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What Comes After
What Comes After: A Novel | JoAnne Tompkins
After the shocking death of two teenage boys tears apart a community in the Pacific Northwest, a mysterious pregnant girl emerges out of the woods and into the lives of those same boys familiesa moving and hopeful novel about forgiveness and human connection. In misty, coastal Washington State, Isaac lives alone with his dog, grieving the recent death of his teenage son, Daniel. Next door, Lorrie, a working single mother, struggles with a heinous act committed by her own teenage son. Separated by only a silvery stretch of trees, the two parents are emotionally stranded, isolated by their great lossesuntil an unfamiliar sixteen-year-old girl shows up, bridges the gap, and changes everything. Evangelines arrival at first feels like a blessing, but she is also clearly hiding something. When Isaac, who has retreated into his Quaker faith, isnt equipped to handle her alone, Lorrie forges her own relationship with the girl. Soon all three characters are forced to examine what really happened in their overlapping pasts, and what it all possibly means for a shared future. With a propulsive mystery at its core, What Comes After offers an unforgettable story of loss and anger, but also of kindness and hope, courage and forgiveness. It is a deeply moving account of strangers and friends not only helping each other forward after tragedy, but inspiring a new kind of family.
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MaggieCarr
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I fell for it again... expecting a feral character from the "...until a mysterious, pregnant 16-year-old girl emerges out of the woods and into their lives..." book jacket. ? Don't get me wrong, it was okay just not what I expected though I did learn more about the Quaker community than I did before. I could wholeheartedly feel from the POV of each character and what drove them so the writing was good and immersive, just not what I was expecting.

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4.5 ⭐️

This is an outstanding debut.
The characters are fully drawn - fully human - fully flawed. And spending time with all of them is a pleasure.
There is a desire to know what happened, and how it will turn out. But those don‘t overshadow the unraveling of each moment. There is no need to rush.
It‘s heavy subject matter. But the author carries the characters & readers through the story gracefully.
Don‘t miss this one.

JamieArc I loved this one (and even more because I‘m a Quaker). Glad to see it getting some love. 4w
Sweettartlaura @JamieArc I loved the Quaker character - first time I‘ve encountered that to such depths! Made me want to go to a meeting. 4w
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sprainedbrain
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I didn‘t expect to love this book as much as I did, but wow, what a fantastic debut novel. Really solid writing, great handling of some seriously big stuff (broken families, abuse, murder, suicide, rape, teen pregnancy, animal death), and truly fascinating characters. Not really the mystery/thriller I assumed it would be, but more of a quiet, heartbreaking story about what comes after some painful endings.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

BiblioLitten Your review reminded me of 1mo
sprainedbrain @BiblioLitten I still need to read that! 1mo
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magyklyXdelish
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TW - animal death/cruelty

If it wasn‘t for the animal stuff, more specifically an issue I have with Rufus‘ sub plot, I would have rated higher. I thought it was completely unnecessary to the story as a whole.

Otherwise I adored Evangeline and thought this story, while slow at times, was engrossing.

I‘m very curious to see what my #LMPBC group will think 🤗

#BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I also recently read a book where one subplot/scene threw off the whole book for me. Sometimes I don't think the details are necessary! 2mo
magyklyXdelish @TheAromaofBooks I agree! Especially if it doesn‘t add anything or further the plot in anyway. Especially if it‘s 400+ pages, it‘s just not necessary. 2mo
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magyklyXdelish
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Digging in to my next #LMPBC book. Excited to clear our BOTM shelf 🤗🤗

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GidgetsTreasures75
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2-13-22: My 14th finished book of 2022! After the shocking deaths of 2 teenage boys tears apart a community, an unfamiliar pregnant girl emerges out of the woods and into the lives of the boy‘s parents. Issac has lost his son, Daniel and Lorrie has lost her son, Jonah, Daniel‘s best friend. When Evangeline comes into their lives pregnant and alone she unites them. While sad it was also uplifting. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣1️⃣4️⃣

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SomedayAlmost
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Smart, moving crime audiobook. Initial tension about a murder bleeds into tension about a teen mother with choices to make. Fascinating look at the Quaker character‘s spiritual life. Ends on a quieter note, so not for every mystery/thriller reader who needs a dramatic ending, but very well written. Cats enjoyed listening to iIt with me. .5 stars. #murder #teenmom #spirituality

RaeLovesToRead Awww they're all gathered! So cute 😻😻😻 3mo
GondorGirl I'm not sure what those cats are plotting after listening to a murder book... 😳 3mo
SomedayAlmost RealLovesToRead I think they want me to warm them up, lol 3mo
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sprainedbrain
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Here are some choices from my BOTM backlog for my #LMPBC book, @JackOBotts @kellyann28 @Catsandbooks 😃

I tried to pick different genres so ended up with 8. Whoops.

Have you already read any of these? Any that you‘d rather not read, or any that you‘d prefer? Will tag the other 7 in comments.

If none of these work, I do have 33 more on the shelf because I have a BOTM problem. 😂

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kellyann28 I'm not a fan of cozy mystery types so I'd have to say please no Arsenic and Adobo 😂 Otherwise, I'm perfectly fine with any of the others. My top choice would be Lydia Bird! 3mo
kellyann28 Oh I have What Comes After on my shelf too, so top choice for that one also! 3mo
Catsandbooks I have The Age of light, the space between world's, arsenic and adobo, and the two lives of Lydia bird all on my tbr so any of those would be good! 3mo
JackOBotts Lydia Bird sounds good to me, too. @kellyann28 @Catsandbooks @sprainedbrain - I‘ll post a bunch of options on Sunday. 💜 (edited) 3mo
sprainedbrain Lydia Bird it is! 3mo
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SomedayAlmost
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Enjoying this audiobook. More of a why-done-it, a deep dive into teens surviving traumas@& how communities grieve. No wonder it is up for 2 awards for best first mystery novel. #audiobooks #mystery

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Lizthewiz
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Wow. What an amazing book. I cried for most of the last 100 pages, so many emotional moments of sadness and joy. I loved seeing the development of all the characters, especially their relationships with one another. Evangeline‘s story of discovering love and the fact that she deserved love was so moving. 10 out of 10 would recommend the read.

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Jerdencon
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About it 50 pages in and hooked! #newyearwhodis
@Kangaj1 @monalyisha

JamieArc I put this on my #NYWD list as well! 4mo
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Jerdencon
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Starting the tagged book sometime this weekend hopefully for #newyearwhodis
Finished Amelia Unabridged and really enjoyed it! Super touching and moving…. @Kangaj1 @monalyisha

monalyisha Oh, excited for the next one! 4mo
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Victoriahoperose
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This is a book about loss and how tragedy changes lives. This is a tough read because it is so emotional, but it is so well written. I felt every bit of this story and I think the author did an amazing job of capturing grief in this book. This broke my heart, but it was worth every minute I put into reading it. Definitely dark, but it comes together well I really liked the ending and felt like it couldn‘t have been done more perfectly.

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Kangaj1
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I don't think I will finish any more this month, so here are my October reads!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐: The Day the World Came to Town, You Can Not Burn the Sun (friend's poetry), What Comes After
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5: Beautiful Ruins
⭐⭐⭐⭐: The Girl with the Loading Voice, The Eighth Life, The Ruin, Admissions, Gallows Court, Rewind
⭐⭐⭐: Moonflower Murders, A Slow Fire Burning, Death at Whitewater Church
⭐⭐: Lock Every Door

DrexEdit That's some good reading! 🙂 7mo
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BittersweetBooks
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It didn‘t take long to understand that there was no recipe or equation. Parenting was a river of moment-by-moment decisions, intuitions, a balancing of one‘s own needs, which did factor somehow, with those of the child. But mostly it was being there, truly there, with all your senses. Trusting the heart knowledge that arises with full attention. Lorrie had that. She had a gift for attention of the heart 🤰💛🤱

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mamareading
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I‘m enjoying this one a lot, but I‘m kind of wondering why because it‘s actually moving fairly slowly. I like some of the characters and I‘m wishing them well, I think that‘s why I‘m still here if though a lot of this feel mundane.

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JamieArc
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I don‘t normally gravitate towards domestic dramas, but my curiosity got the best of me with this one. I‘m a Quaker, and Quakers are rarely represented in contemporary fiction. Tompkins did it justice. I found the Quaker bits accurate and true to real life. The story also pulled me in, and kept me up all night reading it. I‘m really glad I read this story and have it in my mental warehouse now. August #Bookspin complete

JamieArc Pictured here is my meetinghouse, which I miss being in so much, with the beautiful light coming through. 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! And I'm glad to hear that your community was written well. I feel like religious groups aren't always researched well in fiction. 9mo
JamieArc @TheAromaofBooks Quakerism is usually only written about in a very historical context, so it gets stereotyped, and easy to get modern day Quakerism wrong. I was impressed with this author. I also thing she did a good job at portraying the things our faith does well and the things we don‘t do so well. 9mo
squirrelbrain Great review - stacked! 9mo
Cathythoughts Great review ❤️ 9mo
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Hooked_on_books
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This is a quiet, intimate book about big themes, including trauma, grief, resentment, and finding ways to move forward. One character is quite religious, and while his religious is defining for him, it remains subtle in the book. Plus, there‘s a beautifully depicted story of a dog that I loved. This was really good.

EvieBee This is one I wanted to read but you‘ve inspired me to bump it up! 9mo
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MotherOfCats
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Is it bad that I don‘t like this 16 year old girl? 🤔

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JamieArc
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August #Bookspin List, featuring a bunch of #BOTM titles, some Man Booker Nominees, last books I want to get to this summer, and some motivation to help get through the massive A Suitable Boy (4 parts is over 400 of the 1400+ pages).

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 10mo
JamieArc Note to self: BookSpin-11, Double Spin-2 10mo
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BookishTrish
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When a family breaks up what comes after? This moving book looks at the formation of a chosen family composed of a pregnant teen, a grieving father, and a traumatized mother and daughter.

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Jennick2004
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Gorgeous view while I read today 🥰

BookishMarginalia Pretty! 10mo
Jennick2004 @BookishMarginalia I have to head back home tomorrow…but I could stay here forever lol. That‘s my son fishing in the pic 😍 10mo
BookishMarginalia May you enjoy today, then 👍🏼🤓 10mo
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Jennick2004
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Time to read! And a fun sticker I found 😍

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marleed
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I thought this was a good story of both writing and plot, the Quaker aspect was fascinating, and what I liked - I really liked. So a pick, but some (okay a lot) of the bad sh*t could have been edited out to create a more believable found-family. And the principal - why was he even necessary to this story!?

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melissajayne
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4.5⭐️ I really liked the book. The multiple pov‘s worked very well in the book and loved the overall concept of the book. Returned my copy before getting a photo of the book. #2021 #summerreads #contemporary #fiction #bookreview #bookstagram #bookspinbingo

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Traci1
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FotL #bookhaul

These plus 6 dino books and an animal encyclopedia for Henry for a total of $4.

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Lisas.Library
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4.5 stars
Wow! What a compelling debut novel by Joanne Tompkins. This story touched my heart and I‘m certain I will be thinking of these characters for a long time. This is a truly wonderful story about life after a horrific tragedy that deals with loss, grief, hope, forgiveness, family, personal growth and perseverance.

BookwormM What a cute fur baby 💕💕 11mo
ShelleyBooksie Puppy! ♡♡♡♡♡♡ 11mo
Lisas.Library @BookwormM @ShelleyBooksie ~ 💜💜 Her name is Poppy 💜💜 11mo
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Annie1215
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I really enjoyed this! It wasn‘t quite what I expected, but it really delivers on heartbreaking characters and a hopeful family dynamic. This was my #BOTM last month.

Checking this off my #bookspinbingo board

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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melissajayne
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Got my second Covid vaccine dose today; read What Comes After during my 15 minute wait #covid19 #getvaccinated #inthistogether #becalmbekindbesafe

Chrissyreadit Hope you get lots of rest today and have mild side effects. And YAY!!!! Glad to hear you have the vaccination ! 11mo
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BekahPat
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“Strange what‘s left behind when all that matters is scraped away.” This book checked several of my boxes. A PNW setting, a beloved family rescue dog, questioning a faith that you have always clung tight too. The author wrote the characters in a way that made me care deeply for each of them, even the one that I had decided early on that I would not like. The story gave me perspective and empathy.

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AvidlyAlexis
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30/100, 4☆, This was a beautiful read. The language and deep themes wove a tapestry of complexity, yet the simplicity of every moment was made clear. At each turning point in the story, I could see several paths stretch out and the author could choose any one of them for the characters. It's hard to describe but this was definitely a worthwhile read and the tone will resonate with me for a while.

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Thousand-Lives
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What an excellent debut! This novel explores what comes after grief and loss. The story is propulsive but also character-driven. I loved learning more about the Quaker way of life. May #doublespin #botm

JamieArc I‘m a Quaker, which is hardly ever portrayed in fiction, so I‘m curious to read this one! 12mo
Thousand-Lives @JamieArc I would love to hear your thoughts if you end up reading this one. 12mo
TheAromaofBooks I never hear about Quakers in modern fiction - only in historical fiction. Interesting!! 12mo
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angel1
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⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
What a heartbreaking and powerful book. A moving story about how two families learn to cope with loss and tragedy. #botm #whatcomesafter
•One of my cows photo bombed me while I was taking the picture...notice the red blob to the left?🤣

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book begins with the death of two teenage boys. It tells the story of those left behind and how they deal with what has happened. It is a wonderful story of forgiveness. I love how the author told the story through the different characters. She used Rufus, the dog, to reach her readers as well. Rufus was an amazing character.

melissajayne The author dealt with a similar situation when working as a mediator 11mo
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Reviewsbylola
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This was such a heartfelt, raw and exploration of relationships and the reality of our innermost thoughts. And Rufus the dog really won me over—even more than the characters! Definitely a worthy debut and worth a read.

Since Evangeline mentioned chicken piccata multiple times in the book, I had to take the opportunity to make it. 🍝

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FelinesAndFelonies
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I ❤️ this book. There are so many good things to say about it. Tompkins's use of imagery made the setting come alive. Being born in Pennsylvania, I knew about the Quakers but had no actual understanding of the faith or awareness that they were still practicing. Using Isaac to explore this religion was really effective. I identified so closely with Evangeline & the experience of being a 16 year old mom. Her anxiety & determination sent me back ⤵️

FelinesAndFelonies 20 years. I vividly recalled being a sophomore in high school, pregnant, & scared. The whispers. Ugg. She definitely nailed the internal dialogue & thought processes. Also, I cannot recall another novel where I have been invested in a family pet. But I absolutely loved Rufus. I thought the lack of back story for the characters went a long way in making the point that love is about taking someone as they are today because every person has secrets. 13mo
Lauram Stacked! Your lillies of the valley are beautiful. 13mo
FelinesAndFelonies @Lauram Thank you! They're my daughter's favorite! 🤗 13mo
Lauram Your daughter has excellent taste- they were my mother‘s favorite. Maybe I‘ll finally get around to planting some this year. 13mo
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NikkiKey94
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I loved this book! I couldn‘t put it down so many times. There were times when it just ripped my heart out and I loved every bit of it. I‘m so glad I picked it as a BOTM pick last month! 🌟🌟🌟🌟!

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TheNerdyProfessor
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Mehso-so

A beautiful day for some outside reading. I know I'm in the minority here, but I would say this was a 'like' and not a 'love' book. There were some very poignant insights about family, love and loss - but I found the pace to be slow. At over 400 pages, I was slightly bored at times. The author did a lot of 'alluding' to things throughout the book, which sometimes made it hard to know what was really being said. Sad and sweet, but not my favorite.

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Lmass23
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Starting a new book in this beautiful Sunday morning with a cup of coffee! Pretty sure this will last 2min tops before the kids bust in 🤣

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Rissa1
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From page one I was absorbed into this story. This is a 4.5⭐ read, for me. Book one of #20in4 done. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 13mo
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Rissa1
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Was hoping to get closer to 7 hours in, but the day didn't go in my favor. Only 166 pages left in this book. If I wasn't so tired I would keep going. Good night Litsy world, here is to a better tomorrow. #20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 A good first day 👏👏👏 13mo
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LeslieO
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It was an quite eclectic month. Two nonfiction, a #BOTM family drama, a thriller, a romance, a mystery from my #waybacklist, and a YA paranormal. My favs were On Top of the World and What Comes After. #AprilStats #AprilWrapUp #ReadingGoals

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jdiehr
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The thriller genre is out of the ordinary for me, but "What Comes After" was the #botm title that most intrigued me this month.

I'm glad I chose it! It kept me anxiously coming back to see what was going to be revealed next.

A murder, a suicide, a pregnant teenager...and the parents left to figure out what comes after.

TheNerdyProfessor I'm reading this now and liking it! 13mo
King100601 Just finished and thought texting to see if your read it 😊. You‘re probably the reason I had it on my list. 9mo
jdiehr @King100601 Did you like it? 9mo
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jdiehr
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Posting my current reads for #worldbookday
Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author
@Ast_Arslan

Who should I tag?? @Crazeedi @quietjenn @Trashcanman

Ast_Arslan Thanks for playing 😊🌸 13mo
Crazeedi Thanks for the tag!! A letter is coming your way🥰 13mo
jdiehr @Crazeedi 🤗 13mo
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KadeLexical
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I was drawn in right away. A family drama with heart, all the characters fleshed out and easy to empathize with.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Two teenage boys die & shortly after, a pregnant girl appears and walks into the lives of those two devastated families and a community reeling in the aftermath of what happened. Who is she? What is her connection to the boys? A remarkable debut the delves into hope, anger, forgiveness, kindness, & enduring. Evangeline, the mysterious girl, is a fantastic character who must come to grips with her own past. I‘ll definitely read more by this author.

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I enjoyed this #BOTM overall, but it left a lot to be desired. I had a continual feeling that someone had told the author “you need more drama” (even though she really didn‘t), especially in the moment where the police tell Evangeline that Mr. Balch won‘t be allowed to come with her to the hospital which is then never properly explained. I also thought the entire plotline of Peter‘s infidelity was unnecessary, and not very interesting.

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This week‘s #bookhaul. Read a really good review of the tagged book, saw it at work, and decided I should, of course, buy it! So far, it‘s very good, a really strong debut for the author. I also brought home some MG and YA ARCs.

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I can definitely see why this one is an April #BOTM option- I think it‘s a definite discussion starter! As the title suggests, this one opens in the aftermath of a tragedy that hits the whole small WA town of Port Furlough, leaving two teens dead. Quaker father, Isaac provides one perspective- along with pregnant teen Evangeline who encountered both boys before their deaths and one boy provides the final voice. It‘s heartbreaking but also hopeful.

AmyG I got this one so glad to read this review. Thanks! 13mo
TorieStorieS @AmyG I can‘t wait to hear what you think of it! ☺️ 13mo
Crazeedi Another one for my tbr! 13mo
TorieStorieS @Crazeedi I hope you enjoy it!! 13mo
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