Review – After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill

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Title: After She Wrote Him
Author: Sulari Gentill
Publication date: April 7th 2020
Genre: Mystery Fiction

After She Wrote Him

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?

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Original and fascinating

After She Wrote Him starts with Madeleine. She is a lawyer, but she wants te be a writer. One day during a board meeting, she starts writing about a character named Edward McGinnity. When Madeleine comes home after the meeting, she talks to her husband Hugh Lamond about Edward.

Edward is also a writer. He is writing a story about a crime fiction writer names Madeleine d’Leon. When Edwards visits a gallery with an exhibition of his beautiful friend Willow’s paintings, he has a conversation with Geoffrey Vogel. Vogel is a flamboyant man who edited Edward’s latest novel. Edward hated the editing and both Willow and Edward can’t stand Vogel.

A few moments after the conversation has ended, Vogel’s dead body is discovered. He fell down the stairwell and the police think someone pushed him. When Willow is being questioned by the police, Edward contemplates about what Madeleine would think of the murder of Vogel. She is a crime fiction writer after all.


Maddie’s reality gets mixed with Edward’s fictional life. She works her real friends into Edward’s story, he works his friends into Madeleine’s story and their stories blur into each other more and more. Maddie makes up a very detailed life for Edward and Edward does the same for Madeleine. They even start talking to each other.

As a reader, you get a look into the mind of a writer. It is only fitting to use the author’s own words:

“It’s an exploration of an author’s relationship with her protagonist, an examination of the tenuous line between belief and reality, imagination and self, and what happens when that line is crossed.”

Madeleine and Edward think about each other all the time. Edwards wonders what Madeleine would think about the circumstances under which Geoffrey Vogel was killed. Madeleine rather spends time writing about Edward than going out with her friends or spending time with her husband.

As a reader, you begin to wonder which character is real?

“What if you wrote of someone writing of you? In the end, which of you would be real?”

I loved the suspense. This is a whole new kind of mystery novel. There are so many questions. Who is writing about who? Who killed Vogel? Are Edward’s friends to be trusted? Can Madeleine trust her husband? Is she losing her mind? Is she even real..?

Very original and fascinating to read. The ending was put together so wonderfully. This is a must read for everyone who loves a good mystery.

4 out of 5 stars


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Thank you NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for providing me an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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