Agent Will Brody throws caution to the wind and pursues a serial sniper who has been terrorizing Chicago for weeks. One misstep leads to an explosive encounter, and Brody finds himself in a strange version of Chicago called an echo. Trapped in a version of an afterlife, the denizens of the echo attack and absorb each other to keep the darkness at bay. Only Brody can’t let go of his past life or his love, Claire McCoy. Life and death blur, and a war rages in the afterlife.
Afterlife by Marcus Sakey is an ambitious novel that weaves an epic love story with crime drama and blends everything into an intense supernatural thriller. The concept is fascinating with the various levels of the echo, the war that ravages the afterlife, and the sinister forces lurking just beyond perception. There is an intricate level of world-building here that belies the action-blockbuster mask. In addition to the pulse-pounding action, heartwarming romance, and surprisingly deep philosophical quandaries, Afterlife deftly tackles issues like equality, morality, and ethics. This is a fun summer or airplane read that will stick with you long past the pretty surprising conclusion.
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