-2020

disappointing

amazing potential in the story line but awfully told and far to jumpy from past to present tense. first audio book I've not enjoyed and I have nearly 200 in my library! I enjoyed one of carols other books so maybe it was the monotone narration?

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  • K. Faulkner
  • 27-08-2019

After you left

Good story line, difficult to follow at times. Too many words, needs editing, making the book shorter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-06-2019

a beautiful story

I loved this book and the soft northern accent of the narrator. Compelling and soulful.

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  • Julie H.
  • 01-05-2019

Awful narration

Couldn't get past first chapter. Narrator speaks in a whisper. Shame as I think it would be a good story. Will revert to book version.

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  • glengem
  • 14-04-2019

Enjoyable

Very good loved it can recommend all these books to read for night or day

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-2019

Must read exceptional story.

Really enjoyed this book. Very unexpected ending. I loved this story. A must read for entangled story lovers.

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