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First Impressions Friday: After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill


Release Date: April 2020
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Pages: 256big-blue-divider-hi

Synopsis From the Publisher:

If you get lost in a book, be sure you can find your way back…

Madeleine d’Leon doesn’t know where Edward came from. He is simply a character in her next book. But as she writes, he becomes all she can think about. His charm, his dark hair, his pen scratching out his latest literary novel…

Edward McGinnity can’t get Madeleine out of his mind: softly smiling, infectiously enthusiastic, and perfectly damaged. She will be the ideal heroine for his next book.

But who is the author and who is the creation? And as the lines start to blur, who is affected when a killer finally takes flesh?

After She Wrote Him is a wildly inventive twist on the murder mystery that takes readers on a journey filled with passion, obsession, and the emptiness left behind when the real world starts to fall away.

My First Impressions:

The blurred lines between the two characters start off pretty quickly without any warning. I mean, I knew it was coming at some point in the book, but I thought we’d be eased into it. Nope! After the first few pages I realized I was going back and forth between Edward’s and Madeleine’s points of view, often within the same paragraph.

It’s a unique premise and plot device, but on its surface it also sounds like it could easily get confusing or go completely wrong. For now, it’s flowing pretty seamlessly. I don’t think I’ve ever come across this type of setup before and it’s been really interesting to read. Hopefully it stays that way!


Have you read this book or have plans to? Ever seen this type of plot before? Let me know in the comments!

** Personal Note: With everything going on in the world I realize that blogging, reading, and just trying to live a normal life is hard. I know with my family thousands of miles away it’s been really difficult for me to cope. I’m going to keep trying to read, blog, and work as best as I can for as long as I can. I hope my little contributions to the blogosphere help provide some much needed distractions for those of you who need them. Stay safe, readers ♥️ **

2 thoughts on “First Impressions Friday: After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill”

  1. I really do appreciate the bloggers who are trying to go on like “normal” a bit. It’s a good distraction, and these are all things that make me happy, so I like being able to connect with online friends.

    Now back to the book – I am super curious about this one! I’m glad the transitions between the two characters are going well so far.


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    1. It’s still flowing really well but the dialogue is pretty groan inducing.

      As for blogging, I’ll keep trying. I’m not coping too well with my family being 5,000 miles away in a virus hotspot, but hopefully distractions will keep me from completely losing it. I think the self isolation part is the easiest bit- most of us bookworms are indoorsy anyway haha


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