Hereafter by Tara Hudson

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.
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Publication Date: 7th June, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group:
New Adult
Genre: Romance/Paranormal
Source: Library
Lootability: ***

The paranormal thriller of the afterlife of Amelia, an 18 year old spirit who haunts the scene of her death, Hereafter is the first step in Tara Hudson's new paranormal series. Stranded between life and death in a space with no senses, Amelia is shocked when not only does she save the life of a drowning boy, but suddenly starts to feel again.

What I Liked: Amelia slowly begins regaining her memories of life, all while developing her powers as a spirit. She didn't remember everything with a sudden, shattering epiphany, but regained moments of her life as different sensations stimulated her memory.
Eli was sufficiently creepy, as both a villain and as a guy. He is an evil, psychotic, nasty dude with a seriously creepy fixation on Amelia. He made the final show down seem super intense.

What I Didn't Like: Joshua didn't do it for me. I didn't see the appeal, and he seemed a bit too intense for me. He needed to jump into everything without watching, and seemed to ignore a lot of what Amelia wanted.
Hereafter's sequel, Arise is due out June 5th. I look forward to seeing how Amelia and Joshua deal with the problems of their relationship.


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