I really don’t know where to begin, so maybe we start with a few facts. The title and description captivated me, the unknown is intriguing interesting almost intoxicating. This book took me 3 weeks to read, for some people who may be average, but 300 pages should take a few days tops for me. It wasn’t because I was busy or distracted. After Life read like Average Joe Workingman’s Biography: The Accounting Firm Employment Years. If that sounds like a harsh criticism well, it is what it is intended. The story read on and on how this happened, and this person went to dinner with this person, and someone made a Halloween costume. Nothing ever happens to progress the story from the opening paragraph when Naomi drags the dead body of her lover down the stairs, into the boat and buries him to be forgotten forever.
For the next 290 pages the book stumbles to tell you a story of a self-centered mother who never shows affection to a daughter dying to be loved and a town who filled with hundreds of psychics, mediums, clairvoyants and fortune tellers allows a murder to happen under their nose but never notice the act… but at the same time convincing you that “hey, all this hocus pocus it true.” Really? Everyone in the town can communicate with the dead and no one knew poor Peter lied buried and murdered for a decade. Now if you believe in mediums or psychics I am not insulting your beliefs, I believe in aliens, who am I to judge. But don’t tell me someone, a whole community is gifted and communicates daily with the dead who walk amongst us and no one was tipped off by these events.
Aside from my displeasure with the actual story the novel just had no hook, the reason it took me 3 weeks to finish the tale and liken it to an Average Joe’s Biography was just that, it never moved. Page after page the author describes daily mundane activities and history in the character’s lives. Like a 2 hour directors cut of a laundry detergent commercial. It wasn’t a who-done-it, the murderer is revealed in the opening moments. It wasn’t a haunting. It’s about a girl who kills a boy and goes about her normal life for ten years, and this is her first-person view of her life.
I kept waiting for a twist, waiting to find out she died and was a ghost among the mediums. No, nothing, just a story about a girl who killed someone ten years prior and did nothing since but work and read a few palms.
In closing a question you may be wondering. Why would you read 300 pages of a book you disliked so much?
Well, first I was hoping the book would kick in and a story for the ages was waiting to blossom, it didn’t.
Second, I paid $4.99 for the Kindle Edition and I owed it to myself to finish this book to warn others of its pitfalls.
Take head, do not read.