Review: Life After Death by Jackson Baer

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 3 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

What It’s About:

The Childs family faced the unthinkable… now they have a second chance.
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The Childs family has endured a terrible tragedy, but the FBI’s shocking discovery has turned their lives upside down.
His kids have all moved on from the death of their mother, as has Isaac from the loss of his wife, but now that the FBI has finally solved the case, the Childs family must face the loss of Ramie all over again.

Each has their own relationships and their own lives, but all are upended due to unforeseen circumstances. As they maneuver these new lives, they must deal with love, heartache, and jealousy as a family, and the choices they face will not be easy.

Their decisions bring out the best in some… and the worst in others.

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My Thoughts:

Life After Death is the second and final installment of Jackson Paul Baer’s An American Family duet series.  It should not be read as a standalone novel.

In An American Family, the Childs family is just barely moving forward after a tragic loss of Ramie Childs when she mysteriously is found. Now the family must recover all over again.

Thriller lovers will love the many twists and turns, but after awhile the tragedies felt overdone (or overwhelming) to me.  In addition to the thrilling suspense, is the intense family drama.  The facades of the perfect family cracked when Ramie went missing, and the messy, raw, flawed family is again flayed open.

The author presents his characters in a way that maximizes sympathy.  There are some religious references  (i.e., how could God allow this evil) and seeking of answers through religion.  My biggest struggle with the writing is the third-person narrative.  It didn’t work for me in this duet.  Overall, Life After Death was a strong finish for this duet series.

 

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