Friday, May 6, 2011

Review - Hereafter by Tara Hudson

**Review Copy provided by publisher**


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.
Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.


Tara Hudson writing in her debut novel is positively beautiful.  Her descriptions of places and events in this book are haunting, and yet so artistic.  I found my self tearing up at alot of the parts in the beginning because of the way she describes Amelia's "life" without human contact, or contact with anything for that matter.  I literally felt deeply depressed while reading because of the sudden waves of lonliness I would feel, not only for the MC, but also myself, if I were in the place of the MC.  This novel had such an excellent concept, and I know lots of people will be happy to hear that this is supposed to be the first book in a series.  While I am happy about that, I think it could have done quite well as a stand alone novel.  A thought provoking debut.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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