It’s a very exciting book review today! It’s the brand new novel from the bestselling and brilliant Clare Mackintosh with After The End. And this book, is her best yet…
I am a huge fan of Clare and her books. They are always suspenseful, always full of brilliant characters and a proper good page-turner. She’s back with something different but also familiar too, with her new novel, After The End. So, what’s it about? Here’s the blurb:
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…
I love the blurb of this book as it doesn’t give anything away but it spikes enough interest to draw you into the book. I’m not going to give any spoilers or anything to do with the plot in this review as I think it’s a book that you should go in without any knowledge of the book and just get lost in the story. I pre-ordered the book on Waterstones as they have a special edition with gorgeous sprayed edges and signed by Clare too and was so surprised to have it arrive weeks before the actual publication so, of course, I couldn’t stop myself getting stuck in and immediately, I was hooked…
One of my favourite things about Clare’s books is the characters that she creates. I especially loved this with her last novel Let Me Lie which I was gripped by and loved the characters. The characters in her books feel real, relatable and that’s so important especially with a story and plot like this one. I loved the characters in this one, Max and Pip are a great couple and my favourite character is Leila as I could see her jumping from the page and I loved her story and would love to have read more from her but the focus of the novel is Max and Pip which I understand. I also loved reading the other characters that make up the ensemble, especially Alistair and Tom. As I’ve said, the characters are real and relatable but also highly readable and you can connect with them straight away and there’s a great amount of diversity throughout the novel, too.
I loved the structure of the novel and it’s a great and clever concept to share and explore this tale. Through the book, the story is told in both Max and Pip’s perspective but through Leila, it’s the third person that gives us a view over the situation overall. Mackintosh plays with time, structure and plot and it makes a clever and compelling read and the ultimate page-turner that will make you weep, laugh, smile and make you pause as there are a lot of twists and turns throughout the book.
Overall, I really loved this novel and I couldn’t stop myself reading. I think Clare Mackintosh is at her best form in this book – it’s somewhat of a different venture to her previous books but not at the same time as it’s full of brilliant characters, a page-turner of a plot and full of heart and warmth. You can tell throughout the book how important of a book this is for her and she tackles it with so much care and her passion for this story to be told shines throughout.
I hope this book is a huge hit like her previous books – it’s a story that needs to be told, and she does it with so much love and warmth and care throughout. It’s a compelling, clever, original, unforgettable tale of family, life, marriage, relationship, grief and the exploration of the tender moments between relationships and ultimately, full of hope. I would love to see this made into a television series as I found it so easy to visualise and I think a movie wouldn’t give time for the story to breath whereas a TV series would. It’s a book that will make you think and will stay with you for a very, very, very long time long after reading. This is one not to be missed.
After The End is published on 25th June.
Have you read After the End yet? What did you think? Are you planning on reading it? If so, let me know in the comments or come back when you’ve read it!