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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Aftermath: A Novel by John Reizer is the story of a man as he tries to make sense of the chaos around him. A graduate from the University of South Caroline, Kyle Wilson was a self-employed computer entrepreneur. It was close to Christmas when everything was changed forever. A loud boom, a flash of white, and nothing was the same ever again. When he woke up after the ordeal, there was no electricity and there were rumors the strange occurrence was a terrorist attack. Terrified and intrigued, he and his neighbor Angel embarked on a mission to find out what really happened that day. They needed answers so they got into her old Chevy that somehow worked and started the journey. What would they find? Were they really attacked by terrorists or had something more happened to their little town?
Aftermath is a dark mystery that had me hooked the moment I read the first page. Kyle was a very convincing and very well-thought-out protagonist. He was analytical, smart, and very observant of what was happening around him. He was quick on his feet too, which really helped him “solve” the mystery of the whole situation. The relationship between Angel and him built up fast, but not too fast so that I did not feel robbed of their progress. The author developed the story and made sure the reader was intrigued by the strange “terrorist” attack and why there was a foggy barrier outside the city. The ending left me with so many questions and I loved that. I enjoyed the pace of the story, how strong the narrative was, and how deceptively simple it all was. I would highly recommend this novel to everyone who loves a good mystery.