I just finished up listening to the audio book After I’m Gone: A Novel by Laura Lippman.
I thought this was a pretty good book. The author does a good job moving between characters and from past to present. I listened to it as an audio book and have to say I did enjoy the reader a lot. I do have to say that the book goes on about how Felix loves his wife and she is the most special one but he cheats on her all the time. I have trouble understanding that as it’s not something I can believe as I could never be that way…but I went with it….
Here’s what Amazon had to say about the book, “Laura Lippman, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Most Dangerous Thing, I’d Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know, returns with an addictive story that explores how one man’s disappearance echoes through the lives of the wife, mistress, and daughters he left behind.
When Felix Brewer meets Bernadette “Bambi” Gottschalk at a Valentine’s Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative—if not all legal—businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi’s comfortable world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes.
Though Bambi has no idea where her husband—or his money—might be, she suspects one woman does: his mistress, Julie. When Julie disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she’s left to join her old lover—until her remains are eventually found.
Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto “Sandy” Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web stretching over three decades that connects five intriguing women. And at the center is the missing man Felix Brewer.
Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy will find the truth. And when he does, no one will ever be the same.”
In the end the book was a good mix of present day and past…I liked it and even though Amazon readers only gave it 4 stars..I’d give 4.2 stars. Worth my time but not an epic book-you know all books can’t be epic.