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.
After her death in 1999, 18 year old Amelia has existed in limbo, her spirit haunting the only place she knows; the river under High Bridge Road. When Joshua Mayhew accidently drives his car off of the bridge, Amelia saves him, but not until after he dies for a brief moment. Now Joshua can see Amelia, and in an instant, a bond forms between them. Amelia can remember nothing of her life, but in spending time with Joshua, she begins to remember, and he’s eager to help her regain some idea of who she was before she died. When the dark, sly Eli appears, hinting to Amelia that her soul may just belong in a darker place, among other lost souls, he threatens to tear
Amelia away from Joshua, and brings up questions about her entire existence, and the nature of her death.
I did enjoy Tara Hudson’s debut novel. Told from the perspective of Amelia, the narrative is well paced and fits the story well. We go along with Amelia as she falls in love with Joshua, discovers who she was in life, and more importantly, who she is in death. We also experience her feelings of helplessness as the conniving Eli attempts to pull Amelia into his dark world. The story unfolds nicely and certainly kept me turning the pages. Amelia’s sweet romance with Joshua will certainly appeal to teens (and me too!), and there was plenty of mystery to keep the suspense going. I will most definitely look forward to Ms. Hudson’s next novel!