What Comes After Pdf Summary Reviews By JoAnne Tompkins

What Comes After Pdf is Mystery Thriller novel By JoAnne Tompkins. With a propulsive mystery at its core, What Comes After offers an unforgettable story of loss and anger, but also of kindness and hope, courage and forgiveness. It is a deeply moving account of strangers and friends not only helping each other forward after tragedy, but inspiring a new kind of family.

What Comes After Book Summary

After the shocking death of two teenage boys tears apart a community in the Pacific Northwest, a mysterious pregnant girl emerges out of the woods and into the lives of those same boys’ families–a moving and hopeful novel about forgiveness and human connection.

In misty, coastal Washington State, Isaac lives alone with his dog, grieving the recent death of his teenage son, Daniel. Next door, Lorrie, a working single mother, struggles with a heinous act committed by her own teenage son. Separated by only a silvery stretch of trees, the two parents are emotionally stranded, isolated by their great losses–until an unfamiliar sixteen-year-old girl shows up, bridges the gap, and changes everything.

Evangeline’s arrival at first feels like a blessing, but she is also clearly hiding something. When Isaac, who has retreated into his Quaker faith, isn’t equipped to handle her alone, Lorrie forges her own relationship with the girl. Soon all three characters are forced to examine what really happened in their overlapping pasts, and what it all possibly means for a shared future.

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About JoAnne Tompkins Author of What Comes After Pdf Book

JoAnne Tompkins
JoAnne Tompkins

JoAnne Tompkins Author of What Comes After Pdf Tompkins was inspired to become a writer by the human resiliency she observed in her first career as a mediator and judicial officer. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

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What Comes After Pdf
What Comes After Pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Riverhead Books; Book Club edition (April 13, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 059308599X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593085998
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.3 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.25 x 1.35 x 9.35 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #61,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #1,251 in Psychological Fiction (Books)
  • #2,931 in Family Life Fiction (Books)
  • #5,157 in Literary Fiction (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars    1,883 ratings

What Comes After Book Reviews



4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written literary novel about dealing with loss
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 30, 2022

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In a small town, along the coast in Washington State. Two young teenagers are killed. Daniel, good looking and popular, is brutally murdered by his best friend, Jonah. His suicide note confesses to the crime. Why he killed Daniel is unknown. The deaths leave behind Isaac, Daniel’s grieving father and his next-door neighbor, Lorrie, Jonah’s mother. Evangeline, a sixteen-year-old homeless girl appears from out of the woods. Both Jonah and Lorrie develop a relationship with the girl who is hiding something. Did she know their children? Did she have anything to do with their deaths? Can the three of them establish a relationship to help each other get through the future together?
This book begs the question- what makes a novel fit into the crime fiction category? In my mind, a crime must be the central focus of the work. This could and usually does mean a murder or robbery occurs and the crime is investigated or the perpetrators must be pursued and brought to justice. This novel is not that at all. A crime occurs. The solution becomes quickly apparent and the novel is really about how the survivors deal with it. It is more of a literary novel but uniquely fits into the genre of crime fiction. It is a debut effort so the plot goes on too long and there are numerous pointless episodes. The characters are the strength of the book. All of them are beautifully created. The author uses alternate chapter point of view which includes Jonah on his last day alive as a means of revealing exactly what happened and why. In future works, I see the author delving more into literary fiction that crime fiction. She is very talented and well deserves the accolades this book has received including the Edgar Award shortlist. Highly recommended.


5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining novel
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 24, 2022

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Entertaining novel. The premise involves the brutal murder suicide of two teenage boys Daniel and Jonah. The death of the boys have left a hole in the life of Daniel’s father Isaac. He lives alone in a huge home with his old dog Rufus. Next door, lives Lorrie a widow and Jonah’s mother trying to make ends meet and raising her teenage daughter. Into their lives enters Evangeline a pregnant homeless teenager. Evangeline is tough character to like. She is a bratty teenager most of the novel. However, Evangeline grew on me as the novel progressed. She is a survivor and seems to flourish with the kindness bestowed to her by Issac and Lorrie. Isaac is also someone that at times is difficult to like. He seems to like to wallow in his misery. I think that the death of his son is the final blow to his fragile existence. The character of Lorrie is lovely. Lorrie has been dealt a series of horrible blows but has such grace about her. The mystery of how the two boys died and the role of Evangeline in their death is told through the alternate voices of Daniel, Lorrie, Evangeline, and Jonah.


3.0 out of 5 stars Cut the epilogue and it’s a 5 star book
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 15, 2021

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I am absolutely astonished as to how a book of this caliber can undermine and discredit itself with something as expendable as an epilogue.

You see, I was absolutely enamored with how well the author knew his teenaged, female protagonist and I was completely caught up the story of abandonment and a life lived without being able to trust anyone or anything. It was so beautifully done!

The author’s story presentation was excellent, albeit a bit long. His central protagonist, Isaac, was one-dimensional and needed work, but these were forgivable “sins”, to me. It’s because of the fluid writing style that I could forgive these things.

The language was simply beautiful, as well. You have an author who manages to maintain a beautiful, almost lyrical, presentation without an attempt to hammer you over the head with a pretentious grammatical display he thinks impressive but is, in reality, utterly garish.

So, after all this, why a three-star rating? Let me answer your question with one of my own. Have you ever read a book in which the final two pages managed to discredit every page that came before?

The epilogue to this book is unnecessary and should be cut. Immediately. I was embarrassed on behalf of the author. It made little sense. The book could have, and should have, ended with the phone call that was made by the protagonist. That’s all we needed. Not some secondary character uttering some of the most lame (supposedly God-like or God-influenced?) words I’ve ever read. In fact, I cringe from the remembrance even writing about them now.

By all means, read the book. But when you see the chapter titled “Epilogue”, check your expectations at the door. Consider the wonderful words you’ve read to date and consider the last two pages to be…well…hell, I don’t know what you should consider them. I’m just going to pretend it’s something that should’ve ended up on the cutting room floor but that the editor missed, and call it a day. Hopefully, you’ll do the same.

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