#BookReview – Aftermath by Sandy Goldsworthy (The Afterworld Saga #1)


After losing her father, Emma Bennett moves to her aunt’s small town of Westport to finish out her senior year of high school. Emma wants to forget the pain and loss of the past few weeks, finding relief in the company of Ben Parker—a local boy who she has an instant attraction and uncanny connection with. When Ben seems a little too preoccupied with other responsibilities and has no time for her, Emma turns to the town’s hottest flirt—Lucas Crandon—for affection. Unfortunately, she realizes a little too late that, sometimes, bad boys really can be bad for you.

Life as an undercover agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation isn’t an easy job. When Ben Parker finds his soul mate, Emma, in a small town, he finds himself forced to choose between doing his job or rekindling a relationship with the love of his existence. After Ben is notified that a notorious immortal is loose somewhere near Westport, he realizes that his love life will just have to wait. There is a criminal to apprehend before he can have his girl.

When lives are at stake and immortals are on the loose, can two soul mates find their happy ever after?
I received this ARC e-book from NetGalley and Clear Teen Publishing in exchange of an honest review.
I was completely hooked by page one but ultimately disappointed with the ending until I learned this was the first book in a series.
I’ve been trying to write this review since I finished the book late last week and am having a hardest time putting into words everything that went into the 380 pages it took to create this world of Ben Parker and Emma Bennett.
There is so much packed into each page that the pace is non-stop. That was the first thing that intrigued me about the book. I also liked the fact that the storyline was original to me. You can always read about angels and soulmates but when do you read about agents and life contracts? Where you don’t go to heaven when you die but have the choice instead to help humans reach the end of their contracts without an untimely demise? Or if you have your contract ended early the choice to take another life assignment and try again?
Ben Parker is someone that has lived multiple times but chose to become an agent after his last life ended in the hopes of being there waiting for his wife when she finally completes the life she accepted after killing herself when she lost him to a war. He spent years waiting for her only to miss her again…or did he?
Emma lost her mom at a young age to cancer and has an over-protective father who is afraid to let her be a teenager in fear of losing her like he lost her mother. Unfortunately tragedy sticks and its Emma’s father that is lost when he is hit by a drunk driver crossing the street on his way into work. This sad event leaves Emma with only one family member left, her Aunt Barb. She moves to Lake Bell and tries to move past it all but she never gave thought to the new drama and mystery that would surround her and this small lake town.
There are so many characters in this series but you don’t get overwhelmed by them. Maybe that’s because of how they’re introduced. Ben comes with his agents and partners while Emma has the small group of kids she hangs with that she’s known after years of visiting Lake Bell her with parents. I enjoy that each chapter moves back and forth between Ben and Emma. You get both perspectives and they aren’t the same. Emma is using the rationale of a teenager while Ben is using his experience after decades of undercover work as an agent.
Emma is shy and has lost her confidence with the death of her dad making her an easy target for the town’s bad boy. She knows he isn’t really her type but his non-committal attitude is exactly what she’s looking for until she learns his dad is dating her aunt and a relationship is almost thrust on her.
Ben is playing the friend and keeping the distance but there’s something about Lucas that isn’t right. He’s reading say he’s human but is he? Will Emma be safe around him when Ben isn’t watching? Where does Lucas’ temper come from and why does it vanish just as quickly as it comes? Is he only playing a game, acting like the bad boy because his dad’s a cop or is there something more sinister and revealing about Lucas?
The agents accompanying Ben on this “vacation turned mission” are sort of one sided characters but I could see the point where the author decided to flush them out more and create possible storylines for the next book. Molly will be an interesting character from the minute you read her and Claire is a sweet thing with more of a connection to Emma than initial seen. The third agent to assist Ben is Bianca and from the minute she’s introduced you want to dislike her, there’s just something she’s hiding and I’m not falling for her “I didn’t know” routine. She probably annoyed me most even though she isn’t present from beginning to end.
You get plagued with questions after each chapter and not all of them are answered by the end of the book, I actually has more questions and felt the epilogue at the end was substandard.
I guess my review is that I enjoyed the book and will read the next one that comes out along with the two novellas I found on good reads but I’m left with a feeling of complete unfinishedness (Not a word I know but whatever I made it up) that I hope will dissolve as I delve into the next book.

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whatever I made it up) that I hope will dissolve as I delve into the next book.


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