In ReView: Life After

This is in my opinion an amazing book. Thought provoking. Soul searching. Heart wrenching.


“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.”


So many of us are plagued by the same questions. Searching for the same answers. Wondering what results would have come from a different path. I really enjoyed the journey this books took me on. Made me ponder the vastness of life and the authority that God has. So often we are so self focused. Our own world, our paths, even though we try to expand and broaden them, they will never encompass the world. Think of it. Try not to be blown away. Envision the struggle.

Often times we ask ourselves “Why do bad things happen?” We don’t always get to see the why. The big picture. We ache to. We make ourself dizzy with the effort. This book allows us to broaden our horizons and see that big picture we ache to see. Although it’s hard sometimes and we don’t always agree with what we see, the interweaving of it all, the effect, is magnificent. You can’t help but be drawn.

With characters that are well written and relatable, I couldn’t help but watch the story unfold. I truly couldn’t put it down. Hard to watch but hard to look away. The heart ache of survivor guilt. The inability to see the why that the character goes through.  Well, I could gush on and on. Suffice to say I found this book highly recommendable. Snag your copy here and don’t forget to add some tissues.


*I was given a copy of this book as a gift and voluntarily reviewed it*


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