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Waking Up Dead Paperback – November 15, 2013
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The prose is flawless, comprehensible, and frank. The plot is well-constructed and not redundant with other tangential details. It has a clear direction and great twists from start to finish. I liked the friendship pairing of Callie and Ashara. I absolutely adored the funny and wise Maw-Maw. When Stephen joins the group, the unofficial, somewhat vigilante crime-solving team felt complete. The ending is great with a cliffhanger that promises more things to come for protagonist Callie Taylor and her living friends. Simply put, this is an excellent and faultless paranormal series. ~Lit Amri
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I say I kept wanting to put it down because there were things that I needed to do, but I just couldn't. The book never hit a dull moment, it was literally a page turner. Once you do finish the first thing you will want to know is, "Please, please, please let there be a sequel."
One of those families is a young couple called McClatchy. When Molly McClatchy is killed in front of her and her husband is arrested for the crime, Callie immediately goes in search of someone who can see her to help her bring the murderer to justice. She finds Ashara at the local WalMart, and not that interested in helping her. But when Callie follows her home to MawMaw's (sp?) house, she is soon forced into helping by Callie and her elderly grandmother. Add in a third person who can see Callie and you have a team of people who can help her gather the evidence she needs to solve the case.
There are weighty themes in this book, including murder, rape, and race relations. It is done in a way that brings the issues to light in a serious way but also brings a touch of humor so the book doesn't become solely those topics. In short, there is much to like and I am hopeful that there will be more books in the series and we will learn more about Callie's death and why she can't seem to leave Abrahamsville, Alabama.
Angel Clark did an excellent job narrating this listen. She captured the southern drawl of the ladies quite well and her male voices were done nicely, too. I hope she continues if there are more of this series.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
Part of the charm is the light-hearted tone of the book, totally incongruous of the nature of the crimes in the book. It is as if the protagonist, Callie, basically decided to be normal (as normal as a ghost can be), having mostly forgotten the circumstances of her death but slowly recalled all the details by the end of the book. But somehow she can keep her bright outlook on... not-life? There is a certain sense of disconnect here and it's obviously not for everyone. I can see some people say this doesn't fit her personality, but I'd say she's a GHOST, if she was a happy person before her death, and only her final days were horrible, then she'd still be generally a happy bubbly ghost, right?
It's a fun read and I highly recommend it for the quirky characters and good plot without getting preachy. The clues are revealed just like peeling the onion, the way it should be. I don't quite like the ending though.