Book review: After You by Jojo Moyes

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After You by Jojo Moyes (first published in 2015 by Penguin Michael Joseph)

Being stuck in a dead-end job in an airport bar while avoiding a family who watch her for any sign of mental instability is the emotional flotsam that Louisa has to navigate in the wake of Will’s death.

Caring for Will in his last days changed her, creating a void so vast that it scarcely seems worth the effort of trying to fill it.

When she tumbles from a roof, the hands that pick her up belong to a strong paramedic with his own issues of loss.

As her body heals, Louisa begins to reach beyond her own sadness to the members of her grief support group, but her life is thrown into new turmoil by the unexpected appearance of a secret from Will’s past.

The profoundly empty and banal detail of life without a beloved person and trying to redefine a solo life is the central thread that ties the motley characters of After You together.

How each of them takes a step towards rebuilding a new life is this memorable sequel’s bittersweet heart.

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