By: Tara Hudson
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harper Collins (June 7th, 2011)
My Copy: NetGalley Ebook
About the book:
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 debuting novel offers a must read for 2011. Hereafter is a unique story about a young girl struggling in the hereafter. When she finds herself face to face with a young man living her same terrible death; her immediate reaction is to save him from the tragic ending that her life met. Incredibly this story is like nothing I have previously encountered in other paranormal novels. Regretfully, I have to admit to a feeling of abruptness in this book. While Hudson is a very detailed writer I found that some aspects of the book felt more pushed than I would have liked. For example the budding relationship of Tara and Joshua is very intense, but the initial feelings did not seem to flow effortlessly. On the other hand Eli is a truly terrifying character, and the author’s description was justly portrayed for the reader to feel this emotion clearly. Over all the story carries a very urgent feel of impending doom, with Joshua Grandmother and Eli’s possession issues, the reader will be carried through this book of suspense easily. In wrapping up the conclusion leaves the story on a cliff hanger that will leave readers wondering about what it to come. Tara Hudson has offered a bag of tricks with this incredible story. Readers will finish wondering what will come of this talented author.