It could have been me.
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.
In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.
Life After by Katie Ganshert was beautiful novel. I was privileged to get to read an advanced copy. It has stunning characters and an emotional and deep plot that really stays with you afterwards and makes you think. Being a survivor is a very common plot but she is the only survivor out of a dreadful nightmare situation. It deals with very serious subjects, survivors guilt and the bombing of the train are unimaginable. You usually think about the ones that perished when you hear a tragic story but the author has you wrapped up in the survivors story and how they deal & the changes to their life.
Sad, heartbreaking, and intriguing are just a few ways I would describe her story. I was immediately drawn to the main character. She woke up wanting answers and the pain and rollercoaster ride kept me hooked. I have never read a book by Katie Ganshert, but after reading this one, I’m tempted to read her other books. The pages went by quickly. Life After tells the story of one woman surviving a deadly train accident. No one else lived. Only her…it was hard to not want to know more. It is a powerful story. I couldn’t stop reading this Christian/ women’s fictional piece. Overall, I highly recommend it!
Katie Ganshert is the author of several novels and works of short fiction. Katie lives in eastern Iowa with her family.
I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.
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