Hereafter by Tara Hudson

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews



Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.


About Tara Hudson

See more books from this Author
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Tara Hudson graduated with a degree in law, mostly because she believed all the horror stories about English majors and their careers in the food-service industry. Luckily she soon remembered how much she loved telling ghost stories, particularly to her girlfriends, who liked visiting abandoned cemeteries as much as she did. Tara currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband, son, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. You can visit her online at or follow her on Twitter @thudsonwrites.
Published June 7, 2011 by HarperTeen. 419 pages
Genres: Romance, Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Hereafter

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

In the less-benign afterlife when Josh is not around, Amelia meets mysterious Eli, once a handsome young man and now responsible for bringing the recently dead to his masters, terrifying beings that rule the afterlife’s nastier corners.

Jun 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Hereafter

NY Daily News

Seyfried steps away from her usual sweet-girl roles to take on her most daring character yet.

Oct 14 2010 | Read Full Review of Hereafter

The Young Folks

Hereafter is Tara Hudson’s debut novel about a ghost, Amelia, who manages to save a boy’s life.

Aug 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Hereafter

Creative Loafing Tampa

Clint Eastwood's Hereafter is brimming with both the reality of dying and the living with little clue of death's bitter mystery.

Oct 22 2010 | Read Full Review of Hereafter

Independent Weekly

(In this way, it shares an inspiration with Shyamalan: Spielberg's Close Encounters.) While a human touch may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the guy who played Dirty Harry, Eastwood never loses sight of his characters' humanity in this spotty, peculiar and occasionall...

Oct 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Hereafter

Reader Rating for Hereafter

An aggregated and normalized score based on 333 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review