Friday, December 6, 2013
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
My Review for Book Nerds Across America
Date Read: October 24, 2011
Hereafter is a story about an 18 year old girl named Amelia, who has been wondering the earth for an undetermined amount of time as an unclaimed spirit...ghost. She doesn't remember anything about life prior to her death, but she has recurring nightmares about drowning and eventually wakes up each time in a graveyard.
All of this changes the night she meets Joshua. Due to his family history and a life changing event he is able to see and interact with Amelia. Together they are able to unravel the mystery behind the numerous events that have taken place on High Bridge over the years. (This is the site of Amelia's nightmares). He is also able to help her recall who she was in real life.
The love story between Joshua and Amelia is very touching, but there always has to be some element of conflict to keep the pages turning. That is where Eli comes in. He is another ghost who attempts to convince Amelia to join him in the after world. He was a very creepy character, but there were some sincere moments when he shared some of his history and helped Amelia discover her abilities as a ghost.
I found this to be a very fast and enjoyable read. I was so excited about the story that I convinced Teri to read it because I wanted someone to discuss it with. I was baffled by the fact that she wasn't as enthralled with it as I was. Perhaps I am just a sucker for a good love story. If you are as well, you will not be disappointed. I have read about numerous paranormal relationships, but I can't recall any of them involving an intangible being. This added a unique element that I would have thought was insurmountable, but Tara makes the relationship very believable.
This is the first book in a trilogy. All of the books are currently available, but I still have to read the final book Elegy. Here is my review of the second book in the series, Arise.