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AFTERLIFE
by Douglas Clegg
Onyx, December 2004
272 pages
$6.99
ISBN: 0451411676


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During the last few days Julie Hutchinson's life has been spiraling downwards and things are not going to get better. It is going to get nasty and strange. She can't eat, she can't sleep, and she is just about to enter her own personal hell. She is now a widow taking care of a daughter and a stepson after her husband is found brutally murdered in upstate New York.

Since his death, weird things have been happening at Julie's home and Julie has been having nightmares involving unusual sex dreams. Her husband's death was just the beginning. It is what comes after that is going to make things interesting.

Douglas Clegg creates in fewer than 265 pages a creepy and suspenseful novel using elements taken out of an urban legend and making them appear as real as reality itself. In just the opening chapters of this terrifying novel the author creates a spooky atmosphere where the Hutchinson family are being haunted by things beyond their comprehension transferring the fear to the readers themselves.

There is a secret group of men and women who know the truth and have kept it hidden for generations. They will force Julie to make a decision no one should be ever forced to make if she wants to learn the truth about her husband's death. By the end of the story, life as Julie knows it will be completely transformed in the worse way. When one finishes the book, the reader will be left wondering what's going to happen next?

Clegg is masterful in his storytelling, providing all the necessary elements to move the plot forward without bringing any embellishments or subplots that have nothing to do with the main story. Even though the book is relatively short it hypnotizes readers into the story without feeling cheated.

Clegg is an impressive writer who knows how to create good characters, suspense, and well-paced story. It is good stuff if you are discovering him for the first time. Hopefully it will not be the last.

Reviewed by Angel L. Soto, January 2005

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