After the End

After the End

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Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They're best friends, lovers -- unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can't agree. They each want a different future for their son.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780451490568
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 01, 2019

I was expecting a psychological thriller in the manner of Mackintosh’s <i>I Let You Go</i> which took my breath away with its twist in the middle. But, no – this is not a psychological thriller. This is over-stretched heart strings and maudlin mea culpa. The little twist midway that follows the paths of two different outcomes held promise. But then I found it repetitive and plodding. Seven years after the pivotal point, despite much hope in each of their lives, the main characters are still saying the same things, are still mired in the same emotions and seem incapable of processing. Honestly, I think what Mackintosh had to say could have been done in 100 fewer pages.

Oct 28, 2019

A couple whose child is very ill faces making decisions regarding the welfare of the child (palliative care versus a stab at a potential cure) and how this decision-making deeply affects their relationship. It also features the impact, both for good and bad, of social media in these times. It was a good book, I felt, right up to the end, although the second half of it when the reader tries to follow the couple's relationship down two different pathways, can be difficult at times to figure out. Anyways, I thought the book was good, but the ending, the last half-page, struck me as really weak, and almost a cop-out. It's important to note that the author lost a young child, so she is writing from a place of some knowledge regarding the impacts emotionally of being unable to protect your child.

Sep 14, 2019

Poor imitation of Jodi Picoult's work, first time I'm disappointed with one of her books. A confusing soap opera melodrama.

Aug 24, 2019

Such a very sad story. Hard to read in places, confusing in others as it jumps years ahead and back again from character to character. Glad I finished it. Makes an interesting conversation as to what would you do if in this situation. Heart wrenchng but a beautiful story indeed.

Aug 23, 2019

I gave up on this book about ½ way through. The alternating chapters of what could have been left me flat.

Jul 31, 2019

Book bud recommend

lauz32 Jul 30, 2019

Wow what a change of pace for Claire Mackintosh. She usually writes suspense filled novels however this novel was very heartfelt and touched on a very emotional subject matter - end of life and the easing of suffering for our loved ones. It has a very "sliding doors" feeling about it in the second half as we navigate two different outcomes of a very difficult choice. A book worth reading but trigger warning for parents or for those who have lost a young child.

Jul 08, 2019

The first part of the book was very good - heartbreaking subject matter. However the next part was a little confusing - as she tried to show what their lives would have been like as the followed it with the two decisions that could have been made by the court. In the end you are still not clear how their life proceeded.

Jul 03, 2019

First CM book I did not like. She acknowledges at the end it won’t be for everyone. She wrote it from a personal experience. It wasn’t really the subject matter that bothered me although reading about the loss of a child after a few on the holocaust was not the best choice, it was the alternate storyline path that I found confusing, even frustrating. She has deliberately misled the reader before and I have found it cleaver and I have reread the book to see if I missed something or if I was lead astray and found it was a deliberate mislead. And in that book I loved it. But not this one.

Jun 12, 2019

A heartbreaking portrayal of life with a terminally ill toddler and the decisions that have to be made regarding health care. In my mind, the most valuable take away from this book is the reminder that we should not and cannot assume we know what we would do in such a situation. The story is told from the perspective of Pip and Max as well as their doctor Leila. For the first half of the book, it is a united timeline moving toward a climax. The second half of the book shows two paths from that climax -- one from the perspective of Pip and one from that of Max. Dual timelines work very well in books like "Maybe In Another Life," but in this one there is too much repetition. I am a big Clare Mackintosh fan since she blindsided me with a massive plot twist in "I Let You Go." This one fell a bit flat for me, but I will still be anxious to read her next book.


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