Release Date: June 7, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: NetGalley
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.
I LOVE a good ghost story, and there’s really just not enough of them. So maybe my expectations were a tiny bit too high. I wanted something eerie and thrilling, and that’s probably the reason for my disappointment. Hereafter has a lot of cliches. There were even a few times I found myself rolling my eyes, but it still had something. There was just something compelling about the plot. I really wanted to find out where the story was going. Honestly, that’s the only thing that made me finish it.
The characters were underwhelming and not as well developed as I like. Amelia had so much potential, but she just fell flat for me. The romance was sudden and felt unfounded to me.
I’m going to stop because this is starting to sound more negative than I actually want it to. I did like the book, will I remember it next week? Probably not, but it wasn’t a waste of time. There are some people that love these types of stories, unfortunately it’s not me.