Ophelia, Alive

A Ghost Story

Fiction - Horror
354 Pages
Reviewed on 02/22/2017
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Author Biography

An accomplished humor writer, Luke T. Harrington has written for Cracked and BuzzFeed and contributed regular columns to Christianity Today and Christ and Pop Culture. Ophelia, Alive is his first novel, and might be his last if you don’t buy it. His nonfiction debut, HOLY SH*T! The Dirtiest Bits in the Bible, has been in development hell for years, but if you clap your hands and shout “I do believe in fairies!” maybe it will appear at a bookstore near you. He lives in the Tulsa area with his wife and 1.8 kids.

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Reviewed by Tanja Jurkovic for Readers' Favorite

Have you ever felt like you're awake but you're still in the dream realm? Because that's how it feels when reading Ophelia, Alive by Luke T. Harrington. This excellent piece of writing transfers the reader from the conscious to the unconscious and back throughout the whole story about a college girl named Ophelia, who is hovering in between her reality and imagination...or so it seems at first. Luke T. Harrington gives us a vision of a completely different take on the topic of growing up, and coming to terms with all the pros and cons of adult life. Ophelia, Alive gives the reader a refreshing insight into the young mind of a person who is still searching for one true self, and at the same time fighting the demons of her past and present.

Ophelia is strange. Ophelia is different. Ophelia just wants to live her life on her own terms. But she finds it difficult to handle the things happening to her, and the influence of her family, her mother and her sister, does not help her in achieving her goals. On the verge of suspension from her uni, Ophelia is struggling with finances, and she has to find a job to support herself...and fast. Her sister, a cheeky, beautiful and somewhat genius girl, finds her a job at the hospital where she works as a mortician, but under one condition: Ophelia has to become a part of a secret experiment with an illegal drug that her sister developed a while ago. Having no other option, Ophelia accepts her sister's offer, soon realising that she bought a one-way ticket to a dark place in her mind that will pull her back in time to her troubled childhood.

Ophelia, Alive is a great read, full of interesting references, dark humour, sarcasm, and strange, but real characters who will take readers on a dark, but enjoyable journey through the landscapes of life and death.