After the End by Clare Mackintosh

after the end

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Fiction – Contemporary

Goodreads Summary

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.


It has been quite a while since I’ve read a book that elicited this many emotions in me. I read the synopsis of After the End so I at least knew what I was getting into. Although I don’t think you can really prepare yourself for a book like this.

The main word I would use to describe this book is gut-wrenching. As a mom—and a human—my heart was shattering into a million pieces over what the Adams family had to go through. As someone who can put myself in others’ shoes and empathize, sometimes to a fault, I felt like I was experiencing everything right along with the family. I was already crying a couple chapters in and that basically set the pace for the rest of the book. I’m also someone who often enjoys a good cry so it worked for me. However, if you’re someone who does not do well with sad books, this is not one I would recommend.

The first half of this book was really strong and I flew through it. The storytelling was real and authentic. The second half was still good but just not quite as strong. It was a bit confusing at times and didn’t hold my interest to the same degree as the first.

Overall, I think this was an excellent, thought-provoking book. It will definitely stick with me. I love when authors can take us on a journey with their characters and make us feel as though we are a part of it. I would definitely recommend this book! I just ask that you read the synopsis and decide for yourself if it is something you think you can handle emotionally.

Thank you to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for the finished copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Clare Mackintosh’s website


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