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Life After Death

(Infected #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  869 ratings  ·  132 reviews
In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

But when your heart is gone, it’s easy to fall into a black hole and never crawl out. Roan has been lost and alone for more than a year, and his best friends think a new case might be just the motiva
ebook, 2nd Edition, 354 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by DSP Publications (first published March 16th 2011)
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A Girl Has No Name
3.5 stars rounded up to 4!

After the heartbreaking end of the previous installment of this series, I was a little afraid to pick Infected: Life After Death up. I knew that it would be hard and it was. Roan is devasted, completely unable to move on. He is suffering and desperately trying to cope with his loss, but he can't focus on anything else. But with the help of his friends and Paris' own previsions, Roan is slowly getting back into life.

As usual, the book is definited in two stories with in

3.5 stars

Emphasis on After here. Being the one left behind is not easy as attested by Roan. This was one sad story peopled by characters with sad stories as well.

What I love about Speed’s books, especially this one is the characters she inhabits them with. Characters I am happy to read about and who I would like to see more of. In fact I am still wondering what happened to some of the characters I met in this book and in the previous one.

A timeline problem ate away a little of my concentration a
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Spoilers Ahead***

”pain doesn’t ever really fade—you just get used to it”

Everything changes when our lives and hearts wrap around another heart and soul. We share, touch, need, give, lust, love and affect each other on every level. So what happens when you lose half of your heart? When death takes a loved one, how do we hold on? How can we continue to move, feel, live, and breathe without dying inside?

We don’t. Bits and pieces of your heart and soul fall away, but hopefully we heal. Hopefully
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
4.5 stars
Rosa, really
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those that enjoy stabbing themselves in the fleshy parts of their boobs (or moobs, whatever).


The timeline is fucked up, characters and subplots are dropped, the relationship with Dylan happens too quickly--or does it? It would be easier to tell if I knew THE TIMELINE. Needs to be reedited.

Still--one of my favorite urban fantasy series. I love Roan, although he's lacking his usual snarkiness. Given the subject matter (mourning) it's understandable. So many sad stories in this one--Roan, Holden, Matt, Dylan, Kevin, uh...other people. People caught between the past and present, making
Pulsating Pain. Agonizing illusions. Surviving after.
Roan’s grief was a palpable wave of pain that surged from the pages.
I grieved, I suffered and I wept with him.
After Paris’ death, he shut down (as expected) and if it wasn’t for Paris’ careful planning before his passing, Ro would have willingly stayed in his pit of misery. I didn’t think it was possible to adore Paris more, but the steps he took to take care of Roan swelled my heart to painful proportions. The persistent ex, the puppy dog
* A Reader Obsessed *
Though this series is probably billed as a paranormal mystery, I feel that that is pigeon holing it into a subcategory that is not all true. Of course the crux of these stories is Roan and how he is probably the only born (not infected) virus human/cat hybrid that has actually come out on top of this dreaded disease, where everyone else's lifespans are drastically cut short. Him being a private investigator is a good device on seeing how he works, thinks, lives. However if you've gotten this far ...more
I still liked it, but I noticed a lot of timeline issues, and a bunch of things got crammed into the very end, that I don't remember noticing the first time around. Well, I'm sure I noticed the end, but I don't remember questioning how part 2 picks up a month later, but it's somehow been a year since Roan had seen Matt, who was definitely in the first part, and went back to rehab for "20 days".
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}
"Humanity was awful; humanity made you hurt. Humanity was a weakness that would kill everyone, one way or another"

"I'm not going to lie to you and say it gets easier, because it doesn't. It's just that you get used to it. The human animal has an amazing capacity to get used to almost anything."

Oh my, Roan just about finished me off in this, he still had his trademark snark but he also had a shroud of pain wrapped around him at almost all times. I read in another review that this book was really
Ok, so maybe I just miss Paris, but this book didn't do it for me the way the others did.

This book has two stories: Life After Death & Hysteria.

Life After Death is just what it sounds like, Roan is finally rejoining life after Paris. It's almost a year after Paris and apparently he's barely left his bed. His friends are taking care of him and he's still talking to a hallucination of Paris. When we join the story, he is just finally becoming aware of the world again. He gets out of bed, takes
Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆

This is 2 books, in one. At first I was a little confused, when it jumped from 1 year after Paris's death, to 2 years. But then I realized that I had entered book 2. It was a little confusing, but I figured it out quickly. Book 1 left many threads just dropped. Roan had started a new case, but never showed the resolution of that case. But it really didn't matter.

The cases, wile interesting, are really just background. I don't think following til the end of the case, looking for a missing male hu
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This installment consisted of two stories, which I'd much prefer to be told in a single one. If nothing else, it'd have spared the awkward timeline mess-up that I've been trying to explain to myself with a typo. Still some things didn't make sense even then.

Despite this obvious blunder I quite enjoyed the stories. I liked Roan's new romance even though it couldn't compare with the one he had with Paris. I'm hoping things will go up form here. I also liked the new additions to the team.

On the wh
Kaje Harper
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, m-m
This book is not as intense as the first two, but it still is an engaging and interesting read, and vital (to my emotional satisfaction) in showing Roan moving on after book two. I like the opening, which eases us into Roan's new life alone. Dylan is a nice guy, although not the character that Paris was. And Fox is great. The ending wrap-everything-up summary was a little too narrative. If four or five of those scenes had been played out instead of described I think it would have avoided a littl ...more
I miss Paris so much, he was such a wonderful character and a huge part of Roan's life, it was hard not too. I loved the way he carefully arranged for friends to look out for Roan after he'd gone and the little momentous he left out for him to find. However, I am glad that life has started to move on for Roan and he now has Dylan in his life. It would be impossible for Dylan to substitute Paris but I hope that over time he and Roan will be good for each other, he does seem very loving and compas ...more
Dear Roan,
always a pleasure to read about you again although this time it's more about getting to know more about you than to accompany you on your way through that strange world where a virus is turing people into big cats and not in that kind of romantic way like in those shifter stories but real cats, predators, dangerous to others and the own human body. Not much showing of that world this time even at the end with all that trouble with the church of divine transformation it felt so rushed t
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-lendable

I'm having trouble writing this review. There were lots of things wrong with this book. A confusing timeline, dropped story lines, odd pacing...

But I don't want to bitch too much because I liked it. I'm invested in Roan, his life and his friends. I want to know what comes next for all of them, new and old characters alike.

I enjoy the world building in this series. It's a different and interesting take on shifters. I enjoy seeing Roan learn to control his lion and how to take advantage of his
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
3.5 stars

Aw, poor Roan. :(

There were a lot of heartfelt and bittersweet moments in this installment, which again gives us two books in one. Roan's mourning has been significant, and while he's now back in the land of the living, he's still not yet finished mourning. His depression has also hit an all-time low, even with friends and a possible new love interest making sure he doesn't retreat back into himself.

The characters continue to be the strong point of this series. Paris still has a presen
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those readers who toughed it out during book two as we followed Paris' decline and death are no doubt hoping for a slightly cheerier read in this third book. You may well be a little disappointed then because, although Life After Death isn't the weepy that Bloodlines was, it's still very melancholic in tone.

The story begins a year after the end of the last book. Roan is finally dragging himself out of the mire of his grief and depression, mainly because one of his friends organises a client for
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Which was why it couldn't last, as things like that never did. You got a moment in the sun, but that was all--a moment. Good things never seemed to last beyond that.

Awe man, I am reeling with the ending of the book, dealing with the fact that Roan is in a semi relationship, dealing with the lost of Paris myself, and loving the addition of Fiona & Holden. Seriously, my emotions are in a pinball machine and I don't know how to deal. I must say Andrea Speed did a wonderful job with the edition
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, mystery, prn
Life after Death : *****
Hysteria : ***

It should have been a five-stars if not for the odd ending of “Hysteria”. Other reviewers already commented on it : the main plot ended at chapter 14 and the story went on for 5 chapters after that. I could not see how it brought something to the book and I struggled through the last chapters despite Holden’s story being interesting. It ruined the pace of this book for me.

And yet. It took 3 books and the devastation of Paris’ death but I cannot imagine not
❧Gwendolyn❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Ooooh This Was Bitter-Sweet

I Enjoyed this Part of Roan's Journey♥

That Alone Has Earned This Book 4 Solid Stars....I Liked It, A lot!

This is a heart-felt, bitter-sweet read, and as many have said, this is not a primary romance but...I could not help but want some added sizzling sweetness.

The Book~

What I liked~

Paris speaking it was awesome, however it only made me miss him more...:so sad, so very sad...:-(((, but I liked it~

Dylan's story, I liked that we got to know more about him, it was awes
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I would actually give this 4.5 stars, but it'll have the re-readability that'll make me round up to 5 stars. I don't quite like this book as much as the previous one, Infected: Bloodlines (probably because it wasn't as gut-wrenching), but I did really like it. I still wish that there was more visible sex occasionally instead of just the implication that it happened (in the series as a whole, not just this book), but it's a minor complaint because I like the characters and the universe so ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ⚣Michaelle⚣ by: Recced
4.3 Stars

Considering there is absolutely no sex in these books, I am flabbergasted by how much I really like them. I love the mysteries and the characters are so intriguing. Seriously, Holden? Yeah, I'mma need more of him in future installments. Not really feeling Dylan as a love-interest for Roan...but maybe the guy will grow on me; I'm not sure I have a good grasp on him as a person (other than being insanely hot, caring for Roan, and acting inherently good-ish).

Definitely putting the next one
Oh man, it was really hard to read about Roan and how poorly he was handling (view spoiler). He pretty much checks out and hides in his depression for nearly a year. He finally manages to get back into his investigations and, as usual, these cases take up most of the story's plot. We get to meet Fox/Holden the sexy and very smart male escort and I really like him. Hope to get more on him in the next books.

I'm really happy that Roan was able to open up his heart to Dy
Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In my review of 'Infected: Prey', book one in the Infected series, I summarized book two in the series as 'HEARTBREAK' and book three as 'ANGST'. Even though I braced myself, book two felt like a right hook to my heart aand I needed time to digest the loss of a character I fell in love with recklessly.

It took me TWO YEARS until I dared to open book three to move on - with the series and my grief for a made-up person. Silly, right? But Andrea Speed writes her characters and the world they life i
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Fenriz Angelo
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This and book two are my favorites atm, book two because of the plot and book 3 bc of Roan's development.

In this book I find myself more and more identified with Roan. I could understand entirely his feelings, the emotional numbness and the vague thoughts that casually cross his mind that reflect his depression.

There're quotes that struck me and made me go all "this is it, this is me!" or "holy shit, i feel you" and I love when that happens. Even though, in some times the author tells more than
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Completely messed up timeline, inconsistencies, loose ends and contradictions.

I'm going to continue with the series (after all I've bought book 4 & 5) but I'm very disappointed with this one.
Don Bradshaw
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
A beautifully written series that never gets boring as it pulls every emotion out of you.
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