After Her

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The New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day and The Good Daughters returns with a haunting novel of sisterhood, sacrifice, and suspense

I was always looking for excitement, until I found some . . .

Summer, 1979. A dry, hot Northern California school vacation stretches before Rachel and her younger sister, Patty—the daughters of a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful) detective father and the mother whose heart he broke.

When we first meet her, Patty is eleven—a gangly kid who loves basketball and dogs and would do anything for her older sister, Rachel. Rachel is obsessed with making up stories and believes she possesses the gift of knowing what's in the minds of people around her. She has visions, whether she wants to or not. Left to their own devices, the sisters spend their days studying record jackets, concocting elaborate fantasies about the mysterious neighbor who moved in down the street, and playing dangerous games on the mountain that looms behind their house.

When young women start turning up dead on the mountain, the girls' father is put in charge of finding the murderer known as the "Sunset Strangler." Watching her father's life slowly unravel as months pass and more women are killed, Rachel embarks on her most dangerous game yet . . . using herself as bait to catch the killer. But rather than cracking the case, the consequences of Rachel's actions will destroy her father's career and alter forever the lives of everyone she loves.

Thirty years later, still haunted by the belief that the killer remains at large, Rachel constructs a new strategy to smoke out the Sunset Strangler and vindicate her father—a plan that unexpectedly unearths a long-buried family secret.

Loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case that terrorized Marin County, California, in the late 1970s, After Her is part thriller, part love story. Maynard has created a poignant, suspenseful, and painfully real family saga that traces a young girl's first explorations of sexuality, the loss of innocence, the bond shared by sisters, and the tender but damaged relationship between a girl and her father that endures even beyond the grave.


  • AfterHer_01_Open

    Duration: 09s
  • AfterHer_02_Epigraph

    Duration: 36s
  • AfterHer_03_Prologue

    Duration: 05min
  • AfterHer_04_Part1a

    Duration: 48min
  • AfterHer_05_Part1b

    Duration: 40min
  • AfterHer_06_Part1c

    Duration: 01h41s
  • AfterHer_07_Part1d

    Duration: 45min
  • AfterHer_08_Part1e

    Duration: 39min
  • AfterHer_09_Part1f

    Duration: 31min
  • AfterHer_10_Part1g

    Duration: 39min
  • AfterHer_11_Part1h

    Duration: 35min
  • AfterHer_12_Part1i

    Duration: 27min
  • AfterHer_13_Part2a

    Duration: 36min
  • AfterHer_14_Part2b

    Duration: 30min
  • AfterHer_15_Part2c

    Duration: 37min
  • AfterHer_16_Part3a

    Duration: 29min
  • AfterHer_17_Part3b

    Duration: 37min
  • AfterHer_18_Part3c

    Duration: 23min
  • AfterHer_19_Acknowledgments

    Duration: 09min
  • AfterHer_20_Credits

    Duration: 01min
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