After She’s Gone by Maggie James #BlogTour @mjamesfiction @TAsTPublicity

Today I’m happy to bring you a review of After She’s Gone as my stop on the blog tour.

About this book…

Lori Golden’s family have had more than their fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.

Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family start to fall apart. And, as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.

Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind…

My review…

I have read some but not all of Maggie James books before with varying degrees of enjoyment on my part so I’m always keen to see where she goes next. And I actually liked this one better than the last one I read even though I did find it very difficult reading at times due to the subject matter.

One of my first thoughts whilst reading this was how could this one family cope with so much trauma? And the answer is simple….they don’t. Lori has gone through the divorce of her parents, her mother’s illness and now she has to face her sisters murder and the fallout that affects both her mother and much further afield as well. Lori has a good support network with her boyfriend and her friends but she realises she can’t trust anyone as it appears that this vendetta against her family is personal. Like Lori, I suspected everyone so I wasn’t particularly shocked by the tangled web of deceit behind the murder and the fires. There were however a few little unexpected moments in the last few pages, one of which I wasn’t keen on as I felt it tied up the ends a little bit too neatly for me.

This a gripping psychological thriller that I read in one sitting and was glad I had read it that way as there were lots of different characters and threads that I think I may have struggled with otherwise. But I d found myself totally engrossed in the Golden family and their grief following the murder of Jessie. This may prove to be something of a Marmite books with fans of Maggie James but it would be very boring if we all had the same favourite book wouldn’t it?  For me personally this is one of her better books so read it and make your own mind up!

Thanks to make Union Publishing for my review copy of After She’s Gone which I have chosen to read and review.

After She’s Gone is published by Lake Union Publishing on 16th March 2017 and is available to purchase here from Amazon UK.

Meet the author…


Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did.

The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background. When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

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jorobertson2015

I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.