Thursday, 3 May 2018

Grace After Henry - Eithne Shortall

Grace sees her boyfriend Henry everywhere. In the supermarket, on the street, at the graveyard.

Only Henry is dead. He died two months earlier, leaving a huge hole in Grace's life and in her heart. But then Henry turns up to fix the boiler one evening, and Grace can't decide if she's hallucinating or has suddenly developed psychic powers. Grace isn't going mad - the man in front of her is not Henry at all, but someone else who looks uncannily like him. The hole in Grace's heart grows ever larger.

Grace becomes captivated by this stranger, Andy - to her, he is Henry, and yet he is not. Reminded of everything she once had, can Grace recreate that lost love with Andy, resurrecting Henry in the process, or does loving Andy mean letting go of Henry?

Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: May 3rd 2018 by Atlantic Books
Fiction
For review

My thoughts:
I read this one really fast, when I started, I just needed to know that everything would work out.

Grace and Henry are about to buy a house, and then he dies. A horrible accident and she can just not move on. She sees him everywhere and misses him so much. Which is obvious, and so heartbreaking. I liked her and I wanted her to be happy again.

She has a great best friends. She has great parents. But she does not have Henry anymore. And she most learn to live again without him.

Like move into a new house and try to put it to order. Meeting new neighbors. Going back to work. And last, seeing Henry and realising that the person she sees is real. And that was another thing that made me read like crazy! I had to know what was going on and what would happen.

It was light for a book dealing with death. It had me hooked and it was so hard to put down. Grace becomes a friend.

Heartbreaking, and still light and filled with hope. Life moves on. And maybe not always in the way the reader thought.

Last thoughts:
A great book

26 comments:

Melanie Simmons (mlsimmons) said...

It is a shame that death is part of life, but it is. We all must deal with it at some point. Great review.

Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

The Reading Frenzy said...

Awe sounds like a two tissue boxer Blodeuedd

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

The person she sees is real? Now you have me curious!

Melliane said...

it's great when you're taken like that by a book

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

This one has me curious. I want to know more now.

Karen said...

Sounds a little sad but nice too.
Karen @ For What It's Worth

Blodeuedd said...

I loved that it still felt so light

Blodeuedd said...

One would think so, but no

Blodeuedd said...

Yes, she is not going crazy after all

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

Go check it out ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Yes a little sad, but nice, that does say how it is

Mary Kirkland said...

That sounds like a very emotional read.

Carole's Random Life in Books said...

This sounds great! Grief is such a hard thing but it seems to work well in books.

bermudaonion said...

I love it when a book tackles a serious subject in a lighter manner - this sounds great.

Chris said...

Oh, very intriguing!

Lily B said...

dear lord that sounds so depressing :( great review, I can see why you were hooked

BiblioSanctum said...

The book description actually sounds very unsettling! If it weren't for the lighthearted cover, I would have thought it was a horror at first, lol!

~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

Blodeuedd said...

yes, but not heavy so

Blodeuedd said...

I liked how she handled it here, with a bit of crazy, realisation and acceptance

Blodeuedd said...

Cos else I just cry and cry

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

It was not, well at first, but then I just needed to know it would work out for her cos she was so sad

Blodeuedd said...

Omg, that would be SUCH a creepy book. I totally need someone to write it now

Carole Rae said...

Sounds like I would tear up possibly. xD

Blodeuedd said...

Possibly

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