Life After by Katie Ganshert: A Book Review

About Life After

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.

My Review: From the moment I read about this book, I was drawn to it. I just knew it was going to be a good read, and I was right! I was absolutely engrossed in this book from the start.

The story-line was compelling, the characters were likable, complex and vulnerable and the pace was perfect. The author did an excellent job telling this story, and telling it in a way that made me feel invested in the lives of the characters.

This is a book that not only draws your attention and entertains you, but it gives you pause to think about the “WHY” of things. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do some people survive, while others die? How do you deal with survivor’s guilt, remorse, guilt and shame?  Where’s God in it all?

This book does a beautiful job answering some of life’s toughest questions. It reminds us of God’s goodness, his love, his sovereignty and his restoration. This book should resonate with every reader and I highly recommend it.

*I received a copy of this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s