#Review: Thereafter – Terri Bruce
Irene Dunphy never imagined just how much her life would change when she unexpectedly found herself dead and alone. Though Jonah has helped her make it to the other side of the tunnel, she still finds herself foundering in a dark abyss. She’s not exactly sure about where it is she should go or what she should do. Sure, she’s heard stories about the other side, but nothing ever prepared her for what she’s encountered up until now.
Everywhere she looks, the dead are shuffling about. Some are accepting of their situations. Others refuse to remain at ease about being dead. Some . . . well, they just crumble into oblivion. Irene, on the other hand, refuses to remain idle while time continues to pass her by. She’s determined in getting answers to the questions she harbors inside. Someone out there must know something!
Navigating the land of the dead isn’t easy, a certainty Irene learns with every step she takes. There are horrors here just as there are in real life. One wrong move, and it can all end badly. Determined in finding the right path, she sets into motion a series of events that will further change her life and that of those around her. Though she knows she should let well alone, she knows she can’t. The light at the other side is waiting for her, and she’ll do everything possible to find it, no matter the cost.
A great addition to this series, Thereafter answers questions that the first book left behind. Granted, this book leaves us with several new ones, but I think the third book in the series will definitely tidy things up when the time comes. It’s refreshing to see that Irene refuses to take things lying down. She’ll do everything possible to change her circumstances. Will she succeed? It’s hard to say, but it’s going to be fun in discovering if she does once the next book in the series rolls around.
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.
About The Author:
Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces fantasy and adventure stories from a haunted house in New England where she lives with her husband and three cats.
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