Nov 222013
 
Review: After LifeAfter Life by Rhian Ellis
Published by Viking Books on Jul 17, 2000
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal, Thriller
Format: ARC from BEA 2012
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

For Naomi Ash, growing up the daughter of a clairvoyant medium exposed her to the chicanery of a business where telling people what they want to hear is the only currency. And the sleepy hamlet of Train Line, New York, nestled against a frigid lake in the westernmost fringes of the state, was founded on, built, and is still sustained by it. Now a young woman and a practicing medium herself, Naomi still lives in the place that nourished and raised her — the place where she fell in love. Love, however, can be deadly. And the secrets behind the fake and the fraud, behind her deepest desires and greatest fears, and behind the lies and truths of her life collide with ferocity and quiet consequence, a profound duality that pervades the past and the present, and crosses the line between the living and the dead.

This was a unique and introverted look at a woman whose whole life seems to be built on lies and truths intertwined in a way that makes it impossible to tell the difference between the two. It made for an interesting yet complex story.

Something about this book reminded me strongly of Haunting Violet, enough though the books have very little in common. The only real connection is that the heroines both grew up with mothers who were mediums, but there is a feeling in both of them that I can’t explain.

Overall, this was an enjoyable, quiet read that combined a mystery why-did-it with a life story featuring the paranormal.

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