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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Why let a little thing like dying get in the way of a good time?

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
Paperback, Second Edition, 369 pages
Published January 20th 2014 by Mictlan Press (first published August 1st 2012)
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Kitvaria Sarene
Finished 3* Rather good audible version available!

I am not sure if I even like the main character? But her voice was a good one to tell the story, and it kept me hooked. I definitely liked her sidekick more than her.
Jonah has some things going on in his life - but while it is hinted at over and over, we never get to know what. I felt he stayed a bit of a cardboard cutout teenager to bounce the MCs character off of when needed. I would have loved to learn more about him.
He seemed to be a bit in
Kristen Burns
3.5 Stars

Full Review:
*I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Sometimes I hate that I have to give books a star rating, and this is one of those times because there were so many things about this book that weren't necessarily positive or negative but rather ambivalent and thought-provoking and atypical. I actually have a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head, so I'm going to split this into sections.

1) The Main Character

I looked at a lot of re
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
I am always nervous when I read a book about life after death. Not because I am religious and offended or anything, but just because most some of them are SO BAD. Fortunately, this is not one of the bad ones.

Have you ever read a book where you didn't really like the main character, but still liked the book? That is this for me. Irene makes bad decision after bad decision. Starting with driving home black out drunk and crashing her car into the water. I am sure you are asking yourself, "But how c
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5, decent urban fantasy based on the afterlife. longer review to come.

This was part of Fantasy Factions grouping and has since been eliminated.


Irene is a 36 year old woman who still likes to party, the book opens with her hungover and heading home thinking of excuses to call out of work because she feels so shitty. It’s not the first time either, she’s used every excuse under the sun and doesn’t know how many more times her boss will let this slide.

She gets home and sees that she’s missed
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
This review was originally posted with a guest post from the author on my blog on 12th September, here

in the beginning
Sometimes, when I’m reading and reviewing a book, I often kick myself for never introducing half ratings on the blog. Personally, I can’t stand them. It’s one of those things that just really irks me but there are a few times when I find myself wondering why this is. While reading Hereafter, I have had this very feeling. I almost want to scrap my rating system just to accommodate
Fangs for the Fantasy
Mar 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Even though she has to work the next day, Irene goes out drinking with the girls. Her friends sensibly tell Irene to take a cab with them but Irene, realizing that she needs her car to get to work the next day hops behind the wheel of her car. Irene then suddenly finds herself standing on the side of the road next to her car. It takes a while for her to realise that not only is she dead, no one can see her or hear her. Luckily for Irene she meets, Jonah whose interest in death rituals has allowe ...more
Danielle (Bookwhoreblog) Perez
After a night out drinking with the girls, Irene wakes up on the side of a road. Not really sure how she got there, or why some Good Samaritan didn't stop to help her, Irene jumps in her car to drive back home. Once home things just don't seem to be adding up, like the amount of missed calls she has, or the endless amount of mail at her door. In full blown panic Irene bumps into a boy names Jonah who breaks the news about her untimely death to her. The two characters set out on an adventure to g ...more
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I have had Hereafter on my radar for a while now. I do read a lot of YA books, so I’m always on the look out for something adult/paranormal/fantasy! I thought Hereafter didn’t have the most likeable main character, but it was an enjoyable book nonetheless.

Hereafter starts with Irene and the girls. They’re spending a night out drinking. However, the night doesn’t end well for Irene. Irene wakes up on the side of the road, unaware of how she got there, or why no one has helped her. Irene drives ba
 Reading Reindeer
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reading Reindeer by: Making Connections
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).
Heather Boustead
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
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a book. Wow! To sum it up - witty, sarcastic, funny, smart, and a good book to curl up and read until you're too sleepy to see the words. This book shows the afterlife of Irene Dunphy, a 30-something year old woman who liked to party a little too much, resulting in her death. When she learns that she's dead, she meets this 14 year old kid, Jonah, who is really book smart.

You can really tell Terri did her research as I learned facts about the different beliefs of dying through the words of
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is going to be the first book I read when my Kindle Touch arrives on Wednesday!

And OK, this is five stars not just because I am friends with Terri, but it's really GOOD!

Hereafter is a book about death, the afterlife, but it's really about Life and Living.

High five to Terri on her accomplishment! Great read.
Aug 29, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is currently on my really really want to read list, because it just sounds sooo interesting.
All the details about death sound nice!
Hopefully I can get it soon and review it...
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit this book really wasn’t what I expected. I thought it would be much more action packed, filled with intrigue and fight scenes; however that wasn’t the case. It was much slower paced filled with a chance to look back on one’s life and reflect the choices that were made whether directly or indirectly. I had a hard time really getting into this book; in fact it took about 130 pages until I started to actually feel a pull to keep reading. Then I couldn’t finish until I raced into the ...more
Not gonna lie: I purchased this book on accident. I was reading the Kindle sample for it and oops - finger slipped. I decided to give it a chance anyway and I'm glad I did. The main character is kind of a hot mess, and there's a weird semi-romance with a fourteen year old, and just those two details alone should tell you this is a ballsy, unusual story after "life" after death. And I ended up being into it.

*light spoilers ahead*

This book is right off the bat unusual in that it focuses very littl
Jill Elizabeth
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Honestly, I've finished and I feel like there's a lot to talk about but I don't know what to say... I'm going to do something I don't normally do and start with the negatives. I did NOT like this protagonist. In fact, I can honestly say that I found Irene Dunphy one of the least sympathetic, most unlikable characters I've come across - and not because she's so spectacularly evil or horrifying but because of the banality of her selfishness, which I think is altogether emblematic of the current ME ...more
James Latimer
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indies, spfbo, women
I read this as part of SPFBO, and am glad I did. It's not the sort of book I would normally pick up, what with the real-world setting and the paranormal. Despite the reprehensible action that starts things off, and the obviousness of the outcome, something grabbed me about the protagonist--and the setting. The former is very forthright, and never really asks the reader to feel sorry for her; the latter is very well realised, and the city of Boston seems as much a character as anyone else. That s ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Strangely I enjoyed this book. The main character is petulant and self absorbed, I couldn't really warm to her, but this was no detriment. It has it's funny moments and there are dark bits too. For the most part it is quite a light read, but thought provoking too. I am not sure I am brave enough to enter the next level in book 2. I received a copy of this book through Voracious Readers Only thank you.
Natasha Clark-French
This was an ok book. I hated the Irene though so that made it hard to get through. But there are some poignant moments and quotes that I enjoyed. Overall, I'm glad I read it but I doubt I'll reread it and I don't really have a desire to continue the series.
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This one was so slow. I finished it but it wasn't to my liking.
Rae Stoltenkamp
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read. A great concept. Very intriguing. Made me want to read the rest of the series. Always a good thing in a piece of introductory writing.
K Huskić
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Whilst I liked the whole concept of this book, and I enjoyed Jonah with all his interesting research, and liked some of the other minor characters, I just didn't enjoy reading Irene's story. She wasn't very likeable to me, and it took me many days to get through this book, when ordinarily I can read a book in a few hours. Overall, I thought the book was okay/average.
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hereafter by Terri Bruce was a brilliant and epic thought-provoking read that has filled my mind with crazy, crazy thoughts about the afterlife. The imagination and ideas behind this story have set my curiosity alight and I'm suddenly consumed with thoughts about what happens when we leave this world.

Irene Dunphy is Terri Bruce's main character in Hereafter and for the entirety of the story, my mouth was hanging slightly open in awe of the ideas that were written across the screen of my kindle.
Sherry Fundin
"Why are you staring at me?"

"Well, it's just, know. You're..." "Well...dead"

When she awoke in the morning, it all came back to her. She had searched the web for information about ghosts and the after life, but found nothing describing her situation.

She got in the shower and brushed her teeth. She felt, just because she was dead, that was no reason she shouldn't take care of normal hygiene.

Suddenly, it came to her. There must be others in the same situation as hers. So she left the
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Original review here:

Hereafter follows a 36 year old woman named Irene. She loves her independence, she loves her job, she loves to party. After a night out with friends, she wakes up with no memory of the night before. She thinks she has been drugged or something. So she heads home to sober up. But she finds out that she has missed many calls and there is a week's worth of mail in front of her door. On a vi
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
PJV Quickie: This was one of those books that I went in expecting a certain thing and then getting something entirely different. Surprises are always fun, and Terri Bruce delivered a very unique surprise.


What was I expecting? Another Urban Fantasy type novel, maybe with a bit of dry or zany humor thrown in to keep things rolling. Which in the beginning is what Bruce delivered, but then the novel slowly morphed into a very introspective type of discovery novel that at points was quite depre
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I won an ebook copy of Hereafter I had read the first few pages of the book. As soon as I read them I knew this book would be a really good read specially because I believe in a lot of the things that where talked about in the story. In some parts of Mexico people have a tradition called El Dia de Los Muertos it is very similar to the Chinese celebration and their believes but it is celebrated two days only November 1st and 2nd. I celebrate it every year and always set up my altar with my ...more
Maghon Thomas
Well, this one is very unique. And let me say right up front that I seriously do not like the main character, but I actually really like the story. :) This one takes you on a journey about all the different aspects people and cultures have for the afterlife. What really happens to you when you die? The amount of effort and research put into here was amazing. I learned so many things. It really does make you think.

So Irene is a bitch, times 5, with really stupid decision making skills and a tota
Erin Zarro
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very different book that I really enjoyed.

Irene is our main character, and she wakes up on the side of the road dead. At first she doesn't believe it, but then she figures it out when no one except other dead people can see her. She meets this teenager named Jonah who isn't dead but CAN see her, being he's been astral projecting himself. He has a wealth of knowledge on the afterlife, different cultures and different ideas, and I found that so fascinating.

So Irene is understandably ups
Katie Rodante
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Irene wakes up post drunk night out with her girl friends, but not in a normal place. Instead, she’s on the side of the road, trying to remember how she got there. Recalling the previous night’s events, Irene realizes her memory of the night is incomplete. This is not a pleasant realization, and neither is the pile of mail she finds at her house or the concerned voice mails on her machine.

It isn’t until a boy — a genius kid obsessed with life after death — tells her she’s dead that Irene really
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Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She is the author of the paranormal/contemporary fantasy "Afterlife" series, which includes Hereafter (Afterlife #1) and Thereafter (Afterlife #2), and several science fiction and fantasy short stories, including " ...more

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