When you've stewed in words like vengeful, vexed, resentful, reclusive, and melancholy, death seems like it should be nice, right? Not for Joanna DeAngelis. For her, a new life, born of misery, hatred and jealousy awaits. Some people just can't let go.
In today's book review, The Next, by Stephanie Gangi, a story that should have unwound coils only tightened into a ball of energy so dark and rigid, I wasn't sure what category to place it. It's a psychological, thrilling piece of paranormal, women's literature...
When I saw this book cover, I knew it had to be mine. When it arrived on my doorstep- I knew it was going to be a good read. Now that I'm writing the review- I'm elated and I have to say- it blew my mind in several ways. It was witty and technologically haunting (which really helped me enjoy it the most). The Next was so emotionally entangling, I found myself going through the 'feels', for all characters involved- I almost felt knee-deep in the storyline!
I have to say, for the first about seventy pages, I lolled along, wondering how much of Joanne's babble I was going to have to deal with. I don't throw Pity Parties, and this woman was on a bender! I understood, quickly, how upset and enraged she felt. The depth of betrayal and loss of love- it was easy to be in her shoes, but I felt it dragged on too much. I almost stopped feeling sorry for her because she came off petty after a while. But once she got that text to Ned- I cracked up and that bogged down feeling vanished.
The story is about Joanna, a woman lost in rejection while dying of cancer, so she soon becomes, well... dead. So from then on, she's a scorned ghost. A wraith almost- just angry and bent on getting back at the one who used her and left her behind. It's an exciting story about love, life, forgiveness and revenge. Though I stuttered a few times with Joanna's ramblings, I still found her deviously likable. The story is a fun read and I think I'll follow this Stephanie Gangi- see what's up her sleeves in the future. The Next releases next month, October. Be looking out!
On to the next read!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓out of 5 specs
*The White Rabbit is next.
**Book is from St. Martin's Press and Shelf Awareness, for an honest review.
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