Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Hereafter
Description from Goodreads.com http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9256414-hereafter
Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.
Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.

This is one of the better ghost stories I have read. It is a paranormal romance, and I do have some strong personal issues about making out with ghosts, but the author does make it sound kinda romantic. My favorite part of the story is actually most of the beginning. I really liked Amelia's kind of nonchalant way of handling her ghostlyness. She really doesn't want to find out who she was, how she died, what's going on in the world. She just takes each day as it comes, barely recognizing it's come and gone.
Then one day she rescues Joshua from drowning and in that moment that his heart stops beating he is able to see her, and keeps that "sight" after he survives. They find a very romantic connection to each other and soon start to explore who Amelia was when she was alive.
The story slowly developes into a mystery and not only about Amelia and her death but of the River and the surrounding town.
I have to give props to the author for her descriptions on what it would feel like for a ghost and human to kiss and hold hands, sounds kinda smexy. (sexy and smokin' hot) Hereafter
A hauntingly romantic story.

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