After the End by Clare MacKintosh

BOOK REVIEW: After the End by Clare Mackintosh

Release Date:  June 25th, 2019
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My Goodreads Rating

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.
What if they could have both?
A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning.

Every once in a while we have a chance to stumble into a book that releases an emotional tsunami.
This book was it.
It broke me.
It reached deep into my heart and it ripped it in half.
Pip and Max live a happy life. They are best friends and one of those couples that can finish each other’s sentences.
That all starts to fall apart when their son Dylan gets sick and they are given the most impossible choice a parent might face.
Pip chooses one road.
Max chooses another.
Their lives diverge and we follow their trajectory, not to prove that one choice would have been better than the other, but simply to feel the emotional twists each choice has on them.

I have to say that only one other author has made me feel this way over a book, and that was Jodi Picoult. Now I can add Clare Mackintosh to that list.

Grab a box of tissues and read this book. You’ll thank me later.
I had to literally go out for a walk in order to clear the heaviness in my chest and remind myself to be grateful for everything I have!

"When you stand at the crossroad you cannot see each destination, only the beginnings of the paths that will lead you there. All you can do is hope that someone will walk with you."


  1. Lovely review - this one would ruin me

  2. This sounds like a really emotional read. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  3. I always applaud a book that can evoke that kind of reaction. Wonderful review.

  4. Great review, sounds like a real heart-squeeze book. Glad you enjoyed it.