Review of After She’s Gone by Maggie James

Book Description:
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:
Lori’s world is turned upside down when her younger sister, Jessie, is killed. The aftermath of Jessie’s death impacts on every member of her family, as many secrets are revealed.

This is a story of a whole family and it’s disintegration due to lies and hidden pasts. The family’s mental states and how they deal with what happens is examined in detail, which at times almost feels intrusive, as if you’re with them watching everything unfold. This is a strength of Maggie’s writing, she puts you right there, in her stories.

As I was reading, I was aware of an undercurrent, something I wasn’t being told. This added more tension to the book, and then when all was revealed it was done in a really satisfying way.

If you’re a fan of psychological suspense and getting inside character’s heads, then I highly recommend this book.
You can find After She’s Gone here on Amazon.


About 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 practicing 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, practicing yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

Find out more about Maggie, including how to get her free novella Blackwater Lake, at


As always, thanks for reading.

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