Some books sound good when you read their description. Others sound bad. Then there are those like Tara Hudson’s Hereafter that sound simply amazing.
Ms. Hudson has written a fast-paced, romantic, and enthralling story that also has the right amount of action and mystery. What I loved most about the writing was that Ms. Hudson has an eye for detail. There are little things that the characters do that really advance their personalities and help you get a good feel for who they are as a person. The descriptions are beautifully done, as well, and this ties into Amelia’s narration. Although some of Amelia’s vocabulary seemed a bit too formal, her voice is poetic and it’s hard not to fall in love with her.
The romance in this book is really well-done. It may seem rushed to some people, but Amelia and Joshua form such a connection that I loved how fast their relationship grew. Joshua is sweet and sincere, and I admired his loyalty and willingness to help Amelia. Every scene they share together came to life for me and had a certain brilliance to them. It’s hard for me to explain, but I haven’t read a book this romantic in awhile. 🙂
As I mentioned before, the plot moves fast and is kind of divided in two parts. The first being Amelia’s newly found “awakeness” and the other part involves an evil spirit named Eli. Each aspect of the story held my attention and they were woven together seamlessly. There’s also a subplot that ties into Eli and I didn’t really care for it. I think the story would be just as great without it. Still, it adds another element to engage readers.
If you couldn’t tell already, I loved Hereafter and I cannot wait to read it again! The story is beautifully romantic and kind of haunting. Ms. Hudson’s writing is descriptive, clear, and fluid, all things that make a great book. I certainly hope I get to see more of Amelia and Joshua in the future! I highly recommend purchasing a copy of this. You will not regret it!