I am so thrilled to share with you the cover of my next novel, Afterward, out September 20, 2016 from Roaring Brook Press.
Afterward tells the story of a tragic kidnapping that leads to an unlikely friendship. At its core, it’s about finding light in the midst of darkness.
The book opens when 16-year-old Caroline’s little brother is kidnapped. His subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can’t help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can’t see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they each need a friend–and their best option just might be each other.
Readers and friends, I hope this synopsis and this gorgeous cover spark an interest in reading my next novel.
Some super lovely and talented writers of young adult fiction have been kind enough to praise Afterward, and I want to share their thoughts with you.
“Afterward is a brave story about the transcendent power of friendship, told with remarkable grace. I became utterly engrossed in the beautifully drawn lives and minds of Ethan and Caroline, and the sensitive, truthful depiction of the bond that begins to heal them both.” – Ava Dellaira, author of Love Letters to the Dead
“Heartbreaking and heart mending, Afterward is a beautifully crafted novel that shows the power of hope and the resilience of one incredible boy and the people who care about him. Jennifer Mathieu has again demonstrated the complexity and strength of survivors in an authentic and compassionate way.” – Christa Desir, author of Bleed Like Me and Fault Line
“Afterward is a perceptive depiction of recovery from a trauma most of us have only read about in the news. Fans of Jennifer Mathieu’s earlier books should be ecstatic: this is her best one yet.” – Cammie McGovern, author of Say What You Will and A Step Toward Falling
Wow. I can only say thank you a million times over for such warm support.