Friday, 20 November 2015
The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter by Kate Winter
Published by Little Brown
Purchase from Amazon here
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).
I was drawn to The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter by its pretty cover, and by the synopsis. A young woman wakes up one morning all confused before realising she is dead, apparently murdered, and wearing her ugliest pair of pyjamas!
What should, given the storyline, be dark and sad, is in actual fact intriguing and lighthearted. Rosie is a very funny character, and once the initial shock passes she seems to revel in her ability to turn detective and try to suss out just who killed her. She has her eye on who she believes is the key suspect and she starts to mess with their head in ways that made me laugh.
Whilst she believes initially that no one knows she is loitering around in the afterlife she thinks nothing of playing around, teasing them, shouting at them and some tom foolery. She gets the shock of her life when it emerges that someone can infact she and hear her. She enlists them to help track down who killed her. This leads to some more funny moments, but also some more emotional times as she ponders love.
Will she find a happy ever after life and find the peace and answers she is seeking? Aha that would be telling! Katie Winter has written a clever book which has a serious plot, and is a who dunnit, but is not written in the traditional serious suspenseful manner. It is punctured by many light moments that raise a smile and draw you into the very likeable Rosie.
I am trying so hard not to give too much away as it really would spoil it for other readers. But this is a fast flowing, easy to read, fun book which is uplifting and very enjoyable to read.
Thank you to Little Brown who provided a copy in return for an honest review.