Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Aftermath [Book Review & Giveaway!]

Hello there!

Title: Aftermath
Author: Clara Kensie
Publisher: Merit Press
Published Date: 1st November 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

*Thank you to publisher for the review copy*


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Synopsis: Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad's a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte's twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life--the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free.

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Review: Please. Please don’t let that happy, almost fantasy looking cover fool you like it fooled me. I completely understand why that cover was used for this book, and even though I read the synopsis, for some reason I thought this book was going to be a happy story. In a way, you can say it is. But in the same way, you can also say it isn’t at all…

This is a serious story about a girl who was kidnapped, held for four years and then escapes by a twist of fate. But when she gets home she realises a lot has changed in four years… and she won’t ever be able to have the life she had back then.


What really surprised me, and maybe impressed me too, was how clean this novel was. It must have been hard to write this novel in such a way, to be handling what could’ve easily become a very sexual topic and keeping it clean. Because in those four years, Charlotte (the main character) was raped and abused day in and day out. Yet, Kensie manages to write about this in a clean manner and really make the reader feel for what has happened to her. I think what most stood out to me about her recovery when it comes to the abuse is the way that Charlotte describes people looking at her. She either says that they manage to see her, or they have the look of pity, or they don’t see her at all. Instead, the see all the nasty things the man who kidnapped her did to her. It’s scary how she can tell when people are truly paying attention to her or seeing something else when they look at her. But it was incredibly clever for the author to be able to transmit the emotions Charlotte or someone who was abused could feel in a clean, but so meaningful, manner.


My heart went out to each and every character in this novel. I felt for Charlotte’s mother, who must have been devastated to lose her daughter and forgot how to function as a mother for the rest of her family because of it. I felt for her father who did everything possible to find her. I felt for her stepmother who was trying to be there for Charlotte when she was someone entirely new to her, who she didn’t know or want to understand at first. I felt for Alexa, Charlotte’s twin sister who lost both parents (in some way) when she lost her sister, and makes sure any kids she sees on the street is being supervised because she is worried they are going to be snatched as well. And of course, Charlotte. They’re all hurting, in their own ways, and the author managed to convey that in the tiny details of their actions, rather than what they said.

This novel was so heartbreaking, but it was also hopeful. I cried several times towards the end because I saw how twisted the story really became. Although this is a character driven story and mostly straightforward, don’t think there can’t be any plot twists. That’s what made me the most impressed with the author. Because there were two plot twists at the end of the novel, and seeing as I wasn’t expecting any, I was completely surprised. But of course, when you read them, it seems like it makes complete sense because the author has left clues throughout the novel. It’s just impossible to put them together until it’s too late and the plot twists have been revealed.


I found it incredibly hard to write this review because for once, I didn’t really know how to relate what I’d felt while reading this book in words. I’ve tried my best. But the best thing that you could do is go and read this novel for yourself. Because it’s not just about those people who have been kidnapped and returned home. It’s about all those children and people who haven’t been found ever again. It’s about all those who have ever been abused or sexually assaulted and are moving on or trying to push through. It’s about so much. This is a novel worth your time.

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Links: Goodreads & Amazon!

Olivia’s Question: If you went away for a long time and only one thing could remain the same as it was for when you returned, what would you want it to be?

Olivia-Savannah x

18 comments:

  1. It's a wonderful feeling to love a book for all it offers. Glad you enjoyed it. It sounds intense, while at the same time, optimistic. I'll have to consider this one. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I find it hard to love a book in its completeness sometimes, but I could here. And yes, the hope was special...

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  2. I totally agree that it was a lot to handle since it's about a more serious topic than a lot of other books take on. I think that GIF really hit the nail on the head as for my reaction to the book as well! It's a favorite of mine for sure even though the book made me feel so many different emotions. Awesome review!

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    1. I don't mind reading serious books but seeing as I don't review them often, I wasn't entirely sure how to word my review well. I'm still unsure of it! I am glad the gif worked so well for this. It was so emotional :'(

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  3. I remember seeing this one, but I didn't know that it had such an emotional storyline. I'd have to read this one when I'm in a better frame of mind. I'm so glad you loved it!

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    1. Whenever you're ready I think this is one wothwhile reading.

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  4. Oh wow, this sounds like such a strong book! I feel like I'd be crying the whole time or something :( I can see why it was so difficult for you to write this.

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. It really has an emotional pull on this. Strong is the perfect word to describe it!

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  5. Sounds like this one just about managed to get the balance right. Great review :)

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    1. It was perfection in the form of a novel ^^

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  6. Oh I'm really liking the sound of this book even though it's a serious one and it sounds powerful. Another book for my wishlist!

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    1. I can't recommend it enough, Stephanie ;)

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  7. If there is one thing I could keep unchanged, that would be my family's love for me and their well-being.

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    1. Those sound like two really valuable things that should remain the same <3

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  8. The summary of the book and its topic would have put me off but for your comments. I don't usually like books that are painfully scary. I am glad that the book was clean and you could understand the characters without all the terrible details.
    I would agree with Lonna that the one thing I could keep the same would be my family's love and well-being.

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    1. I think those are the things I would want to keep the same as well. It can hard to read books like this, but I think it is worth the struggle it might cause some to read it.

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  9. Sounds really interesting, i very much want to read it now! (ps- love the GIF- THE FEELS!)

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    1. Hehehe the feels got me so bad! I hope you do add this one to your to read list :)

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