After You – Jo Jo Moyes.

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Back of the book : 

Don’t think of me too often …

Just live well.

Just live.

Love, Will

Lou Clarke has lots of questions …

Like how is it that she’s ended up working in a airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.

Or why the flat that she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.

Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen month ago.

And will she ever get over the love of her life.

What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.

Then one night it does ….

But does the stranger on her doorstop hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions ?

Close the door and life continues : simple, ordered, safe.

Open it and she risk’s everything.

But Lou once made a promise to live.

And if she’s going to keep it, she has to let them in …

What I think :

Lou is just trying to survive after Will’s suicide, Its been a long eighteen months. She’s taken a job in the bar at the airport close to where she now lives in London. She’s brought a flat with the money that Will left her. But she really doesn’t really feel at home there, she’s not even unpacked any of her clothes. She’s living miles away from her family, because she thinks that they can’t accept that she helped Will to die. She just can’t seem to move on.

One night after a very long shift at work, she goes up onto the roof garden, she’s had a bit too much to drink and she goes a bit too close to the edge ….  When she wakes up in hospital her parents are there, she goes to stay with them for a while to recover. When she gets back to her flat in London, she’s alone one night, there’s a knock at the door, this visitor it seems is about to change her life forever …

A lot of people, myself included have been looking forward to for what seems like ages (well, about two years actually) for this book being published, well, believe me its been well worth the wait. The first book ‘Me before you’ is a book that has stuck in my mind for a long time after I read it, and this book is exactly the same. Its one of those books that you pick up, and right from the first page to the last, it just flows, its so hard to put down, I found myself racing home from work to read it. It really pulls at the heartstrings and really doesn’t let you go.

I really loved this book, it has everything, love, a lot of grief, moving on with your life and of course, family. The fabulous characters really come to life and jump off the page.

I give this really excellent read 9/10.

I purchased my copy from Tesco £10.00

Published by Penguin, Michael Joseph on 24/09/15.

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