After You

Just as I suspect many fans of Moyes’ heartrending 2012 novel Me Before You will do, I cracked the spine on this follow-up hoping to find quirky heroine Louisa Clark embracing the Big Life that her charge (and beau) Will Traynor wished for her before his death. But Moyes wisely knows that life-changing events don’t always change our lives for the better. And so it is that 18 months later, Lou is working a dead-end job at the airport and muddling through a solitary existence in her drab London apartment—until an unexpected visitor (no spoilers here, but it’s juicy!) forces her out of her stasis. After You may not be the sequel you expect, but it is the sequel You needed. B+