After the End

After the End

Book - 2019
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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. What if they could have both?"--Publisher description.
Publisher: London :, Sphere,, 2019.
ISBN: 9780751564921
9780751564945
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 24 cm.

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mjk236sb
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.

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Carole1200
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.

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darladoodles
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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