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Two years ago, a man broke into James Blakely's apartment and shot him in his sleep. Twelve times, killing him instantly. Dead and confused, James discovers he has a choice: he can move on into the afterlife, or he can stay behind. Unfortunately, since James has done some very bad things, moving on into the afterlife can only mean one thing: the fires of Hell. Or so he thi ...more
Nook, 220 pages
Published October 11th 2010 by J.R. Rain (first published November 12th 2009)
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K.M. Montemayor
James is a thirty-something ghost haunting his old apartment building. He is afraid to pass on because he is sure he is going to go to hell. He doesn't know why. In J.R. Rain's universe ghosts have severe memory problems. When his former music teacher is murdered, he believes solving her murder could be the key to getting into heaven.

Along the way James meets Jacob, a young ghost, Pauline a medium, Eli a murderer, and sees the death of his music teacher through another ghost's eyes. He must put
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Carol
Jun 29, 2011 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as I expected it to be. I expected more of a Stephen King type thriller, but this book had a very simple plot, and toward the end it turned oddly geological, & kind of reminded me of The Shack. I also never quite was sold on the narrated-by-a-ghost thing. Was sort of like reading an episode of Ghost Whisperer.
cEe beE
If I were religious, I would find this quite touching and inspirational. But since I'm not, it's just an interesting and ok supernatural mystery that is a cross between the films, The 6th Sense and Ghost.
Cathy Ryan
Oct 22, 2013 Cathy Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I was caught up in this story immediately. I hadn't read J R Rain before but the storyline and concept intrigued me.

The story is told from the perspective of James who was murdered and is now a ghost. He knows he did something bad but has no idea why he was murdered and feels he has to find out who and why before the memories of his life and who he is fade away completely. He has help from a medium, Pauline, who can see and communicate with him.

James needs to work through some things and make am
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Kanni
Feb 21, 2013 Kanni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too bad Goodreads doesn't allow half stars because this is better than a regular three, but still not quite a full four rating. Of the other investigative stories I've read by this author, I enjoyed this one the most.

Generally, the common theme in Rain's novels is crime solving private investigators for hire with a paranormal twist. The paranormal spectrum ranges from vampires and werewolves to present day Elvis (alive after faking his death) while this particular story centers around ghosts wi
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Doreen
Feb 02, 2012 Doreen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again I find myself saying "I love love love this book!" But this one is truly heart-warming and makes you think. I want to say so much, but then it would contain huge spoilers and I want everybody to read this for themselves. Truly unique.
LaTania Kendrick-Singleton
For me, this book was just okay. At the beginning of the story I was drawn in by James and his story of waiting to get closure regarding his death and his relationship with the medium. I even liked the way that he was able to communicate with his daughters aura when she was sleeping. Once he moved into the church things kind of shifted. Monks that guard paintings for all of eternity? Statues of Jesus Christ that come to life? That's where the author lost me.
Dee
Apr 26, 2015 Dee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a whodunit with a twist: the case investigator is himself a murder victim--a ghost. This throws quite a monkey wrench into the business of investigating, because ghosts have a hard time remembering things, important things, like who they are. And they have a hard time with time itself, drifting in and out of ordered existence like, well, wraiths.

Narrated in first person, we first meet our ghost as he watches his 8-year old daughter sleep. Her aura colors for him, stretches to greet him,
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Mary
Jul 19, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book sitting in my TBR list for quite a while and finally got around to reading it. First of all, I am a big J.R. Rain fan. I haven't read all of his books but I have read a lot of them and I love the way he writes. The books flow easily and before you know it, you're at the last page, wanting more- I always want more of his stories. (Part of the reason the books fly by is that they are on the shorter side compared to others, I will admit that.) One reason I love Rain's books is th ...more
Caryn
Apr 16, 2015 Caryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Body Departed started out with the author beginning his story in a rather slap-stick manner leaving me wondering if this read would be worth it or not. Yet as the story progressed, I found the cavalier manner in which he approached his storyline to aid rather impede the stories plot. As the story begins, James found himself to have been murdered while he slept and newly deceased. He has a choice; to move on to the next world or to stay behind and haunt the building where he died. Because Jam ...more
Willow Brook
Jan 24, 2012 Willow Brook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting story of James, who was murdered 2 years earlier but remains on Earth as a ghost. He is convinced he will go to Hell if he crosses over because he did something very bad...except he can't remember what he did, exactly. Unable to leave the apartment building where he was killed, James likes to spend time with by his daughter or chatting with a neighbor/friend who is a medium. One day while reading the newspaper over the shoulder of another neighbor, he sees that his music teach ...more
Kat Lebo
Apr 14, 2015 Kat Lebo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Body Departed
by J.R. Rain

Rain's Samantha Moon series is a favorite of mine. I'm always nervous when reading works by an author of a series I love, fearful that I'll be disillusioned of the author's greatness because I'm unhappy without the series character I've grown to love.

Not so with this stand alone from the strange but inventive mind of J.R. Rain.

The storyline, which follows the journey of a murdered man in his quest for redemption and final peace, is intriguingly different from any ot
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D.A.
Oct 11, 2013 D.A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of J. R. Rain before reading this book, but the synopsis of The Body Departed intrigued me so much that I downloaded it via the Kindle, and I was not disappointed. It was a very fast, short read that kept me in the deliciously in the dark and turning pages. Since it is written from James' point of view, the main character, we only know and see what he knows and sees. The way in which Rain wrote this book is very effective in keeping the mystery alive and the reader guessing. My ...more
Marti
Apr 06, 2012 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was another free download from Amazon, so I didn't necessarily have terribly high hopes as I approached this novel. I needen't have worried. This was a lovely book to have read during Holy Week. As the book opens, we meet James, who has recently been murdered. James has declined the opportunity to go into the light so far because he is convinced that he will wind up in Hell. One problem is, though, that he knows he did something really bad but he doesn't remember what it was. As it turns ou ...more
Sarah Tilsley
The Body departed is about a ghost, he doesn't remember much from his life and he evens struggles to remember his name sometimes. He believes he is going hell, but can't remember why. With the help of a medium, he has to try and fix the problems he caused when he was alive if he has any hope of going to heaven.

The main character is called James, he's the ghost. As a character, he is okay, but he doesn't grab me. To me, he's not very exciting and if it wasn't for the story line, I probably wouldn
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Marti
May 26, 2013 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
This was another free download from Amazon, so I didn't necessarily have terribly high hopes as I approached this novel. I needen't have worried. This was a lovely book to have read during Holy Week. As the book opens, we meet James, who has recently been murdered. James has declined the opportunity to go into the light so far because he is convinced that he will wind up in Hell. One problem is, though, that he knows he did something really bad but he doesn't remember what it was. As it turns ou ...more
SenoraG
Jul 11, 2010 SenoraG rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Blakely was murdered two years ago and ever since he has been a troubled spirit "haunting" the apartment building that he lived in. He gets to visit with his daughter at night while she is sleeping and he spirit is open to his. He is great friends with Pauline, the medium in the building who drinks a little too much, but who wouldn't dealing with the dead all day! James is convinced he is going to hell but maybe there is a way for him to change things around. Gotta read the book to find ou ...more
Cyn Bagley
May 23, 2011 Cyn Bagley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The Body Departed
by J.R. Rain

I first had the opportunity to read this book last year on my kindle. I had been getting tired of the same authors and wanted to find someone new and fresh. Since the book was not too expensive, I took chance to read it.

It was serendipity. After I read this one, I went searching for more of Rain's books. At this review, I have read all of his Knighthorse, and Vampire Moon books. But this ghost story is very special.

The story starts after our ghost has been dead for
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Tina
Feb 18, 2014 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Body Departed

The Body Departed

I read some of the reviews before I got this book and the complaint that it was more theological than mystery. I have to assume these reviewers had not read J R Rain before. Theological themes are present in all of his books to some degree - just consider Jack in the Knighthorse series. that being said, there was more of a religious component to The Body Departed than in previous Rain works that I have read. This was still a good ghost story told from the ghost
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Nikki Wilde
May 13, 2013 Nikki Wilde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This started off with James who's passed on but hasn't crossed over. He was murdered and is afraid of crossing. He feels that he must find his murderer and set things right before he is doomed to hell.

To be honest the write up on the back didn't even begin to cover what happens to James. I really enjoyed this story. I found that it dealt with death and crossing over very diplomatically. It wasn't completely in your face or pushing you into one belief or another. I found that very refreshing.

I
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Dascha
Jan 11, 2011 Dascha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal fans, book club readers
Shelves: paranormal
An enjoyable, quick yet thought-provoking read! 2 years ago James was murdered in his sleep. Convinced he was going to hell for all the very bad things he'd done while living he chooses to remain "earthbound" in his afterlife to try to "redeem" himself for his wrong-doings. I found this fascinating with intriguing twists. A murder mystery, but not just his, but another that leads to a shocking discovery. Great book club Book! Lots to discuss! (and I'm not a book-club person but this book just ha ...more
Gabriele Ott
Jun 03, 2012 Gabriele Ott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Loved reading this after I had come across "Elvis has not left the building" by accident and had enjoyed the writing style of JR Rain. Very descriptive, playing with words and language, developing a story and it's characters with much attention to detail, fantasy and creativity.

"Body departed" did not disappoint! I could not put the book down and read it in 3 days. It's a story about guilt, shame, coming to grips with the past, forgiving, unconditional love and spirituality. If you ever wonder
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Brian Merrill
Jul 23, 2013 Brian Merrill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I've read this year! A guy named James is dead and his memories of his life are fading. He knows he did something bad and needs to try to make amends for it if he has any hope of passing on. He also knows he was murdered and wants to resolve that as well. Yet he is trapped in his apartment building. He can visit with his daughter, but only in her sleep. A child living in the building can see him and communicate with him. So can a medium with a drinking problem living in the same bu ...more
Marilyn Groves
James Blakely has been dead for two years, murdered in his sleep. His ghost is confined to the apartment building where he lived and died, but he is losing his memories. Lucky for him, his daughter still lives in the apartment building, as well as a medium that connects with him.

James isn't ready to cross over; he feels there is something he needs to do before moving on. He doesn't quite know why, but he is afraid that he'll be relegated to hell unless he takes care of.... something.

An intriguin
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Jamie
Jul 11, 2013 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, paranormal, mystery
If I had to just sum this book up with one sentence then I'd say this book was beautiful. It's extremely thought provoking and imaginitave and will make you think. Every action has a consequence and sometimes those consequences last with us even long after death. I think that even if only one person could learn something from reading this book then the Earth will be a much better place. The storyline was fantastic and I don't really want to give anything away so if you enjoy a good ghost story a ...more
Sheridan Lee
Feb 25, 2016 Sheridan Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The "F" bomb temper tantrum brought more readers!

It had me laughing and crying! I had to explain my random act of insanity. So, hopefully they'll enjoy it as much as I did. The ghost hunter scenes had me sniggering too. Some authors stories aren't meant to be read in public without embarrassing consequences. J.R. just made the list.

This was a beautiful story. The sad part is we see living humans who haunt themselves, daily. If only they had someone to help them see the light. Forgive and move on
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Catherine Mahood
I bought this book because it was either free or 99p on the Kindle.
I picked it up on the train and ate my way through it until my train journey had flown by.
I really liked this cos it gave me a wide range of emotions, and in such a short sweet book.
I loved how one minute I was laughing at something witty and the next I was actually, slightly, crapping my pants at the thought of a ghost soaking up all the electricity from the lights in my bedroom and manifesting itself in front of me.
Really e
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Virginia
Apr 09, 2016 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story about heaven, hell, God, ghosts & forgiveness

This was a feel-good story! It didn't start out feeling good though. It's about several people who were connected by death & evil. After death, they chose something in between, even though they didn't know they chose. One of the departed was trying to redeem himself before passing on to hell. Boy, was he in for a surprise. Of course, he couldn't have accomplished what he did w/o human help.
Bev
Jul 31, 2013 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James is a ghost. He was murdered two years before and is convinced he is going to hell so is reluctant to move on. His only contact is a medium named Pauline. James knows that there is something he must do......

A short, interesting and compact tale, well told from an unusual point of view. I really enjoyed it although some might find it too simplistic.

I am not a big fan of the supernatural but this was a little different. Good stuff.
Paula Gagnon Houwen
Some Truth to it

When writing about what a ghost sees or feels, one must be on shaky ground. I was initially upset by a child supposedly having red flares in her aura whenever her father was about. I couldn't accept that (red being IMHO an angry color), and it made me take the story with a grain of salt.

At the end are wonderful miracles that gave me much to think over. In the final analysis, I'm glad I read it.
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“Am I going to hell?” I asked suddenly. He turned his head slowly, and I could feel the palpable weight of his stare on me. I could feel his love, too. But I also felt something else coming from him. Sadness. “I’m sorry, James,” he said gently. “But, yes, you are going straight to hell.” 0 likes
“So that’s it, then,” I said. “I’m afraid so, yes.” “Is it as bad as they say?” “Worse.” “Fuck,” I said. “Sorry.” “Cuss all you want, my friend. You’ve reached the point where it really doesn’t matter anymore.” “So I’m beyond help?” “Yes. Again, I’m sorry.” “So basically I could sin all I want—” “Right. And it wouldn’t matter.” “Fuck.” “Yes, that’s the spirit.” “Fuck, fuck, fuck!” A” 0 likes
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