Hereafter (Hereafter Trilogy Series #1)

Hereafter (Hereafter Trilogy Series #1)

by Tara Hudson

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Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062084491
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Series: Hereafter Trilogy Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 538,563
File size: 749 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tara Hudson lives in Oklahoma with her husband, son, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

After receiving her law degree, she began writing to entertain her girlfriends. They read her story about a ghost girl who awakes in a cemetery and wanted to know more. This short piece inspired the Hereafter trilogy, which culminates in Elegy.

What People are Saying About This

Becca Fitzpatrick

“A tender and poignant love story with a ghostly twist.”

Andrea Cremer

Twisting together chilling mystery and sweet romance, HEREAFTER leaves the possibilities of a world unseen lingering in your mind and your heart long after you’ve turned the final page.

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Hereafter 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 277 reviews.
laura24 More than 1 year ago
I love reading this book. It has a story that will keep you entertained for a few hours
Jenny_Geek More than 1 year ago
There was so much mystery in this book, I seriously couldn't put it down. I HAD to know what was going on in this story and it kept me glued to the book. Amelia has no idea who she is. All she knows is that she's dead and she hasn't seen another dead person in a long time. As the story goes on more and more of the mystery surrounding Amelia comes to the surface. Josh seems to be the one triggering Amelia's memories, or at least helping her start to uncover them. I don't want to give away too much of the book, because I want people to read it. But I will say this, my heart hurt for Amelia and I was angry at the fate she was handed. This is the first book in a series (from what I can see on Goodreads there will be 3) and I will most definitely be reading the rest of the series to find out what happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've grown somewhat weary of the paranormal romance books because they all tend to read the same, but Tara Hudson has a fresh voice. The story was at times predictable, but the writing flowed so well, and the characters were so believable, it kept me hooked. There is plenty of romance here for all you die-hard romance fanatics, and just enough supernatural tension to keep the story interesting. One particular aspect that kept me reading was that we learn about Amelia's past as she does. It didn't feel rushed, or drawn out. I had some problems with the instant romance that blossomed between Josh and Amelia, as well as his immediate acceptance of her being a ghost, but it was forgivable. All in all this is a descent read and I would recommend it to any fan of paranormal romances.
Empercee More than 1 year ago
OMG I love this book and instantly fell in love with it right after i read the back of it. It's amazing how Tara Hudson turns a ghost story into an amazing love story!!! I would highly recommend it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and couldn't put it down! The mystery made me anxious. Every time I turned a page something exciting happened!
ReadergirlReviews More than 1 year ago
I love books that jump right into the center of the action, and this one did just that. Amelia is waking up to her nightmare of drowning, only she drowned long ago. This time someone else is drowning and she is able to save him. This starts a relationship between a ghost girl and the boy she was able to save from a similar fate. Let me say that I really liked Joshua from the outset, and although I did like Amelia as well, Joshua captured my heart a little because he was so eager and open. I don't typically see that in the books that I read. Amelia was a mystery for a good portion of the story, only because the reader was left to discover Amelia's circumstances as Amelia discovered them. I find myself liking that the author chose to do it that way. She kept Amelia's origins and backstory a secret from even Amelia and then let her discover it a little at a time. This definitely kept my interest, helped out by the fact that Joshua is there with her trying to help her find out who she truly is and to help keep her safe from... Eli. He was a good villain. He was evil, but had human motives that made him real. Although I felt sorry for him at times, I nevertheless rooted for his defeat so that Joshua and Amelia would be safe. If I had any complaints at all about the story, I would say that the romance fell a little flat for me, only because I felt the author rushed things too much. I would have liked to have seen the relationship develop a little more. Joshua seemed to be smitten a little quick for me, and I wasn't sure if I liked that. All in all, however, this was a really good and entertaining book that I really enjoyed reading. Kudos to first time YA author Tara Hudson. I look forward to seeing what's up next from this new talent!
KGT626 More than 1 year ago
This book is about a ghost falling in love with a human and can only touch,feel,or even move HIM and nothing else. Both of them go on a quest to find out who killed the ghost and who the ghost even is!!!! But there are also people who want the ghost too...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me pushing through the first 100 pages or so until the story picked up and then had a very flat ending. Won't be rereading this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do yourself a favor and buy this book. I'm halfway through it and i was in love since the first page. It was so hard to put it down. Hudson writes beautifully and descriptively, and she really just pulls you in to this Hereafter world. I fell in love with the main dead girl, Amelia. She's dead, can't remember the past too much, and its a story of her fighting from submitting into evil and darkness and fighting to remember herself and who she was before she died and struggling to stay with the guy she loves, the only person who really woke her up from her fog of death. Beautiful. Worth every penny.
precious_seraph More than 1 year ago
Hudson's version of the afterlife was very imaginative and unique. The ghost world was a strange place filled with secrets, hopes, desires and sadness. Amelia had no memory of her life before death. She had no identity. I loved every moment that I shared with Amelia. She was an unforgettable ghost, wandering around the river and the bridge, watching. She has never been seen, touched and heard until Joshua came. As she matured as a ghost, she noticed changes in herself that would help her understand the life she had, her death and her future. Amelia's relationship with Joshua was full of life, hopeful yet heartbreaking. Amelia felt alive when Joshua noticed her. He was the first human to do so ever since Amelia woke up. Together they tried to put together the bits and pieces of Amelia's life. Joshua was gorgeous. He was thoughtful, sweet and understanding. He was into sports and he was the kind of guy that got the attention of girls in his school. I was thankful that he was unlike other male main characters. He had a natural humor that was really endearing. Hudson's writing was amazing, beautiful and breathtaking. I found myself sucked into Amelia's world, hypnotized by her story. Amelia's narrative was easy to adjust to. Her musings were interesting and never boring. She had so many questions that a terrifying fellow ghost, Eli, could answer. Eli has been around for a long time. He knew things about Amelia - things that Amelia herself did not know. But more importantly, could Eli be a friend or an enemy? My heart ached for Eli. He had his own past, his own losses and his unattained desires. Joshua's town reminded me of the Gatlin of Beautiful Creatures, a town with secrets. The only difference was that there was a higher mortality rate in Hereafter. The dead could not seem to leave the living alone. When Amelia's freedom and future hang by a thread and by Eli's word, could Amelia save herself with the help of Joshua and make sure that no one else gets hurt? Hereafter has the charm of Before I Fall and the sweetness of Shiver, a tantalizing story in a dark, frightening world. I loved every page of this heartfelt, heart-pounding, heartbreaking novel. I highly recommend this to fans of paranormal romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire story was wonderfully written, I enjoyed every second of this book, I wish there was more!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good and keeps you reading. It is cute and suspensful. I loved it and finished it in one day. I would highly highly highly reccomend this book.
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
Tara Hudson debuting novel offers a must read for 2011. Hereafter is a unique story about a young girl struggling in the hereafter. When she finds herself face to face with a young man living her same terrible death; her immediate reaction is to save him from the tragic ending that her life met. Incredibly this story is like nothing I have previously encountered in other paranormal novels. Regretfully, I have to admit to a feeling of abruptness in this book. While Hudson is a very detailed writer I found that some aspects of the book felt more pushed than I would have liked. For example the budding relationship of Tara and Joshua is very intense, but the initial feelings did not seem to flow effortlessly. On the other hand Eli is a truly terrifying character, and the author's description was justly portrayed for the reader to feel this emotion clearly. Over all the story carries a very urgent feel of impending doom, with Joshua Grandmother and Eli's possession issues, the reader will be carried through this book of suspense easily. In wrapping up the conclusion leaves the story on a cliff hanger that will leave readers wondering about what it to come. Tara Hudson has offered a bag of tricks with this incredible story. Readers will finish wondering what will come of this talented author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I've always thought, if a book doesn't capture me in the 1st Chapter then I can't stay with it. This book captured me at the 1st page. I was so happy when I got to the end of the book and found out there was another book and that the story continued. I'm going to recommend this book to all of my friends. It's worth the investment.
Holly_Jeannine More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites! I finished it within 2 days and Arise is even better!! You MUST read both of the books!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hereafter was just an okay read. The progression was slow and not much was resolved beyond the main antagonist being conveniently dealt with. Amelia and Joshua seemed to fall hard for each other in the time span of what, 2 weeks? The imminent threat Ruth posed to Amelia dropped without revisitation upon Jillian being saved. The plot of ghost and seer falling in love was rushed and underdeveloped. Overall it was an ordinary easy read; there's nothing spectacular about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story of life and love after death. It tells of Amelia's struggles after she died. She tries to find a way to stay with her human love, Joshua Mayhew.
EGM444 More than 1 year ago
Amelia is a dead girl who saves Joshua from drowning. He can now see, talk and touch Amelia. Joshua helps Amelia navigate the memories she can't remember from her life. Amelia is unable to do most ghostly activities. She can't affect the physical world or pass through objects. She relies on Joshua to open doors, turn pages of books, and drive her places. This is a story of girl that meets a boy she can never have. She is dependent on this boy and gives little to nothing in return. I found this story slow to develop. The ending was not satisfying either.
SarahZee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Didn't like it that much.
bkwormblogger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Synopsis:Can there truly be love after death?Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life¿or her actual death¿she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever. Review:This book has been on my TBR pile for ages. Finally, I wanted to read something different, and what could be more different than a ghost story with a twist.Sadly I was left a little bit underwhelmed. I liked the premise of the story, a girl ghost saves a boy from drowning and thanks to his Seer skills he's now able to see and feel her.The story is a narrative and deals with all sorts of complications. Amelia can't remember her last name, how she died, where she lives etc. But most pointedly how did she die? And how can she and Joshua begin their relationship, complications notwithstanding.I felt the flow of the story too slow in places. A few repeated emphasis' that could have been left out and a whole lot of extra filler which made the book stagnant. I actually wanted to reach the end just so that I could finish it. The story itself started well and had me gripped to find out what was going on but by the middle of the book I got the impression that there wasn't much more story to tell. The evil bad ghost was even a little too - lame? And the ending was tied up nicely but not with a ghostly haunted feel to it, more of a fizzled out firecracker.This isn't meant harshly in any way towards the book. It IS a sweet love story which I found refreshing and unique to the YA genre. I just wanted a little more action.
johannabr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hereafter is a love story. It is your typical boy meets girl and then boy and girl fall head over heels in love with each other kind of story, only difference is, the girl is dead. The book tells us about Amelia, a wandering spirit who cannot remember who she is or the circumstances under which she died, except for the knowledge that she inexplicably drowned in a river. She wanders aimlessly within the realm of the living without being able to touch or affect anything, or anyone, around her. Her life, or rather, the lack thereof, takes a complete turn when she encounters a boy drowning in the same river where she drowned. As the boy himself drowns, and momentarily joins her in the afterlife where Amelia wanders, they have an instant connection that forces the boy, Joshua, to come back to life and is from that moment on able to see, hear, and even touch, Amelia.This is an okay story, with endearing moments and sometimes even surprising twists. You feel for the main characters, because all the while you are reading you are either thinking a miracle or a tragedy has to happen for them to be able to make it work, and in the YA fiction world, that's saying something. This is the type of story that is enjoyable to read, but won't keep you up late trying to read "just one more page."Hereafter" is currently slated for a trilogy. There are some unresolved plot points I would love to see addressed in the next book, such as what happened to Amelia's father, or to Eli, etc, so I am looking forward to the next installment. If you are looking for a scary ghost tale, this is not the book fo you, but if you are looking for a sweet love story that transcends even death, this book is right up your alley.
M00nlitDreams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the ideas that shaped this book, the characters who inhabited it, and the settings that brought it all to life - or afterlife. I was also enamored with the beautiful, albeit complicated, love story. I found myself rooting for the impossible and hoping for a miracle.While I liked the book, I also thought parts of it fell a little flat. I don't want to go into too much detail here, and certainly no spoilers, but I will say there were definitely parts of the book that left me hanging and wondering what happened. Even though I would have preferred a few of the scenes to have a little more closure, or at least a little more information, I don't think the story was ever lost because of it. I was simply left wanting more answers, and I suppose that's a good thing since the sequel, "Arise," is currently scheduled to be released in July 2012. I've already added it to my book list for 2012! If you enjoy a good, against the odds, sweet, innocent-style, paranormal romance then this is definitely a story for you!
MesaSagacityQuest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I find it hard to review books I love. The only thing I can think of when I¿m about to write a review is repeating ¿I love this book so much¿ until the end of the review. Hereafter is one of those books that I loved so much I have a hard time writing the review.I love this book from the first page to last word. It¿s a great supernatural romance read that I¿m planning to reread. Absolutely amazing.When I first heard about this book, I thought, ¿typical story about a ghost and a boy falling in love.¿ I wasn¿t planning to read it, but when I found it at the library and read the first couple of pages ¿ I was hooked. The unique story was filled with romance and action, making it difficult to guess what might happen next. Hereafter is a book you'll never want to put down, and will leave you craving more. Joshua and Amelia are very likeable character.Amelia is an amazing character. She didn¿t know a lot about who she was before and didn¿t seem eager to want to figure it out until Joshua. With the help of Joshua, she started to put the pieces of her past together to figure out what happened to her and who she really is. Joshua was an average guy with a family¿well, one of his family members¿who wants to destroy ghosts. The promising romance between Amelia and Joshua slowly turns in to something more as they battle the fact that she is a ghost.Hereafter is a charming, easy, and sweet story with a nice twists. And I can¿t wait to read the sequel. Hereafter is a 2011 debut and I thought Tara Hudson did an amazing job with this book. Fantastic.
YABookieMonster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The concept of Hereafter had me interested from the very first time that I read a synopsis and Tara Hudson's perfect execution of this book is what makes it such a good read! I love ghost stories, so the whole ghost-human-romance thing is so up my ally and one of the many reason why I really enjoyed this book!One thing that I did notice about this book was that it didn't have as big of a cast of characters as a lot of other books (in fact, I would probably say that it had a rather small cast of characters). But it's quality over quantity, right? And I can definitely say that I really enjoyed reading about pretty much all of the characters in Hereafter. Our main character Amelia has a pretty lonely life (or death, if you will) at the beginning of the book, but that all changes of course when she meet Joshua. One of the main things that I found interesting about Amelia was the fact that she didn't remember how she died and I really loved discovering just exactly what happened to her when she died and what her life was like while she was still alive. I also felt like Amelia was an easy character for me to connect with, which is something that I'm always looking for in a book. I think that she made similar decisions to the ones that I would have made, although I must say that I don't think we would have chosen the same boy!Both of the love interests in Hereafter were swoon worthy, yet very different from one another. On one hand we have Joshua who is pretty much the golden boy. He's such a sweetheart; so kind, caring, gentle and loving. He is really accepting of all of the impossible things going on in his life (such as falling for a ghost girl) and he is also willing to fight for and protect the girl he loves. Now, on the other hand we have Eli, who is our rockstar/ghost bad boy. He carries with him an air of menace and danger, but I feel like he uses that as a cover to hide his loneliness. What I liked about Eli was that he had more depth to him then first meets the eye. Did I mention that he's a bad boy? Call me biased, but the bad boy is always my number one pick!The plot of Hereafter was great! As I said before, I was really interested in this book from the first time I read the summary. There is just something about the idea of this book that I find very intriguing! From the very beginning I couldn't put this book down and I zoomed through it so fast, always wanting to flip the page and read more! The fact that Tara Hudson's writing was awesome; smooth and easy to read, probably contributed to my fast reading of this book as well!All in all, this book was great! Fabulous story and plot, interesting characters, hot boys and awesome writing. I would definitely recommend picking this one up if you haven't already! I can't wait to read the sequel and see where Amelia's story goes. I really look forward to reading more from Tara Hudson in the future!
SmashAttack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amelia cannot remember anything about how or why she is dead, and she has no clue why she¿s always drawn to High Bridge Road. She is evidently in Limbo, and thus, still has a purpose to serve. When she saves a young man from drowning by pure will alone, her afterlife forever changes.What I really loved most about this book was the evolving, innocent, endearing relationship between Amelia and Josh. I adore these two together. The more intimate their relationship becomes, the more awakened Amelia becomes. The story is told from Amelia¿s POV, and the scenes where her senses and memories return are beautiful and exciting to read. I also enjoyed Josh¿s family history and purpose, of which you will find out when you read it. ;)There were some aspects of the story that I really didn¿t like. The entire Eli / High Bridge Road plot felt odd and not flushed out enough for me, or maybe I¿m just a big ole dummy and couldn¿t quite grasp the concept of his character and purpose. Eli was certainly a creepy character and served as the evil entity in the book. Plus, he added some great tension to the story. However, his entire role was just weird. I don¿t know how else to explain it. I also thought Josh believed Amelia¿s circumstances way too easily, although as you find more out about his family, it starts to make sense.The author¿s descriptive writing was a joy to read and really set the tone for some of the spookier elements and scenes of the story. I absolutely loved the ending of the book and will read the next installment.