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- Publisher: Lost Plot Press (January 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QBTE4OC
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"A perfect end to a rather dark, emotional and psychological series." - AZ Green, author of the Hidden Blood Series
"It's like the books are a jigsaw puzzle, and the first book gives you half the pieces, and the second provides the other half. The third book gives you a pair of 3D goggles, and you see all the things you missed. Things that made sense before suddenly blind you with the intensity of their clarity..." - The Hellvis Compendium
"An extraordinary read that grips the senses and climbs into the reader's mind." - BrookLynne Winters
"This trilogy will pull your emotions in every direction! Enjoy!!!" - TT
"A perfectly tuned rose, albeit a dark one. You won't be able to put it down." - Regina M Joseph
"The characters are organic, gritty, and above all, broken. Forget knights in shining armour and damsels in distress, in this series, everyone has a past, and even the greatest intentions can lead to hell." - Syndrium
"Ms. Carlton does a fantastic job at mixing love, suspense, drama, corruption on many different facets in this one! There's such a great mix of things in this last instalment that you simply finish reading the book thinking, 'No!!! Tell me it's not over!'" - Carey Decevito
About the Author
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
To get an email whenever Demelza releases a new title AND get NINE free books, sign up for her VIP Readers Group at demelzacarlton.com (just copy and paste into your browser).
The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.
The suggested reading order for each series is as follows:
Turbulence and Triumph series:
(How To Catch Crabs)
Ocean's Gift series:
Water and Fire
Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer
Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller
Afterlife of Alanna Miller
Romance Island Resort series:
Maid for the Rock Star
The Rock Star's Email Order Bride
The Rock Star's Virginity
The Rock Star and the Billionaire
The Rock Star Wants A Wife
The Rock Star's Wedding
Maid for the South Pole
Mel Goes to Hell series:
Welcome to Hell
See You in Hell
Mel Goes to Hell
To Hell and Back
The Holiday From Hell
The Complex series:
Romance a Medieval Fairytale series:
Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold
Awaken: Sleeping Beauty Retold
Dance: Cinderella Retold
If you'd like more information about the background behind her books, you can visit her website at: demelzacarlton.com
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The style of writing is incredibly succinct and the descriptions sometimes took my breath away. By the end of the novel I felt so heavily invested in the characters of Nathan and Caitlin, I needed to see things work out. There’s some very hard hitting issues dealt with in the novel and I don’t think the author needs to make any apology for that. I found the storyline very real and poignant. Many authors have jumped on the bandwagon of writing about women kept hostage, but this novel predates many of the cases I’ve heard of in the last ten years so it is wholly original.
Book three deals with the ‘afterwards’, the part that many authors/filmmakers and media aren’t interested in. How do these people put their lives back together again? Nobody asks that question or even remotely gives it any thought once the hype has died down. These people go back to normal lives, don’t they? Of course they don’t.
For anyone who read the first two books, they need to read this one. The title ‘Afterlife’ is a play on words and it would be a spoiler for me to say why. But one of the reasons why the title is so fitting, is that it is their afterlife - as in life after everything has settled and they’re the only ones with a vested interest in making everything right.
The plot twist at the end is sinister and gripping because it reveals the ‘why’ which many people in real situations never get to understand. I loved both characters. They were gritty and determined, whilst understandably damaged and trying to forge a life for themselves out of misery. Looking back, I feel most sympathy for Nathan. There’s nothing weak or incapable about him but nobody talks about the male victims of abuse. It’s like breast cancer in men, it happens but we don’t know how to handle it or what to say. I felt fully emotionally invested in this novel and that’s down to the skill of the author. I put off reading it for a while because as a victim of abuse, I was scared. Having finished, I only feel sad that there’s no more pages left in which I can savour the sense of hope and restitution I found in this novel. There is life after. There is an afterlife. It’s one of the most deeply meaningful books I’ve read in a long while and I wish I could give it 20*. Because I would.
A perfect end to a rather dark, emotional and psychological series. Caitlin and Nathan find themselves together again in this finale'. Caitlin has moved back to her town and is now a doctor and has dealt with the trauma and scars from her abduction, torture and rape. Nathan is still traumatized and has a hard time dealing with the past events. Caitlin is determined to make Nathan talk to her about all of this after she discovers emails he has been sending to his deceased sister Alanna, who was the first victim of the animals who did this to Caitlin. But Alanna was murdered in the end. Another gripping book. There is a great deal of emotional and psychological complexity in this book. It takes your emotions and soul and twists and turns it. Excellent writing.
Caitlin Lockyer has changed her name to Alana Miller, an intentional, slightly differently spelled homage to the doomed Alanna of the title. She has become a doctor and seems to have recovered from the physical and emotional wounds of her years-earlier kidnapping, captivity, and escape. Lately, though, she senses pursuit and fears the past is returning to do worse than haunt her. And she can never forget Nathan Miller, the man she loves and whom she considers her saviour, though he may have forgotten her.
"Saviour" is the last thing Nathan considers himself to be. In fact, he blames himself for all that befell both Caitlin and his tragic sister Alanna. Helping Caitlin now is the least he can do, though he knows he will never be absolved of his sins, nor will he ever have the right to act upon his hopeless love for her. His guilt all but crushes him.
There is a great deal of emotional and psychological complexity in THE AFTERLIFE..., and Ms. Carlton is highly adept at keeping readers on the roller coaster right along with her troubled characters. She is also very skillful in using sex – some of it explicit – to mirror Nathan's and Caitlin's physical and emotional experiences, from the cold and frightening depth of sexual victimization to the heights of passionate love. Ms. Carlton can write a jolly erotic romp with the best of them, but the sexual content in THE AFTERLIFE... is not extraneous. It is rather a vivid expression of the characters' emotional lives.
For me, the only glitch in the novel was the frequent shifts in point of view. (Both Nathan and Caitlin tell their stories in alternating, first-person narratives.) It was often confusing to me when the narration switched. I would have liked simple notations of "Nathan" or "Caitlin" before each new section of narration. As it was, it was sometimes several sentences into the section before I realized there was a new "I" telling the story. Overall, though, this is a gripping, deftly-written novel and a true page-turner!
Top international reviews
This was the perfect ending to Carlton's suspenseful trilogy. I loved the first book, found the second a little repetitive but still captivating, and this one was even better than the first. The characters are great, the danger is very real and the way it's written makes it very hard to put down. Due to the storyline it has some very dark depths, but there is also hope for the characters as they try to heal from their pasts.
This is ultimately a satisfying read and one that I would highly recommend to others. Once you try one of Carlton's books you will definitely be back for more!
The first book was excellent.
The second book gave us the chance to see both sides of the story, it was repetitive, but it was also gripping.
I cannot believe this 3rd book was written by the same author. No mystery, not at all gripping. It was like a boring love story, with explicit sexual encounters.
It has put me off reading anymore from this writer.
This trilogy has a soul. Once you read it, you want to relive and savor the storylines, characters and emotions. It is not some mindless novel which you forgot it once you finished reading.
Afterlife of Alanna Miller ties up the loose ends from previous books. Some of the plots are a bit too tidy for my liking but nevertheless very satisfying. There is not much plotline compared to the first book but the characters come alive with this book. Their emotions, their behaviors, their thoughts and actions are believable and real, even though you might disapprove some of them.
The writing style is fluid and consistent. The characters are not doing something out of their style. For example, Caitlin's reluctant to call for help and Nathan's ego of not helping or doing if not being asked. These traits stay true to the end. The characters can grow but their traits cannot change much just like real life and this is what makes this trilogy great.