Thursday, March 16, 2017

Life After by Katie Ganshert

Life After by Katie Ganshert
Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.

A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest. 

Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve-year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake.  

My Thoughts:
Gripping. Not in that thrilling way that makes your heart race but in that powerful way in which, the story you're immersed in has you reading late into the night because you can't not know what happens next and so you read and read and read until finally you turn that last page and it takes you time to ingest everything that happened and you, blink. That was STORY.

And so it is with Katie Ganshert's newest release, Life After. A reflective story of one woman's life as the lone survivor in a horrific act of terror. What I loved about the story is the authenticity of messiness. Life is messy in the good times but in the worst of times-how much more-and Ms. Ganshert does not hold back but rather in beautiful prose describes reality through an ebb and flow of witty humor, somber doses of gravity, and reveals that life does go on after...

A stunning cast of characters make up an ensemble that bring this story to life. I found myself drawn to many of the secondary characters and wanting to know what else was happening in their lives-particularly Autumn's father. As much as the tragedy propels this story, I believe it's the characters that drive it forward and leave an ever-lasting impression.

FAVORITE MOMENT: Pickup basketball game in the rain.

There were some moments throughout the story that left me wanting more but they weren't enough to change my overall opinion of the book. The faith element is so cleanly woven throughout that it comes off natural and honest. The tender theme of the book will resonate with readers long after they finish the book and in my opinion, have them recommending this book to everyone.

This is the kind of book that'll require a full day, fuzzy blanket, never-ending beverage of choice, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

You can purchase your copy of Life After HERE


  1. I've been seeing great things about Katie Ganshert's latest! Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by!! Yes, it's definitely a book that's worthy of much of the hype it's receiving 😊


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