One of the Most Important Books I’ve Read in 2016 | Aftermath by Clara Kensie

Aftermath Book Cover Aftermath
Clara Kensie
Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Merit Press
November 15, 2016

Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad's a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte's twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life--the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free.

Thank you to Merit Press for providing me a copy in exchange of an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book in any way.

After reading three Young Adult Mystery books published by Merit Press I can say that they have all sucked me into their own world. I applaud Merit Press for publishing books like Aftermath that are so, so, so important and needs to be read by many.

I cannot help but sympathize over Charlotte and what her family has gone through. If I can, I want to hug Charlotte and be there for her in every step of the way. She’s a character who has gone through so much, she’s strong but she isn’t aware of it. She loves her family so much and cannot helped but to feel betrayed when her family fell apart when she was gone. You will root for her, her recovery and for her family.

Clara Kensie wrote Aftermath using simple words but those words really stuck with me. This book did not try to be intimidating it was simple but captivating and beautiful all at the same time. Aftermath showed every ugly and heartbreaking side to what happens to a child when she has gone missing and the wreckage it contributes to the family. It was hard to stop myself from crying while reading an emotional scene. This book is also packed with a lot of shocking plot twists that will leave you confused and hurt.

Overall, Aftermath is an important book that everyone must read. News of missing people, missing kids were just like that to me before–they are only news. I did not realize that each child has a name, a family, friends that are waiting for them to come home. They have dreams that are waiting to be pursued. They may even have pets that are waiting for them at their doorstep.  If I can and when presented with an opportunity, I really want to help families with missing children. I want to volunteer, do something, help in any way I can. Big thanks to Clara Kensie for writing this beautiful book and helping me realize these things.

These are some resources listed at the back of Aftermath. If you need help, or know someone who needs help:

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)

800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)

Call RAINN to be routed to a crisis center near you.

Confidential, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678)

Contact this organization if you think you have seen a missing child.



This congressionally authorized site is a means for reporting crimes against children.

For Philippines

Philippines Missing Person Facebook

Philippines Missing Person Site

GMA News Missing Persons Database


4 thoughts on “One of the Most Important Books I’ve Read in 2016 | Aftermath by Clara Kensie

  1. I think it’s absolutely amazing that this book made you so passionate about something. I think books have the power to change lives, and this one seems like it changed yours. I really hope that you can work or volunteer or help out some way in this area, Angelica!

    This book sounds so important and emotional, and it makes me sad that I haven’t even heard about it before! Definitely adding it to the TBR after this review <3
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