The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter by Kate Winter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you're dead.
When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world's worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she's actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she's still here.
Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .
In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter's afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order)
To be honest I am finding this book a little hard to review. I have not read anything like this before so I was unsure what to expect. Although it is chick lit and an extremely easy read, it was a little darker (due to the topic) and had a different twist.
Rosie shares a place with her friend Jenny, they always have been friends and when Jenny moved to Dublin Rosie missed her a lot. When she found out she was coming back she was delighted, they moved in together and their friendship became stronger than ever. Reasons to why Jenny moved back so suddenly are a little unclear and what happened in Dublin she never talks about. That is until a hunk starts work at the pub Rosie works in, Jack. From the first moment Jenny seems to have a problem with him and tries to warn Rosie off him, claiming she knew him in Dublin and that he is trouble.
I found this very easy to read and read pretty quickly. There are a few issues I have had with the book, the main one is on discovering Rosie's death and the authorities informing her family. There is not a lot of emotion from her parents and they seem to carry on as normal, this to me I felt was strange. They didn't seem to be in floods of tears or anything and I would have thought they would have been.
The other negative I have about the book is that it didn't seem to be going anywhere at times and around the 180-200 page mark I felt myself drifting away from the book as not a lot seemed to he happening, that said it picked up shortly after.
This is a 'whodunit' with a difference and I certainly didn't see the ending coming. This book offers something different in the chick lit market and it is very clever. I really enjoyed the epilogue as it rounding things off nicely for all the characters we had met throughout the story. I also really enjoyed the way the story was told, it seemed to go forward and back in time, I enjoyed reading about Rosie from different viewpoints and angles from the book. I really felt for Rosie especially when we found out about her boyfriend as if felt she had wasted what little time she had.
I really loved Charles and although Rosie was dead there is still romance in this book which is a classic trait of a chick lit. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes chick lit and a light read, don't let the title put you off, this is certainly not a book full of doom and gloom.
I would love to read more from Kate Winter and I think this is a strong and original debut that will do well this year. It is certainly one to look out for.
I would like to think the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.