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After the End

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Publisher's Summary

The powerful new novel from number one Sunday Times best seller Clare Mackintosh. 

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they're facing the most important decision of their lives - and they don't agree. 

As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again. 

But anything can happen after the end....

Listen to the end for the author’s note which is read by Clare Mackintosh.

©2019 Clare Mackintosh (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Just brilliant

This book is amazing. It made me laugh, cry, think, cry some more, question and immerse myself in another world. Clare Macintosh is a hugely talented author who keeps you totally engrossed in the lives of her characters. A day after finishing this book I'm still thinking about it. I wish I could give this book more than five stars.

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Emotional and real

Clare Mackintosh brings an authentic account to this beautiful prose of “what if’s”. I’m a paediatric Emergency Physician based in Melbourne and Clare’s book brings much realism to this work. The medical account is so real to me and brings home the actuality of our patients and families. I finished the book and found it weighing upon me- questioning my practice and how we work with families to reach decisions with families. Clare’s authors note explains why this is such a personal journey.
This is an emotional story, despite the difficult subject matter, as a parent of small children myself, it is one that challenges the notions of the “what if’s” and one of hope for the future and the path we are meant to find in this life. A brilliant read/listen and I can’t wait for Clare Mackintosh’s next offering.x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-2019

A beautiful & cleverly written story

Twists and turns right til the end.
Sensitive and real.
Thank you for this insightful tale.

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  • Simon
  • 26-06-2019

A New Direction, A New Empathy

This is a very different book to what we have seen from Claire Mackintosh in the past. It contains much of her great writing style but is a long way removed from the thriller fayre she has served up so far. This is about two parents faced with the most terrible of circumstances. Their young son has become critically ill and has suffered already through the harshest of surgeries and treatments. The prologue tells us that this is heading towards a climactic courtroom decision which will decide the fate of their son and the first half of this book I found utterly compelling. Mackintosh presents her story through three points of view, the two parents as well as the female lead of the medical team supporting their son. It’s brilliantly done and really tugs at the heartstrings giving a genuinely 3D feel to the plot as it plays out.

Once that central decision point is reached though there is a real change in the book’s nature as Mackintosh explores two alternate realities each based on the court decision going different ways. This was interesting but to me the book lost something because it never gives you a real sense of genuine conclusion because of the split narrative. As it's based on some incredibly tough real-life experiences for the author there is an authentic feel to all this but that was diminished for me by the author not deciding on one course or the other but choosing to explore both.

The narration is very good, and I really enjoyed all three voices, particularly the doctor in charge. In these situations the families are rightly centre stage but this did well to underline the incredible pressures we put on the often young staff in our health services. Her voice was possibly the most human of them all in this very emotional book.

So, especially when you hear the author’s words at the end of the book this is in part extremely compelling. As I said, the first half, while different to her previous books, I found utterly compelling and as good as anything she has done before. It’s a story of fantastic empathy and it had me genuinely captivated. I wasn’t so sold on the second half though, while the writing was still good of course the dual narrative didn’t work anywhere near as well or as smoothly. If there’s a message here it’s as much that there are no easy, black and white answers to these incredibly tough dilemmas and it’s impossible to emerge from them unscathed. So, I think I understand why Claire took the path she did but it didn’t quite work for me.

In short, I’d say it’s worth reading for that first part which is extremely good but be prepared that it might leave you a little deflated with the second half.

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  • Bubbles08
  • 19-07-2019

Amazing

Totally unexpected but incredible. Was hooked and will miss Pip now it’s over . Would highly recommend

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  • h
  • 19-07-2019

deeply moving

this is a moving story , but not without hope. It is impossible to imagine what it must be like to face such decisions. absolute respect to the author for the way she handles it. no doubt influenced by her own experience

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  • kate Scott-Underdown
  • 15-07-2019

Loved this book

Anyone who watched sliding doors will enjoy this book, thought provoking and a story of love.

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  • E. Feldon
  • 15-07-2019

Glad I didn’t give up on the book

I am a huge fan of Clare mackintosh. I pre order most of her books, and did the same with this without reading before anything on the story or background. At the start I wish I had checked the story, I found it heavy and too much at the start, but the way that the story developed was so cleverly done. Then the authors note at the end made me so pleased I had finished this book.

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  • Pam
  • 15-07-2019

Exceptional

I was gripped from the beginning of this book. The narration was superb and the story line so very moving. Made even more so right at the end to understand this was the authors own experience. So very brave to share this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-2019

Brilliantly written

This was so well written. Would definitely recommend. I wasn't sure if I would like it due to the split ending but I loved it.

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  • Linda
  • 07-07-2019

another good one!<br />

another exceptional read/listen by a gifted author!!! I hope she keeps writing books! realistic but also has momentum.

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  • Christine Holyoake
  • 29-06-2019

5 Stars are not enough

Perfect for book clubs, you won't want
the book will stay with you long after you finished readying it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-2019

Wow

A difficult read at times but well worth it especially when you read the chapter at the end