Review of Life After: A Beautiful Story by Katie Ganshert

There are some books that I just read. And there are some books that absorb me the whole time I’m reading them. Life After by Katie Ganshert was one of the latter.

Review of Life After by Katie Ganshert

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About the Book

A bomber places a bomb on an elevated train in Chicago. When it explodes, twenty-two people are killed. One survives. But Autumn, the survivor, is still struggling with the guilt of surviving one year later.
Autumn can’t remember much surrounding the day of the attack. She lives her life now avoiding going out around people and avoiding the trains. She spends her free time thinking of the victims of the bombing.
And then, in an unexpected way, Autumn becomes involved with the family of one of the victims. Paul Elliot’s wife was killed in the train, leaving him behind along with two children. But Paul also has secrets surrounding the day of the bombing.
As Autumn’s life becomes more entangled with the Elliots, all of them have to face the secrets and unknowns that may hurt them and others around them.

My Thoughts

This is a beautiful book. It’s written in third person but goes back and forth between a focus on Autumn and a focus on Paul. This is a great way to write this book because it helps the reader get to know both of the main characters separately before they are connected in the story.
The character development is very well done. I felt as if I got to know both of the main characters as well as supporting characters well. The book is Christian fiction, Paul and Autumn both have moments of spiritual growth and inspiration. But the book isn’t “preachy” at all.
This is definitely not a light read. The tone is heavy because the subject is difficult. Survivors guilt is a real thing, and I am sure it must be extremely difficult. But, although the book is heavy, it’s a beautiful book. And it’s one I can definitely recommend.
I give this one five starts and a PG rating for content. You can find the book on Amazon here and read a Kindle sample below.

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