Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu
Published on September 20, 2016
by Roaring Brook Press
Source: ARC from publisher for review
Synopsis from Goodreads: When 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 need a friend--and their best option just might be each other.
Review of Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu
While The Lost and the Found was more of a suspense story, Afterward was about two families recovering from an unimaginable trauma: each had a son who was abducted, then returned to his family. The story is told in two POVs: that of Ethan, the first kidnapping victim, and also Caroline, whose autistic younger brother was later taken by the same kidnapper.
There were many things to appreciate about this book.
Caroline and Ethan develop an uneasy bond that develops into a friendship that helps them both process and recover from what happened to them.
Highly recommend this to readers who like stories with a lot of subtlety and psychological depth!