After the Storm

After the Storm 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

  • Title: After the Storm
  • Author: Jane Lythell
  • ISBN: 9781781855348
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 hSome 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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    • Maxine (Booklover Catlady) says:

      After reading more from Jane Lythell I was so excited to get a copy of her new book After the Storm and get stuck in for a good read. As a reviewer I am finding this review hard to write. For me, it's like a different author wrote this book, it was so far from the style of writing I had loved. I had no idea what was going on. 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 [...]

    • Liz Barnsley says:

      So,it seems to have been a bit hit and miss with readers this one, personally I enjoyed it although it IS a slow burner and very much character driven rather than full of action - I found the characters fascinating however and therefore very much enjoyed the read despite it eeking out the drama and slowly drip feeding the suspense.You basically have a cast of four - yes others are involved towards the end, when things come to a head, but for the majority of the story you spend your time with Rob [...]

    • Jemma says:

      I am still in two minds about this book –I found it to be a well written story which did capture my attention throughout, but which did not leave me with a powerful impression overall. Whilst I understand that ‘After The Storm’ was intended as a thriller, I felt that it lacked enough suspense and action to justify this label. After being highly intrigued by the blurb, I was anxious to immerse myself in this book as it does paint a very captivating picture; an English couple abroad (Rob and [...]

    • Karen says:

      I really wanted to like this book, the description sounded so enticing but for me it promised far more than it delivered. It was well written but I found it quite slow and it just lacked tension. It had the aspirations of a thriller but didn’t quite make it. Things were hinted at which piqued my interest but then when the ‘secrets’ were revealed I was just a bit underwhelmed. It’s only a minor point but I did get rather irritated with the constant reference to the mole between Anna’s e [...]

    • Rebecca (StayingUpTillMorning) says:

      For the majority of this book I was quite enjoying myself. The tension between the two couples seemed to be building and building and I loved the foreign/holiday setting. Then a few dramatic incidences happen right at the end of the book followed by. The book ends and nothing is resolved. We never find out who did what and why. It's left for the reader to decide who was guilty I guess? Only I don't read thrillers to make up my own story! I read thrillers to be taken on an exciting ride. But this [...]

    • Ana says:

      Originally published on This Chick Reads*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*Actual rating 2.5/5Writing a review for this book is going to be so hard. It's the second book by Jane Lythell, but the first one from her I'm reading. Bearing in mind I haven't read her previous book, I really had no expectations. Some of my friends have read her previous book though, and they have recommended it to me, so when I got the opportunity to review this title, I jumped at the chance.Seei [...]

    • Megan Readinginthesunshine says:

      Having read and loved Jane’s previous book The Lie Of You, so I was very much looking forward to starting her latest release!In After The Storm, Rob and Anna have only just met Owen and Kim, and now they’ve boarded their old boat to travel to a far off island in the Caribbean. It should be paradise, with the sea stretching in front of them and only four of them to enjoy their time together. But things aren’t all they seem… why does Owen never sleep? Why is he so secretive about his past? [...]

    • Tripfiction says:

      Thriller set on Roatán (Honduras/the Caribbean) – “edgy, dark and heady”This thriller caught my eye as it kept popping up on Social Media and of course, not many books are set in and around this particular island, the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands, in the Caribbean. It is 77 km long and about 8 km wide, with plenty of mangroves and has the real sense of an exotic location.The author has a feel for maintaining tension and writes in a very natural and fluid way. As she ratchets up the [...]

    • Alison says:

      A really enjoyable novel, full of tension, interesting characters and vividly described Caribbean settings. Owen and Kim live on a boat off the coast of Honduras. Anna and Rob have a few weeks left of their holiday and are persuaded to join them on a trip to an outlying island. In the confined conditions of Owen and Kim’s traditional yacht they gradually find out more about each other than perhaps they wanted to know. Each couple has their own tensions and the dynamics between couples and indi [...]

    • Michelle Sibley says:

      I didn't gel with this book at all. Not sure excatly why, it just felt a bit amateur to me and it never really gripped me.

    • Jenni says:

      A very impressive and different kind of thriller. Tensions between the main characters kept me guessing and it was also really nice to read an exciting book situated in a completely different country from the usual thrillers’ settings. Well Ortho the read.

    • Suze Lavender says:

      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 [...]

    • Sarah says:

      I won a copy this book after entering the draw on ankyou:) The premise of the book sounded intriguing;Rob and Anna a young couple on a back packing holiday have a chance encounter with Owen and Kim, and now they’ve invested the remainder of their holiday money and boarded their old boat to travel in the Caribbean. Rob is thrilled, he gets to live out his idylic holiday fantasy. Owen is pleased he gets to take his beloved boat on one final journey before selling her. Kim and Anna are less pleas [...]

    • Joanne Robertson says:

      The Lie of You was one of my favourite reads of last year so I was interested to see how Jane Lythell would follow it upd After the Storm certainly lives up to expectations.Anna and Rob are on holiday and after a scary experience in Belize they meet Kim and Owen and charter their boat on the promise of a paradise island at the end of their sail. From the start you are aware that things will not run smoothly. The boat has seen better days and Kim wants to sell it and return to Florida to open her [...]

    • FoodxHugs says:

      Where do I start with this abysmal offering?Okay, so I bought this expecting some sort of thriller. When one thinks of a thriller, certain words spring to mind - fast-paced! danger! action! mystery! dirty little secrets, you get the idea!And this, my fellow humoids, has neither of those elements.It was just plain bad. The amount of dross I had to get through in first 90%. The story was told in third person omniscient, so we were told the story from the four main characters povs. This was unusual [...]

    • Rob Powell says:

      Great read - Loved it! This is the first Jane Lythell book I have read but will for sure be reading more.

    • Laura says:

      4.5/5Originally posted on:> lauraslittlebookblog.Having read Jane's debut last year The Lie of You and loving it, I could not wait to get stuck into her latest offering After the Storm.At first I was a little unsure about this as I read a book similar to the premise of this a while ago and did not like it. Thankfully however, I found After the Storm much better executed and the story much better.After the Storm cleverly draws you in under a false pretence of security. Everything seems fine fo [...]

    • John Fish says:

      ‘Gripping from start to end’Rob and Anna have paid to join Kim and Owens yacht on a cruise and then looking forward to getting to know each other and enjoy a Caribbean sail around the island of Belize. So you think it is plain sailing then think again, this is no ordinary thriller, this one delivers on all fronts and keeps you on your toes and you get to know each of the people on the yacht. All is destined not to go well and it becomes very clear of the tensions that are beginning to come t [...]

    • Thelastwordreview says:

      ‘Gripping from start to end’Rob and Anna have paid to join Kim and Owens yacht on a cruise and then looking forward to getting to know each other and enjoy a Caribbean sail around the island of Belize. So you think it is plain sailing then think again, this is no ordinary thriller, this one delivers on all fronts and keeps you on your toes and you get to know each of the people on the yacht. All is destined not to go well and it becomes very clear of the tensions that are beginning to come t [...]

    • Lainy says:

      Time taken to read - 1 dayPublisher - Head of ZeusPages - 320Blurb from 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 he [...]

    • Anne says:

      British couple, Rob and Anna meet Owen and Kim in a waterfront bar in a dirty Belize town. The American couple have been sailing from island to island, country to country for some months, and their lifestyle appears to be happy and carefree. Relishing the opportunity to explore, Rob and Anna arrange to join Owen and Kim on the next part of their voyage. Whilst Rob is keen, Anna is more reluctant to spend time cooped up in a smallish boat with people that she doesn't really know. Kim too, doesn't [...]

    • Laura Wilkinson says:

      After the Storm is a vivid and intense study of what happens when four strangers sail around the dangerous waters of Honduras in a handsome old boat. Rob and Anna are British tourists in search of adventure – at least Rob is, Anna is an altogether more cautious individual; Owen and Kim are the American owners of the boat, short on cash, in need of people to charter the boat to. Circumstance throws them together. All have secrets and demons to conquer, especially Owen and Kim. He is insomniac, [...]

    • Claire Douglas says:

      I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't what I expected at all - which was a sort of Dead Calm, and I'm relieved because this is a more sophisticated, clever story, I think. The novel centres around four characters, married couple Kim and Owen and boyfriend and girlfriend, Anna and Rob. When Anna and Rob pay to charter Owen's boat the four of them are forced together over ten days in the middle of the ocean in South America. Tensions run high, particularly between Kim and Anna, while Owen is hidin [...]

    • Kherry Hargreaves says:

      I was fortunate enough to win a signed copy of this book, and as soon as it arrived it jumped to the top of my to be read list.After the Storm is the first book I have read by this Author so I was excited to get stuck into it. It is based largely on a sailing boat in South America, where two couples are thrown together. Owen and Kim own the sailing boat and Kim is desperate to sell up and go home to Florida where she can open a cafe, Owen doesn't want to go home and wants to keep his boat for as [...]

    • D says:

      I was intrigued by the exceprt. The book had me at 'someone is keeping a secret' and you will find this line in every excerpt of a psychological thriller. Also, the last line saying for the fans of The girl on the train, The gone girl etc as if these two books are altogether a different genre. Another cliche saying it would keep you biting your nails blah blah. Calling it a thriller is mislabeling it, but I am not sure which category it may reasonably fit in. I kept waiting for something to happ [...]

    • Any Length says:

      This book was interminably long and felt like one of those terribly boring sessions of going over to the neighbours to watch their holiday slides. I got the distinct feeling that the author tried to get every topic under the sun covered. From Hippies, to single motherhood, from holidaying in South America to cultural differences. From feminism to murder. But only had time to spend a couple of paragraphs on each. In the end it felt like the author had been told to try to actually have something h [...]

    • Heidi says:

      After The Storm is incredible! It only took me a few hours to get through this novel - once I started there was no way I could put it down before I had reached the end.The storyline is extremely gripping, thrilling and intense. I loved the whole setting of the book. We follow the characters for only about a fortnight, but each day (Rob's and Anna's holiday) is filled with so much detail and adventurous descriptions which means that the reader gets to know these four characters extremely well - o [...]

    • Martine Bailey says:

      I do love travellers’ tales, especially ones that take the reader into dangerous territories. As soon as the novel opens in very shady Belize, we see innocents Anna and Rob being persuaded to hand over most of their holiday savings for a boat trip with sinister drifters Kim and Owen. The atmosphere between the couples is as changeable as the tropical weather, wonderfully evoking all the claustrophobia and exaggerated mood-swings of life on board a cramped boat. Incidentally, I love hearing abo [...]

    • Tina says:

      I was attracted to this book because I have read The lie of you: I will have what is mine by the same author and absolutely loved it. This book however was a real struggle to get through. It is a book that is character based and I am not a fan of character led stories. From the description of the book I was expecting this book to be a psychological thriller but I would class it more of a mystery. The story is about two couples Rob & Anna and Owen and Kim. Owen and Kim own a boat but are runn [...]

    • Nina says:

      This is the type of book I would expect a computer to write. Grammatically for the most part ok, which is what the two stars are for. The storm of the title doesn't happen until the last 15% of the book. The story itself meanders pointlessly with random details inserted which have no relevance to the story. It is not a thriller - it is at best a drama involving four characters who despite the narrative still feel very one dimensional. It might have been better if just one of them had been focuse [...]

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