Sunday Book Review: The Hereafter by Jessica Bucher
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The Hereafter is Jessica Bucher’s debut novel about memories, life and death and love. The story follows main characters Nin – short for Evangeline – and Dylan, both of whom have died and have no memory of how they did. Nin is alone in her afterlife until Dylan arrives, and together, they put the pieces back together. This is shown through flashbacks to the past marked as ‘Before’ and the current events, with both Nin and Dylan being given their own point of view chapters. This is an incredibly character-driven story and although these stories are harsh, they are treated with care. It is very emotionally raw, dealing with grief and suicide and feelings of hopelessness that one would assume comes from being dead. It's an easy read with some beautiful imagery throughout. Although the action in the book is slow, the emotions are very fast paced and this lends to making it feel as if so much as happened in a short space of time.
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