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{June 7, 2011}   Releasing Today: Hereafter, by Tara Hudson

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.

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


HarperCollins has been extremely gracious to allow me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release today, and I’m so thankful because this was a really good read!  I was completely drawn into the novel from the very beginning; Hudson creates suspense from the very first page and maintains it throughout her phenomenal novel.  She’s a master at storytelling, and Hereafter is a breathtaking novel with vivid details and intrigue.  I love ghost stories, and Hudson creates such a beautiful love story between Amelia, stuck in the afterlife, and Joshua, a human seer intent on helping Amelia remember who she was in life.  The fact that both Joshua’s grandmother, another seer determined to exorcise Amelia, and Eli, a master spirit guide, do everything in their power to keep Amelia and Joshua apart adds to the suspense of the novel and makes it that much more intriguing.

The writing style is just exquisite, and I loved the characterization throughout the novel.  We learn about Amelia’s life alongside of her and Joshua as they try to piece together her life and death, and I really love novels in which the main character is in the dark alongside the reader.  There is just something about gaining insight alongside a character that makes the novels that much more endearing to me.  Hence, I really enjoyed learning about Amelia’s life before her accident, and as she becomes more aware of her life before the afterlife, details fall into place and create such a wonderful tale that I couldn’t put it down—not even to eat!  I am excited that this novel is the first in the series as there is much room to continue the story, and I cannot wait to read more about Amelia and Joshua; they’re a beautiful couple.   Four stars!


Felicia C says:

I knew once I read the book summary that I really wanted to read Hereafter, and your review has only confirmed my hunch that it’s going to be a great story! Can’t wait to get my hands on it (:

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