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The Afterlife Club by Jude Ryan
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Mar 05, 2012

really liked it
Read in February, 2012

What a strange premise. I always find that exciting... to read something that's never been written before (if you know what I mean). To have the book be well-written on top of an interesting plot is a wonderful find indeed!

25-year-old Madeleine Duffy wakes up after a bicycling accident (being crushed to death between a bus and a concrete barrier) to find that she definitely isn't in heaven, but her surroundings aren't exactly what she expected to see in hell either. We find out that some bicyclists (and nobody, even the author apparently, knows who picks and chooses which ones and why) end up in the Afterlife Club where they are destined to spend eternity watching over living bicyclists who are traveling through the area where they themselves had met their demise. Madeleine isn't happy to have been plucked from her life, albeit a somewhat sad one with few friends and few things to show for 25 years on Earth, before she got to meet her secret crush "Cordrouy Man." She has watched "CM" for weeks, bicycling along the path she takes to work, but she's never had the courage to speak to him. After her accident, she gets to know him in a way she never expected. With twists and turns along the way, the ending is a happy surprise. A very nice "feel good" book to curl up with for a long winter evening.
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