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The Body Departed (2000)

by J.R. Rain(Favorite Author)
3.73 of 5 Votes: 3
review 1: James Blakely has been dead for two years, murdered in his sleep. His ghost is confined to the apartment building where he lived and died, but he is losing his memories. Lucky for him, his daughter still lives in the apartment building, as well as a medium that connects with him.James isn't ready to cross over; he feels there is something he needs to do before moving on. He doesn't quite know why, but he is afraid that he'll be relegated to hell unless he takes care of.... something.An intriguing book. And yes, there's some Christianity in there, but more spiritual than secular. Mostly, it's a ghost story told from the ghost's point of view.
review 2: I was caught up in this story immediately. I hadn't read J R Rain before but the storyline and concept int
... morerigued me.The story is told from the perspective of James who was murdered and is now a ghost. He knows he did something bad but has no idea why he was murdered and feels he has to find out who and why before the memories of his life and who he is fade away completely. He has help from a medium, Pauline, who can see and communicate with him.James needs to work through some things and make amends for others before he feels able to 'move on' and he is desperate at the thought of leaving his daughter.There's quite a bit of religious theory/belief woven into the story but not in a heavy, preachy kind of way, it is mainly focused on the protagonist's wish for atonement and, as he sees it, to save his soul. The writing is excellent and brings up all sorts of questions about life after death, how people interact with each other and the consequences of actions.It's a touching and emotional story, very good ending and the last few chapters were slightly tear jerky.PerformanceThe audio was good, for me Peter Berkrot can be a little hit and miss but this was a great job and very enjoyable. less
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Good story. Easy read. I was enthralled by the story the whole way through.
Very unique story. Enjoyed it very much and didn't want it to end.
Well written, interesting, easy read.
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