Review: Hereafter by Tara Hudson

(*Recieved from NetGalley for review).

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.

A lot of books capture my interest from the beginning. This book captivated me at the first paragraph with Hudson’s phenomenal diction. Her elaborate writing style is truly beautiful.

I liked Amelia and Joshua. Their simple gestures, thoughts and quirks made them believable teenagers finding their way in an uncertain world. Some of the characters are really hard to like but I still found myself feeling sorry for them. At one point I found myself being on this character’s side when I shouldn’t have been. Hudson doesn’t create characters; she creates people that you cannot help but empathize with.

The reader is plunged into the novel’s world like Amelia is plunged into the river multiple times. Every event is like the shock of the cold river causing a shiver to run up your spine. In the story, Amelia knew when certain things were going to occur. Like Amelia I was able to predict some of the events that happened in the story. Still, this novel was very enjoyable.

If you’re a fan of ghosts/spirits, romance and an great read I recommend this book to you! I’m looking forward to the sequel!

Rating: 4 / 5

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