Ones to Watch in 2018: The After Wife Cass Hunter

Publication Date: March 2018 from Trapeze

Source: Review Copy

“I saw you, and I knew instantly that I could grow old with you. We’d be future-proof.”

When Rachel and Aidan fell in love, they thought it was forever.
She was a brilliant, high-flying scientist. He was her loving and supportive husband.
Now she’s gone, and Aidan must carry on and raise their daughter alone.
But Rachel has left behind her life’s work, a gift of love to see them through the dark days after her death.

A gift called iRachel.

The After Wife is an emotional story about love, loss, longing and belonging. For readers who loved The Time Traveller’s WifeMe Before You and The Lovely Bones.

A little while ago now I sat down with an early early copy of The After Wife and I read it first page to last in one huge emotional gulp of a sitting, enthralled throughout, beautiful beautiful writing and one of those stories you devour.

Not my usual kind of thing this – it deals with love. Uurgh. I’m not terribly sentimental – but Cass Hunter has written a barnstormer of a story that is utterly gripping, sad yet uplifting, dealing with love and with loss and with the way we cling to things – and she does it using an unusual and thought provoking premise. A little bit of a genre bender that allows the themes explored to hit you right in the heart. RIGHT IN THE HEART DAMMIT.

Rachel dies but in some ways she is not gone – as her Husband and Daughter attempt to deal with this terrible loss, they also have to deal with the echoes left behind – the relationships Cass Hunter draws between them and how they deal with their new reality is really beautifully done, a multi-layered story that speaks not only to how we cope with loss but how we define being human. It is fascinating, compelling and utterly addictive.

Fair warning, there are a couple of heart wrenching scenes in the finale that had even cynical little old me sobbing into my pillow and unable to speak – but in style and substance The After Wife is a life affirming, ultimately uplifting, poignant and genuinely touching story of life, love and all the things in between.

I loved it.  Consider me converted.

Highly Recommended.

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