After the Dash is a contemporary story of Aiyanna Burns, a nondescript wallflower who discovers a profound family secret spanning generations. Unaware of the dangers closing in on her, she dives deeper and deeper into her own mind…before time runs out.
Madness, mistakes, and redemption weave together in this adult fiction novel that explores the depths of the human mind and the boundaries of time.
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3.5 stars. I really wanted to love this book. The blurb that I read on Netgalley really raised my hopes, but once I began reading it, I became stuck in a muddle of too much wording, too much detail, and two protagonists whose names were so similar that I had a difficult time discerning one from the other. The writer's style needs a little bit more clarity so that the book is easier to follow, although she writes wonderfully descriptive words. I still had a tough time discerning the difference between the mother and daughter characters. I cannot explain if these feelings are brought on because of uncertain times right now, but this is the first time in a long time I've read a book that I just could not seem to get into. When I finished, it left me with so many unanswered questions. Not that this isn't a good book, it is, it's just not my cup of tea. I would like to thank the author, publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Wow. I’m not really sure where to start here. I went into this book expecting something completely different than what I got. Which turned out to be a good thing. Hands down, my favorite thing about this book was the way it made me think. All truly great books make you stop and think, and consider life. This book did that in spades. I loved the characters, Jamma in particular, and the redemption arcs of other characters were very satisfying. My only criticism would be that at times it was hard to keep up with all the different characters, which got a bit confusing. But I understand why many points of view were necessary to really drive the point of the book home. All in all, I rate this book 4.5 out of 5* and absolutely would recommend. I received an ARC of this book thanks to Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The book I read is not the book I was expecting to read after I’d read the blurb. Also unexpectedly, was the fact that I really enjoyed it. We follow a range of characters, and not all of them were likeable, in fact, most of them aren’t. Most get a redemption arc, some of them land well and some don’t, but I was equally enthralled by each. The host of characters can also seem a little disconnected at the beginning of the story, which makes the book seem a little disjointed, but stick with it and their stories will all intertwine and the main plot will become clear. I’m glad I got the opportunity to read this, as unexpected as it was. It’s one of those books that make you think about life, and death and love and what it all means. Luckily, I enjoy that sort of stuff, just as I enjoyed this book.