Waking Up Dead
by Margo Bond Collins
Solstice Shadows Publishing
Oct 6, 2013
When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex. Now she’s witnessed another murder, and she’s not about to let this one go. She’s determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the biggest question of all: why the hell did she wake up in Alabama?
Waking Up Dead left me with a warm fuzzy feeling. Don’t be mistaken, the book wasn’t full of happy things; but I was happy with the way the book ended and look forward to reading about what Margo Collins does with these characters in the next book. It wasn’t a cliffhanger, but it left you with a feeling like you want to continue reading even after the last page ended. I wanted to see what happens next! I want to see where these characters go, who they meet, and how they change. Do we ever learn Callie’s complete story? Does she ever get to go to the afterlife or does she keep being stuck in our world? So many questions! So many possibilities! It was fast paced, mysterious, and a few other essential things to make a good dead helping the living type of story.
Callie Taylor is killed by a psychopathic rapist and instead of finding herself floating on a cloud in heaven, she finds herself as a spirit/ghost in backwoods Alabama. She knows no one there, and has never been there. So why on earth did she end up there? I was given the impression that the reason is so she could help solve a crime and bring a murderer to justice. It takes her a bit to find someone who can see or hear her but eventually she does. Being dead can get pretty boring when you have no one to interact with and you are unable to do certain things bc of your “condition”. So Callie starts hanging out with different families on different nights of the week depending on what they are watching on television.
Her favorite family is Molly and Rick. They have no children, and enjoy the same tv shows that Callie did while alive. When Rick goes out of town for work, Callie witnesses Molly being murdered. She is unable to do anything to stop it and feels helpless, but she does see his face and can identify him. Due to timing and shoddy police work, Rick becomes the prime suspect and is put in jail for Molly’s murder. Callie must find someone who can see and hear her so she can help keep Rick from spending the rest of his life in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.
Callie meets Ashara in the local Wal Mart and realizes that so far, Ashara is the first person that can see her. She convinces Ashara to hear her story and help her. Ashara‘s grandmother, affectionately named “Maw Maw”, is hilarious. She’s a cantankerous old lady with a sharp wit and a sense of humor. She too can see Callie. The other person who can see Callie is Stephen. He works in the music store that Rick owns. He joins the merry group of ladies attempting to solve this murder because he doesn’t believe that Rick killed Molly. Thus begins a tale of a long ago disappearance, family secrets, and the search for evidence that will prove Rick’s innocence.
This book had plenty to keep me interested between the jovial banter between characters and clues to solve the crime, it was an enjoyable read. You obviously know who committed the murder fairly early, but you don’t know who else was involved or why. You also don’t know which paths these characters take in their search for the truth. I was on the edge of my seat (or couch lol) waiting to see what would happen next and what these crazy family secrets were. It was a fairly easy read as well. It’s easy to follow storyline, likeable main characters, and the desire to see this mystery to the end made this a book that I would definitely recommend to others.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a crime solving team of strangers who come together to help someone prove their innocence, or anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
When I died, I expected to go to heaven.
Okay. Maybe hell. It’s not like I was perfect or anything. But I was sort of hoping for heaven.
Instead, I went to Alabama.
Yeah. I know. It’s weird.
I died in Dallas, my hometown. I was killed, actually. Murdered. I’ll spare you the gruesome details. I don’t like to remember them myself. Some jerk with a knife–and probably a Bad-Mommy complex. Believe me, if I knew where he was, I’d go haunt his ass.
At any rate, by the time death came, I was ready for it–ready to stop hurting, ready to let go. I didn’t even fight it.
And then I woke up dead in Alabama. Talk about pissed off.
You know, even reincarnation would have been fine with me–I could have started over, clean slate and all that. Human, cow, bug. Whatever. But no. I ended up haunting someplace I’d never even been.
That’s not the way it’s supposed to work, right? Ghosts are supposed to be the tortured spirits of those who cannot let go of their earthly existence. If they could be convinced to follow the light, they’d leave behind said earthly existence and quit scaring the bejesus out of the poor folks who run across them. That’s what all those “ghost hunter” shows on television tell us.
Let me tell you something. The living don’t know jack about the dead.
Not this dead chick, anyway.
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All About Margo
Margo Bond Collins lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters. Waking Up Dead is her first published novel. Her second novel, Legally Undead, is an urban fantasy, forthcoming in 2014 from World Weaver Press.
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