This book is the sequel to Me before You. Not having read the previous book didn’t make any difference to my enjoyment of After You, but on saying that, there are a few gaps that I need to fill now!
Louisa Clark is not coping with her grief after losing her partner/employer Will Traynor. Louisa has moved out of her parent’s house in a small English village into her own flat in London. Her flat looks as though she is only visiting – devoid of all personal touches. Her wardrobe is full of quirky colourful clothes but she prefers to dress in drab shapeless clothing. She is working in a bar at the airport but in her down-time is drinking more than she should. Her excess drinking takes a turn for the worse when she has an accident that changes her life with her having to move back to her parent’s home.
When she is finally able to move back into her flat, Louisa joins a group called ‘Moving On’, made up of people that are all grieving for partners and their lost lives. In their own way, they all help each other move on.
This takes some time, with some of the characters wallowing in their grief for what seems like an inordinate amount of time. I did though feel some frustration with some of the characters, but if you’ve read the previous book, I’m sure you will find that this nicely concludes the story of Louisa Clark.
Reviewed by Christine Frayling
by Jojo Moyes
Published by Michael Joseph Ltd