The Afterlife Just Got a Lot More Interesting

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James

Sandi Parsons
The Last Nerd

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Harriet Stoker was perfectly respectable. Until she died and morphed into a megalomaniac.

After she dies, Harriet Stoker has only one desire — to return home and look after her elderly grandmother. But ghosts cannot leave the place where they die. To leave means disintegration — and no one knows what happens to spirits when they disintegrate. As long as they remain in place, ghosts can ‘live’ a relatively normal existence.

Normal, that is for ghosts. It’s a world where individual ghostly powers can be traded. As Harriet tries to discover her own ghostly power, she learns it’s possible to steal power from other ghosts. Except stealing another ghost’s power is forbidden.

But Harriet will do whatever it takes to return to her grandmother, even at the cost of the other ghosts. Drunk on the power of others, Harriet is soon out of control. And the upheaval she causes creates a power vacuum. The ghostly world will never be the same again.

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker is told in third person personal, exploring the viewpoint of Harriet, Felix, Kasper, Rima, and Leah. Interspersed throughout is commentary from a mystery narrator who sees time out of context — while also…

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Sandi Parsons
The Last Nerd

Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.