Monday, February 6, 2017

Life After: A Novel by Katie Ganshert

Book Description:  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.

My Thoughts:  The title of this book caught my attention.  Having never read a novel or story by Katie Ganshert I wasn't sure what to expect.
Life After is sn appropriate title for this read. As Autumn Manning takes her seat on a chicago train a fiery explosion rolls through the elevated train.  Autumn is spared but twenty-two others lose their lives.  This is her story and the story of a man, Paul Elliott, who lost his wife in the explosion.
How life goes on after tragedy, how people deal with grief and how a person deals with being "the only" survivor of a tragedy.
The emotions of this read run high.  At times I felt like I was actually in the fray of the explosion.
Even though Paul Elliott and Autumn Manning have different stories their lives are forever melded by one explosion.
Katie Ganshert writes an excellent novel of hopes, emotions and the living of the heart broken.
Such a great read!

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

About the Author: 
Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the exciting state of Iowa, where she currently resides with her family. She likes to write things and consume large quantities of coffee and chocolate while she writes all the things. She's won some awards. For the writing, not the consuming. Although the latter would be fun. You can learn more about Katie and these things she writes at her website

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (April 18, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601429029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601429025

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