Review: After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill

A unique novel that makes you question who is the creator and who is the character

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After She Wrote Him book cover

After She Wrote Him

by Sulari Gentill

Published July 1, 2017 by Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN: 1728209153

Data from Goodreads

Summary (Goodreads): If you get lost in a book, be sure you can find your way back . . .

Madeleine d’Leon doesn’t know where Edward came from. He is simply a character in her next book. But as she writes, he becomes all she can think about. His charm, his dark hair, his pen scratching out his latest literary novel . . .

Edward McGinnity can’t get Madeleine out of his mind–softly smiling, infectiously enthusiastic, and perfectly damaged. She will be the ideal heroine for his next book.

But who is the author and who is the creation? And as the lines start to blur, who is affected when a killer finally takes flesh?

My Review: An Unexpected But Brilliant Read

Calling this the most unique novel I’ve ever read would be the understatement of a century. I went into this novel thinking that the concept was cool – two different writers are … writing about … each other… I had to read it. I’m so glad I did.

The Pros: What worked for me

  • This novel is one of those that could be brilliant or a complete disaster. Thankfully, it was the former. The way the author would switch from one narrative to another was seamless, until it got to a point where I didn’t know whose narrative I was reading – WHICH IS THE ENTIRE POINT!
  • The story has an actual plot and the author balances this well. Both writers are going through their own individual stories while also having this shared experience. All I can say is – it works.
  • Both main characters balanced each other out with their distinct styles and personalities. I think the author made a smart move by using a mystery writer and a literary fiction author because they brought 2 different experiences to this novel and were able to grow through their interactions.

The Cons: What I didn’t like

  • I didn’t feel the male perspective was as strong as it could be; there were times when Edward’s individual scenes didn’t fully fit with the image of him that was projected when he interacted with Madeleine. It took away from the believability a tiny bit because it didn’t always feel like it was the same character
  • I’m torn about the ending. It makes sense why this was the chosen path but I don’t know if I liked it.

This novel is like no other. It is a difficult one to write a review on because I worry about saying too much and ruining the experience for others. All I can say is that I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of intense thrillers. I’m giving this 5/5 stars. 

4 thoughts on “Review: After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill

  1. Omg finally someone who has read this book!!! I loved it so much because it was seamless and brilliantly written 😍

    1. Ahhh I’m so glad you read it, too! This book is such a great book, it really deserves more recognition and publicity!

  2. This sounds like such an interesting book and super unique for sure! I really want to read this now and find out what happens, immediately adding it to my TBR! I like that it has that mystery element and I appreciate how balanced your review is. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. It is honestly so underrated so I’ve been trying to push it onto as many people as I can. It’s such an ambitious and difficult topic – and yet, it works so well! I really hope you enjoy it and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it when you do! Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

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