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I, myself, don’t believe in ghosts. But I had no trouble suspending disbelief to enjoy this tale. It was his growing humanity that kept me turning the pages. I liked the ending, which I didn’t anticipate.
There were some editing issues, but they didn't detract from my enjoyment.
The book has a mildly interesting love story, and an interesting character arc for a self-absorbed drug abusing stepson. But this book could have been SO MUCH more.
And holy cow. Someone hire this man a competent editor. "Stripped" is not the same as "striped." "Your" is not the same thing as "you're." You do not use double quotation marks inside double quotation marks. "If quoting other people," he wrote, "you use 'these single quotation marks' instead."
No offense to the author. A very nice person I am sure. But come on.
When Robert Malone dies he is startled to learn that he still exists on a different plane. His body has been cryogenically preserved for a time when technology has advanced to the point where he can be "brought back to life". Once he has been given some lessons about how to live while 'being dead' by a couple of elderly dead people, he elects to 'go it alone'. Because he does not know what to do or where to go, he goes home, and once there, he is subjected to a number of painful and shocking truths and events. As a result he leaves again. Shortly thereafter he meets Suzanne, whom he meets when she crawls out through the broken windshield of the car wreck in which she has just died.
You don't fall in love with Robert right away, rather, it's a process. In life, and initially when first dead, he is vain, selfish with his family, a workaholic, shallow and not a little mean-spirited. He wooed a woman who married him for his money. He has little use for his 26 year old son who has never worked a day in his life and lives off money given to him by his mother. When he first meets Suzanne he is dismissive of her looks, her clothing and who she is as a person. He spends time with her because he has nothing better to do. However, this gradually changes and as time goes by you see Robert develop and mature into the warm, humerous, family oriented man he never was in life. It is this metamorphosis which helps make the book so intriguing - Robert's second opportunity to live his life (while dead).
The author is very creative and has many unexpected twists and turns in the book which kept me reading with delight. Her exploration of ways to savour life, while dead, such as tasting, touching, enjoying a good drink, and yes, even how to make love, are imaginative and entertaining. The end result is a warm, humerous tale that leaves you wishing the book would never end. In the past, upon finishing a good book, I would hold it against my heart as I bade it farewell, many times waking in the morning with the book still clutched to my chest. I now read on my iPad but at the end of this story I had my iPad clutched against my heart as I said goodbye to Robert, Suzanne, Maggie, Joe, Robbie, Rachel and Angie and Sam.
The love story between the main character and his love interest just.. is. There's no description of their increasing feelings for one another, or why they like each other. They just spend a bunch of time together randomly and then BOOM they are in love forevah and evah. It has no development and no point.