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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
When Sean, a writer, mysteriously begins to communicate with Doug, a ghost that considers himself as ‘a thinking’, many of Sean's beliefs – and society’s in general – about the afterlife are set straight in ways that he never would have imagined. The departed ones still have work to do, which is helping the living. When we find answers and strengths to our daily problems, we may perhaps be helped by ‘a thinking’, as stated in Barb McIntyre’s Here in the Hereafter. When a person is under stress, a ghost is assigned to that person by the ‘bosses’. A ghost can project thoughts into people; make suggestions, boost people's moods, give them confidence and even things like hunger and fatigue, as well as pain.
My first thought after reading Here in the Hereafter was about its uniqueness, although frankly I had a bit of hard time to call a departed soul as a 'thought' or ‘thinking’. Apart from the fact that these ghosts have work, there is one belief that we the living ones got right; that good is rewarded and sin is punished. Yet what is good and what is sin is another matter. Doug also explained further about his job through interesting different stories about people that he was assigned to. Some had happy conclusions and some did not. All in all, Barb McIntyre’s paranormal novel is truly one of the kind. That being said, open-mindedness is somewhat required; there are some controversial parts that will challenge one’s firm belief about death.