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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  83 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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Julia 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
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
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
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
 Eldritch Reading Reindeer 2021 In Cobwebs
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eldritch Reading Reindeer 2021 In Cobwebs 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
Jul 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Jul 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.....

And honestly, I'm sorry but I couln't get half way through this book.

Agree with the other reviews, the main character is hard to empathise with. I could barely remember her name, because I simply didnt want to. From what I read (about half the book), Irene just wandered back and forth between home and the city. In the name of providing context, all the references to various cultural beliefs around the world relating to death, just felt
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
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn't really enjoy this book very much. The main character is unlikable and doesn't really improve much. Jonah is interesting, but not given enough development. Characters come and go, potential plot lines come and go and there's a lot left unanswered at the end. I know it's the start of a series, but a little more information about Samyuel and the necklace would have been nice. I gave it three stars simply because it did read quickly, which was a pleasant surprise considering how I felt at t ...more
Jun 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable and well written book. It was really easy to jump into and absorbed me straight away. The story and plot flow really nicely and it doesn't feel heavy or clunky to read. Bruce's imagined afterlife is really interesting and actually relatable.
The book provokes thought about making the most out of life and encourages the reader to think about your own beliefs on the afterlife while keeping a lightness about it.
There was good character progression in the book, although don't e
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. ...more
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. ...more
Megan Watt
May 29, 2021 rated it liked it
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Tania Deane
Jul 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
I received this complimentary copy of this book from VRO.
I really don’t like to put anything bad but I struggled to carry on reading this. I loved the idea of what happened after we passed but didn’t finish reading it as I just didn’t find it that good.
I’m sorry for the bad review
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This one was so slow. I finished it but it wasn't to my liking. ...more
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. ...more
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
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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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