Author: Tara Hudson
Pages: 400 (hardcover)
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
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.
Haunting and eerie, Hereafter is a touching love story with supernatural mystery. It’s engrossing from the very beginning and Hudson captivates readers with its vibrant characters, remarkable writing, and heart-rending drama.
Hudson’s writing is beautiful with her well-described tales and picturesque descriptions. Her prose is alluring and breathtaking. The way Hudson was able to portray emotions along with action was very remarkable. Her interpretation with afterlife came to be so creative and original.
Amelia doesn’t know much about herself. She doesn’t remember anything from her life and she’s living outside the light because there’s no one there to help her remember anything about her. Amelia is entertaining at times but she is also protective and brave. Joshua is the likeable, handsome type of guy. He didn’t need to lift a finger to be liked. He’s an extremely down to earth person and was very caring when it came to family.
The relationship between Amelia and Joshua is so enthralling and heartbreaking. A ghost and a handsome ‘human’ in a relationship is so unique and Hudson was able to pull it off. It was very realistic and believable. It wasn’t too quick and was perfectly paced, but when their love kept growing, it wasn’t tacky nor had those cliché representations. Although, as the story unravels, it’s not just a romance; it’s an adventure to discovering more about each other and themselves.
Hereafter is a brilliant start to a series. Readers will be engaged from start to end with Amelia and Joshua’s relationship, the actions, the drama, and most importantly, the interpretation of afterlife. Definitely a must read for all fans of paranormal!