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Friday 20 September 2013

Review: Life After Theft

Kimberlee has been dead for over a year, but her past misdeeds keep her earth bound, while her spirit wanders aimlessly searching for someone who can see her. She has to repair the past before she can move on.

Jeff has just moved to town. On his first day at Whitestone Academy he sees Kimberlee. It takes a while for him to accept her story but her walking through a wall convinces him she’s for real, so to speak.

Kim needs Jeff to help her right the wrong she’s done. She’d stolen something before she died and believes that’s why her spirit won’t rest.  But the something turns out to be over a hundred boxes of stuff hidden in a cave on her parents’ property. Jeff’s impulse is to turn and run. But how can he escape a ghost?

Things are never what they seem and even ‘the best laid schemes of mice and men’ go awry. Jeff meets and falls for Sera, a quiet, but very attractive cheerleader, and unfortunately Kimberlee’s nemesis. She too, has a past that she’s trying to correct.

The plan to reform Kimberly takes many twists and turn and restitution for Kimberly’s weakness isn’t easily made, for there are too many people involved. The logistics are mind-boggling to Jeff, but the only way out is to see it through to the end, regardless.

This ghostly tale is simply told with ample disruptions and enough suspense in the storyline to keep the reader turning the pages. The concept and the themes that flow through are interesting and entertaining without being life-changing. Good escapist reading.

Title: Life After Theft
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Harper Collins. $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 May 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 97800075615561
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult Fiction