Hereafter by Tara Hudson


by:  Tara Hudson

Published:  June 2011

Source:  purchased

Brief Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy debut authors!  Especially when they are from my new home state of  Oklahoma!  I really enjoyed Tara Hudson’s debut novel Hereafter.  The setting of the old bridge was just haunting with or without Amelia, Eli and all of the haunting history!  I must certainly say that Amelia’s story kind of surprised me.  I would have thought that suicide led her to where she was.  I grew up Catholic, so the hereafter equated to more of a limbo/purgatory place for me.  A place for the undecided souls.  Reading about all of Amelia’s experiences in the beginning really grabbed my attention.  I think that everyone from all religious backgrounds, has a curiosity and an opinion about what happens after death, so I always find it intriguing when an author builds a story on it.

Joshua is introduced into the story and Amelia starts to come to life, so to speak.  It is a little predictable that Amelia and Joshua will have some sort of romantic connection, but it would be a good YA without a little bit of that right?  Of course when Eli is introduced it adds another dimension to Amelia’s non-life life.  I found Eli to be a very interesting character and would have really liked to see a little bit more of his story build up.  I feel he was not given as much depth as I would have liked for a supporting character with a great deal of importance to the story.

Adding Grandma Ruth to the mix with her abilities to visualize the spirits and her ‘hate’ for them was a neat addition that I would have like a little more depth to as well.  I hope that in the books yet to follow we will see more from Grandma Ruth and Joshua’s sister.  I feel that the relationship with Amelia and Joshua’s family is going to make for some interesting stories yet to come.  Even though Joshua and Amelia had a few things against them, I did like how their romance progressed.   It was nice and slow.  Very friendly and slowly progressing.   I think I would have like a little more detail as to why he was able to interact with her when no one else could.  I couldn’t help but feel there could have been a lot more information shared about his family and their gift.  I am really hoping to get more of that in the books yet to come!

Overall, I enjoyed reading Hereafter.  I find it has a little bit of what we enjoy from YA, a little mystery, a little unknown, a little romance, a little creepy ghost trying to steal the soul of another ghost and a crazy grandma!  All wrapped up in a beautiful cover!

This book was reviewed as part of the Debut Author Challenge.



Posted: Monday, August 1st, 2011 @ 11:36 pm
Categories: Books.
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