After I’m Gone

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Happy happy Friday! It’s raining here and I’m a little sad that I’m not going back to Geneseo today for Alumni Weekend (sigh). Not much going on this weekend, although Sunday is my first entire day off in almost three weeks, so VERY happy about that. Also, thank you everyone who gave me book suggestions for my reading drought! I put many of them on my list and can’t wait to dig in.

After I'm GoneIn the end, I decided on After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman because it was finally my turn on the library wait list. A mystery was just what I needed because I couldn’t put this one down, it was so suspenseful. Felix Brewer is at the height of his game–he has a successful albeit criminal career, a beautiful wife, two daughters with one on the way, and a striking mistress. When a prison sentence is handed to him, Felix disappears, never to be heard from again. His family is left with nothing and Bambi, Felix’s wife, suspects that it has something to do with the other woman. On the 10th anniversary of Felix’s disappearance, his mistress vanishes, thought by everyone to have finally been summoned be Felix only to be found dead in a park near the family’s home. The case turns cold when no clues turn up and is laid to rest until Robert Sanchez, a retired police officer, picks it up again 26 years later. As he struggles to connect the dots between old suspects, evidence, and rumors, Sanchez discovers that no one has fully healed since Felix’s fateful disappearance. A tale of loyalty, motivation, protection, and love, the case throws everyone’s deepest secrets into the light in order to bring the truth to justice.

I haven’t read too many mysteries, and obviously nothing compares to Gone Girl, but I liked this one for its continuous suspense and wide lens. The reader gets glimpses into the minds of the detective, the three daughters, Felix, Felix’s best friends, his mistress, and his wife (I hated the name Bambi at first, but now I love it). The book jumps back in forth between the past and present, which was sometimes jarring, but an effective way of putting the pieces together. This book keeps you guessing up until the very end, and I was definitely surprised by the final chapter. Sometimes the cop’s narrative felt a little cliche to me, but I admired the detail in the setting of Baltimore and the love stories woven throughout. Overall a solid read.

Have a lovely weekend!

PS – Here are your reading recommendations, if anyone else is looking for a good read.

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Author: Rachael

Book lover + editor, feminist, California soul + New York state of mind.

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