Book Review: After I’ve Gone by Linda Green
After I’ve Gone is a fiction novel by British author Linda Green, published in 2017. The story revolves around the main character, Jess, who wakes up on the day she is due to marry her fiancé, Lee, only to discover that he has vanished without a trace. Jess soon receives a series of messages from Lee, revealing that he has been travelling through time, and that he has left behind a trail of clues for Jess to follow to keep him alive.
Linda Green has received critical acclaim for her ability to create complex characters and explore deep emotional arcs in her writing. After I’ve Gone is no exception to this trend, with Jess’s journey through the novel serving as a vehicle for exploring themes such as love, loss, and the dangers of trusting blindly in those we care about. Through Jess’s internal monologue, Green successfully portrays the depth of emotion that comes with losing someone you care about, and the desperate need to hold on to whatever remnants of them you can find.
One of the strengths of After I’ve Gone lies in Green’s use of multiple timelines to create a complex and engaging narrative. The alternating timelines keep the reader engaged by providing subtle clues about Lee’s disappearance, and keep the reader guessing until the very end. Additionally, the use of multiple viewpoints allow Green to explore the complexity of relationships and the different ways in which each character copes with loss.
Green’s writing style is accessible and engaging, but does not sacrifice depth and complexity for the sake of readability. Her prose is emotive, and her ability to create vivid imagery helps to draw the reader into the story. The descriptions of Lee’s time travel, in particular, are captivating and unique, and serve as a reminder of how powerful the written word can be in evoking emotion.
While the plot moves along at a brisk pace, there are some weaknesses to the book. The ending, while satisfying, feels somewhat rushed and abrupt, and some readers may be disappointed with the level of resolution provided. Additionally, some of the minor characters could have been fleshed out a bit more, to make them feel more integral to the plot and to give the story a greater sense of scope.
Despite these minor flaws, After I’ve Gone is a strong contribution to the genre of time travel romance. The combination of Green’s emotive prose and her unique take on the time travel trope make this a standout novel that is sure to tug at readers’ heartstrings and keep them engaged from beginning to end.
FAQ About After I’ve Gone
What audience would enjoy this novel?
After I’ve Gone would appeal to anyone who enjoys romance and time travel, as well as fans of Linda Green’s previous work. The book is appropriate for adult readers due to some mature themes, including mental health and loss.
Is the novel part of a series?
No, After I’ve Gone is a standalone novel.
How does this novel compare to other time travel stories?
After I’ve Gone is unique in its exploration of love and loss through the lens of time travel. The emotional depth of the characters and the complex narrative structure set it apart from other time travel romances, making it a refreshing addition to the genre.
Would you recommend this book to others?
Yes, I would definitely recommend After I’ve Gone to anyone looking for a touching and engaging read that explores complex emotions and relationships. Linda Green is a master of her craft, and her ability to evoke such deep emotion from the reader is truly remarkable.