Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day After the Wedding by Laura Elliot, published by Bookouture.
Everyone said she was the prettiest flower girl. But now her dress lies on the floor. It’s wet and torn, her shoes are lost. ‘Tell us what happened to you?’ her daddy sobs. Christine shakes her head. All she can remember are the red rose petals scattering like drops of blood spilling to the ground.
When Christine Lewis was a little girl, she witnessed something terrible at a wedding and buried it so deep in her memory, she managed to forget it ever happened.
Years later, Jessica Newman walks into the successful advertising agency Christine runs with her husband. Jessica is beautiful and excellent at her job but her presence triggers disturbing memories for Christine. Fragments of the wedding are starting to flicker in her mind and an unexplainable ball of dread begins to form in Christine’s stomach. Jessica is slowly beginning to destroy Christine’s marriage and her business. Why can’t anyone else see it?
Christine and Jessica’s lives were connected long before they set eyes on one another. But in unlocking the mystery of what happened at the wedding all those years ago, is Christine prepared for the truth she’s about to find?
An absolutely gripping and emotional page-turner packed with suspense that will have you completely hooked. Fans of Lisa Jewell, Gillian Flynn and Sally Hepworth will be gripped by After the Wedding.
“She saw something terrible that day…Now, it’s about to destroy her…”
It’s amazing how the human mind can manage to protect itself by burying traumatic memories so deeply that we have no conscious awareness of them. But for our protagonist Christine, it made me wonder, is it protection when one’s deeply buried memories take the form of reality where suddenly what was protecting her before, may now pose a very real threat? Or would she have been better off remembering what had happened because forewarned is forearmed?
With an intriguing plot that piqued my curiosity, I was looking forward to diving in and getting swept up into the drama of this tale. I found it did move on the slightly slower side to start with as the foundation is laid, but it does ramp up making for a more thrilling second half. The characters are a mix bag of likeable and unlikable and play out their roles well.
The story is broken down into four parts, multiple points of view and timelines. Whilst this can be a risky move as it can make it hard to follow along, in this case, it gives the reader a good backstory and helps to shapes the story in the present really well. Overall After the Wedding is a solid, suspenseful and twisty read.
Thank you to Laura Elliot, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of After the Wedding, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
AFTER THE WEDDING BOOKS ON TOUR
Follow the tour along the way for these bloggers thoughts on After the Wedding. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this books on tour and for the promotional materials.
LET’S GET TO KNOW LAURA ELLIOT
Laura Elliot lives in Malahide, a picturesque, coastal village in Dublin, Ireland. She enjoys writing psychological thrillers.
In the UK she is published by Bookouture, Sphere and Avon and by Grand Central Publishing in the US. Her novels have also been widely translated.
AKA June Considine, she has written twelve books for children and young adults. In her earlier career, she worked as a journalist and magazine editor.