Review: Life After by Katie Ganshert

April 14, 2017

Title: Life After
Author: Katie Ganshert
Publisher: Waterbrook
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-1-60142-902-5
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017

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. 
Katie Ganshert is an author with an amazing talent. She is able to captivate you with her stories from page one. Life After is a book that jumps off and grips you with the a massive attack in the first part of the book. We then are brought along on a heartbreaking and heart healing journey through the eyes of Autumn and Paul.

Each are suffering from the same tragedy, but from different perspectives.  Autumn is a survivor. Paul lost his wife. Experiencing this from both eyes was something that was new and interesting to experience. Usually, these stories focus on one or the other, I'm glad this book had both.

This story tugged at the emotions. The loss that Paul Elliot experienced is one that a lot of can relate to, in that is a fear that we hope we never experience. The life altered for Autumn is on that isn't thought of a lot. To survive and live with the questions of, "why?" for that tragic even.

The writing of this story was just fantastic. The character development was lifelike and was relatable. The depth of  this book and the detail just enhanced this story. The little aspects that Katie included just enhanced an already wonderful story.

The hope that this story showed is something that was so important to this story. Even though this is Christian Fiction story, it is one I think, fans of different genres would enjoy.

Too Read!
4.5 out of 5

About the Author:
KATIE GANSHERT is the author of several novels and works of short fiction, including the Christy Award-winning A Broken Kind of Beautiful and Carol Award-winner, The Art of Losing Yourself. Katie lives in eastern Iowa with her family.

Thank you to the author and Waterbrook, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest opinion.

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