Sunday, January 15, 2012

Book Recomendation...Hereafter

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Published June 7th, 2011 by HarperCollins

Description from goodreads

Can there truly be love after death?
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

My thoughts:

Tare Hudson did a fantastic job bringing Amelia and Joshua's story to us. I listened to Hereafter as an Audible book and the narrator was very entertaining to listen to.

Amelia is a spunky teen, or I should say ghost, and we get to follow her along as she learns about her life and her death. One thing that cracks me up in this book is that (and this is not a spoiler) the night she died she was wearing a formal dress , and now she gets to wear it for eternity. At certain points in the story when you take the time to think about what she is wearing it is a little comical picturing  a ghost doing the things she is doing in an evening gown. I'm not sure if that was intentional on the author's part but personally I found it rather amusing.

Hereafter was written in Amelia's point of view but we get to follow Joshua and his journey in life. I can't say what it is but it's good. This is a ghost story but it is not a horror story. The ending came a little out of nowhere but I suspect it is setting up for the next  book.

That being said this book is very enjoyable and I recommend the read.

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