Waking Up Dead

Waking Up Dead

by Margo Bond Collins

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ISBN-13: 9781493750467
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2013
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Waking Up Dead 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars *This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com, at my request. Callie wonders why she woke up in Alabama as a ghost, and not in her home town in Dallas, Heaven, or even Hell. Callie thinks it might be to help Rick McClatchey. Rick's in prison for murdering his wife, which Callie knows he didn't. She saw the man who killed and chopped Molly McClatchey up but doesn't know why or how to prove it. Callie is determined to find someone to help her prove Rick is innocent. Listening to Callie's story feels like she's talking right to me, and so much so with it being narrated! Angel takes on Callie's personality as she narrates for us, feeling as though she knows me and tells me her story like a friend. Angel also picks up the personalities of other characters as they talk. I liked that we get different tones for each character to help differentiate the characters easily in listening. We get louder sections when Callie, or others, are calling to another room or upset. The vocals are clear with a clean background. There is, however, a repeated section, a decent sized section that feels as if it's a paragraph or two, in chapter 7. Callie has a strong personality. She's a determined type. Callie does get a bit pushy, as living life happens to get in the way of the living who can see her and are helping to find clues to point to the real killer. I had to chuckle at Maw-maw when she tells Ashara as it is. She is a strong, determined old lady with putting things in perspective. We have a diverse cast here. Ashara plays a big part in the story with helping Callie and she's African American. Woot woot! Ashara can see and hear ghosts. Ashara's Maw-maw mentioned, and Ashara believes it possible though questions, that she's been given a gift by God with seeing the dead people. Ashara will feel bad if she doesn't help Callie with Rick's case, as he's innocent and she does have a gift, so Ashara works with Callie. I really liked Ashara. She's smart and has a view of the world knowing she could get in serious trouble with some of the things she does with Callie, the one no one can see. Even Maw-maw gets in on the adventure, getting a chance to leave the house. The story was a light listen. I did map the family tree that we learned though. I just had to! It was something that I wanted to see, all the connections and all. The story was something I enjoyed in audio as it made the personalities pop and the story feel light and fun for me. There is a touch of a dark feel at the end of the story though, how things can turn bad and do.
NicoleUlery More than 1 year ago
REVIEW 5 STARS I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  This book is such an enjoyable read. It's a good mystery that keeps you captivated until the end. The plot is unique... definitely not a typical ghost story or murder mystery. The books is humorous, but not in a laugh-out-loud way. Callie is lovable and snarky for a dead girl. Her side-kicks are also amusing and endearing. Trying to piece together the mystery keeps you guessing throughout and turning the pages to find out if the killer gets caught, what the motive was, and what will happen to all the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone. 
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book to give an honest review. I have to say that this was a great ghost mystery book that I have read in a long time.  You start off with ghost Callie Taylor. We don't get a lot of information on how she died just bits and pieces later on but we know that she is here on earth instead of moving on and is in Alabama far from home.  Callie goes back and forth between families houses and watches TV and just hangs out with them even though they can not see her. While hanging out with one family she sees the unthinkable occur and she tries hard to stop the killer but of course she can not do anything. How sucky right? Determined of course not to let the wrong man go to jail for something he didn't do because she saw the killer she embarks on finding someone who can see her and help her out. Which brings us to the characters Ashara Jones and MawMaw. She meets Ashara in the most common place ever the local Walmart which I had to find funny because don't we meet and see everyone at Walmart now a days. Ashara at first doesn't want to help that is until she heads on over to MawMaw's house and MawMaw can see Callie as well. MawMaw wants Ashara to help the white woman so she can go on with her life or her dead life.  MawMaw is one of those older ladies that you can just sit and laugh with, the way this author wrote her in this story was just too funny. Ashara, MawMaw, Stanley who comes in later on and Callie all uncover something more with trying to find the evidence of who murdered Molly. It seems to deal with everything in the past! This is a book that will keep you reading to find out exactly what will be happening next. I like this author's writing style and will be keeping my eye on her. I do hope there is another book with Callie as I think we can use some more mysteries for her to solve with her new friends.
shibby More than 1 year ago
***I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the Goodreads group, Lovers of Paranormal, LoP.*** This was such a unique story. I loved that it was told from the point of view of a ghost. Callie was such a strong character. Had I been in her situation I probably would have floated off somewhere feeling pretty angry and sorry for myself. Instead, she searches for someone who can see/hear her and then persists until they agree to help her. She is loyal to people she did not know when she was alive and fights to protect them. The living characters were also great. Maw-Maw reminded me of some of my own family in the South: never mess with the matriarch. The mystery kept me guessing all the way until the end. I'm dying to know (yes, poor choice of words) what happened to the person responsible for Callie's death, but maybe that will come in another story? Loved this book.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Collins has a very personable writing style.  She really draws you in, and by writing in the first person you become one with the main character as well.  She presents her audience with a very entertaining story that combines suspense with quite a few laughs to create a completely unique read.   I quite enjoyed Collins’ method of character development.  You get to know everyone on an intimate level leading to a very full story.  And the way that you get to know the main character is completely unique, as you get to float along with her as she’s trying to overcome some very unique dilemmas.   As a whole this was a brilliant novel to get to know this author with.  I’d definitely recommend it to others and will be looking further into her work.   Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Callie Taylor of Dallas, Texas was murdered and woke up dead in Abramsville, Alabama. Why? Callie has no idea, but she can’t leave the town limits. One night when Callie was spending time watching TV at Rick and Molly McClatchey’s house, she sees Molly McClatchey murdered by a masked man. Now instead of hanging out with live people who are not sensitive to her presence, she’s got to find someone who can see her and help her solve the mystery of Molly’s murder. She finds Ashara, Maw-Maw and Stephen and convinces them to help her prove Rick McClatchey’s innocence. WAKING UP DEAD is a great mystery with unique characters. I loved how the focus is more on the mystery and the characters than the paranormal. The mystery itself is intricate and spans multiple generations. WAKING UP DEAD is well-crafted, ingenious, and I can’t wait to read Callie’s next adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Callie Taylor was brutally murdered in Dallas, Texas, but when she awakened, she was in a small town in Alabama. She could walk through walls, blow out candles by passing over them, and even make anything electronic go haywire. But basically, her new life as a ghost was pretty boring until the night she witnessed some creep kill and then chop up Molly McClatchey.  Waking Up Dead, by Margo Collins is an exciting ghost story. Written in the first person narrative, Callie tells us about a murder mystery that goes back several generations, reveals the many foibles of humanity—greed, racism, and violence, as well as man’s wit and humor. Waking Up Dead is superbly written and will make a readers hard pressed to put it down.  Michael Thal is the author of The Koolura Series and Goodbye Tchaikovsky.
MBMarsh More than 1 year ago
Waking Up Dead left me with a warm fuzzy feeling. Don’t be mistaken, it wasn’t full of happy things; but I was happy with how it ended & look forward to seeing what Margo Collins does with these characters in the next book. It wasn’t a cliffhanger, but it left you with a feeling like you want to continue reading even after the last page ended. I wanted to see what happens next! I want to see where these characters go, who they meet, and how they change. Do we ever learn Callie’s complete story? What happens next? So many questions! So many possibilities! It was fast paced, mysterious, and a few other essential things to make a good dead helping the living type of story. Callie Taylor is killed by a psychopathic rapist & instead of going straight to heaven, she finds herself as a spirit/ghost in backwoods Alabama. She knows no one there, and has never been there. So why did she end up there? I got the impression that the reason is so she could help solve a crime and bring a murderer to justice. It takes her a bit to find someone who can see or hear her but eventually she does. Being dead can get pretty boring when you have no one to interact with and you are unable to do certain things bc of your “condition”. So Callie starts hanging out with different families on different nights of the week depending on what they are watching on television. Her favorite family is Molly and Rick. They have no children, and enjoy the same tv shows that Callie did while alive. When Rick goes out of town for work, Callie witnesses Molly being murdered. She is unable to do anything to stop it and feels helpless, but she does see his face and can identify him. Due to timing and shoddy police work, Rick becomes the prime suspect and is put in jail for Molly’s murder. Callie must find someone who can see and hear her so she can help keep Rick from spending the rest of his life in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Callie meets Ashara in the local Wal Mart and realizes that so far, Ashara is the first person that can see her. She convinces Ashara to hear her story and help her. Ashara‘s grandmother, affectionately named “Maw Maw”, is hilarious. She’s a cantankerous old lady with a sharp wit and a sense of humor. She too can see Callie. The other person who can see Callie is Stephen. He works in the music store that Rick owns. He joins the merry group of ladies attempting to solve this murder because he doesn’t believe that Rick killed Molly. Thus begins a tale of a long ago disappearance, family secrets, and the search for evidence that will prove Rick’s innocence. This book had plenty to keep me interested between the jovial banter between characters and clues to solve the crime, it was an enjoyable read. You obviously know who committed the murder fairly early, but you don’t know who else was involved or why. You also don’t know which paths these characters take in their search for the truth. I was on the edge of my seat (or couch lol) waiting to see what would happen next and what these crazy family secrets were. It was a fairly easy read as well. It’s easy to follow storyline, likeable main characters, and the desire to see this mystery to the end made this a book that I would definitely recommend to others. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a team of strangers who come together to help someone prove their innocence, or anyone who enjoys a good mystery.