Jan 29, 2015

After the Storm by Jane Lythell

Blurb:

Some secrets destroy you.
Rob and Anna have only just met Owen and Kim. Now they've boarded their handsome old boat to travel to a far off island in the Caribbean.
With only the four of them on board, it should be paradise: lazy afternoons spent snorkelling; long nights enjoying the silence and solitude of the sea.
But why does Owen never sleep? Why is he so secretive about his past? And why does Kim keep a knife zipped into her money-belt? Anna can usually get people to talk... but this time, does she want to?
 
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Rob and Anna are on holiday. They don't have much money and are very happy to be able to spend an entire month together. When an evening doesn't go according to plan they aren't so satisfied with their cheap accommodations any longer. Rob thinks he's found the ideal solution. He immediately says yes when Owen and Kim offer them a journey on their boat. Together they will visit remote and peaceful islands, they will get to see the most beautiful places, they will learn how to sail and it will fit their budget. Kim is a good cook, so it will all be perfect. At least that's how it's supposed to look. Owen and Kim are broke, they need to charter their boat, so they will have enough money to eat. Owen and Kim seem like a nice couple, but Anna has issues with them from the start. Is she right about the other couple or will they indeed have the promised holiday of their dreams?
After the Storm tells the story of two couples. Rob and Anna are English. They come from very different backgrounds. Anna is tense and she doesn't easily let herself go. To enjoy this holiday she needs to give up a lot of the things she values. Owen and Kim are American. They grew up together and have known each other for a very long time. Owen has trouble sleeping and Kim carries a knife with her at all times. Soon Anna's starting to ask a lot of questions, she wants to know more about the people she's traveling with and she's especially interested in Owen. He and Kim have secrets and Anna wants to know what they are.
From the four main characters I liked Anna best. She's the most sensible and she's both kind and strong. Kim is tough, she's been through a lot. Rob is easy going and he almost always has a good time, he knows how to make things fun and he's good at making small talk. Owen is the most complicated and mysterious. I couldn't wait to find out more about him. While reading this book I kept having the feeling that something could go wrong any second. Because of that I read the story in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. I badly wanted to know what would happen. Are Kim and Owen reliable people? That was the question I kept asking myself. I loved the ending of this book. It was unexpected and I'm still thinking about it. After the Storm is an intriguing read and I enjoyed it very much.

I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of the book.

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