Review: Aftermath (The Afterworld Saga #1) by Sandy Goldsworthy
After losing her father, Emma Bennett moves to her aunt’s small town of Westport to finish out her senior year of high school. Emma wants to forget the pain and loss of the past few weeks, finding relief in the company of Ben Parker—a local boy who she has an instant attraction and uncanny connection with. When Ben seems a little too preoccupied with other responsibilities and has no time for her, Emma turns to the town’s hottest flirt—Lucas Crandon—for affection. Unfortunately, she realizes a little too late that, sometimes, bad boys really can be bad for you.
Life as an undercover agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation isn’t an easy job. When Ben Parker finds his soul mate, Emma, in a small town, he finds himself forced to choose between doing his job or rekindling a relationship with the love of his existence. After Ben is notified that a notorious immortal is loose somewhere near Westport, he realizes that his love life will just have to wait. There is a criminal to apprehend before he can have his girl.
When lives are at stake and immortals are on the loose, can two soul mates find their happy ever after?
Genre: Another-World, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural--
Emma thought her day couldn't get worse after a fight with her father over the senior trip camp out, but when she is called into the office and informed her father died in a car accident, her life as she knew it was over. She goes to live with her aunt, in a new town and a new school, leaving everything she knew behind. But then she meets Ben.
Ben has been searching for his wife Elizabeth for years while serving as an Immortal Agent, but he had almost given up hope when he learned that his beloved Elizabeth was reborn as Emma.
I will admit that I had a hard time getting into the story and I think it was mostly due to the chapters narrated by Ben. The story is dual narrated from Emma and Ben so that that the reader gets to see both worlds and motivations, and I do absolutely love romances narrated by both love interests. The portion told from Emma was relatable and engaging, you can feel her sorrow and despair, as well as her attempt to heal. Ben and his world was way more complicated and I was just thrown into it with no real backstory or description. I think he is kinda sorta like an angel, since he can see and know all, take the shape of others and put thoughts in heads, as well as make hearts start beating again. After I got the hang of the plot I was more able to read and enjoy the story instead of analyzing every aspect of it.
This was overall a paranormal romance dealing with reincarnation, as well as a mystery interwoven in between the love. The author was able to create a romance that spans time, full of love and loss, while still being a good read for both YA and adult readers. This is just the first in the series so I am interested to see what will play out for Emma and Ben next- I hope it can lead to a happily ever after, but it may not be in the stars.
I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book.