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After Life by Rhian Ellis
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This book was the first time I had heard the description ‘whydunit”. We know the narrator has murdered someone from the first sentence, but the book is more about how her sad, lonely existence led her to it. Naomi Ash (a solid character name) and her mother are mediums in a small town populated by many types of spiritualists. The unreliableness and unlikeability of the narrator is not frustrating in that “What About Bob” way. I found it thought provoking, and was really interested in the range of spiritualists – from the charlatans with their 19th-century parlor tricks to the more “honest” medium. In the end, even though the climax of the book was...anticlimactic and hurried, I still enjoyed this book. I spent a lot of time wondering if what started out as fraud for Naomi became something truthful or vice versa.
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