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Thirty-six-year-old Irene Dunphy didn't plan on dying any time soon, but that's exactly what happens when she makes the mistake of getting behind the wheel after a night bar-hopping with friends. She finds herself stranded on earth as a ghost, where the food has no taste, the alcohol doesn't get you drunk, and the sex...well, let's just say "don't bother." To make matters worse, the only person who can see her-courtesy of a book he found in his school library-is a fourteen-year-old boy genius obsessed with the afterlife.

Unfortunately, what waits in the Great Beyond isn't much better. Stuck between the boring life of a ghost in this world and the terrifying prospect of three-headed hell hounds, final judgment, and eternal torment in the next, Irene sets out to find a third option-preferably one that involves not being dead anymore.

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ISBN-13: 9781615727254
Publisher: Damnation Books, LLC
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember and won her first writing award when she was twelve. 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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Hereafter 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MelissaJ72 More than 1 year ago
Totally Amazing! I absolutely loved this book (audiobook) The author had me from the very first words. I was completely enthralled with Irene's story which has layer upon layer of drama, intrigue, real emotion. I felt so much as I went along on her journey. I laughed, I stopped several times to ponder different aspects of Irene's discoveries about life, and beyond. I absolutely adore Jonah he is a breath of fresh air and made an impressive, lovable "Jiminy Cricket" I couldn't help but laugh so many times both at the expense of as well as along with the characters. I also found my heart pounding, holding my breath during some pretty traumatic scenes for Irene, as well as the times that I actually cried both with sadness and at other times because I was so deeply touched, especially by Jonah. Wise far beyond his years. The author just has done such an amazing job. I can't even fathom where she came up with this story, but can definitely appreciate the talent she had shared with us all. Finally I have to give it up for the narrator. She is so expressive and really made Irene, Jonah, and all of the other characters come alive. I was very generously given a complimentary copy of this audiobook for an honest review. I can't wait to finish writing this review so I can seek out the second in the series, Thereafter. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's an awesome adventure.
EALANGE More than 1 year ago
I rated this 3 stars. For the most part it was ok. I just felt like sometimes it dragged on. The story in itself was good. I generally like anything with ghosts. The main character Irene kind of made me nuts. Especially the way she talked to Jonah. It was kind of cool for the author to incorporate so many different beliefs on Heaven/Hell in one book. I have never encountered that before so that was kind of new and refreshing.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Angela Hilario for Readers' Favorite “Hereafter” is a book written by Terri Bruce. The book in its entirety is just beyond awesome. The first few pages of the book will get you hooked. The book itself is quite a great adventure because it will show you Terri Bruce’s view of the semi-afterlife. The book is a must read and will entertain you until the end. “Hereafter” is a story about a woman named Irene who just died from a car crash after a night of drinking with her friends. While exploring the life after death, she crosses paths with Jonah, a living person with the ability to separate from his living body and explore another world. But others don’t know that existed. Jonah is a 14 year old who is quite interested in the afterlife. After finding a book about death and learning to cast a spell to separate his living body and his spirit, he encounters Irene and starts following her everywhere she goes. Through the course of the story, Irene and Jonah’s friendship encounters ups and downs. Their friendship is not quite perfect either, as they have petty fights and misunderstandings. The story revolves around Irene and her quest to finally find the light. In the afterlife Irene is in, they are living in the same world that living people live. Irene’s experience in the afterlife teaches her lessons about life. I really recommend this book if you are the type of person who shares the same interest in the afterlife and how it may happen to us. This book is absolutely superb and is a must read to anyone who would love a good read. I salute Terri Bruce for coming up with such a great book and for having such vivid imagination.
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
Hereafter By Terri Bruce After a night of bar-hopping with her friends Thirty-Six year old Irene gets into her car and starts to drive home, when she wakes up she is on the side of the road and she soon realizes she has been gone not just over night but for days. When she is wandering around she runs into a fourteen year old boy who explains to her that she is actually dead. Now Irene is determined to find the “tunnel” and make her way to heaven. This is an interesting look into a ghost story, it is not scary it is more of a dramatic novel than anything else. The only problem I had with this novel is the May-December romance. I am not sure the author initially created a romance between the fourteen year old and the thirty six year old but when you have them “joking” with each other and it ends with one or both of them blushing and looking away that scream flirting, add in how Jonah gets highly upset when she gives attention to anyone but him, and how “over protective” he is it screams romance. Besides this you have an arrogant woman who has to reevaluate her entire life and come to terms with the position she has found herself in it is a great novel.
sue-m More than 1 year ago
After a night "drinking" with the girls, Irene wakes up on the side of the road and wonders how she got here. When she finds out she is dead and no one can see her the adventure begins.... With the help of a boy ( who is way to smart for his own good) and others. She starts looking for the "Hereafter".. I really enjoyed this book and learning how other cultures deal with death,though I found it alittle long at times.I reviewed an e-book copy provided by author Terri Bruce on Sept. 20, 2012, via the Goodreads Group Making Connections, in return for my fair and impartial review.
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
Review of Hereafter by Terri Bruce 5 Stars I REALLY enjoyed this Paranormal story. Author Terri Bruce demonstrates a vivid and creative imagination, and gives us a “land of the dead” that, honestly, is pretty similar to the “land of the living,” only with less fun, excitement, and consequences. (Our newly dead protagonist Irene, for example, drinks to excess-or it would be excess in a living individual, which is exactly WHY she is “newly dead”) with no effects and no consequences beyond boredom). Poor Irene: she’s gone from friends/drinking buddies and guys hitting on her at bars, an irritating mother, a really exasperating next-door-neighbor Jack Russell, and a demanding career-to blah-ness par excellence: driving her BMW, spending home time, visiting her mother and her mother’s dead neighbor Mrs. Boine, once Irene’s unwanted babysitter. Oh, but Irene has made one new friend and a few ghostly neighborhood acquaintances. A fourteen-year-old high school student who is obsessed with death, death rituals, death customs, and traveling the Astral Plane, finds Irene, sees her, visits her, and unwittingly becomes Irene’s “Guide” to the “land of the dead” she now inhabits. But that’s not enough for adventurous Irene; no, she’s got to go and discover what else might be available in this blasé afterlife experience of hers. This book is so good that I can’t wait to make time to reread it. I highly recommend it. Not what I expected, in fact much much more. Do yourself a favour, and go out and get it-now. I reviewed an e-book copy provided by author Terri Bruce on Sept. 6, 2012, via the Goodreads Group Making Connections, in return for my fair and impartial review.