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After the Wedding

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This story had a lot more to it than I was expecting, based on the short summary.  Christine witnessed a traumatizing event when she was five years old, and doesn't  remember it until years later when seeing a therapist for all of the stress and unrest occurring in her life.  She and her husband, RIchard, run a successful advertising agency, Foundation Stone, that has been targeted by a vicious online campaign.  Rumors of financial distress and selling of the business run rampant and no one can understand where it's coming from - the business is doing great.  Their copywriter, Jessica Newman, brings it to their attention as she works her hardest to dispel the rumors.  But clients start leaving and soon the business really is in trouble.  Christine and Richard have to go with their last resort to save the company and it doesn't leave everyone in the same position as before.  That's about all that can be said without spoiling that part.

The narrative shifts to Jessica's perspective as a child when she lives on the an Irish island and has little contact with the outside world.  She never knew her birth mother, but Margaret is her father's current partner and they have a close, loving relationship.  Her father has dealings on the island that she doesn't understand, and after a troubling occurrence one night, he flees with Jessica, but Margaret does not come with them.  As they leave, she promises a distraught Jessica that she will find her no matter what, but Margaret is never heard from again.

The perspective begins shifting back and forth between Christine and Jessica in the present day as they each adjust to the happenings in and out of the company.  That's when Christine visits a hypnotherapist and her traumatic memories start to resurface.  Not only was she a witness to something terrible, but someone saw her and tried to kill her.  Unfortunately, no one believes Christine about what happened and she has to work alone to figure out who was involved and how it relates to current events.  Because she uncovers disturbing facts that show the past is never really left in the past.

I enjoyed the intricacy of the plot, but the characters were a bit one dimensional.  Corrupt businessmen, bickering spouses, flirting coworkers, etc.  It was frustrating that no one believed Christine about her past just because it was a hypnotherapist that helped her. Typical 'look at my crazy wife/friend' reactions abound, even though what she claims wasn't far-fetched in the least.  And then there's an abrupt turnaround between a few of the characters at the end, where they relate to each other in the opposite way than in the entire story up to that point.  But the story flows well and I couldn't wait to see how it ended.  It's a fun read with a satisfying conclusion and I'm interested to see what this author comes up with next.
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#AfterTheWedding #NetGalley 
FAST PACED. 
Christine has it all, a successful business which she runs with her husband, Richard Stone, a loving husband and a gorgeous house and then one day someone from the past came for the interview. Jessica, a young woman applies for an interview and the two women from the past meet again in the present. What connected them is their past all those years ago and the trauma they suffered. Christine witnessed something shocking at that wedding when she was just a child but now these women find out together what really happened all those years ago. 
Margaret, i think she's a lovely character and the one who really suffered. 
Awesome twists and really fast paced. Laura Elliot wrapped me around her finger. GOOD NOVEL. 
Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Get ready for a wild ride down different rabbit holes.  Christine has a great marriage and a booming business, but has always been haunted by an incident when she was a child. The new hire at her business gives her the creeps and her gut tells her something is amiss. Always listen to that gut instinct.
Elliott wraps readers up in a tangled  knot that is slowly unlocked as the story unfolds. It definitely keeps readers on their toes.
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Amazing thriller.  I was immediately drawn into this book that involves an event that happens at a wedding.  It is  a fast pace compelling thriller.  I couldn’t wait to find out what happened it was incredibly thrilled by the ending.
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