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The Childs family faced the unthinkable... now they have a second chance. 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 los The Childs family faced the unthinkable... now they have a second chance. 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. Evolved Publishing presents the second book in the "An American Family" series, contemporary suspense thrillers that explore one family's trials and tragedies. [DRM-Free] Books by Jackson Baer: An American Family (An American Family – 1) Life after Death (An American Family – 2) Clouds Fall like Fire The Earth Bleeds Red The Lights Will Never Fade


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The Childs family faced the unthinkable... now they have a second chance. 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 los The Childs family faced the unthinkable... now they have a second chance. 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. Evolved Publishing presents the second book in the "An American Family" series, contemporary suspense thrillers that explore one family's trials and tragedies. [DRM-Free] Books by Jackson Baer: An American Family (An American Family – 1) Life after Death (An American Family – 2) Clouds Fall like Fire The Earth Bleeds Red The Lights Will Never Fade

30 review for Life after Death (An American Family Book 2)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~~ This review will post on my site on 12/27/18 ~~~~~ Life After Death is the second and final book in An American Family series that follows the Childs family. I reviewed An American Family previously. Life After Death picks up shortly after An American Family ends. I would recommend having both books to read sequentially, as An American Family ends a bit abruptly and I was ready for more story with the Childs’ family. Life After Deat All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~~ This review will post on my site on 12/27/18 ~~~~~ Life After Death is the second and final book in An American Family series that follows the Childs family. I reviewed An American Family previously. Life After Death picks up shortly after An American Family ends. I would recommend having both books to read sequentially, as An American Family ends a bit abruptly and I was ready for more story with the Childs’ family. Life After Death deals with Isaac again and also more with his kids Olivia and Carter. As mentioned previously, all of these characters have many flaws and they have to deal with the aftermath of a terrible situation. If they had been perfect before, they would have been far from it after the fact! This is a series where you cannot say much in the review without giving spoilers away, but it is just an average read for me. Yes, every family has some kind of tragedy, but for the Childs family the tragedies kept coming and became more extreme: This makes it less believable and also predictable as it became a “yep, this is going to happen next” kind of read for me. Though predictable, I did enjoy the read. The psychology of the family experiences and how they coped kept me intrigued. The narrator, Dan Carroll’s voice sounded similar to John Goodman to me. Many thanks to the author Jackson Baer who sent an audible copy in exchange for a review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    FNM

    Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Life after Death is the second book in the America family series. It begins nearly straight after the events of the first book and as I started it pretty much as soon as I finished the first read just like a continuation. From the first book which I reviewed here I had come to sort of expect the way in which the story would be told, there would be mystery, suspense and a lot of focus on the psychology of th Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Life after Death is the second book in the America family series. It begins nearly straight after the events of the first book and as I started it pretty much as soon as I finished the first read just like a continuation. From the first book which I reviewed here I had come to sort of expect the way in which the story would be told, there would be mystery, suspense and a lot of focus on the psychology of the characters as they navigate the new challenges in their life. Without wanting to give much away I will just say there is a lot to unpack with a whole lot more surprises along the way. For me I enjoyed this book a little bit more than the first, in fact I have given it a whole extra half a star :), I think the author really gets into the flow of writing in this book and I got to admit I was more than a little bit invested in pretty much all of the characters, which led to me spending a good portion of my time yelling at them internally not to do that. I was able to manage to guess more of what was going to happen within this book but it still made for a really enjoyable read. Rating: 4.5/5 Would I read again: Yes Would I Recommend: Yes Would I read another book from this author: Yes

  3. 4 out of 5

    Crystal's Book World ~ Crystal Cordova

    I could not get enough of Life after Death! I was engrossed in this story that I hardly came out of my reading cave. I needed to know what would happen next to The Childs family. Isaac thinks he and his family are ready to move on from previous tragic events. Before they know it, they are spiriling back in the black hole. After several events, I couldn't imagine that the the story could end on a good note. You will have to find out for yourself and see if it does. The story itself is suspenseful I could not get enough of Life after Death! I was engrossed in this story that I hardly came out of my reading cave. I needed to know what would happen next to The Childs family. Isaac thinks he and his family are ready to move on from previous tragic events. Before they know it, they are spiriling back in the black hole. After several events, I couldn't imagine that the the story could end on a good note. You will have to find out for yourself and see if it does. The story itself is suspenseful and gives an array of emotions. I was fully invested with these characters and would hold my breath a time or two. Another great book Jackson delivers and excited to see what is next!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Hurzeler

    A master story teller Jackson Baer gives us another amazing tale about the Childs family. There are so many twists and turns it keeps you on the edge waiting for something to jump out of the dark. This family has so many problems it's insane and yet they are always there for each other. You really don't want to miss this one! Great read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)

    Another amazing story by this author. This story was written so well that you will not want to put this one down. With all the twist and turns woven through this book you won't know whether you are coming or going. This one had much more drama than the first book and all the pain they go through will bring you to your knees. This was an awesome book and I can't wait for more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kaila

    audio review this was wonderful and creepy in some spots.. very good.. twists and turns.. interesting storylines.. i enjoyed it a lot and am glad i listened.. this narrator does an amazing job with the characters and their personalities.. i loved it

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paula Genereau

    What an amazing book. I fell in love with the storyline and the characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    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 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. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. For more reading recommendations, visit Book Junkie Reviews at www.abookjunkiereviews.wordpress.com

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bluepits73

    I listened to the audiobook version of this book . The first thing to note is that this one isn't nearly as suspenseful as I thought it was going to be based on the first novel. However, it is still well written and it was interesting to see where the author was going to take the family's story next. The first one ends on a cliffhanger, and I feel that this one ties up a lot of those loose ends. At the same, I get the feeling that we received a lot of information that could be built upon for a th I listened to the audiobook version of this book . The first thing to note is that this one isn't nearly as suspenseful as I thought it was going to be based on the first novel. However, it is still well written and it was interesting to see where the author was going to take the family's story next. The first one ends on a cliffhanger, and I feel that this one ties up a lot of those loose ends. At the same, I get the feeling that we received a lot of information that could be built upon for a third installment if the author chose to do that. At times, the characters aren't all the most realistic and they're also not always likeable. I like that the author made the characters with their individual flaws because it makes them seem more relatable.  I wasn't convinced that the narrator was the best fit for this series in the first book. I think that that narrator is a better fit in this less suspenseful second book. He did a pretty good in both performances.  I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Trey Stone

    Another great book by Jackson Paul Baer. Book two in a series, and another magnificent thriller about a family who loses their mother and wife to a serial killer. This book picks up where the other left off, with Isaac, the father and husband trying to build up a life with his new wife, and his children trying to carry on with their own. It’s about life, love, and the struggle of having lived through a horrible event. Baer writes how he always has; with passion, clarity, and captivation. Is style Another great book by Jackson Paul Baer. Book two in a series, and another magnificent thriller about a family who loses their mother and wife to a serial killer. This book picks up where the other left off, with Isaac, the father and husband trying to build up a life with his new wife, and his children trying to carry on with their own. It’s about life, love, and the struggle of having lived through a horrible event. Baer writes how he always has; with passion, clarity, and captivation. Is style is clear and beautiful, not over the top, and the book isn’t too long. Just the way I like it. His book are all very family centric, with a focus on home, love, and the relationships within a family, as well as the horrible things that happen to them. But this book isn’t what I hoped for, not because it isn’t good, but because I feel like we’ve changed genre. Book 1 in the series is an exciting thriller, but since we’ve dealt with that already, this feels more like family drama, and at times a romance. It’s an interesting development in a series, one I don’t think I’ve seen before, but at the same time I felt a bit cheated. There’s of course some excitement, and thrilling stuff does happen, don’t get me wrong. Like I said, the book is good, and the continuing of the story is gripping. It just doesn’t taste quite the same, do you know what I mean? If you’re looking for a well-written series about a family that suffer through horrible things, trying to (and maybe managing) to come out stronger by the end, give this a try.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Krista Nelson

    The second book in The American Family series, Life After Death, works through the after-effects of losing a part of life that will never be the same. It entails overcoming deep struggles from within, while also managing to stay sane amongst the twists and turns that life has to offer. Like in his other works, Baer writes with addictive, enticing passion, allowing the reader to easily get lost in the chaotic lives of the Childs family. Life After Death is a suburb work of fiction. It captures mi The second book in The American Family series, Life After Death, works through the after-effects of losing a part of life that will never be the same. It entails overcoming deep struggles from within, while also managing to stay sane amongst the twists and turns that life has to offer. Like in his other works, Baer writes with addictive, enticing passion, allowing the reader to easily get lost in the chaotic lives of the Childs family. Life After Death is a suburb work of fiction. It captures misery, sadness, lies, mystery, hope, love, honesty, and forgiveness. Further, Baer perfectly paints the continued hardships of the Childs family, and ends Life After Death with room to write a third novel... Baer provides a fun, interesting, thought provoking experience every time he writes. I’ve also had the privilege of reading some of his other books, The Earth Bleeds Red and The Lights Will Never Fade. Both are full of thrilling mystery, but stand strong with their own alluring plots. These plots entail crime, chilling discoveries, amazing writing, love, hate, and closure. I highly recommend reading everything Jackson Baer has to write about. You won’t be disappointed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    My second read from author Jackson Baer & the final book in An American Family duology was well-written & enjoyable, perhaps even better than the first book. I am so glad I had the I was given an Audible copy of this book & I’m voluntarily reviewing it. Although narrator Dan Carroll’s narration was improved over the first book in the series I remain unimpressed with his vocals, in fact I’d recommend reading the book & not listening to this narrator. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018). My second read from author Jackson Baer & the final book in An American Family duology was well-written & enjoyable, perhaps even better than the first book. I am so glad I had the I was given an Audible copy of this book & I’m voluntarily reviewing it. Although narrator Dan Carroll’s narration was improved over the first book in the series I remain unimpressed with his vocals, in fact I’d recommend reading the book & not listening to this narrator. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

  13. 5 out of 5

    abby.

    Review Life After Death is the second book of An American Family. It is about Isaac Childs and his family… I can’t say too much as it would be too much of a spoiler, especially if you readers have not read the first one. This book is definitely more of a drama than the first book. I really feel for the Childs family! Omg! all the tragedy that this family has been through, I can’t even imagine the pain they would’ve all felt. Life After Death was definitely written so well, I was not disappointed a Review Life After Death is the second book of An American Family. It is about Isaac Childs and his family… I can’t say too much as it would be too much of a spoiler, especially if you readers have not read the first one. This book is definitely more of a drama than the first book. I really feel for the Childs family! Omg! all the tragedy that this family has been through, I can’t even imagine the pain they would’ve all felt. Life After Death was definitely written so well, I was not disappointed at all. At first I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like it at all but I felt the opposite. It did not take me long to finish it at all. It was easier to read than the first one but I still love the entire book. I had so many mixed feelings all the way through to the end, I was annoyed, angry, sad, happy and I also cried so much near the end. I literally couldn’t put it down, I just wanted to know what was going to happened. The characters were once again created so well. The story was amazing! the drama and all the struggles that the characters had to go through in their lives was unbelievable. The entire book felt so real, it felt like I was part of the family and I was going through the struggle and life challenges they had to go though. I really felt really sorry for this family. There was some parts on the book that I wanted to strangle Isaac! OMG! the guy can’t control himself! and his son… He started to sound like he was going to become like his father when it came to drinking and making bad decisions! I am a little curious what happened to Nicole and how Harrison really felt about Olivia saying a few words about her crazy ex girlfriend… Conclusion Overall the story, the characters, the whole family drama and struggle was created so well! Jackson Baer did an amazing job! I LOVED IT! I highly recommended to all the mystery and family drama lovers out there to read this book series!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angela Anderson

    I was given a copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only, in return for an honest review. This is the second book about this family and it's fantastic. Isaacs life was complicated, his first wife returned from bring thought dead his new wife and their new lives are about to get turned upside down once again. As for love lives, they are complicated things as you will find when you read your copy of Life after death. So well written it pulls you in and keeps you waiting for the ne I was given a copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only, in return for an honest review. This is the second book about this family and it's fantastic. Isaacs life was complicated, his first wife returned from bring thought dead his new wife and their new lives are about to get turned upside down once again. As for love lives, they are complicated things as you will find when you read your copy of Life after death. So well written it pulls you in and keeps you waiting for the next twist in this engrossing story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyne

    This is the second book in the An American Family. This second book is filled with twists and turns, and dramas. The narration is good. Overall, I enjoyed my listening. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kaili (Entertainingly Nerdy)

    I really enjoyed this book. I felt horrible for the Father and was able to relate to him in a way. Life After Death is fast paced and has a great representation of how a family should be when going through tragedy!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I received a complimentary copy of the book from Voracious Readers in return for an honest review. Although not an author I have read before I was surprised to enjoy I thought the characters were well written and the story flowed easily through the pages. An enjoyable read and I will look forward to reading more from this author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara George

    Extreme Rich tragic magic excesses. I enjoyed the first book but this one just was just too much of an excess of great love and tragedy and wore me out. The characters are too wonderful and the women's thighs are too thick. But very interesting transition between families.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steph Warren

    *I received a free copy of this novel, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.* If you thought that Isaac had set land speed records when it came to moving on from the ‘love of his life’ to a new love within months, you will be shocked (or not) when you see how quickly his children are able to change lanes on their relationships as well! The Childs family are back in this second instalment of their dysfunctional and highly unlucky American dream. I definitely *I received a free copy of this novel, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.* If you thought that Isaac had set land speed records when it came to moving on from the ‘love of his life’ to a new love within months, you will be shocked (or not) when you see how quickly his children are able to change lanes on their relationships as well! The Childs family are back in this second instalment of their dysfunctional and highly unlucky American dream. I definitely recommend reading An American Family first, as the dramatic back story won’t make much sense here without it. And unfortunately for Isaac, Olivia and Carter there is just as much, if not more, drama in their second story. Due to their financial solvency none of the Childs family need to work for their keep, and so they spend their time socialising and dabbling in their hobbies… what little time they have spare from the emotional traumas that are inflicted on them or that they inflict upon themselves. The younger generation make their mistakes, but they seem like good people who are still drifting trying to find their path in life. And like their father, they seem incapable of spending more than a minute alone on that path! But it is Isaac who seems particularly unendearing in this story. His bad choices in the first book were easy to write off as trauma and grief-induced, but here he is in a happy and stable situation and still weighing up the lives of others for how much happiness they can bring to him. I don’t want to spoil any plot points, but his reactions to both a loved one’s poor health and to an ex’s happiness are totally selfish, hypocritical and dog-in-the-mangerish. There is some religious and political commentary in the dialogue of the story, but the main themes are those of finding happiness in romantic relationships and looking for the significant other who brings you most happiness and comfort, to avoid a spiral into your own personal problems. This is recommended for readers who enjoy family and relationship sagas with high drama and lots of emotional turmoil. Lindsay took the selfie and kissed Olivia on the side of her lips. She held Liv’s hand to help her back over the edge and follow her back towards the car. As she did, her foot slipped on the wet ground and she hit the mixture of grass and rocks with enough force to take some of her breath away. “Lindsay!” Olivia yelled out and reached down to grab her arm. She did her best to pull her up, but the angle of Lindsay’s body made it too difficult for the petite Olivia to bring her back up. A young couple rushed over to help just as Lindsay was nearly back up over the edge and safe. When they stopped next to Olivia, their presence seemed to startle her. Olivia fell forward onto the ground and tripped over the edge of the cliff. – Jackson Baer, Life After Death Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog https://bookshineandreadbows.wordpres...

  20. 4 out of 5

    India McLeod Kay

    SPOILER ALERT: Before I begin, I must warn you that this review will include spoilers as it is impossible to review it without revealing things that come to light at the end of the first book. You may remember that I posted a review of An American Family by Jackson Baer a couple of weeks ago. Today I give you my review of the second and final book in the series, Life After Death. Just as the first book explored the meaning of family, how it can adapt to different situations and the changing of dy SPOILER ALERT: Before I begin, I must warn you that this review will include spoilers as it is impossible to review it without revealing things that come to light at the end of the first book. You may remember that I posted a review of An American Family by Jackson Baer a couple of weeks ago. Today I give you my review of the second and final book in the series, Life After Death. Just as the first book explored the meaning of family, how it can adapt to different situations and the changing of dynamics within a family unit, the second book continues this discussion. I, again, enjoyed the style of Baer’s writing and the issues that he examined throughout but there were a couple of things I struggled with. One of the most interesting things about this book was the concept derived from the title, Life After Death. Here beginneth the spoilers – at the end of the first novel, we find out that Ramie, who had gone missing and was presumed dead after the man convicted of the atrocities confessed to killing her, had survived her terrible ordeal. Therefore, the second book becomes about life after a more figural death. Each and every one of her family believed her to be dead and so they had begun reconstructing their lives. This means that Ramie, too, must begin a whole new life once she has saved as though the first Ramie had died and she must create an entirely new one. At the beginning of the novel, we find out that Ramie “has no one. She bought that house in Towne Lake, and she lives all by herself” (5%). Though this was her own choice, as she finds it difficult to forgive her family for moving on without her, it seems unfair that the woman who was kidnapped and nearly killed is the one who is left alone, while her family have all found seemingly happy endings. Isaac talks continuously about how he has lived “two lives” – one with Ramie and another with Julia and, now that Ramie has returned, he cannot simply go back to his former life. I loved Ramie’s response to this when she stated that she had lived “three lives” – one with Isaac and her family, one of hell in which she was kidnapped and mutilated, and the one after all of this that she is still trying to make sense of (69%). While her family seemed to move fairly seamlessly from their first life to their second, Ramie had a year of constant physical and emotional pain, which will always cloud this third life she is trying to construct, made more difficult by the fact that she never really got any closure to her first life – she expected to come home to a family ecstatic to have her back so that they may rebuild their lives together. I felt I was able to sympathise with all of the characters and found it difficult to judge any of them as I couldn’t begin to imagine what they had gone through. However, Ramie was a particularly sad case due to this lack of closure and constant hope to return to her former life. The horror that the Childs family had gone through allowed for a very interesting discussion of religion. The book begins with understandable notions of how it is difficult to believe in a God when lives are filled with so much tragedy. Baer writes: Some people chose to blame sin, while others said it was all a part of God’s plan. Still, some said there was no reason – that things just happen, and they can’t be explained. For Isaac and Ramie, none of those answers provided any solace. (14%) When going through hard times, everyone seeks answers for why they are being subject to these conditions but those are often hard to find. This is something that the Childs family struggle with throughout Life After Death before coming to the conclusion that “you can’t truly appreciate the good until you experience the bad” (17%). Though this cannot extend to all walks of life – for example, children living short lives of suffering in Africa – it is a reassuring idea for those of us who can take something from it. There are people who blessed with love and fortune their entire lives and, therefore, find it difficult to really appreciate this as they have nothing else to compare it too. I, for one, know that I am incredibly grateful for the life I lead, including the difficult times I have had to experience along the way, as they have made me who I am now. Baer introduced some important political messages in a conversation between Megan and Carter, however, I did take issue with some of the ideas discussed. One of my favourite sentiments in the entire novel was: …do what you love. College is about more than just studying for a certain career; it’s about finding yourself and expanding your horizons. When you begin to read and study, you find out things about yourself and the world that you didn’t know before. (64%) This is something I wholeheartedly believe in. Too many people force themselves into careers because they’ve been told to or because they’re chasing fortune. I, myself, studied English Literature because I love to read and analyse books and I am so pleased that I did. I developed skills that allow me to not only scrutinise literature but the world I live in and how it changes throughout time. My time in university also nurtured my political viewpoints and encouraged me to stand up for what is right more often. I am grateful that these are the lessons I learned as I would rather be happy and a good person than rich – but each to their own! Just like the first novel, Life After Death also includes some diverse representation, especially when it comes to sexuality – something which I loved. However, there was one line that I found difficult to stomach: At the same time, if there’s a pastor who doesn’t want to marry a gay couple, he or she shouldn’t have to. They should find a church who is accepting of their beliefs. (63%) I take huge issue with this notion. I don’t think that it should be up to the couple to seek out people who are “accepting of their beliefs” as 1. there’s nothing to “accept”, it’s natural and not for anyone else to dispute and 2. it’s not a “belief”, it’s pure and simple love. There were some very good political points raised throughout both novels that I agreed with wholeheartedly and it was heartening to read them but this was just one argument that I could not and cannot condone. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Jackson Baer for getting in touch and providing me with free e-copies of his books in exchange for honest reviews.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    The family has lost a mother and a wife. Now they will need to relive that awful time when the FBI finds out what happened. They are all going to have to relive the death all over again. How will the past affect their futures? See how they get on I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Buttercupp77

    The sequel to American Family continues to follow the Childs family - this time, primarily through the eyes of the two children: Carter and Olivia. I found that this book didn't work as well for me. Once again, Ramie, the victim of a crime from the first novel is left very poorly defined as a character. I think this is to the detriment of the story. In the end, my sense of her his more archetypal than personal, and I think she had potential to be a rich, multi-faceted character, especially to tie The sequel to American Family continues to follow the Childs family - this time, primarily through the eyes of the two children: Carter and Olivia. I found that this book didn't work as well for me. Once again, Ramie, the victim of a crime from the first novel is left very poorly defined as a character. I think this is to the detriment of the story. In the end, my sense of her his more archetypal than personal, and I think she had potential to be a rich, multi-faceted character, especially to tie into the theme of coping with/healing from traumatic events. I still feel that using the third person perspective to tell this story is distancing and reduces the emotional impact on the reader. The dialogue left a lot to be desired for me: it was melodramatic and unnatural, and it didn't feel authentic to the characters. There is also a lot of repetition of words and phrases in close proximity - and the whole confrontation scene with Lindsay was re-hashed completely within a chapter or two. Another area that didn't work for me was the stalking angle. It didn't make any sense at all from what we knew of the characters involved. I, as a reader, was left wondering whether the main character was having a breakdown as the paranoia wasn't warranted based on the incidents described. I did find that the author did a good job of creating flawed characters as far as main characters go. I think the trauma they've all experienced was glossed over too easily, and I found that some threads that seemed to be pretty significant ended up amounting to nothing, which was disappointing. It was an interesting enough read, although I don't feel that the drama hit the depth and breadth I was hoping to see. I received a copy of this book from the author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Marie

    My mind is just spinning after finishing this one. So much has happened in the past two years for the Childs family, it is honestly crazy. One thing after another is thrown at each family member, never giving them a chance to breathe. This family drama leaves me at the edge of my seat because I know that there is going to be a twist of events at every chapter. After this book, I can honestly say that these characters have grown on me in a way that I didn't see coming. All of them are trying their My mind is just spinning after finishing this one. So much has happened in the past two years for the Childs family, it is honestly crazy. One thing after another is thrown at each family member, never giving them a chance to breathe. This family drama leaves me at the edge of my seat because I know that there is going to be a twist of events at every chapter. After this book, I can honestly say that these characters have grown on me in a way that I didn't see coming. All of them are trying their best to grow as individuals while dealing with their own demons. Each one has been through so much, and I found myself hoping that they would be able to get back up after being knocked down so many times. The kids are my favourite by far, I love reading from Olivia and Carter's point of view. I do have a hard time accepting Isaac's personality sometimes. I find him to be a good guy, yet I don't always approve of his actions. That leaves me wondering on wether I like him or not. He honestly has a lot of growing up to do, and I often find his children to be more mature than him at times. The problem I have with this book is simple. Because there are so many points of view and characters, I find that their personalities seem to get a little mixed up at times. I like when I can distinguish characters by their strong personalities, but with the Childs family, I find that they all share very similar traits. They all think in the same way, they all react to news in the same way, they all go out and do the same things. Nothing stands out singularly that would make each one unique. So that does bother me at times. However I love the intensity that the author always brings in this series, and this is a very strong sequel. I have decided to give this book 3.5 stars because I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about this family, and I do hope there will be more books to come about them. The series isn't perfect by any means but I can't help but love it anyways. I would recommend to anyone looking for a suspenseful family drama.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Calleen Petersen

    The second book in the series. I was disappointed as the second book isn’t anywhere near as good as the first. There are way too many coincidences that happen over and over that are completely obvious and extremely unlikely to happen like that in real life. I felt like the kids are just thrown together with the first romantic interest they find. Both rebound relationships yet they are “the one” and they know this the same day they meet them with both of them? The author really stretches credibil The second book in the series. I was disappointed as the second book isn’t anywhere near as good as the first. There are way too many coincidences that happen over and over that are completely obvious and extremely unlikely to happen like that in real life. I felt like the kids are just thrown together with the first romantic interest they find. Both rebound relationships yet they are “the one” and they know this the same day they meet them with both of them? The author really stretches credibility. Full Disclosure- I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Beaulieu

    I read this book via a promotional copy from Voracious Readers Only. While the initial book was more gripping, this book allowed you to stop hating the characters as much. The first book was more suspense while this leaned more towards family drama. I felt it got a little repetitive with Carter going to the bar and having a VERY similar interaction with the bartender as Isaac did previously, to the point that I went back to see if the bartender had the same name. The most intense part of the boo I read this book via a promotional copy from Voracious Readers Only. While the initial book was more gripping, this book allowed you to stop hating the characters as much. The first book was more suspense while this leaned more towards family drama. I felt it got a little repetitive with Carter going to the bar and having a VERY similar interaction with the bartender as Isaac did previously, to the point that I went back to see if the bartender had the same name. The most intense part of the book involved Liv's story with Lindsay. It was a decent read, but definitely not my favorite of the year.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deedra

    This second book in the series was not as good as the first.There was much more sadness and chaos.Too much to believe.These people make rash and unbelievable decisions and usually they are horrible.I found none of them likable in this one.,well maybe the babies. Dan Carrolls voices for women remain cringeworthy.It feels as though he is reading to someone with a brain defect. It is all so slow. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    This is the second book in the "Life after Death" series. I absolutely loved the first one and although I was a little bias because so much of the story takes place in my hometown, I still stand by my thoughts of how much I loved the story. The first book kind of sets the stage for this book and without the first to build it up, this book might not stand on its own. But the two of them together are simply brilliant. This book takes us from where we left off from the traumatic experiences of the This is the second book in the "Life after Death" series. I absolutely loved the first one and although I was a little bias because so much of the story takes place in my hometown, I still stand by my thoughts of how much I loved the story. The first book kind of sets the stage for this book and without the first to build it up, this book might not stand on its own. But the two of them together are simply brilliant. This book takes us from where we left off from the traumatic experiences of the first book and takes us in a totally different direction. Now we really begin to see some fantastic character development. The author takes a very messy storyline and begins to weave that together into a marvelous infrastructure of family and lives that touch each other, and are affected by each other's decisions. One thing that I really appreciate is that the author does not take the easy way out with these stories. To be fair he is also the one who created the harsh realities that these characters live in, but he did not disappoint in how he dealt with it. So many times it would have been easy to just wrap up this story with a nice little bow and make everything fit all neat and tidy. That is not what happened. Instead the author took those harsh realities and crafted intricate characters out of each of them. I am a sucker for good character development, and this book did not disappoint in that matter at all. So ultimately do I recommend this book? Well yes absolutely I do, but only if you are reading this after you read the first one. This book needs the setup of book one to give it legs to stand on. The context that you find from reading the first book is integral to the plot and makeup of this story. These 2 books create a perfect 1-2 punch. So my one star I took away is not because I did not like it, but because I do feel strongly that it needs the first book. As a combo I give it 5 stars with no question. but as a single work I give it 4.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Augustine

    *I was provided a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review See full review here: https://booksintheskye.wordpress.com/... Overall, Life After Death by Jackson Baer was a successful ending to the series. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this book and how the family dealt with the drama. There were a couple of issues I had with the plot but they were easy to look past to truly enjoy this book. I was happy that we were able to follow Olivia and Carter more in this book as they are *I was provided a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review See full review here: https://booksintheskye.wordpress.com/... Overall, Life After Death by Jackson Baer was a successful ending to the series. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this book and how the family dealt with the drama. There were a couple of issues I had with the plot but they were easy to look past to truly enjoy this book. I was happy that we were able to follow Olivia and Carter more in this book as they are my favorite characters. The family dynamic in this book is what really brings everything together. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoyed the first one and wants to continue the Childs’ story or who is looking for a good family drama book. AUDIO REVIEW The same narrator was used from An American Family, which isn’t my favorite. It was easier to enjoy this time as I remember how listening to the first book was. The same monotone was used through the story, not giving much inflection to the scenes that were happening. Also, not enough change of voice was used for the characters. This is a book where I recommend physical reading instead of listening to in order to engage in the story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dianna Harris

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