After enjoying “Guilty Pleasures” I was really looking forward to seeing what the next of my books from Transworld was going to hold. “After You” appears to be marketed towards the Jodi Picoult reading market, it comes complete with a quote from her on the front cover. I’ve read most of Jodi Picoult books so thought I’d probably enjoy this one too. I actually found it to be a more straightforward read than most Jodi Picoult, it was less focussed on issues and moral debates.
“After You” tells the story of Ellie who travels from America to London when her best friend Lucy is murdered. Lucy leaves behind a husband and daughter, both of them are reeling from the loss. As Ellie begins to help them find their way forward she starts to realise that maybe their lives aren’t the only ones that are broken.
I thought this book was well written and very easy to get stuck into. I read it in two sittings, but if I’d started reading it earlier than I did I would probably have stayed with it until the end. The characters were all well crafted, I especially fell in love with Lucy’s daughter Sophie, a bookworm whose thirst for knowledge has left her socially isolated. I loved the fact that all of the characters were there for a reason, they all had their own plotlines rather than being there simply for padding.
I shall definitely be looking to read more by Julie Buxbaum.