Book Review: After the End by Clare Mackintosh @PutnamBooks @claremackintOsh #Aftertheend #Aftertheendnovel #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf


PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

PUBLICATION DATE: June 25th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher for the eARC via Edelweiss.



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?

A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning.



This book – wow! So many different and conflicting emotions, this book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat reading page after page. An emotionally charged, addictive read that will leave you thinking of this book long after you’ve read the final page. I loved this book from beginning to end, and didn’t want to story to end.

This story follows the lives of married couple Pip and Max. Their young son Dylan has undergone surgery to remove a brain tumor, as he has cancer. Their son’s doctor is Leila. I loved how this book was written from 3 alternating POV’s – some parts were told from Pip’s point of view, some from Max’s point of view, and some from Leila’s point of view. After coming face to face with one of the most difficult decisions they will probably ever have to make, Pip and Max both want different things.

Pip cannot agree with Max’s decision regarding the fate of their son, and Max cannot agree with Pip’s decision. Unable to come to a decision they can both agree on together, the story diverges into what-ifs storylines. I loved the unique way this novel was written. The story unfolds from two alternate storylines – what would happen if they made the decision Max wanted to make, and what would happen if they made the decision Pip wanted to make. What ensues is two totally different stories, and they both end quite differently. So many mixed emotions in both storylines, as the outcomes are very different.

When faced with such an impossible decision, which decision is the right one? Such decisions can be life-altering, and have the power to tear families apart. This story explores how that decision can unfold and how life plays out on both sides of that decision. It was interesting to read about our various decisions can have such a huge impact on how life turns out, and it was interesting to read in this storyline.


MY RATING: 5/5 stars



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