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After You Died

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Bisexual teen, Asher remembers nothing from the night in 1968 that the police found him covered in his girlfriend's blood. He knows he'd never hurt anyone, least of all her. But the only person who believes him is his twin sister. He's sentenced to five years at the Dozier Reform School. And like Asher's memory, Dozier hides violent secrets of its own.
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Published July 27th 2021 by Agora Books
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Marieke du Pré
Mystical. Dark. Haunting.
A bisexual teen in 1968, sentenced to five years at a reform school because of the murder of his (girl)friend. But he doesn’t remember.

I requested this ARC at random. I read the above and didn’t even bother to read the blurb any further. I’m a curious person, and those words: bisexual, 1968, a dead girlfriend, murder immediately made me want to read the story. Choosing a book at random is risky. What if I wouldn’t like it?

I read this story within a day. The environment,
Jul 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this eARC in exchange for an honest review! All opinions in this review are all my own.

After You Died follows Asher, a bisexual teen who supposedly murdered his best friend, Olivia. Asher knows he never could’ve committed this heinous crime but can't fully remember what happened. The only person that truly believes Asher is his sister, Eden, though she cannot prove it. Instead of going to prison, Asher will be shipped to a juvenile detention center wher
It's 1968 and Asher is sentenced to five years in a reform school after he's discovered standing over the body of his beloved girlfriend, Olivia. And also, he doesn't remember killing her.

Man, there's a lot going on in this story. Asher suffers from memory loss and bouts of lost time, he wakes up in weird places (sometimes covered in blood), his dead girlfriend visits him in his dreams, inmates from the school are missing or turning up dead, his friend Dominic might be stalking him, there's a b
Jul 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Short Take: Haunting in a number of ways.

(*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*)

Hello my beloved nerdlings, and welcome to the apex of summer! It’s juuuuust starting to get insufferably hot out, but right now, we’re still in the place where watermelon, sparklers, cook-outs, and a dip in the pool are heavenly. And did I mention the cook-outs? Because I’m a sucker for a table loaded with grilled meats and chilled desserts and let’s no
Amanda McHugh
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love Dea Poirier's writing, and when I saw this was available for request, I quickly did just that and was thrilled to be approved. Solid title, beautiful working cover, I quickly dove in.

When Asher is found guilty of murdering his best friend/almost girlfriend Olivia, he's sent to Dozier, a reform school with a nefarious reputation. He wants to believe he's innocent, but he has no memory of that night. His sleep is plagued by horrible dreams, and as he dives into therapy trying to remember w
what even was this book

Rep: bi mc, gay li

CWs: domestic abuse, suicidal thoughts, torture, mentions of csa, institutional abuse, attempted suicide, violence, gore, murder
Jacy Sellers
Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
A haunting, dark mystery weaved with paranormal elements and an unreliable narrator. I enjoyed the pacing and the movement with the "Before" and "After" chapters. I also love the first person POV of Asher with his emotional state during this story.

I questioned who killed Olivia throughout the story. I am looking forward to the next book because I am invested. A few comments for my rating. The setting at an elusive reform school could have been more horrifying and foreboding - even a character i
May 20, 2021 added it
I like this story a lot, and I love that the past mystery isn't spelled out--that always ruins it for me. The ending was interesting and a bit abrupt. There's some romance stuff here that's very believably done--the MC feels very differently but plausibly about two very different people. I also just really like the author's personality as revealed on Twitter. ...more
Fran Dorricott
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this gripping, atmospheric supernatural thriller. I could really FEEL the Florida heat, the chill coiling at the base of my spine, and this sense of being watched. Asher is such an interesting main character and I adored Sayid. Definitely can’t wait for the next one!
Jodi Gallegos
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Asher has just been found guilty of a crime he doesn’t remember committing. All he knows is he woke up covered in his girlfriend’s blood and now, with his fathers “help” he’s been sentenced to five years in the most terrifying reform school in Florida. But even the psychiatrist at the Dozier Reform School can’t help Asher make sense of his deeply buried memories. Using regression therapy, Asher uncovers memories from different places—even different lives—and those memories are interfering with h ...more
Dawn Hosmer
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
After You Died is a gripping, atmospheric, and haunting Paranormal/Supernatural Thriller. Poirier did a phenomenal job of pulling me into the setting so much so that I felt the mugginess and heat of the Florida air. I absolutely love that the primary setting for this novel was the Dozier School for Boys which was a real place full of horrific stories and unsettling events. I must admit, I fell down the rabbit hole of looking up the real Dozier school which made this story hit me especially hard ...more
Jun 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Aahhh! Wow. I got an ARC copy and I'm so glad I got to read this. I'll try not to do too many spoilers, but let me just say that I love Sayid, he is my new book crush. Seeing a bisexual MC in Asher was nice, especially since his feelings for Olivia and Sayid are very different but there's no competition of which matters to him more. Sayid never feels like second place. The abuse at Dozier's is awful and you really feel as helpless as Asher when it happens. I'm not very good at figuring out whodu ...more
Kori Potenzone
Thank you Netgalley, for providing me with the opportunity to read and review After You Died, prior to the release date. This is my first novel by Dea Poirier , but it will not be my last.

After you died is a haunting thriller. After a bit of research, I realized this novel is based loosely on the Dozier school. Knowing that a bunch of boys really did suffer this type of cruelty hit me a bit harder .

This novel is filled with unsettling events, twists, turns and secrets you wont see coming. I wa
May 24, 2021 rated it liked it
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The paranormal element here dragged the story down, imvho. How Olivia died and who killed her are enough of a mystery, particularly given the fact that Asher doesn't remember anything and there was the creepy incident with Dominic earlier (and that Dominic seems to be stalking both Asher and his twin sister). And the horrors of Dozier are enough to keep the suspense going--what is going on with the missing boys? how does anyone come out of that place sane (let alone physically in one piece)? The ...more
Jun 04, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Asher's possible body count grows, he knows the answers he needs are trapped within his own mind, and in ghosts from the past. He needs to find out who he is and prove the murders aren't connected to him or risk losing his sanity and freedom forever.

AFTER YOU DIED is a paranormal thriller loosely based on true events. This was a fun book to read and I highly recommend getting a copy of it!

Thank you to NetGalley for the arc of this book!
Z Lee
Jul 25, 2021 rated it liked it
I can't wait for the next book! It took me a couple of chapters to get into it, but once I did I was hooked.
There's a supernatural element to the story that wasn't obvious to me from reading the back cover and boy was it the best part.
Asher is a great narrator and the cast of characters is well fleshed out, so despite how short the book was I still felt like I got to know all the characters' personalities.
It's a quick read and has a few scenes that creeped me out so much I had to put it down for
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Dea Poirier was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she found her passion during a creative writing course. She studied computer science and political science at the University of Central Oklahoma. She later spent time living on both coasts and traveling the United States before finally putting down roots in central Florida. She now resides somewhere between Disney and the swamp.

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