‘The Happy Ever Afterlife Of Rosie Potter (RIP)’ is Kate Winter’s debut novel.
When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world’s worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she’s actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she’s still here.
Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .
This book is an amazing debut, filled with Irish charm, wit and plenty of paranormal activity, Kat Winter has delivered a book that made me laugh and fill up in equal measures.
The story is seen solely through the entertaining narrative of Rosie Potter, a young woman who wakes up one morning, dead in her bed. Unable to move on until justice has been served, Rosie sets about with her own private investigation and helps deal with the sudden realisation that her life has come to an end and all the things that she had planned to do in her life is no longer possible.
Even though the story is quite a dark one, it is delivered in a humorous style that had me laughing as Rosie tested her ghost powers and scared those around her. Rosie is an immensely likeable character, loud with an unfortunate lust for life, she is determined to find her killer and spends her days going from family to friends, to help her deal with her untimely death. Other supporting characters in the story such as her best friend Jenny and childhood friend Charles add an injection of reality to the story as they too want to find out what happened to her. As the story is set in rural Ireland, it’s packed with eccentric little characters and quirks that make for delightful reading.
With a striking and playful cover, ‘The Happy Ever Afterlife Of Rosie Potter (RIP)’ is far from being a miserable story about death, it’s an upbeat romantic comedy with an element of mystery that is cleverly written and is definitively one of my favourite debuts of 2015. A must read for fans of fellow Irish author, Marian Keyes.
You can buy The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops from 21st May 2015.