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After the Fire

I really enjoyed this book. I am fascinated by the concept of cults so even though this was fiction I could tell Will had done a lot of research to make it feel authentic.

Moonbeam's journey through the Before and After stages of the book were amazing. I was hanging onto every word and wondering what was going to happen next or what story she would tell next.

The characters were interesting and even though we didn't meet them for long they left an impression. Each person had their own motivations, personality and place in the story. There were no characters that seemed like spare parts. They each had a very important role to play. This was great as you never felt like 'why am I reading about them again?' As you went through Moonbeams story I could feel my attitude change towards certain people all the time.

I can't say too many bad things about this book apart from its length. There were some parts of the book that didn't need to be there but added filler between stories and scenarios Moonbeam found herself in. I guess they had to be there but I did find myself skipping the sections in her cell as they weren't as interesting.

A great book with a great ending. I have to admit I didn't see it ending as it did. A part of me isn't glad it was a happy ending. Throughout the story Moonbeam is always hearing a voice in her head and a tiny bit of me hoped that despite thinking she was 'ok' all the way throughout we would see her true colours at the end and learn she was utterly mad and started the fire. But I guess Will settled for nice ending which was also lovely.

Posted on: 17th April 2018 at 11:20 am

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