I was immediately drawn into this quirky, fast-paced story. It has mystery, humor and sass interwoven throughout. Told mainly from Libby’s perspective, the story frequently jumps to portray the thoughts of other characters at specific times. This is a boom as the reader is given insights that otherwise might have made the story less compelling. I enjoyed the flow and the author’s skilled manner of world-building. Here, the afterlife is a glitzy seaside resort with a very dangerous, rotten core. Sunny, and essentially optimistic, despite waking up dead, Libby soon encounters a circus of oddball characters, including her beloved terrier, Rufus, who somehow has ended up with her soul, and the ability to speak. The story unfolds smoothly and fairly logically to a satisfying conclusion. This is the first book in a new series so some key questions are left unresolved, however.
Before getting killed in an accident by a hit-and-run driver, Libby’s most pressing concern was trying to figure out how to dump her boring and unappreciative live-in. Then she regains consciousness, and suddenly finds herself in the seaside resort called Sunray Bay – boyfriend problem solved. However, Libby and her companion Rufus soon find out that not all is as it appears in Sunray Bay. Pursued by a creepy stalker, Libby’s persistence and tenacity pay off eventually. Still, her biggest obstacle remains – how to reclaim her soul without jeopardizing Rufus.
Libby has hit a bad patch in life, and just when she thinks things can’t get any worse she's killed in a car accident alongside her dog Rufus. During their transition to the afterlife’s Sunray Bay, Rufus somehow manages to absorb her soul – which, in turn, gives him human-like qualities and renders her soulless.
Accompanied by her now talking dog, Libby tries to unravel the mystery of her slippery soul, encountering many setbacks and dilemmas along the way. She has no idea why a group of monster slayers, headed by an ex-convict, are hunting her down, and when she teams up with rogue Peace & Order Maintenance Officer, Grim, she’s shocked to discover that there’s a mob of disgruntled vampires and a very angry mayor hot on their heels too.
Libby has never felt so unpopular, and begins to wonder whether it’s possible to die twice in one day...
* Suitable for readers 16+