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After the Wedding

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So this was different to what I thought it was going to be.  It wasn't a book that I wanted to read in one sitting,  I went in and out of the book but wanted to finish and I am glad that I did although I did find it very predictable.  I was really interested to see how it played out. 

It wasn't really a physiological thriller but more of an unravelling of history and coincidences 

This was my first book by this author but based on the reviews it wont be my last. 

I was given an advance copy by netgalley and the publishers but the review is entirely my own.
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Thanks to Netgalley, Laura Elliot and Bookouture for an ARC of After the Wedding in exchange for an honest review.

A psychological thriller packed with twists but also full of heart. I loved it because the story unfolds slowly but is well plotted and written, the characters are believable. The story gripped me from the very beginning. There were many twists and turns and strong emotional beat which kept me guessing and burning till the end. Up and down the story kept me at the edge of my seat!! Definiately It won't disappoint you and I would love to read more from this genius author. Highly recommended.
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What happened when Christine was a flower girl at a wedding over three decades ago? Well, there was an accident at the time and it was so devastating that Christine lost all memories of the time. Now as an adult, snippets are coming back. 

Christine is happy as an adult. She met Richard Stone on the train and the two got married and then started what ended up being a successful advertising agency. Although Christine is not quite comfortable with one of their newest employees, Jessica Newman, she seems perfect for the job and this proves helpful when a rumor begins to circulate that could destroy everything Christine and Richard had built. It seems that Jessica’s influential father could help to stop the rumors and help the business to retain its standing. Well, who is Jessica really? Was it a coincidence that she began working for Christine? As the story delves into Jessica’s early life pieces of this what proves to be an intriguing mystery begin to fall into place. 

Meanwhile, as Christine’s memories start to evolve in a hazy manner, it is with the help of a hypnotherapist that really opens her eyes about what happened at that wedding. While After the Wedding might have had a slow start, the story definitely comes full circle. Delivered from multiple points of view, the past and present converge in such a way to deliver an exciting story with a satisfying conclusion. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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Described as a psych thriller,but for me it was a family drama..with plenty of twists and revelations. The first half was a slow burner but it definitely picked up in the second half. 
Business owners Christine and Richard hire Jessica at their Ad Agency. Christine can't shake a feeling she has about the woman. Christine had a traumatic experience at a wedding as a child,but her memory won't allow her to recall what happened. Now,thanks to hypnotherapy her past is coming back in the form of flashbacks but Christine is struggling to separate what's real or imagined...and why has she such a strong feeling about Jessica? 
Read it and find out. Not the last Laura Elliot book I'll be reading. 


Eith thanks to Laura Elliot,Netgalley and Bookouture for an ARC. This is my own honest review.
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I couldn't get into it, I tried because I loved the sound of it, but it just wasn't for me.

I'm sure there are plenty of readers out there who will feel differently.
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After the wedding by Laura Elliot is a book which I found to be quite a slow paced read. It took me a while to get into this book and I felt it was more of a family drama than a psychological thriller .  There were times I felt the chapters based on Christine or Jessica were a little confusing as I wasn’t sure which one of them the chapter was about .  All in all not one of my favourite reads by this author. I felt slightly disappointed as I’ve read and loved other books by this author .
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Triggers: PTSD, Panic Attacks, Infidelity

After The Wedding takes you into a journey which is hidden in the deep recesses of the mind. Memories are a strange thing. At one point you remember them vividly and the next moment they are only a glimpse. 
Christine an advertising executive has painstakingly built her agency with her husband and is top of her game. Suddenly her life changes when Jessica enters into her life. Nothing is the same and how their lives changes is something you need to find out by reading this novel.
The novel is medium paced suspense. There is some back and forth timelines but nothing is confusing to read. I did not connect with any characters but enjoyed the plot of the story. Once I got into the story it was hard to put it down.
Thank you Bookouture and NetGalley  for the ARC of this book.
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I really did not like this book.
I found the pacing so slow! 

The blurb got me intrigued, but it turns out it was mis-leading. It didn't feel like a thriller at all! 

The multiple narratives were not unique enough, and I found a little confusing at times.

The book just didn't do enough to keep me interested. Definitely NOT a page turner.

Not for me!
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Thank you for @netgallery and Laura Elliot for the ARC of this book. 

"When Christine Lewis was a little girl, she witnessed something terrible at a wedding and buried it so deep in her memory, she managed to forget it ever happened."

Wow, this was such a gripping and fast read for me! The plot was something different and i found it so addictive. I loved how the characters and their histories were so entwined and the jumping between Christine's & Jessica's POV. 

This is perfect for suspense and crime / mystery thriller lovers! 

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After the Wedding by Laura Elliott is one of those thrillers that if you know what it’s actually about, it is much more entertaining. 
Let me try to explain. 
It is promoted as a psych thriller, so the reader goes in expecting that something happens at a wedding and the rest of the book has to do with the immediate aftermath. It is a logical assumption. 
However, this is not that book. 
Yes, there is something that occurs at a wedding in the opening chapter. But then the action moves forward several years, and the wedding is barely mentioned again (for the most part). I suppose the whole thing is after the wedding, if you want to look at it that way.  
The rest of the book is definitely more thriller than anything else. I did not get a psych thriller vibe from it at all. In fact, it is a detailed and complicated plot that involves much more than meets the eye.
I don’t want to give anything away, but if you want to enjoy After the Wedding, you definitely need to have the mindset that it is NOT a quick and entertaining psych thriller. Take it for what it is, and you will enjoy it much more. 
The author’s style of writing is sometimes difficult to follow. A scene will be in the present and then within a paragraph of explanation, the action will be days or weeks later. This happens a lot, so the reader does need to pay close attention. 
I did not get much of a feel for any of the characters. The reader is supposed to feel for Christine, because of her past, I suppose, but her self-destructiveness gets in the way of her being a truly sympathetic character. 
And don’t get me started on Jessica and Richard. The less said about them, the better. 
As I mentioned at the beginning, Laura Eliott has a good story in After the Wedding. You just need to understand what you are getting into. But trust me, you will still enjoy it
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You know something is wrong. Christine has everything that she needs a loving husband Richard and a successful advertising company. But someone wants to take that all away. Christine knows that there is something about their new employee Jessica that just gets her back up. Lately Christine has been thinking about her past as the nightmares are back but no one believes her memories but she knows that something awful happened.
How does she save her marriage now that the company is gone she knew that Jessica was going to be trouble she just didn't realise how much. She can feel Richard pulling away and she knows that given time he will turn to Jessica if he hasn't already.
The more Christine finds out about her near drowning as a child the clearer things become but she has found out things about Jessica's father and he won't want anyone finding out about his past.
How far would Samuel go protect his secrets? Will he decide that Christine needs to disappear for good?
What happens next will change everyone's life but it will also set them free from the cages that they were kept in.
A good solid read gripping stuff. I was lucky enough to receive a copy via Netgalley & the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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Firstly, the prologue pulled me right in.. When Christine Lewis was a little girl, she witnessed something terrible at a wedding and buried it so deep in her memory, she managed to forget it ever happened. In what we see it seems she almost drowned but she remember roses the color of blood. It's all very vague.

We then fast forward like 20+ years later. Christine is married and runs an advertising agency with her husband. She seems incredibly bothered by Jessica, a new woman at her job. This is where it lost me a little because too much of the book was Christine whining about Jessica. It all comes together though.

There are multiple POVs in this book, Jessica being one. She was a baby when she and her father came to live in an isolated cottage on the Irish island of Cullain with Margaret. She was the woman who loved Jessica as if she was her own. Until the day Jessica and her father left, and she never saw Margaret again.

These two women uncover the dark secrets of their traumatic pasts. One of my issues with this book is it being marketed as a psychological thriller. It's more just a suspense/mystery read. The first half of the book felt pretty slow to me. There were a lot of pieces that had to fall into place. The last half held my attention better. I appreciate the details in the story though some of them got muddy. I feel like it could have been scaled down but I still really enjoyed it. Definitely recommend!

Thank you to NetGalley, the author Laura Elliot, and the publisher Bookouture for the ARC!
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Christine Lewis runs an advertising agency with her husband. When she was five years old she was a flower girl at her Aunt Sharon's wedding. Christine witnessed something horrifying there but can't remember what it was. Jessica Newman was a baby when her father arrived to live on the island of Cullain, Ireland along with Margaret, but they left not long after. Jessica is a new employee at the agency and Christine senses there's something off about her. Through hypnotherapy, Christine's memories start returning...

After the Wedding is a riveting family drama with discoveries, twists and revelations. Laura Elliot has delivered an unrestrained story of drama and emotion in this suspenseful concoction of secrets, trauma and concealment. The writing was compelling and tense and I revelled in the story all the way through as the pace slowly gained momentum for a satisfying finale. It brought no disappointments and I would love to read more from this gifted storyteller. Highly recommended.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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“She saw something terrible that day…Now, it’s about to destroy her…”

It’s amazing how the human mind can manage to protect itself by burying traumatic memories so deeply that we have no conscious awareness of them. But for our protagonist Christine, it made me wonder, is it protection when one’s deeply buried memories take the form of reality where suddenly what was protecting her before, may now pose a very real threat? Or would she have been better off remembering what had happened because forewarned is forearmed?

With an intriguing plot that piqued my curiosity, I was looking forward to diving in and getting swept up into the drama of this tale. I found it did move on the slightly slower side to start with as the foundation is laid, but it does ramp up making for a more thrilling second half. The characters are a mix bag of likeable and unlikable and play out their roles well.

The story is broken down into four parts, multiple points of view and timelines. Whilst this can be a risky move as it can make it hard to follow along, in this case, it gives the reader a good backstory and helps to shapes the story in the present really well. Overall After the Wedding is a solid, suspenseful and twisty read.

Thank you to Laura Elliot, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of After the Wedding, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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I couldn’t put this book down!!! I read it in two days!  Christine Lewis is happily married. She had a scary event as a child but seems to have moved on.   She works with her husband running a successful ad agency.  Things are going well until Jessica comes to work for the company. Laura Elliot does an amazing job weaving all of the characters together.  
I enjoyed the build up and suspected who was behind everything early on. However, that did not take away my enjoyment of the book.  I liked how the story played out and I stayed up late reading it.  
I would like to thank Bookouture and Netgalley for a complimentary copy of the book. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. #AfterTheWedding   #BookOuture #NetGalley
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An intriguing psychological thriller with so many twists you'll wonder which direction you're going in!  It's an interesting premise and the author deftly ties it all together.  Good read!

Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC!
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Thank you Netgalley and Bookoture for sending me this e-ARC in return for an honest review!

I really wanted to love this book. It had so much potential, an interesting premise, and it felt like things were happening but it also came off as so underwhelming. It almost felt like the author tried to include a bunch of different elements to make the plot more enticing, but it was overdone, unfortunately. 

The first thing that really put me off was in the first few chapters when the characters were doing one thing, and on the next page they were suddenly doing something different. I had to go back and forth between the pages to make sure I wasn’t missing something because it was so abrupt. That really threw me off and impacted my experience. 

The overall plot also felt really dragged, which made it so hard to be drawn into the story. It took so long to actually get to the part where Christine is somehow connected to Jessica, yet we get all these chapters beforehand where she keeps going on about how much Jessica bothers her.  This part made it feel a lot more like a dramatic encounter than a thriller. I was very compelled to skip passages and skim to get to the point. 

I’m sure a lot of people will enjoy this book, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. It was unnecessarily prolonged and had too many elements forced together.
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The description of After the Wedding really drew me in and I was looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately the story just did not grab me. I thought it would be a psychological thriller but it was actually something very different and it just did not work for me.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my ARC.
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After the Wedding is told in 4 parts and follows Christine and Jessica.
The prologue was promising and it pulled me right in ~ Christine was a flower girl at her Aunt Sharon's wedding when she was 5. There was an accident that she had trouble remembering until several years later as an adult. Soon enough though, it was a bit slow going for me until somewhere in part 2, closer to the end, maybe even part 3. It had it's up and downs with keeping me engaged throughout.

Christine and Richard Stone met on a train, fell in love and opened up one of the most successful advertising agencies in Dublin ~ Foundation Stone. They hire Jessica to be their copywriter. While Jessica is perfect for the job, Christine can’t help but feel like something is off with her. When a rumor is started on social media that Foundation Stone is having problems and is up for sale, they all scramble to stomp the rumors and avoid losing clients. Jessica just happens to have a powerful father that can help them turn their business around.

Part 2 starts off very intriguing with a teaser about Jessica. We dive more into her early life and learn lots of things about her and her father, Samuel.
The pace picked up in parts 3 & 4, but I really didn't care for Christine too much, or Jessica, or really anyone for that matter. Actually, Stella, I did like her, and maybe Ryan too, but that's all.
Overall, this was an okay read and I was pleased with the ending.

*Thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture and Laura Elliot for the ARC. I am voluntarily leaving my honest review*
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I wanted to love this but sadly it just never lived up to the tense thriller vibe I was seeking. I found the writing a little too “tell and now show” at some points. I did however enjoy the overall plot.
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