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Ellen Paperback – 28 Aug 2018
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There's no necessity to have read the first three novels in the Silver Lake series to enjoy this book, although having read them first myself, I actually feel that this book would work really well being read first as many of the characters cross over and have been so cleverly introduced here that you are not left wondering where they’ve come from. The time line of the AL story is running in tandem with the Silver Lake books and ties together seamlessly, producing a very clever and beautifully integrated body of writing. So if you’re new to Coral McCallum’s books and this is the first book you’re considering reading, don’t hesitate…..grab it now, you won’t regret it.
I loved the attention to detail paid in the writing of the band’s story, particularly Ellen and her ‘Eye of Horus’ emblem which features on her eye patch. Do a bit of research into the meaning behind the ancient symbol and you’ll appreciate how ingeniously it unifies Ellen’s outer public persona with her personal inner strengths.
The guys in the band are great characters, each with their own endearing qualities. Yes, even Luke (the Bass player) after he starts off by being such a d*ckhead to Ellen, shows his true colours and you can’t help feeling for him. I’ll never be able to look at a Kit Kat again without thinking of Cal (Guitarist, Cookie Monster and all-round nice guy). Jack (on Drums) is a bit of a dark horse and I’m sure there’s a lot more to learn about his sometimes furtive behaviour. Which leaves us with Taylor (or Tailz on Lead Guitar), he’s such a caring, genuine character and his care of Ellen and his family is heart warming.
The support characters are just as entertaining and important to the storyline and they really enhance the readers enjoyment and commitment to the book.
I don’t know if this is just wishful thinking but I got the feeling that there’s more to come from After Life by means of another book down the line. I’m sure they will feature in the Silver Light series again but they are just too big and too important to be just a part of another band's story and there were threads in this book that haven’t been tied up yet....Nana’s prophesy that Ellen and Taylor are destined to be soul mates and not lovers, Ellen’s relationship with her mother is unresolved and then there’s the elusive Jack! What’s his story?
You keep writing Coral and I’ll keep devouring every word!
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