Published by Sphere on May 21st 2015
Genres: Humour, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you're dead.
When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world's worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she's actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she's still here.
Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .
In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter's afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order).
Reviewed by Joanne
*I received an E-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley*
What a refreshingly different book this was. I’ve never read a story told from the point of view of a dead person before! Before you think that this is going to be a depressing and sad story, I’ll stop you right there. This was not like The Lovely Bones, yes our heroine is dead, and she’s on a mission to find out how she woke up dead in bed, but I found myself laughing throughout this book.
Rosie Potter is a twenty something Irish girl, who wakes up with a banging headache and a very messy bedroom. Thinking she’s been burgled, she calls out for her house mate and best friend Jenny but then gets the shock of her life at what happens next. Discovering your dead body, lying in bed with a serious head wound would be enough to send anyone running for the hills, but not Rosie. She decides that the reason she is still here must be to find the culprit and bring him to justice.
As Rosie sets about her mission to find her killer, she also visits her family, hoping that somehow her presence will be felt and be of some comfort to them. She hangs around town, listening in on conversations, she tries to communicate with Jack, (her boyfriend) Jenny and her family but no one can hear her. Just as she starts thinking that she is going to be on her own, she finds a surprising ally, someone who can see and hear her perfectly well.
With someone in the land of the living helping her, Rosie sets out to expose her killer, and stop them from hurting anyone else, and whilst this sounds like it could be a plot from a thrilling murder mystery, it was actually more like a comedy. What would you do if you could come back to haunt someone? Someone who had done you wrong? Imagine the possibilities! I laughed at the antics Rosie got up to, and the reactions of her suspected killer!
I loved the relationship Rosie had with her ally. You could see they were perfect for each other, apart from the fact that Rosie was dead. How ironic that you find the love of your life when yours has just ended. It was quite sad really and I found myself thinking of Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost. I felt so sorry for them, but then the film itself was actually quoted, which made me laugh again!
I’m excitedly hissing in his ear, ‘Maybe you should tell her I’m here. You can be like Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost, giving her messages from me and stuff. Go on, tell her I said “Hullooooooo” in a big spooky voice.’
The story picked up pace towards the end, with one shocker that I didn’t see coming. Things certainly weren’t as clear cut as it had seemed, but I was happy with how it ended.
I really enjoyed this book, it was a refreshing spin on the paranormal genre. The heroine was likeable, and her acceptance of her sudden demise was utterly charming. There was a very poignant message in the book also, to take each day and live it as though it’s your last. You never know what’s round the corner, you think you have all the time in the world, until suddenly, you don’t. Things that needed to be said are left unsaid, actions are left undone, and eternity is a long time to spend regretting something.
This is the man I should have been with. The man I could have made a life with, the man I always knew deep down inside I wanted more than anything in the world. I wasted so much time, because I didn’t know that my time was so severely limited. And now my hands are completely tied. There’s no possible way I can ever have that life now; the sweet, sweet life that suddenly seems so clear, so obvious, so tantalisingly close. I could almost reach out and touch it. I don’t have any life anymore, I’m just clinging on by my fingertips to the remnants of my old, snuffed out version. I don’t want to be here any longer – it’s too hard. I want to go wherever it is I’m supposed to be going. Why am I still here anyway?
I loved the sentiment of this story – it made me laugh, it made me think, and the end left me with tears in my eyes. This was a very good debut from the author, and I hope to see more books from Kate Winter in the very near future.