Saturday, March 26, 2022

BLOG TOUR - After the Wedding


Everyone said she was the prettiest flower girl. But now her dress lies on the floor. It’s wet and torn, her shoes are lost. ‘Tell us what happened to you?’ her daddy sobs. Christine shakes her head. All she can remember are the red rose petals scattering like drops of blood spilling to the ground.

When Christine Lewis was a little girl, she witnessed something terrible at a weddingand buried it so deep in her memory, she managed to forget it ever happened.

Years later, Jessica Newman walks into the successful advertising agency Christine runs with her husband. Jessica is beautiful and excellent at her job but her presence triggers disturbing memories for Christine. Fragments of the wedding are starting to flicker in her mind and an unexplainable ball of dread begins to form in Christine’s stomach. Jessica is slowly beginning to destroy Christine’s marriage and her business. Why can’t anyone else see it?

Christine and Jessica’s lives were connected long before they set eyes on one another. But in unlocking the mystery of what happened at the wedding all those years ago, is Christine prepared for the truth she’s about to find?

An absolutely gripping and emotional page-turner packed with suspense that will have you completely hooked. Fans of Lisa Jewell, Gillian Flynn and Sally Hepworth will be gripped by After the Wedding. 


Title:   After the Wedding
Author:  Laura Elliot
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Psychological Thriller 
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   346
Date of Publication:   March 24, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars

What happened when Christine was a flower girl at a wedding over three decades ago? Well, there was an accident at the time and it was so devastating that Christine lost all memories of the time. Now as an adult, snippets are coming back. 

Christine is happy as an adult. She met Richard Stone on the train and the two got married and then started what ended up being a successful advertising agency. Although Christine is not quite comfortable with one of their newest employees, Jessica Newman, she seems perfect for the job and this proves helpful when a rumor begins to circulate that could destroy everything Christine and Richard had built. It seems that Jessica’s influential father could help to stop the rumors and help the business to retain its standing. Well, who is Jessica really? Was it a coincidence that she began working for Christine? As the story delves into Jessica’s early life pieces of this what proves to be an intriguing mystery begin to fall into place. 

Meanwhile, as Christine’s memories start to evolve in a hazy manner, it is with the help of a hypnotherapist that really opens her eyes about what happened at that wedding. While After the Wedding might have had a slow start, the story definitely comes full circle. Delivered from multiple points of view, the past and present converge in such a way to deliver an exciting story with a satisfying conclusion. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Laura Elliot lives in Malahide, a picturesque, coastal village in Dublin, Ireland. She enjoys writing psychological thrillers -- in the UK she is published by Bookouture, Sphere and Avon -- and by Grand Central Publishing in the US. Her novels have also been widely translated.

AKA June Considine, she has written twelve books for children and young adults. In her earlier career, she worked as a journalist and magazine editor.

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