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After the Fire

At the start of this book, I was worried. It seemed that, well, it was to be a book solely revolving around flashbacks. I, speaking personally, have no liking for flashbacks; ones done badly at least. However, in After The Fire, the flashbacks are done well: nothing included is irrelevant, and the flashbacks are short enough to keep interest up whilst being long enough to provide exposition. The twists at the end were fabulously executed and took me completely by surprise; they didn't contradict the story line either.
In terms of characters, everybody (with the possible exception of Father John) was characterised well. What happened to the cast actually evoked emotions, as opposed to a 'meh' reaction although I do believe Father John was a bit too black and white in terms of his morals.
After The Fire was my favourite book in this year's Carnegie: based on the Waco siege, it pulls no punches, whilst keeping your feet fully grounded in the story. A magnificent read.

Posted on: 23rd March 2018 at 08:38 am

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