After I'm Gone

After I'm Gone

Large Print - 2014
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Laura Lippman, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Most Dangerous Thing, I'd Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know, returns with an addictive story that explores how one man's disappearance echoes through the lives of the wife, mistress, and daughters he left behind.

When Felix Brewer meets Bernadette "Bambi" Gottschalk at a Valentine's Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative--if not all legal--businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi's comfortable world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes.

Though Bambi has no idea where her husband--or his money--might be, she suspects one woman does: his mistress, Julie. When Julie disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she's left to join her old lover--until her remains are eventually found.

Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto "Sandy" Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web stretching over three decades that connects five intriguing women. And at the center is the missing man Felix Brewer.

Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy will find the truth. And when he does, no one will ever be the same.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2014.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780062298492
Characteristics: 459 pages ;,24 cm
Alternative Title: After I am gone

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JCLTamiT Nov 07, 2017

It was hard to get started due to the number of characters and timelines. Also, I didn't find the characters all that likeable, so I wasn't really pulling for any of them. It picked up some in the middle, and made me curious enough to get through the ending.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 06, 2014

This is Lippman's best work to date. The skipping in time and voice was annoying at times, but it is worth it because when all is relieved at the end, it become apparent that we needed to see how each character became who she was. There is only a passing reference to Crow, the child and Tess, but we have a good understanding of how it all ties together and leads to the next book in the Tess series.

Sandy is a very interesting character, and having his story laid out for us will make the next book even better.

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lleancat
Aug 08, 2014

I did not feel this was one of her best writings, it seemed to drag a lot. The bouncing around through the different story years, got to be somewhat annoying. There seemed to be a lot of info about the characters that just did not seem relevant to the story.

bdemian May 15, 2014

Once you get into it, it's hard to put dow. The ending, while surprising, is satisfyingly believable.

peplroscoe Apr 15, 2014

Overall a satisfying read although it dragged a bit in places. The story shifts between past and present and comes together nicely with a surprising ending.

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goldenreader
Mar 15, 2014

I highly recommend this book, which I could not put down. The author brings the characters to life, makes them real and makes the reader care about them. Then she ties it all together with a completely plausible, surprise solution to the mystery.

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Libralady1020
Mar 09, 2014

I do not like this book as well as the Tess series. The characters are not very interesting and I find it disappointing. Hard to stick with it.

ehbooklover Mar 02, 2014

Part mystery, part character study. The story jumps back and forth in time from the 1950s to present day. Although at times I had trouble keeping track of some of the characters, I really enjoyed this slow-paced, yet page-turner of a book.

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