Between here and Paradise – Anna Samuels

Between here and ParadiseEvie Harkness lost her life before her time. Unable to escape to paradise, Evie lingers endlessly in her old home searching for answers, visiting her mother in the care home and wondering what the future holds.

When Ally Christopher buys the family home Evie is troubled. At first she wants the beautiful stranger to be gone but when Ally begins to ‘hear’ her, Evie sees her chance for company and to reconnect.

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This is the first third of a short story trilogy being published over the next 3 months. It is an unusual story of a woman caught in limbo between her home and paradise after she has been murdered… we don’t know why or who by. It is written on the first person of the ‘ghost’ – a curious mechanism.

At first her world is empty and extremely frustrating because nobody can see or hear her, but when the new owner of her family home starts to see and here her, she finds comfort and company and a way to reach back out to the real world.

Unfortunately I found the beginning of the book very stilted and heavy handed. The author has tried to set the scene and explain the circumstances with too much description and too much of an “I did/felt this” monologue. Once the plot gets going the stiffness disappears, the descriptions are well done and the dialogue well written.

The story is interesting and unusual. The plot hints at romance and a crime/drama. The characters are beginning to take substance and achieve layers.

I would recommend this, and urge you to work through the first section because I think it could be a very good read – and I am looking forward to the next instalment.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Self Published
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HSRCXEY
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