After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman
Narrator: Linda Emond
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
Date Read: June 2014
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 five women he left behind—his wife, his daughters, and his mistress
Dead is dead. Missing is gone.
When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette "Bambi" Gottschalk at a Valentine's Day 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 in 1976, Bambi's comfortable world implodes when Felix, facing prison, vanishes.
Though Bambi has no idea where her husband—or his money—might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie disappears ten years to the day after Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she's left to join her old lover—until her remains are discovered in a secluded park.
Now, twenty-six years later, 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 of bitterness, jealousy, resentment, greed, and longing stretching over five decades. And at its center is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten by the five women who loved him: the enigmatic Felix Brewer.
Felix Brewer left five women behind. Now there are four. Does at least one of them know the truth?
Publisher: HarperAudio, William Marrow
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Listened for Fun (Library Book)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman was a solid story of what happens to a family after a dad disappears.
Story Thoughts: I was intrigued at the premise of After I’m Gone. I thought it would be fascinating to take a look at the family of the criminal after they skip out and leave the family to pick up the pieces. The book delivered on the aftermath with the present/past storylines and a good chunk devoted to how everyone’s lives were. From the wife, to the children, and finally the friends- everyone’s lives were changed when the father decided to leave town. I loved seeing the “right after” and comparing it to “the now”. That part I really enjoyed! However, the case wasn’t all that fascinating and felt a little flat. I guessed who did it pretty early and the only thing that stunned me was the motivation. That being said, this was still a good read that I listened to in just one day!
Character Thoughts: There was quite a cast of characters in After I’m Gone. I liked how Laura flushed them out and let you see the layers. I liked how you could see the influence (good and bad) on how the kids reacted and what challenges they faced as adults. I felt a few characters weren’t flushed out enough (the victim and her perp) but overall these were characters that I was invested in. I wanted their lives to be better and for past hurts to be healed.
Narrated By Linda Emond / Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
Linda did a great job! I was impressed with her pacing and emotion. This is a very large cast and she does a great job differentiating each character. I will put Linda on my list of narrators to listen to.
Final Thoughts: Overall a very good read! It was different and intriguing.
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