Aftermath by Clare Kensie



Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult

Pages: 253

Publishing date:  November 2016 by Merit Press

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Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad’s a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte’s twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life–the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free.


Charlotte Weatherstone was abducted when she was 12 years old and held captive in Alan Shaw’s attic for four years. When he suffers from a stroke a paramedic happens to hear Charlotte, she is discovered and found in a wire cage.

From there it’s Charlotte trying to cope with life, realizing that she’s free and her Keeper won’t hurt her anymore. That while she was gone her family broken in many ways and all the while she’s trying to solve the location of a girl that Alan had prior to her, a girl he killed.

It’s a heartbreaking story. I am not a huge crier in general and certainly not with books but I teared up and the last portion of the book I had an entire waterworks show. This is a raw story, one that makes you feel for Charlotte and see the devastation around her. How she’s trying to be ‘normal’ and how her family in spite of being broken is also trying to be normal for her.

This book was so raw. One that just sucks you in, I nearly read the entirety of it in one night because I wanted to know how this family worked itself out and I wanted what the end [or rather beginning] held for them.

What a heavy start to my morning by finishing this, but wow… what a gripping and heartwrenching way to start my morning.

Thank you, Clara Kensie for the opportunity to read this!

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