My So-Called Afterlife by Tamsyn Murray

click meHow did I get the book? Borrowed from a friend.

Genre: Paranormal

First Impression: Ghost haunting a men’s toilet? Sold.

Synopsis: Meet Lucy Shaw. She’s not your average fifteen year old – for a start, she’s dead. And as if being a ghost wasn’t bad enough, she’s also trapped haunting the men’s toilets on Carnaby Street. So when a lighting engineer called Jeremy walks in and she realises he can see and hear her, she isn’t about to let him walk out of her afterlife. Not least until he’s updated her on what’s happening in her beloved soaps.
With Jeremy’s help, Lucy escapes the toilet and is soon meeting up with other ghosts, including the perpetually enraged Hep and the snogtastic Ryan. But when Jeremy suggests Lucy track down the man who murdered her, things go downhill. Can Lucy face up to the events of that terrible night? And what will it cost her if she does?

200 words (or less) review:  “I knew it was time to move on when a tramp peed on my Uggs…” AND I knew I had to read this book after that line.

My So-Called Afterlife and the subsequent books My So-Called Haunting & My So-Called Phantom Lover are a fun read with Lucy providing a wonderful narration in book 1 and Skye continuing in book 2 & 3. I read all three books in one go, one per night and I wasn’t disappointed.

In the series My So-Called Afterlife is the strongest. Lucy is perfectly captured; she is flawed, annoying in places but wonderful to read. Jeremy is a sweet guy and their first meeting had me in stitches. Lucy’s new ghost friends and frenemies add instead of deflection from Lucy’s story with Kimberley providing some of the best moments in the book. (She might be awful but she made stuff happen.)

I have no fault to pick with My So-Called Afterlife, it’s easy reading and entertaining. It’s pretty much exactly what I hoped.

Recommend it?


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