My Review of Richard Bausch’s Before, During, and After

18473919Before, During, and After is a dark and tragic tale set against the terrible backdrop of September 11, 2001. Focused on the developing love and relationship between Natasha, an aide to a US Senator and Michael Faulk, an Episcopal priest who is struggling with his faith and calling which he eventually leaves.

Meeting and falling in love prior to that terrible September day, a vacation with a friend to Jamaica turns terrible and tragic for Natasha who carries the unresolved pain and scars back to the states several days after 9/11 as well as not knowing if Michael, who is in New York on that day for a wedding is alive or dead.

Reuniting in Memphis, the two marry but the dark secret that Natasha carries begins to destroy the bond between them and drive them apart.

A very complex and dark novel, Before, During, and After (Alfred A Knopf, 2014) is slow moving and has an element of predictability to it. The characters and the plot is credible, all too credible, but the novel suffers a slow pace which this reader found hard to deal with.

Note: I received a galley copy of this novel through the Amazon Vine Review program in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.


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