What Comes After

What Comes After Review

After the shocking death of two teenage boys tears apart a community in the Pacific Northwest, a mysterious pregnant girl emerges out of the woods and into the lives of those same boys' families--a moving and hopeful novel about forgiveness and human connection.

In misty, coastal Washington State, Isaac lives alone with his dog, grieving the recent death of his teenage son, Daniel. Next door, Lorrie, a working single mother, struggles with a heinous act committed by her own teenage son. Separated by only a silvery stretch of trees, the two parents are emotionally stranded, isolated by their great losses--until an unfamiliar sixteen-year-old girl shows up, bridges the gap, and changes everything.

Evangeline's arrival at first feels like a blessing, but she is also clearly hiding something. When Isaac, who has retreated into his Quaker faith, isn't equipped to handle her alone, Lorrie forges her own relationship with the girl. Soon all three characters are forced to examine what really happened in their overlapping pasts, and what it all possibly means for a shared future.

With a propulsive mystery at its core, What Comes After offers an unforgettable story of loss and anger, but also of kindness and hope, courage and forgiveness. It is a deeply moving account of strangers and friends not only helping each other forward after tragedy, but inspiring a new kind of family.

Title:What Comes After
Edition Language:English

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  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Oh boy! Another book made me feel like somebody sledgehammered my heart at least dozen times and torn it apart, crushed it with a giant truck’s tires and left it to root at the crime scene! It migh...

  • Michael David

    April BOTM selection. A powerful story about loss, grief, hope, and forgiveness.Isaac is a 50-something year old who lives alone with his dog, Rufus. Next door to him is Lorrie, who lives with her tee...

  • Diane S ?

    Isaac is alone, his wife has left him, his son tragically dead, his dog his only companion. Alone until a sixteen year old pregnant teenager, Evangeline appears at his door. He is a Quaker, a religion...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook...Library overdrive Read by Mark Deakins, Kristen DiMercurio, and Kirby Heyborne I became so wrapped up in this story —especially the weary engaging protagonist- Issac, who was grieving th...

  • Michelle

    Two teenage boys. Both dead but only one to blame. They had been best friends since they were 3 years old, neighbors, even though the two couldn't be more different. How did this happen? Isaac, a Quak...

  • Elizabeth

    Tl;dr: Read. This.What Comes After is JoAnne Tompkins first novel but it sure doesn't read like it! It's so beautifully written and so thoughtful that I assumed the author had published a lot of books...

  • JanB

    Forgiveness, resiliency, hope. What does it look like? How do you pick up the pieces after a tragedy? This is an introspective, character-driven story of 3 people reeling from unimaginable losses.Two ...

  • Michelle

    5 stars - no question.This was an extremely powerful book and I'm kind of scratching my head at how brilliant it was. It's a debut no less! With that said, I want to make my book friends know that whi...

  • Denise

    "Every mother screws up her children one way or another. It's up to you whether you stay that way." I don't remember the last book that I had a hard time reading the final pages due to ugly crying. I ...

  • Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    How do we reconcile our lives after we have experienced an enormous tragedy? Do things ever go back to normal or do we now live through a "new" normal as we piece together a life, we might feel is no...