Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong


Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter. Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye. Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker...

Details Aftermath

Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherCrown Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews Aftermath

  • Lola
    It is easy to blame the wrong person.It is easy for people to blame Skye for her brother’s sins. It’s harder for them to look at her and put themselves in her shoes, to imagine what her life must be like and how hurt she must feel.She lost her brother, after all, even if he did participate in a high school shooting. I claim that it’s easy, because I once blamed the wrong person for somebody else’s mistake, too. I wasn’t thinking clearly...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    4.5 STARS"I didn't HAVE to," she says. "I chose to. Sometimes, showing compassion for others means doing things that are painful for us."Folks, this is a book that will stay with me indefinitely. One of the more beautiful aspects of YA fiction is how it can completely take you by surprise by simultaneously sweeping you off your feet and doubling you over with a punch to the gut. This is such a book. I finished Aftermath days ago and my emotions...
  • Laura
    There’s grief, too, but I bury that even faster. You aren’t allowed to grieve for someone like Luka. It doesn’t matter if he was an amazing brother. Luka Gilchrist was a monster. Write it on the board a hundred times and don’t ever forget it. I can't deny being apprehensive about reading this book due to the school shooting subject matter. I am happy I ended up giving it the shot the book deserved. Aftermath is an extremely relevant book...
  • katwiththehat
    Interesting read that chronicles the “aftermath” of a school shooting and the effect on two teens, one the sister of the shooter, the other the brother of a victim. Admittedly, this turned out to be a little different from what I was expecting… I was thinking more psychological impact of a shooting on both parties, and larger questions being raised and considers… and it turned out instead to be part typical high school mean-girls stuff an...
  • ♥Rachel♥
    Aftermath is a story that’s relevant to current times. Living in the States, school shootings are sadly becoming more and more frequent. I’ve often thought of the family of the shooter, how they’re affected when one of their own commits such a horrible crime. Often the family is shocked, blindsided and branded as villains as well. Aftermath is a fictional story centering on Skylar, the sister of one of the school shooters of a shooting that...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.This book was truly great. I have to admit that when I first saw that this book would involve a school shooting I was really nervous about reading it. Did I really want to read a book about such a terrible event especially in the current climate? I really wasn't sure but I decided to add this book to my reading schedule because I wanted to see what Kelley Armstrong could do with such ...
  • Stacee
    Oh man, this was amazing. I loved Skye and Jesse. They’ve both gone through a horrible tragedy, but they’re at different sides of the event. I loved getting both sides of the story and reading them figuring out how to go forward. And Jesse’s mom was one of the best parts. Plot wise, it was everything I wasn’t expecting. There were definitely some heartbreaking moments, but a major part of this story is a mystery and it’s absolutely deli...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    There really isn't a whole lot that Armstrong can't write, in virtually any genre.The very fact that she combined a very sensitive topic with a mystery and somehow made it both mysterious and heartfelt make it work, is truly a talent not a lot of authors have. I love that this kept me on the edge of my seat wondering exactly if the main character wasn't slightly unhinged herself or if she really was being bullied and pranked by those that really ...
  • Abida's Book Adventures
    Loved this book!
  • Paula Phillips
    A theme of books that I have always been fascinated with is school shootings, I know that makes me sound creepy, but I'm not honest. I guess living in New Zealand, we only hear about the shootings. Kelley Armstrong's book was a different take on your usual school shooting novel which takes place leading up to the shootings. This one features the siblings of victims and shooters three years later. Skye and Jesse were the best of friends until one ...
  • OutlawPoet
    I had to give this one some thought prior to writing my review. I was conflicted.I really like the author and I found the book was extremely suspenseful.I also don’t know that I’m ready for the School Shooting YA sub-genre that seems to be on the horizon. My initial thought was…if it’s done well it should be okay.This largely is. The focus isn’t so much on the shooting itself, but on the aftermath (hence the title). We see the turmoil f...
  • Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
    *Thank you to the publisher/author/Netgalley for my copy.*3.5/5. This book is different. I loved the characters of Skye and Jesse and ESPECIALLY JESSE’S MOM. ((Can we get a spin-off of her story? Because I’m pretty sure I love her.))The characters were nuanced and believable as they deal with the ‘aftermath’ (3 years later) of a very personal school shooting. Though the story does have a slight mystery/suspense angle to it, I appreciated ...
  • Christy
    Picking up this book I expected it to be emotional, I mean, it is about the aftermath of a school shooting, so I was expecting to bawl my eyes out. What I was expecting was the other emotions that I would feel while reading this book..Anger that no one would listen, fear about what was happening now, and sadness for how things turned out for a certain character that I wish I could’ve known better. .I know that all sounds kind of vague, but trus...
  • Didi
    One of my fave authors, and she's Canadian! Love her work. This was great, especially the flow, something KA is a genius at.
  • Jennifer
    4.5/5 starsI love Kelley Armstrong. She is one of my favorite authors. I really had no idea what to expect from this book. But I absolutely loved it. Aftermath is a standalone YA suspense book. Skye (16) is the main narrator (1st person POV). This book takes place 3 years after a school shooting (her brother was killed). This book is really not so much about the actual shooting, but rather what life is like a few years later (for both the familie...
  • Maggie61
    Aftermath is the wreckage and devastation after a school shooting three years before. We all read about and hear about school shootings. But then it fades from the news and our lives go on without being greatly impacted. But what about the families of the victims? And the families of the shooters?Skye and Jesse were 13, best of friends and on free cusp of being something more. And then the shooting happened. Skye’s brother Luka was involved, Je...
  • Wendy
    “Aftermath” an exciting YA standalone thriller opens three years after Skye Gilchrist’s brother was involved in a school shooting that took the life of four students at North Hampton High School. Feeling guilt, shame and remorse Skye returns to Riverside not only living with her aunt but attending the local collegiate where she faces harassment and bullying from kids who resent that she’s there.At thirteen, Jesse and Skye were close frien...
  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of AFTERMATH by Kelley Armstrong in exchange for my honest review.***3.5 STARS After Skye’s brother Luka participates in a school shooting whose victims include her a crush Jesse’s brother, Skye and her mother leave town. Three years later she reluctantly returns. Now a junior, Skye faces bullying, threats and maybe more from classmates who don’t want her back. Or possibly, like t...
  • Tez
    WARNINGS: (view spoiler)[Death by police, mass shooting/murder, school shooting/murder, suicide, sibling death, bullying. (hide spoiler)]A few months ago, I caught up on some of the author's books that I'd missed. I was in a terrible mood and/or the books were very disappointing. The author's last (before AFTERMATH) YA novel included - MISSING. May have rated it 2 stars (3 at the highest).Thankfully, the author must be over her bad patch, or I wa...
  • NZLisaM
    Packs an emotional punch!I thought the author handled a delicate topic with sensitivity and integrity. There were some upsetting scenes, however they were kept to a minimum and were as non-graphic as they could be, and there were no actual flashbacks to the shooting. Instead they focused on the characters before, so as to show just how much the school shooting had not only affected, but also altered the course of their lives irrevocably. The flas...
  • Rose
    Another great book written by Kelley Armstrong!
  • Gabriel Ducate
    Again Kelley Armstrong does not disappoint. I was a little iffy when reading the synopsis but I'm glad to say the was a fantastic book.The different perspectives given between Skye and Jesse kept me on the feet... or rooted to be seat. And I liked how it was written in that you were constantly flipping between their perspectives.The characters were well written and kept me gripped the whole way through.
  • ☕ Kimberly
    3.5 Not quite what I expected. A solid suspense thriller
  • K.
    Trigger warnings: school shooting, gun violence, bullying, stalking, kidnapping, blood, drugging, fire. 3.5 stars.You guys probably know by now that I'm total trash for Kelley Armstrong's books. And I've really enjoyed her YA thrillers over the past few years, so when I saw that she had a new one out, I immediately grabbed it. I was pretty much hooked straight away by the concept of a girl having to return to the town and the school where her bro...
  • Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
    I didn't realize this was YA when I went into it and boy did it immediately show. For a book with the deep subject matter that this book is about, it only shows the adults (parents, teachers, cops) as stupid and making the type of mistakes people would lose their jobs over. For me there was more wrong with this book than there was right. In light of another recent school shooting, the flaws are even more obvious.
  • eilasoles
    I like Kelley Armstrong and even in this book, her writing is pretty flawless ... but the adult characters are all caricatures, and perhaps it's because I'm teaching American teenagers - I find her portrayal of Skye and Jesse rather unbelievable.
  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.Kelley Armstrong has pretty much proven that there is no book that she can’t write and it turning out to be totally amazing! Aftermath is the third YA thriller she’s written and it was just as chilling and eerie as I had hoped it to be! That it deals with a school shooting and in our current time was a little bol...
  • Lisa Mandina
    Once again Armstrong has proven to me that she is an expert at writing a page-turner in any genre. Personally I've only read her young adult books, but I've yet to find one that wasn't a winner. This one is another 5 star read for me. While the main subject of the story has to do with a school shooting, that isn't what the story is. We got parts of the story from both Skye and Jesse's viewpoints, although only Skye's chapters were told in first p...
  • Trisha
    "SOMEONE HAS TO DO SOMETHING BEFORE INNOCENT KIDS ARE HURT."The most horrific thing has happened in this town - a school shooting. Kids were shot, kids were killed. Even a few of the shooters - who were also kids.And then there's Skye, sister to one of the shooters, her parents picked up and moved away after it all went down. After the shooting was done and they were told that her brother was one of them. One of the shooters. Skye lives in a worl...
  • Gina
    In its simplest form, this book is about a teenage girl who moves back to her hometown 3 years after her older brother participated in and was killed by police during a school shooting. There are issues. Yet, I think this multilayered story of grief, mystery, and love is so much more, especially for YA. The plot points dealing with the impacts of grief are the most interesting. Skye loved her brother, the brother who took care of her in a bad hom...