I managed to get through 2010 missing Rosamund Lupton’s highly acclaimed debut novel ‘Sister’. However, when Postie bought me her second novel ‘Afterwards’, courtesy of Best Magazine to review (I signed up to Best Book Club through their facebook page), I took to Google to learn more about her. I soon discovered how successful her first novel had been, selling nearly 200,000 copies in just ten weeks and spending 14 weeks on the Sunday Times bestseller list. Impressed, I settled down on the sun lounger in my back garden to see what all the fuss was about....!
Having not read ‘Sister’, I can only imagine how the success of this second novel will compare. However, I have to say it is a fantastic read! It is an absolutey fantastic page-turner; it only took a few lines for me to be totally engrossed. Rosamund Lupton draws you in very quickly, and I felt an instant connection with the characters.
I found this book to be an absolutely incredible portrayal of the lengths family will go to for one another; and communicated from a very interesting and different perspective – It is told by the mother of the family from the point of view of an out of body experience whilst her physical body is in the hospital in a coma. An extremely moving story, but with enough twists and turns along the way to keep you guessing.
If you’ve read and liked ‘If I stay’ by Gayle Forman (reviewed below), you’ll absolutely love this! I will absolutely be investing in a copy of ‘Sister’ and will definitely be keeping my eye out for Rosamund Lupton's future works!
** Rosamund's second novel, Afterwards, is published on June 9th 2011 **