ARC Book Review: After the End by Claire Mackintosh

Release Date: June 25, 2019
Publisher: Penguin Group
Format: ebook
Pages: 400 pages
Genre:  Womens Fiction
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Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They're best friends, lovers—unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can't agree. They each want a different future for their son. 


This book is tough, but not overly so.  What would you do if your child was terminally ill? Would you make the decision to let them go or would you fight to give them a little more time, even if that time is spent confined to a wheelchair, and unable to communicate? Max and Pip have different opinions on what would be best for the their son Max. This leads to court hearings and a huge strain on their marriage. There doesn't seem to be any right decision and about halfway through the book Mackintosh shows you what would happen with Max and Pip if the ruling went in their favor - two different outcomes with similar results.  Its not a happy book but its a book that makes you think.  Some have compared it to books written by Jodi Picoult and I have to agree.  There is a moral dilemma that doesn't have a definitive answer.  I was a little confused when the book branched off into two different directions but once I got the hang of it, it was interesting to see what the author felt the outcome of Pip and Max would have been if they had made different decisions.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.

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