True Crime

After the Eclipse

by Sarah Perry

Quick take

I think what affects me most is her need to search for who her mother was through police records, court documents and the friends and family her mother left behind.

Why I love it

Reading After the Eclipse made me think of my own life in two parts: Before I became an actor, and now that I am one. I think of what sliding doors I could’ve walked through or avoided and wonder if I’d have ended up here, wherever 'œhere' is. If I had gone to a different school, or lived in a different apartment, would it have changed the course of my life completely?

Sarah Perry's life is also...


A fierce memoir of a mother’s murder, a daughter’s coming-of-age in the wake of immense loss, and her mission to know the woman who gave her life.

When Sarah Perry was twelve, she saw a partial eclipse of the sun, an event she took as a sign of good fortune for her and her mother, Crystal. But that brief moment of darkness ultimately foreshadowed a much larger one: two days later, Crystal was ...

Member thoughts

53% Love
39% Like
5% Dislike
  • Melissa A.

    Elizabeth, NJ

    "Absolutely heartbreaking. I’m grateful to Sarah Perry for having the strength to tell the story of her mother’s sadly short life. "

  • Michele G.

    Philadelphia, PA

    "One of the most affecting memoirs I have ever read. "

  • Lindsey R.

    Skiatook, OK

    "I think what makes this story so profound is that it is true. A mystery, true crime, thriller, and contemporary fiction all at the same time."

  • Meagan M.

    Hot Springs, AR

    "Such a beautiful book of love and determination. "

  • Siri K.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "This book is so intense, but worth it. Such an amazing feat of storytelling and also of survival- wow! Can’t recommend it highly enough. LOVE."

  • Alison K.

    Topsham, ME

    "Fascinating to read this story that had occurred before I moved to Maine. I found it a raw, honest, & heartbreaking account of a woman's struggle to come to terms with her mother's brutal death."

  • Susannah L.

    New York, NY

    "Love love love this book. Sarah Perry has created an incredible monument to her mother and an examination of violence, class, relationships, and family. Highly recommended."

  • Rebecca R.

    Flower Mound, TX

    "Interesting and heartbreaking."

  • Stephanie B.

    Bexley, OH

    "Perry is an excellent story teller. Her experiences were conveyed in such a raw, heartfelt way."

  • Emily D.

    Granville, OH

    "beautifully written!"

  • Mariann D.

    Granville, OH

    "I give this book 5 stars. The author was brutally honest about her mother and herself as she goes on a journey to find out who killed her mother. "