After You is a compelling and haunting story about Ellie, she learns her best friend Lucy has been murdered leaving behind her husband and young daughter. Ellie drops everything to travel to London, for the funeral and to do what she can to help. She leaves her husband Phillip behind in Boston.
She arrives to find Sophie, Lucy’s child has witnessed the murder and has stopped speaking. Lucy’s husband is not coping and has had to let the childminder and other staff go as they were releasing personal information to the press. Ellie decides to stay until the situation can be resolved. In order to help Ellie she starts reading the book, The Secret Garden with her. As the book starts to weave its spell round both of them, Ellie is uncovering secrets that Lucy kept from her. She is also forced to confront problems in her own life, the loss of her baby and the distance that has grown between her and her husband. Events begin to spin out of control and all their lives will be changed forever.
This is a haunting book. The parts where Ellie is reading The Secret Garden to Sophie for the first time cast you back to the first time you read the book in your childhood and the wonder you felt when the garden was found. As Ellie uncovers the secrets Lucy has kept hidden you are compelled to keep reading, wondering what the final outcome will be. You are walking with the characters, experiencing their emotions and understanding the difficulties they face. I wasn’t sure if I would like the book at first but within the first few pages I was hooked.