I found this to be a very unique depiction of the afterlife, not just heaven and hell, but multiple options in between, such as recycle, rehabilitation, and purgatory. This was a good way to set up the themes of the complexity of good and evil, and how a person isn’t necessarily one or the other. I really enjoyed Sunel, and found her struggle relatable and believable. She considers herself a good person, but with a dark side who manifests as a little man on her shoulder whispering in her ear. Throughout the story, she faces her demons and seeks redemption.
Earlier in the story, she and some of her friends end up in a place called the G.A. Academy, where I assumed the rest of the story would take place. This is where deceased souls who aren't destined for heaven or hell learn to become guardian angels. I absolutely loved this idea, and had a little trouble letting go when Sunel decided to leave. I feel like this could be a whole other book, about someone going to school there and what their afterlife is like once they graduate. I was a little disappointed not to have more of this, but then again, perhaps it will be a future book. That said, I understand why she had to move on. I did enjoy the direction this book went, and the journey of the friends to the other side.
There is also a love story weaved in, which at first I found unexpected, and borderline unrealistic. The truth is, it's too realistic. Have you ever had a crush on someone and never said a thing for years? Ever thought someone disliked you, but they were only acting strange because they liked you too much? Especially among high school kids, these things are common. This fits the real world so well, that often we don't think it's realistic at all. Because the real world doesn't have to make as much sense as fiction.
But, whether you love the love story or not, My Life Hereafter will take your mind on a crazy journey, to all different options of the afterlife, ponderings about sin, judgement, and redemption, and realizations of what matters most in life.
About the Author
For most of her adult live she worked as a personal assistant at an international financial institution and in 2008 she took the brave leap to becoming a self-published author.
Her first indie book 'My Recycled Soul' was chosen as a Quarter Finalist (top 250 from 5000 entries) in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (Young Adults) 2010. In 2011, her story, 'When we Love' was also chosen as a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (Young Adults).
Since then Lynette has published more then twenty stories.