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Received from the author in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinion of the book!
Previously reviewed by the same author:
When recently-deceased Irene Dunphy decided to “follow the light,” she thought she’d end up in Heaven or Hell and her journey would be over.
Boy, was she wrong.
She soon finds that “the other side” isn’t a final destination but a kind of purgatory where billions of spirits are stuck, with no way to move forward or back. Even worse, deranged phantoms known as “Hungry Ghosts” stalk the dead, intent on destroying them. The only way out is for Irene to forget her life on earth—including the boy who risked everything to help her cross over—which she’s not about to do.
As Irene desperately searches for an alternative, help unexpectedly comes in the unlikeliest of forms: a twelfth-century Spanish knight and a nineteenth-century American cowboy. Even more surprising, one offers a chance for redemption; the other, love. Unfortunately, she won’t be able to have either if she can’t find a way to escape the hellish limbo where they’re all trapped.
After enjoying Hereafter, I was looking forward to picking up the sequel Thereafter. Terri Bruce kindly sent me a copy as part of the blog tour for the book. I was interested to see what happened next for Irene.
I thought Thereafter was just as enjoyable as Hereafter. Hereafter told the story of Irene’s journey to the afterlife. Irene has now reached the afterlife, and it keeps on surprising her and the reader too. Once again, Irene grows so much as a character as she struggles to adapt.
Even though, in Hereafter, Irene had just died and was struggling with dealing with that, I felt Irene was more vulnerable in Thereafter. Especially without Jonah right by her side. Irene is unprepared and alone in the afterlife. She’s still determined though, which is admirable, considering the massive changes that have came her way.
Something I really enjoyed about Thereafter were the interactions between Irene and Jonah. I loved the letters between the two.
Thereafter may not be the most ground-breaking book, but I thought it was enjoyable, easy to read and a good series to invest in if you have an interest in the afterlife.
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