21st May 2015, Sphere, 304 pages, Ebook, Review copy (NetGalley)
Content: adult romance, alcohol, swearing, grief, humour
Summary from Little, Brown
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 . . .
Happily (no pun intended) this book was different to what I expected as I read the first few chapters. I thought I wouldn't like Rosie, but there's something about her commentary on life – both while she's alive and when she's not, which made me laugh and carry on reading. Like other characters who end up dead for an entire book Rosie gets to reflect on the highs and lows of her relations with friends and family. I won't give spoilers, but I shall say that the dog is sweet. Her so called boyfriend not so much. I wasn't the only one wanting to damage him for what he did.
I was heartily surprised when SPOILER happened – it made for an even funnier read as events unfolded, much needed as the truth of some matters was hard for both Rosie and me to stomach. Trust me when I say you won't believe how Rosie gets murdered. I'm certain I looked stunned for a few seconds, then roared with laughter. Most random murder ever! You'll understand why I laughed when you read this story that's brilliant enough to be marked for reread ^o^